The M District Future Growth Node

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Project status

The first phase of public engagement, which included public drop-in sessions and an online survey, has now closed. A report on the feedback received during this first phase has been prepared by staff and is now available here. A second phase of public engagement will begin in Spring 2024. At this time, draft planning documents will be presented for comment and feedback.

For more information, please watch an introductory video that explains the planning process and the project's next steps.


How can I participate in the process and provide feedback?

A second phase of public engagement will begin in Spring 2024 once draft planning documents are ready to be presented for comment and feedback. Please continue to visit this page for any updates regarding the next phase of public engagement.

Project outline
WM Fares Architects, on behalf of Rank Inc., has applied to begin a comprehensive planning process to allow the development of the Mic Mac Mall lands bound by Micmac Boulevard, Horizon Court, and Highway 111, identified on the map below. The proposal includes approximately 2,200 new residential units, plus 400 units for retirement living and additional commercial office and retail space built around the existing mall.


M District proposal 3D context view


Background
On December 13, 2022 Regional Council initiated a process to consider amendments to the Regional Centre Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law to enable comprehensive development of the M District Future Growth Node located between Micmac Boulevard and Horizon Court.


Plan and By-law context
The M District was identified by Regional Council as a “Future Growth Node” for a mixture of residential, commercial, and public uses in support of population growth, employment opportunities, improved transit, and public parks. Policies F-3, F-4, F-5, and F-6 of the Regional Centre Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy provide direction for establishing a master neighbourhood plan for the M District.

The planning process will address items that are needed for a new complete community through a neighbourhood plan for the entire area. This will include new roads, parks, pathways, housing mix, and any other amenities. Policies and regulations will be drafted to guide the phasing, use and form of development.

Project status

The first phase of public engagement, which included public drop-in sessions and an online survey, has now closed. A report on the feedback received during this first phase has been prepared by staff and is now available here. A second phase of public engagement will begin in Spring 2024. At this time, draft planning documents will be presented for comment and feedback.

For more information, please watch an introductory video that explains the planning process and the project's next steps.


How can I participate in the process and provide feedback?

A second phase of public engagement will begin in Spring 2024 once draft planning documents are ready to be presented for comment and feedback. Please continue to visit this page for any updates regarding the next phase of public engagement.

Project outline
WM Fares Architects, on behalf of Rank Inc., has applied to begin a comprehensive planning process to allow the development of the Mic Mac Mall lands bound by Micmac Boulevard, Horizon Court, and Highway 111, identified on the map below. The proposal includes approximately 2,200 new residential units, plus 400 units for retirement living and additional commercial office and retail space built around the existing mall.


M District proposal 3D context view


Background
On December 13, 2022 Regional Council initiated a process to consider amendments to the Regional Centre Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law to enable comprehensive development of the M District Future Growth Node located between Micmac Boulevard and Horizon Court.


Plan and By-law context
The M District was identified by Regional Council as a “Future Growth Node” for a mixture of residential, commercial, and public uses in support of population growth, employment opportunities, improved transit, and public parks. Policies F-3, F-4, F-5, and F-6 of the Regional Centre Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy provide direction for establishing a master neighbourhood plan for the M District.

The planning process will address items that are needed for a new complete community through a neighbourhood plan for the entire area. This will include new roads, parks, pathways, housing mix, and any other amenities. Policies and regulations will be drafted to guide the phasing, use and form of development.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Public Consultation

    During this first phase of the M District Future Growth Node comprehensive planning process, we are seeking public input about the policies that will guide future development of the site. The purpose of this phase of engagement is to hear your ideas and vision for the future of the site. 

    Your feedback will help us develop more detailed guiding policies for this site. A summary of the engagement will be posted on this Shape Your City page, after Phase 1 of public engagement is finished.


    Privacy Statement

    In accordance with Section 485 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA), any personal information collected in this form will only be used by municipal staff and, if necessary, individuals and/or organizations under service contract with the Halifax Regional Municipality for purposes relating to processing the M District Future Growth Node project survey.

    If you have any questions about the collection and use of this personal information, please contact the Access and Privacy Office at 902.943.2148 or privacy@halifax.ca.

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