Regional Plan Review

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The Halifax Regional Municipal Planning Strategy (the Regional Plan) sets out a common vision, principles and long-range, region-wide planning policies outlining where, when, and how future growth and development should take place between now and 2031.

The second five-year review is underway and work will continue into 2022.

This website is the place where you can access content, materials and supporting research for the Halifax Regional Municipal Planning Strategy Plan Review. You can also find out about the project process, including public engagement activities. We welcome your input and participation in the process.

UPDATE

November 16, 2022

TAKE NOTICE THAT Regional Council did, on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 approve the following:

Case 22257Regional Plan Review – Amendments to the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy, Regional Subdivision By-law and Community Municipal Planning Strategies and Land Use By-laws to include amendments related to Phase 3 of the Regional Plan Review.

The planning documents have been reviewed and approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing as per the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter.

This notice was posted to this site on November 16th, 2022 in accordance with the requirements of the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter.

A synopsis of Phase 3 is described below.

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Phase 3: Quick Adjustments – Synopsis of Amendments:

For Phase 3, staff focused on amendments that could be done quickly because they are aligned with existing Council policy and priorities. The detailed amendments can be found within Attachments A, B, C, and D of the staff report.

The amendments included:

  • Policy requiring Council to consider the policies and objectives of the priority plans (the Integrated Mobility Plan, Halifax Green Network Plan, HalifACT) as part of discretionary planning applications
  • Policy requiring Council to consider environmental and cultural values, relationship to wilderness areas, mobility planning, and climate action as part of secondary planning;
  • Policy and regulations to support housing diversity, that remove regulatory barriers in land use by-laws for tiny homes and converted shipping container dwellings.
    • For tiny homes, this involves removing minimum dwelling size requirements and amending the definition of single unit dwelling to include mobile homes.
    • For shipping container dwellings, the proposed amendments adjust the broad prohibition on shipping containers to allow shipping containers to be used as dwelling units or backyard suites.
  • Policy to allow the adaptive reuse of municipally registered heritage properties by development agreement
  • Policy to support ongoing work on community action plans for historical African Nova Scotian communities. This is a specific goal of the African Nova Scotian Road to Economic Prosperity and Halifax’s Inclusive Economic Strategy.
  • Revised Conservation Design Development policy to improve its interpretation and implementation.
  • Minor housekeeping amendments, including:
    • Correction to the watercourse setbacks for Cow Bay Lake, and accessory buildings in Eastern Passage/ Cow Bay
    • Corrections to the Service Requirements Map to ensure that lands that are currently serviced with water and/or wastewater are accurately represented
    • Minor text amendments and several policy reference corrections
  • Amendments to support site specific requests for development, including:
    • First Lake Drive, Lower Sackville (C060)
    • Atholea Drive, Cole Harbour (C009, C047, C077, and C326)
    • Lake Loon Golf Centre Lands (C003)
    • Lands on the east side of Morris Lake, Cole Harbour (C070-E)
    • Birch Hill Mobile Home Park, Eastern Passage (C079)
    • Bedford Commons, Bedford (C001)
    • Exhibition Park, Halifax (C086)

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NEXT STEPS

New and updated policy is being considered through the remaining two phases, Phase 4: Draft Regional Plan, and Phase 5: Future Growth Planning as described below.

Comments on Phase 4, Phase 5, and New Request Site Specific Requests will continue to be accepted on an ongoing basis. To provide feedback, please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference the case number for Phase 4, Phase 5, and New Requests.

To find out where development requests are being considered, click the map below. Detailed information on the site specific requests can be found in the Updates Tab or the Site Specific Requests Sidebar for Phase 3, Phase 4, Phase 5, and New Requests.


