Regional Plan Review

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The Halifax Regional Municipal Planning Strategy (Regional Plan) is a strategic document built on a common vision and principles for the municipality to achieve balanced and sustainable growth. Originally adopted in 2006, the Regional Plan provided the first comprehensive guide for future growth for the entire municipality following amalgamation

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. Through the Regional Plan Review we are focused on the following ideas:


Themes and Directions

The Themes introduce the main overall topic areas and can be found in the Content and Webinars tab at the bottom of the page or you may click on this link. There are 11 themes in total which are briefly described and explained or you can read the entire 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.

Public Engagement - How do I participate in the Regional Plan Review?

Right now we are in Phase 2 of our engagement process from May 20th until July 16th and we will be asking for public input on our Themes and Directions. The feedback we receive will help provide focus and direction for future work during the project. Several engagement tools that are available on this page including recorded webinars (see below), a survey, FAQ pages, and a comment forum. You may also provide comments via email or phone.

The engagement period will remain open until July 16, 2021. The tools are available as you scroll down or by clicking on the highlighted links in the text above.

Public consultation will be done virtually to meet public health restrictions. However, the project team will also be identifying alternate ways of outreach and are available to meet with individuals or groups over the engagement period. If you wish to meet with us, please email us at regionalplan@halifax.ca.

Regional Plan Webinars:

The Regional Plan Review team and content contributors hosted live virtual Q&A sessions on key topics including housing, social policy, climate change, the environment, mobility and long range planning. These events were recorded and posted under the Q&A Recorded Webinars sidebar. You may also click on the links below as the videos become available.

Topics included the following:

  • Social Policy Webinar Video – Acting on new partnerships, to rethink our values, and include underrepresented or untold views and histories within our region. You may also access the presentation slides and the Q&A transcript.
  • Housing Webinar Video – Making smart decisions about housing and employment to quickly direct growth to the right places, in a way that furthers our community goals, and builds a healthy, thriving economy.
  • Climate Change Webinar Video– Taking action to reduce our emissions and preparing our communities for climate hazards.
  • Environment - Strengthening and protecting important natural and cultural places and using them to shape our region’s communities.
  • Mobility - Linking decisions land use and transportation and organize our transportation system for people by focusing on walking, rolling, and riding.
  • Long Range Planning – Generating ideas about how to change and transform as a community as we move towards the future.



The Halifax Regional Municipal Planning Strategy (Regional Plan) is a strategic document built on a common vision and principles for the municipality to achieve balanced and sustainable growth. Originally adopted in 2006, the Regional Plan provided the first comprehensive guide for future growth for the entire municipality following amalgamation

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. Through the Regional Plan Review we are focused on the following ideas:


Themes and Directions

The Themes introduce the main overall topic areas and can be found in the Content and Webinars tab at the bottom of the page or you may click on this link. There are 11 themes in total which are briefly described and explained or you can read the entire 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.

Public Engagement - How do I participate in the Regional Plan Review?

Right now we are in Phase 2 of our engagement process from May 20th until July 16th and we will be asking for public input on our Themes and Directions. The feedback we receive will help provide focus and direction for future work during the project. Several engagement tools that are available on this page including recorded webinars (see below), a survey, FAQ pages, and a comment forum. You may also provide comments via email or phone.

The engagement period will remain open until July 16, 2021. The tools are available as you scroll down or by clicking on the highlighted links in the text above.

Public consultation will be done virtually to meet public health restrictions. However, the project team will also be identifying alternate ways of outreach and are available to meet with individuals or groups over the engagement period. If you wish to meet with us, please email us at regionalplan@halifax.ca.

Regional Plan Webinars:

The Regional Plan Review team and content contributors hosted live virtual Q&A sessions on key topics including housing, social policy, climate change, the environment, mobility and long range planning. These events were recorded and posted under the Q&A Recorded Webinars sidebar. You may also click on the links below as the videos become available.

Topics included the following:

  • Social Policy Webinar Video – Acting on new partnerships, to rethink our values, and include underrepresented or untold views and histories within our region. You may also access the presentation slides and the Q&A transcript.
  • Housing Webinar Video – Making smart decisions about housing and employment to quickly direct growth to the right places, in a way that furthers our community goals, and builds a healthy, thriving economy.
  • Climate Change Webinar Video– Taking action to reduce our emissions and preparing our communities for climate hazards.
  • Environment - Strengthening and protecting important natural and cultural places and using them to shape our region’s communities.
  • Mobility - Linking decisions land use and transportation and organize our transportation system for people by focusing on walking, rolling, and riding.
  • Long Range Planning – Generating ideas about how to change and transform as a community as we move towards the future.



  • The Regional Plan is a long-term strategy that sets out a framework for growth and change in Halifax Regional Municipality. We are currently reviewing the Regional Plan and we need your help to guide our work. 

    This survey is based on the topics discussed in the Themes & Directions Report, which has been developed to guide our work on the Regional Plan Review. As we think about the future of our region, this is a chance for you to share your thoughts on how Halifax should grow, how we can protect what’s important, and how we can work together to create change.

    Your feedback will help to inform how we update policies of the Regional Plan – and be used to develop a long-term framework to manage growth and change in the coming years. 


    INSTRUCTIONS
    The survey invites you to think of the future and imagine how you would like to live in Halifax Regional Municipality. There are several types of questions.  This survey will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

    • Questions that allow you to indicate your level of AGREEMENT or DISAGREEMENT with a statement;
    • Questions that allow you to RANK the relative importance of issues – based on your sense of priorities.
    • Questions that allow you to provide more details.
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