Regional Plan Review

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

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.

The Regional Plan Review’s latest deliverable, the What We Heard Report, has been released and was discussed at Regional Council’s Committee of the Whole on January 25, 2022. This report provides a summary of the feedback received on the Themes & Directions Report and outlines the proposed next steps for the project. Please note, this is a large file and may take time to download.


NEXT STEPS

New and updated policy is being considered through three phases - Phase 3: Quick Adjustments, Phase 4: Draft Regional Plan, and Phase 5: Future Growth Planning as described below.

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

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 are described below and can be found in the Updates Tab for Phase 3, Phase 4, and Phase 5, and New Requests.


Phase 3: Quick Adjustments (Anticipated May 2022)

This phase will consider amendments to the Regional Plan that align with Regional Council’s goals, as a rapid response to current housing conditions. This phase will include:

  • Finalizing population and housing analysis using Statistics Canada’s 2021 Census Data Release
  • Advancing work on site specific requests that align with policy direction and are relatively straightforward to initiate (see Phase 3 Site Specific Requests table)
  • Simple text amendments that help support priorities plans (such as the Integrated Mobility Plan, Halifax Green Network Plan and HalifACT
  • Identifying any quick adjustments that can be undertaken to Suburban or Rural Plans that would provide greater clarity in decision making and result in improved conditions for housing development
  • Undertaking an employment study and update the Regional Transportation Model with new data
  • Modelling preferred growth scenario(s)

Phase 4: Draft Regional Plan (Anticipated December 2022)

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

Site Specific requests were received after the What We Heard Report was written. These requests have not yet been analyzed for a recommended approach but comments on the proposals can be submitted for review (see the New Requests table).

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.

The Regional Plan Review’s latest deliverable, the What We Heard Report, has been released and was discussed at Regional Council’s Committee of the Whole on January 25, 2022. This report provides a summary of the feedback received on the Themes & Directions Report and outlines the proposed next steps for the project. Please note, this is a large file and may take time to download.


NEXT STEPS

New and updated policy is being considered through three phases - Phase 3: Quick Adjustments, Phase 4: Draft Regional Plan, and Phase 5: Future Growth Planning as described below.

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

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 are described below and can be found in the Updates Tab for Phase 3, Phase 4, and Phase 5, and New Requests.


Phase 3: Quick Adjustments (Anticipated May 2022)

This phase will consider amendments to the Regional Plan that align with Regional Council’s goals, as a rapid response to current housing conditions. This phase will include:

  • Finalizing population and housing analysis using Statistics Canada’s 2021 Census Data Release
  • Advancing work on site specific requests that align with policy direction and are relatively straightforward to initiate (see Phase 3 Site Specific Requests table)
  • Simple text amendments that help support priorities plans (such as the Integrated Mobility Plan, Halifax Green Network Plan and HalifACT
  • Identifying any quick adjustments that can be undertaken to Suburban or Rural Plans that would provide greater clarity in decision making and result in improved conditions for housing development
  • Undertaking an employment study and update the Regional Transportation Model with new data
  • Modelling preferred growth scenario(s)

Phase 4: Draft Regional Plan (Anticipated December 2022)

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

Site Specific requests were received after the What We Heard Report was written. These requests have not yet been analyzed for a recommended approach but comments on the proposals can be submitted for review (see the New Requests table).

  • Phase 4 -Site Specific Requests

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    Phase 4: Draft Regional Plan (Anticipated December 2022)

    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 December 14th What We Heard Report staff report - Site Specific Requests Table (Attachment C).

    Posted: February 28, 2022

    Purcell’s Cove 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.

    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.

    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.

    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 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • Phase 5 - Site Specific Requests

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    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 December 14th What We Heard Report staff report - Site Specific Requests Table (Attachment C).

    Posted: February 28, 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.

    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.

    Lands near Kidston Lake

    C071

    Request from Kevin Riles, on behalf of North American Real Estate, to consider a 4,189 unit serviced development on the subject lands.

    For additional information regarding C071, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C071.

    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 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.

    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.


  • New Requests

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    The following requests were received after the What We Heard 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.

    Updated March 15, 2022

    Updated April 26, 2022

    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.

    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.

    To view the proposal, please click here.

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

    Fraser Lake, St Margaret’s Bay Road, Timberlea

    C337

    Received: September 10, 2021

    Request from Clayton Developments Limited to extend the serviceable boundary to enable the development of 690 units in Timberlea (PIDs 40054306, 40054363, 40261729, 40689358, 40319550 – 115 acres).

    To view the proposal, please click here.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C337.

    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.

    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.
    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:

    Please note the map is not yet available but will be coming soon.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C405.



  • Phase 3 - Site Specific Requests (Now Closed)

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    Phase 3: Quick Adjustments (Anticipated May 2022)

    This phase will consider 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 being 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 December 14th What We Heard Report staff report - Site Specific Requests Table (Attachment C).

    Posted: February 28, 2022

    Updated: March 31, 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.


    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C009, C047, C077 and/or C326.

    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.


    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C003.

    Purcell's Cove Road
    C005
    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.

    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C005.

    Lands on Purcell’s Cove Road

    C025

    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 C025.

    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.


    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C060.

    Paper Mill Lake, Bedford

    C061-B

    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 C061-B, 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

    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.

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

    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.


    To provide feedback on this application please email regionalplan@halifax.ca and reference Case C086.

    Herring Cove Holding Zone, Spryfield

    C070-A (Clifton Heights)

    C071 (near Kidston Lake)*

    C074 (lands southwest of Herring Cove Rd)


    C333 (New Request)

    Requests:

    • C070 - A Request from Armco to include the subject lands in the Urban Service Area to permit a 1,047 lot serviced development.
    • 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.


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

    C070-A

    C074


    *C071 The Holding Zone request will be considered under Phase 3. Planning for future development will occur under Phase 5 (see Phase 5 for additional information). To view the Holding Zone requests map, please click here.


    New Request (March 2, 2022):

    • C333 - Request from Stephen Adams, on behalf of several property owners to rezone properties to R-2.

    To view the proposal, please click here.


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


  • Themes and Directions

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    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



Page last updated: 05 May 2022, 08:50 PM