Phase 4: Draft Regional Plan (Anticipated March 2023)

This phase will complete the new policy framework for the Regional Plan. Work completed through this phase will include:

Phase 5: Future Growth Planning (2023/24)

This phase will create a work plan and begin analysis of additional lands to be considered for expansion in anticipation of continued growth. Work completed through this phase will include:

  • Advancing work on assessing remaining urban reserves
  • Hosting Regional workshops and engagement to identify growth nodes
  • Identifying new areas for expansion and growth
  • Advancing work on additional site-specific requests (see Phase 5 Site Specific Requests table)
  • Additional public engagement


The Halifax Regional Municipal Planning Strategy (the Regional Plan) sets out a common vision, principles and long-range, region-wide planning policies outlining where, when, and how future growth and development should take place between now and 2031.

The second five-year review is underway and work will continue into 2022.

This website is the place where you can access content, materials and supporting research for the Halifax Regional Municipal Planning Strategy Plan Review. You can also find out about the project process, including public engagement activities. We welcome your input and participation in the process.

UPDATE

November 16, 2022

TAKE NOTICE THAT Regional Council did, on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 approve the following:

Case 22257Regional Plan Review – Amendments to the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy, Regional Subdivision By-law and Community Municipal Planning Strategies and Land Use By-laws to include amendments related to Phase 3 of the Regional Plan Review.

The planning documents have been reviewed and approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing as per the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter.

This notice was posted to this site on November 16th, 2022 in accordance with the requirements of the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter.

A synopsis of Phase 3 is described below.

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Phase 3: Quick Adjustments – Synopsis of Amendments:

For Phase 3, staff focused on amendments that could be done quickly because they are aligned with existing Council policy and priorities. The detailed amendments can be found within Attachments A, B, C, and D of the staff report.

The amendments included:

  • Policy requiring Council to consider the policies and objectives of the priority plans (the Integrated Mobility Plan, Halifax Green Network Plan, HalifACT) as part of discretionary planning applications
  • Policy requiring Council to consider environmental and cultural values, relationship to wilderness areas, mobility planning, and climate action as part of secondary planning;
  • Policy and regulations to support housing diversity, that remove regulatory barriers in land use by-laws for tiny homes and converted shipping container dwellings.
    • For tiny homes, this involves removing minimum dwelling size requirements and amending the definition of single unit dwelling to include mobile homes.
    • For shipping container dwellings, the proposed amendments adjust the broad prohibition on shipping containers to allow shipping containers to be used as dwelling units or backyard suites.
  • Policy to allow the adaptive reuse of municipally registered heritage properties by development agreement
  • Policy to support ongoing work on community action plans for historical African Nova Scotian communities. This is a specific goal of the African Nova Scotian Road to Economic Prosperity and Halifax’s Inclusive Economic Strategy.
  • Revised Conservation Design Development policy to improve its interpretation and implementation.
  • Minor housekeeping amendments, including:
    • Correction to the watercourse setbacks for Cow Bay Lake, and accessory buildings in Eastern Passage/ Cow Bay
    • Corrections to the Service Requirements Map to ensure that lands that are currently serviced with water and/or wastewater are accurately represented
    • Minor text amendments and several policy reference corrections
  • Amendments to support site specific requests for development, including:
    • First Lake Drive, Lower Sackville (C060)
    • Atholea Drive, Cole Harbour (C009, C047, C077, and C326)
    • Lake Loon Golf Centre Lands (C003)
    • Lands on the east side of Morris Lake, Cole Harbour (C070-E)
    • Birch Hill Mobile Home Park, Eastern Passage (C079)
    • Bedford Commons, Bedford (C001)
    • Exhibition Park, Halifax (C086)

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NEXT STEPS

New and updated policy is being considered through the remaining two phases, Phase 4: Draft Regional Plan, and Phase 5: Future Growth Planning as described below.

Comments on Phase 4, Phase 5, and New Request Site Specific Requests will continue to be accepted on an ongoing basis. To provide feedback, please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference the case number for Phase 4, Phase 5, and New Requests.

