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Heritage Conservation Districts

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A Heritage Conservation District is a defined area of historic or architectural value that is protected by regulations governing such things as demolition, exterior alteration and new development, and where incentives may apply to encourage private architectural conservation and programs that enhance public amenities. The Halifax Regional Municipality currently has one Heritage Conservation District in place, the Barrington Street Heritage Conservation District, which is valued for its character and evolution as Halifax’s principal downtown commercial street.

In addition to Barrington Street, there are concentrations of heritage resources in many areas throughout the region. The municipality has formally initiated a process to designate two of these areas as heritage conservation districts: the Old South Suburb and Schmidtville.

Below, you can share your thoughts on the Heritage Conservation Districts that the municipality is currently preparing for designation.

Also, under the Discussion tab, you can provide ideas on what other area in the region merits consideration as a Heritage Conservation District.


A Heritage Conservation District is a defined area of historic or architectural value that is protected by regulations governing such things as demolition, exterior alteration and new development, and where incentives may apply to encourage private architectural conservation and programs that enhance public amenities. The Halifax Regional Municipality currently has one Heritage Conservation District in place, the Barrington Street Heritage Conservation District, which is valued for its character and evolution as Halifax’s principal downtown commercial street.

In addition to Barrington Street, there are concentrations of heritage resources in many areas throughout the region. The municipality has formally initiated a process to designate two of these areas as heritage conservation districts: the Old South Suburb and Schmidtville.

Below, you can share your thoughts on the Heritage Conservation Districts that the municipality is currently preparing for designation.

Also, under the Discussion tab, you can provide ideas on what other area in the region merits consideration as a Heritage Conservation District.


Consultation has concluded
  • Old South Suburb

    over 2 years ago

    Click on the link above to share your thoughts about the Old South Suburb (Barrington Street South area). This area is an important candidate for a Heritage Conservation District due to its significant heritage values associated with the early settlement, economic life and traditional architectural character of the city. As part of downtown Halifax, it continues to experience pressures for new development

    Click on the link above to share your thoughts about the Old South Suburb (Barrington Street South area). This area is an important candidate for a Heritage Conservation District due to its significant heritage values associated with the early settlement, economic life and traditional architectural character of the city. As part of downtown Halifax, it continues to experience pressures for new development

  • Schmidtville

    over 2 years ago

    Click on the link above to learn about the proposed District, ask questions and share your stories. Schmidtville is a largely intact area of architectural character associated with the early settlement of Nova Scotia as one of Halifax’s first suburbs outside the fortified fences. Its individual buildings are important in terms of their heritage value. They collectively provide a reminder of a past era and are compatible in terms of their architecture, scale, height, building materials, age, and proportion.




    Click on the link above to learn about the proposed District, ask questions and share your stories. Schmidtville is a largely intact area of architectural character associated with the early settlement of Nova Scotia as one of Halifax’s first suburbs outside the fortified fences. Its individual buildings are important in terms of their heritage value. They collectively provide a reminder of a past era and are compatible in terms of their architecture, scale, height, building materials, age, and proportion.