Regional Plan

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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 municipality’s vision for the future is to enhance our quality of life by fostering the growth of healthy and vibrant communities, a strong and diverse economy, and sustainable environment.



Originally adopted in 2006, the Regional Plan provided the first comprehensive guide for future growth for the entire municipality following amalgamation. The Plan established policy for a 25-year horizon, from 2006-2031, with minor reviews expected every five years. The first Regional Plan review (RP+5) was initiated in 2011 to make sure the Plan still reflected the municipality’s goals for growth and development. The Regional Plan was readopted in 2014.

The second five-year review is underway and work will continue over the next two years. The work will include:

  • evaluating the effectiveness of the policies and programs contained in the 2014 Regional Plan;
  • proposing revised policies as necessary based on any new policy direction contained in the Priority Plans (the Integrated Mobility Plan, Halifax Green Network Plan, Halifax’s Economic Growth Plan, Sharing Our Stories: Culture & Heritage Plan, and HalifAct 2050: Community Energy & Climate Action Plan);
  • engaging with the public to identify any new or emerging issues not captured through Priority Planning;
  • establishing policy direction to continue guiding the Plan & By-law Simplification program; and
  • identifying key emerging trends and planning research that might be required to establish the policy program for the next significant review period, expected to begin in 2026.

Any proposed changes to the Regional Plan will be brought to Regional Council for their review. After holding a public hearing, Council may approve changes to the Regional Plan.


Public Consultation

The project team is finalizing plans for public consultation. In the coming months (see the project timeline on the right), the municipality will be asking for feedback through an online survey.

In the meantime, if residents have questions about the Regional Plan and next steps, please contact Kathleen Fralic at regionalplan@halifax.ca or by phone at 902-490-4904.


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 municipality’s vision for the future is to enhance our quality of life by fostering the growth of healthy and vibrant communities, a strong and diverse economy, and sustainable environment.



Originally adopted in 2006, the Regional Plan provided the first comprehensive guide for future growth for the entire municipality following amalgamation. The Plan established policy for a 25-year horizon, from 2006-2031, with minor reviews expected every five years. The first Regional Plan review (RP+5) was initiated in 2011 to make sure the Plan still reflected the municipality’s goals for growth and development. The Regional Plan was readopted in 2014.

The second five-year review is underway and work will continue over the next two years. The work will include:

  • evaluating the effectiveness of the policies and programs contained in the 2014 Regional Plan;
  • proposing revised policies as necessary based on any new policy direction contained in the Priority Plans (the Integrated Mobility Plan, Halifax Green Network Plan, Halifax’s Economic Growth Plan, Sharing Our Stories: Culture & Heritage Plan, and HalifAct 2050: Community Energy & Climate Action Plan);
  • engaging with the public to identify any new or emerging issues not captured through Priority Planning;
  • establishing policy direction to continue guiding the Plan & By-law Simplification program; and
  • identifying key emerging trends and planning research that might be required to establish the policy program for the next significant review period, expected to begin in 2026.

Any proposed changes to the Regional Plan will be brought to Regional Council for their review. After holding a public hearing, Council may approve changes to the Regional Plan.


Public Consultation

The project team is finalizing plans for public consultation. In the coming months (see the project timeline on the right), the municipality will be asking for feedback through an online survey.

In the meantime, if residents have questions about the Regional Plan and next steps, please contact Kathleen Fralic at regionalplan@halifax.ca or by phone at 902-490-4904.