To find out where development requests are being considered, click the map below. Detailed information on the site specific requests can be found in the Updates Tab or the Site Specific Requests Sidebar for Phase 3, Phase 4, Phase 5, and New Requests.


Phase 4: Draft Regional Plan (Anticipated March 2023)

This phase will complete the new policy framework for the Regional Plan. Work completed through this phase will include:

Phase 5: Future Growth Planning (2023/24)

This phase will create a work plan and begin analysis of additional lands to be considered for expansion in anticipation of continued growth. Work completed through this phase will include:

  • Advancing work on assessing remaining urban reserves
  • Hosting Regional workshops and engagement to identify growth nodes
  • Identifying new areas for expansion and growth
  • Advancing work on additional site-specific requests (see Phase 5 Site Specific Requests table)
  • Additional public engagement


  • New Requests

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    The following requests were received after the Phase 3 Report was written.

    NEW REQUESTS

    NEW REQUESTS: These requests have not yet been analyzed for a recommended approach. Comments on the proposals can be submitted for review.

    Posted February 28, 2022.

    Last updated November 9, 2022

    Lands Near Aerotech, Goffs

    C508

    Received: May 25, 2022

    Request from Lawen Group to rezone the lands airport industrial

    To view the proposal, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C508.

    Hammonds Plains and Majesty Court, Hammonds Plains

    C517

    Received: July 4, 2022

    Request from Paul Dec, Upland, on behalf Request from Paul Dec, Upland, on behalf of Alumtech Holdings Inc, to be included in the service boundary to allow for a mid-rise housing complex.

    To view the proposal, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C517.

    Voyageur Lakes, Hammonds Plains

    C522

    Received: Aug 9, 2022

    Request from Tom Swanson, on behalf of United Gulf Developments to include the lands within the water services boundary.

    To view the proposal, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C522.

    Langbrae Drive, Halifax

    C536
    Received: October 26, 2022

    Request from Rob LeBlanc, Fathom Studios, on behalf of the property owner, to allow a multi-unit residential building.

    To view the proposal, please click here.


    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C536.



    Stoneridge Fellowship Baptist Church, Lower Sackville

    C539

    Received: July 27, 2022

    Request from, Rob LeBlanc, Fathom Studios, on behalf of StoneRidge Fellowship Baptist Church, to include the northern section of the lands within the urban service area, re-designate the lands to the urban settlement designation, and rezone the property to allow for a medium density residential development consisting of singles, semis, townhouses and apartment buildings.

    To view the proposal, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C539.

    Canal Cays, Wellington

    C541

    Council Motion: September 13, 2022

    To consider opportunities for development of properties on Canal Cays, Wellington.

    To view the proposal, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C541.

    Herring Cove Road, Herring Cove

    C548
    Received: October 4, 2022

    Request by West Cove Holdings Ltd for amendments that would permit redevelopment of this site with a 7-9 storey apartment building

    To view the proposal, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C548.



  • Phase 4 -Site Specific Requests

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    Phase 4: Draft Regional Plan (Anticipated March, 2023)

    This phase will complete the new policy framework for the Regional Plan. Work completed through this phase will include advancing work on additional site-specific requests. See the table below for details on site specific requests being considered under Phase 4.

    To provide feedback on Phase 4 Site Specific Requests, please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference the case number.

    PHASE 4

    Table Based on the July 5th Phase 3 Quick Adjustments staff report, Site Specific Requests Table for Phase 4 & 5 (Attachment G)

    Posted: February 28, 2022

    Last updated September 20, 2022.

    Purcell’s Cove Backlands, Purcell’s Cove

    Case 22257


    HRM initiated request to review all lands in the Urban Reserve Designation in the Purcell’s Cove area, as a result of HRM’s acquisition of Shaw Wilderness Park.

    For additional information regarding Case 22257, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case 22257.

    Lands on Purcell’s Cove Road

    C025 (Re-phased from Phase 3 to Phase 4)


    Request Revised February 14, 2022.

    Revised Request: Request from ZZap Consulting, on behalf of Tony Maskine, to redesignate the property to permit an unserviced subdivision.

    Original Request: Request from ZZap Consulting, on behalf of Tony Maskine, to include lands currently designated Urban Reserve in the Urban Service Area, to permit a serviced subdivision.

    For additional information regarding C025, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case

    Ketch Harbour Road, Ketch Harbour

    C027 / Case 22212


    Request from KWR Approvals Inc., on behalf of Tim Garrison and Patrick Henneberry, to enable a new 60-unit residential development and the adaptive reuse of the existing building for commercial and residential uses.

    Revised June 9th. For additional information regarding C027/Case 22212, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C027 / Case 22212.

    Paper Mill Lake, Bedford


    C061-B

    (Rephrased from Phase 3 to Phase 4)


    Request from Sunrose Land Use Consulting, on behalf of United Gulf, to consider new planning policy to enable a 1,047 unit, mixed-use development on the subject lands.

    For additional information regarding C06-1B, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C061-B.

    Lindforest Court, Middle Sackville


    C070-B

    (Rephrased from Phase 3 to Phase 4)


    Request from Armco to include the subject lands in the Urban Service Area to permit a 274 unit serviced development.


    For additional information regarding C070-B, please click here


    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C070-B.

    Lands at the corner of Rosemary Drive and Marigold Drive

    C070-C

    Request from Armco to include the subject lands in the Urban Service Area to permit a six unit serviced development.

    For additional information regarding C070-C, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C070-C.

    Lands near Little Lake

    C070-D

    Request from Armco to include the subject lands in the Urban Service Area to permit a 1,011 unit serviced development.

    For additional information regarding C070-D , please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C070-D.

    Smiths Road, Bedford

    C089


    Request from Chris Marchand, Ramar Construction, to include the subject lands in the Urban Service Area and redesignate them to permit the creation of five new lots.

    For additional information regarding C089, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C089.

    Lands north of Highway 101, east of Springfield Lake

    C102

    Request from Ramar Developments Ltd., to include the subject lands in the Urban Service Area to permit a 293 unit serviced development.

    For additional information regarding C102, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C102.

    Bayers Lake, Halifax

    C104


    Request from Fathom Studio, on behalf of BANC Group, to allow residential development in a private business park, together with commercial and institutional uses (Community Outpatient Centre and supporting uses).

    For additional information regarding C104, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C104.

    Lands southeast of Springfield Lake

    C310

    Request from Brycon Construction to include the subject lands in the Urban Service Area to enable a 87 unit serviced development.

    For additional information regarding C310, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C310.

    Lands north of Webber Lake West of Lucasville Road

    C311

    Request by Marchand Developments Ltd to re-designate the subject lands to the Urban Settlement and include them in the Urban Service Area to permit a serviced 87-unit residential building.

    For additional information regarding C311, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C311.

    Lands north of Springfield Lake

    C312

    Request by Marchand Developments Ltd to re-designate the subject lands to the Urban Settlement and include them in the Urban Service Area to permit a serviced 1,596-unit residential building.

    For additional information regarding C312, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C312.

    Lands with frontage on Orchard Drive and Bambrick Road

    C314

    Request from Sunrose Land Use Consulting, on behalf of Shoreham Development Limited, to include the subject lands in the Urban Service Area to permit a 347 unit serviced development.

    For additional information regarding C314, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C314.

    Highway 101 Interchange Lands / Margeson Drive

    C319

    Request from Armco to extend the Urban Service Area and allow for master planning for Highway 101 Interchange Lands for 662 units.

    For additional information regarding C319, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C319.

    Berry Hills

    C320

    Request from Armco to include the subject lands in the Urban Service Area to permit a 204 unit serviced residential development.

    For additional information regarding C320, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C320.

    Springfield Estates, Middle Sackville

    C329



    Received: January 4, 2022

    Request from Springfield Estates Mobile Home Park to extend services and enable water and sewer services to be provided to 169 mobile homes.

    For additional information regarding C329, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C329.

    Park West Centre Lacewood & Dunbrack

    C339


    Received: February 23, 2022

    Request from ZZap Consulting Limited, on behalf of Crombie REIT, to request amendments to the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy and Halifax Mainland Land Use Bylaw to enable the consideration of a high-density transit-oriented development at the Park West Centre Site.

    To view the proposal, please click here.

    Updated March 15, 2022 to include maps.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C339.

    Mayor Ave & Layton Road

    C405

    Received April 26, 2022

    Request from West Cove Holdings Ltd to redevelop property for a 5 to 7 storey multi-unit development for approximately 50 to 60 units.

    To view the proposal, please click here.

    Updated May 26, 2022 to include maps, July 19 for revised proposal, July 25 for updated maps, September 7 for rendering, and September 20th for rear rendering.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C405.
  • Phase 5 - Site Specific Requests

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    Phase 5: Future Growth Planning (2023/24)

    This phase will create a work plan and begin analysis of additional lands to be considered for expansion in anticipation of continued growth. Work completed through this phase will include advancing work on additional site-specific requests (see Phase 5 Site Specific Requests table below)

    To provide feedback on Phase 5 Site Specific Requests, please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference the case number.

    PHASE 5

    Table Based on the July 5, 2022 Phase 3 Quick Adjustments Staff Report - Site Specific Requests Table (Attachment G).

    Posted: February 28, 2022

    Last Updated: August 12, 2022

    Bedford Waterfront

    Case 23084 and C061-C



    Requests:

    • Case 23084 - HRM initiated request to consider appropriate planning policy to enable transit-oriented development in support of a potential Mill Cove ferry terminal, as identified in the Rapid Transit Strategy.
    • C061-C - Request from Sunrose Land Use Consulting, on behalf of United Gulf, to enable a 3,135 unit redevelopment of the Esquire Motel site and lands adjacent to the Bedford Basin.


    For additional information regarding Case 23084/C061-C, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case 23084 and C061-C.

    Lands west of Sandy and Marsh Lakes

    C017


    Request from Sunrose Land Use Consulting, on behalf of United Gulf, to consider secondary planning to permit a 342 unit development on the subject lands, in conjunction with adjacent Sandy Lake Future Serviced Community.

    For additional information regarding C017, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C017.

    Birch Cove, Bedford Highway

    C061-A

    Request from Sunrose Land Use Consulting, on behalf of United Gulf, to consider new planning policy to allow for a 54 unit mixed use residential/commercial development.

    For additional information regarding C061-A, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C061-A.

    Herring Cove Holding Zone, Spryfield

    C070-A (Clifton Heights)

    C071 (near Kidston Lake)

    C074 (lands southwest of Herring Cove Rd)

    C333 (Herring Cove/Spryfield)

    (Rephrased from Phase 3 to Phase 5)


    Requests:

    • C070-A Request from Armco to include the subject lands in the Urban Service Area to permit a 1,047 lot serviced development.
    • C071 - Request from Kevin Riles, on behalf of North American Real Estate, to consider a 4,189 unit serviced development on the subject lands.
    • C074 - Request from Stephen Adams, on behalf of the property owners, to include the subject lands in the Urban Service Area to permit a 2,974 unit serviced development.
    • C333 - Request from Stephen Adams, on behalf of several property owners to rezone properties to R-2.

    For additional information regarding C070-A or C074 , please click:

    C70-A

    C071 (updated proposal June 23, 2022)

    C074

    C333

    To view the Holding Zone requests map, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C070-A, C071, C074 and/or C333.

    Lands east of Beaver Bank Rd

    C103

    Request from Chris Marchand, Ramar Construction, to include the subject lands in the Urban Service Area to permit a 30 unit development.

    For additional information regarding C103, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case 103.

    Lands north of Hammonds Plains Rd

    C109

    Request from Brighter Community Planning & Design to remove these lands from Schedule J to enable a 190 unit residential subdivision.

    For additional information regarding C109, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C109.

    Lands near Kinsac Lake

    C117

    Request from Kevin Marchand, Marchand Homes, to include the subject lands in the Urban Service Area to enable a 275 unit serviced subdivision.

    For additional information regarding C117, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C117.

    Lands near Barrett Lake, Beaver Bank

    C299


    Request from Kevin Marchand, Marchand Homes, to include the subject lands in the Urban Service Area to enable a 73 unit serviced subdivision.

    For additional information regarding C299, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C299.

    Monarch Drive, Beaver Bank

    C300

    Request from Kevin Marchand, Marchand Homes, to include the subject lands in the Urban Service Area to enable a serviced subdivision with 10 units and 10 auxiliary units.

    For additional information regarding C300, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C300.

    Hammonds Plains Rd & Lucasville Rd

    C317

    Request from Stonehouse Golf Group to extend the Water Service Area to allow for a 168 unit serviced development in this area. A portion of the properties are within the Water Service Area.

    For additional information regarding C317, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C317.

    Montague Golf Course

    C325


    Received: December 18, 2021

    Request from Fathom Studio, on behalf of Archie Hattie, to extend services and enable the amendment of a Development Agreement for a 120 unit, 6-storey seniors development at Montague Golf Course and Academy (PID 00624668 – 13.26 acres).

    To view the proposal, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C325.

    Cow Bay

    C328


    Received: January 5, 2021

    Request from Fathom Studio, on behalf of the landowner, to extend the water services area to enable the development a 72 acre property in Cow Bay.

    To view the proposal, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C328.

    Fraser Lake, St Margaret’s Bay Road, Timberlea

    C337


    Received: February 23, 2022

    Request from ZZap Consulting Limited, on behalf of Crombie REIT, to request amendments to the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy and Halifax Mainland Land Use Bylaw to enable the consideration of a high-density transit-oriented development at the Park West Centre Site.

    To view the proposal, please click here.

    Updated March 15, 2022 to include maps.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C339.

    Beaver Bank Road

    C343
    Received: March 14, 2022
    Revised Description: March 28, 2022

    Request from Beaver Bank Investments to extend the service boundary to allow for sewer and water services and enable development of R1 dwellings, R2, dwellings and seniors housing.

    To view the proposal, please click here.


    Updated March 15, 2022 to include proposal and maps.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C343.


  • Phase 3 - Site Specific Requests (Now Closed)

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    Updated October 12, 2022

    Phase 3: Quick Adjustments

    This phase was approved by Regional Council on October 11, 2022 and considered amendments to the Regional Plan that align with policy direction and are relatively straightforward to initiate. See the table below for details on site specific requests considered under Phase 3:

    Please Note: The deadline to submit comments for Phase 3 Site Specific Requests is now closed.


    PHASE 3

    Table Based on the July 5th, Phase 3 "Quick Adjustments" Report - Site Specific Requests Table (Attachment F).

    Posted: February 28, 2022

    Updated: March 31, 2022

    Updated: August 12, 2022

    Atholea Drive Area

    C009

    C047

    C077

    C326 (New Request)

    Requests:

    • C009 - HRM initiated request to include identified lots currently in the Water Service Area in the Urban Service Area.
    • C047 - Request from ZZap Consulting Inc. on behalf of the property owner to include the subject lands in the Urban Service Area and permit a serviced, 635-unit residential subdivision.
    • C077 - Request from Tony Lajo, Dora Construction, to include the subject lands in the Urban Service Area and permit a 5-lot subdivision.
    • C326 (NEW REQUEST - received on January 5, 2022) - Request to include the subject lands in the Urban Service Area and enable development of the property.


    For additional information regarding C009, C047, C077, please click here.


    To view the C326 proposal please click here.


    Bedford Commons

    C001

    Request from Fathom Studio on behalf of BANC Group to permit a mixed-use development in a private business park. The concept plan includes the expansion of a national tennis centre, parkland and a range of low, medium and high-rise multi-unit dwellings with a total of approximately 1700 units.


    For additional information regarding C001, please click here.


    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C001.

    Lake Loon Golf Course

    C003

    Request from Lake Loon Golf Centre Ltd. to include the subject lands in the Urban Service Area and redesignate/rezone the property to enable a 191 unit development.


    For additional information regarding C003, please click here.


    Purcell's Cove Road
    C005*

    *Please note, on August 9, 2022 Regional Council directed that staff discontinue consideration of this request. No further action on this request will be taken
    Request Letter Revised March 31, 2022.

    Request from Gina Stick to include the subject lands in the Urban Service Area, to allow for water services to be extended to service an existing residential dwelling.

    For additional information regarding C005, please click here.


    First Lake Drive

    C060

    This request originated from a December 11, 2018 motion of Regional Council “to consider amendments to the Water Service Area, as identified on Map 1 of the supplementary staff report dated November 14, 2018, as part of the next review of the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy.”


    For additional information regarding C060, please click here.


    Lindforest Court, Middle Sackville

    C070-B

    Request from Armco to include the subject lands in the Urban Service Area to permit a 274 unit serviced development.


    For additional information regarding C070-B, please click here.


    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C070-B.

    Morris Lake

    C070-E

    Request from Armco to update the Regional Plan with Integrated Mobility Plan principles to support a 805 unit development on the subject lands.

    For additional information regarding C070-E, please click here.


    Birch Hill Mobile Home Park

    C079

    Request from Killam Developments to include the subject lands in the Urban Service Area to permit an expansion of the Birch Hill Mobile Home Park for an additional 125–150 units (estimated at 7-9 units per acre).


    For additional information regarding C079, please click here.


    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C079.

    Exhibition Park

    C086

    Request by Fathom Studio, on behalf of BANC Developments, to consider a 1,016 residential unit development.



    For additional information regarding C086, please click here.


  • Themes and Directions

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    Themes and Directions

    The Themes introduce the main overall topic areas. There are 11 themes in total. In the table, each theme is briefly described and explained. If you would like to read the entire theme, there is a link to read the theme in more detail. You may also dive deeper into issue papers that relate to the theme or read further into the background materials that helped to develop the theme.

    Theme Description and Supporting Documents

    A quick snapshot of the Regional Plan ideas can be found here:

    The Background to the Themes and Direction Document can be found here:

    A link to the full Themes and Direction Document can be found here:

    Theme 1: Considering the Regional Scale First

    The Regional Plan sets out a common vision and long-range, region-wide planning Policies outlining where, when, and how future growth and development should take place between now and 2031. The Municipality’s physical geographic constraints, existing and planned water and wastewater infrastructure, transit boundary, as well as the location of employment and community facilities significantly impacts where and how the region grows’. A full description of Theme Area 1 and the suggested policy actions can be found here:

    Theme 2: Building Healthier and More Complete Communities

    The Regional Plan provides guidance for the development of communities across the municipality to build healthier, more complete communities by setting policy direction at a regional scale to strengthen our citizens’ quality of life by maximizing our municipal services and amenities. A full description of Theme Area 2 and the suggested policy actions can be found here:

    Issue Papers

    Additional Materials

    Theme 3: Reconsidering Employment and Industrial Lands

    The Halifax Regional Municipality is the economic hub of Atlantic Canada. The Regional Plan highlights important components of regional economic development, including protection for industrial lands, business parks, the Halifax Harbour and other coastal areas, as well as support for the rural economy. A full description of Theme Area 3 and the suggested policy actions can be found here:

    Theme 4: Transforming How We Move in our Region

    The Regional Plan supports safe, sustainable and accessible travel options to move conveniently throughout the region. A regional transportation system links people and communities with each other and with goods, services and opportunities in an environmentally and fiscally sustainable way. The Municipality recognizes that transportation and land use planning are inseparable and the decision-making process for both must be integrated. A full description of Theme Area 4 and the suggested policy actions can be found here:

    Additional Materials

    Theme 5: Social Planning for Community Well-Being

    Since the last Regional Plan review Regional Council has played an increasing role in socially minded policies and directives including:

    • Endorsing: the Housing Needs Assessment, Halifax Food Action Plan, Anti-Poverty Solutions Strategy
    • Creating: the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Increasing presence of the African Nova Scotia Integrated Affairs Office
    • Partnering: with Mobile Food Market, Halifax Food Policy Alliance, Housing and Homelessness Partnership
    • Collaborating: with not-for-profits and the Province

    A full description of Theme Area 5 and the suggested policy actions can be found here:

    Theme 6: Celebrating Culture & Heritage

    HRM is home to diverse cultures and histories that are expressed in many ways. Tangible assets, such as heritage buildings and sites, speak to the evolution of the community over time, while intangible assets, such as events, provide an opportunity to preserve and foster living traditions. Sharing Our Stories will provide a regional approach to the preservation of these heritage and cultural resources, which will be reflected in the Regional Plan review. A full description of Theme Area 6 and the suggested policy actions can be found here:

    Additional Materials

    Theme 7: Integrating Community Facilities and Parks

    Parks and community facilities are an essential component of complete communities that support healthy lifestyles for all residents. Currently, in HRM there are more than 900 municipal parks, including playgrounds, sport courts, playing fields and other specialized amenities, as well as over 65 indoor community facilities, ranging from small community centres to large complexes with pools, arena and gymnasiums. Facilities provided by other organizations, such as schools and emergency facilities, also play an important role in the livability of our communities and should be considered when planning for development.

    A full description of Theme Area 7 and the suggested policy actions can be found here:

    Additional Materials:

    Theme 8: Enhancing Environmental Protection

    Open spaces and waterbodies are vital to maintaining a healthy, sustainable and desirable region. They provide important habitats and ecosystems, support economic activity, shape communities, provide opportunities for recreation, and reflect local culture and history. Momentum is building for work taking place in approved priority plans:

    • Halifax Green Network Plan: identifies ways the Municipality can better identify and protect landscapes
    • HalifACT: supports the preservation of open spaces and waterbodies as part of efforts to reduce emissions and help communities adapt to climate change.

    A full description of Theme Area 8 and the suggested policy actions can be found here:

    Issue Paper:

    Theme 9: Leading Through Action on Climate

    Climate change is real, urgent, complex, and a global crisis. With the changing climate, we face hazards to health, economic growth, safety and the natural world. In HRM, Regional Council has declared a climate emergency and, guided by HalifACT the Municipality is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support communities’ resiliency to the effects of climate change. A full description of Theme Area 9 and the suggested policy actions can be found here:

    Additional Materials

    Theme 10: Imagining HRM into 2050 and Beyond

    As 2020 has taught us, society can change dramatically over a short time. However, with long-range planning, the municipality can be better prepared to handle an uncertain future, and to some extent, even direct what the future can look like based on a shared vision. Now that this plan is nearing the end of its lifespan (2031), it is time to begin thinking about what we want HRM to look like further into the future. A full description of Theme Area 10 and the suggested policy actions can be found here:


    Theme 11: Assessing the Impacts of COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global public health crisis that has significant implications for the social and economic well-being of our region. HRM is facing great uncertainty, and the Regional Plan can help to guide the Municipality’s recovery and response. A full description of Theme Area 11 and the suggested policy actions can be found here:


    Additional Materials