Update #5 – participatory budgeting tomorrow, RP5, and much more

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IN THIS EDITION

  • Participatory Budgeting – FIRST MEETING TOMORROW (Wednesday)
  • RP5: the most important piece of legislation that HRM will pass between now and the next election.​
  • African Nova Scotians’ Input Invited
  • Find a Parking Spot with Spring Garden Road Business Association’s New App
  • Help HRM Win Cash!
  • Tunes at Noon Call for Submissions
  • Transit seeks public art for Bridge Terminal
  • Free Free Free!
  • HRM’s Commuter Challenge On Now
  • Put the Pedal to the Metal – It’s Bike Week

Participatory Budgeting – FIRST MEETING TOMORROW (Wednesday)
Each year, Regional Councillors are allocated a sum of money called district capital funds, which is allocated to small local projects that benefit the community. In order to ensure that District 7’s allocation of $92,000 is distributed to what the community most wants, two participatory budgeting meets will be held. Inspired by processes conducted in other cities, participatory budgeting promises to be an interesting process and is a great opportunity to share ideas.

New information on process and who, what, and where: http://halifaxdistrict7.ca/news/more-about-process-and-more-who-what-and-where-details/

RP5: the most important piece of legislation that HRM will pass between now and the next election.​
The Regional Plan is the set of bylaws that determine how HRM is going to shape our growth. This plan is  the most important documents HRM creates.  Simply put, the regional plan review is the most important piece of legislation that HRM will pass between now and the next election in 2016. It is very very important that citizens get involved and have their say.

Halifax Regional Municipality is completing the first five-year review of the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy (Regional Plan) under the guidance of the Community Design and Advisory Committee (CDAC). The Regional Plan is the set of bylaws that determine how HRM is going to shape our growth.  The Regional Plan, adopted by Halifax Regional Council in 2006, forms a comprehensive guide for the future growth and development of HRM. Implemented through detailed community planning, priorities plans and strategic municipal investment, the Plan remains a strong and well-conceived blueprint for growth.

A number of public consultations are being held across the Municipality and everyone is encouraged to participate. For more information on dates, please visit: http://wayemason.ca/2013/05/29/rp5-review/

African Nova Scotians’ Input Invited
HRM is establishing an African Nova Scotian Affairs Integration Office, which will support the delivery of quality municipal services to African Nova Scotian communities. We need to hear from African Nova Scotians to ensure this office is open and welcoming to all people of African descent living in HRM. The consultations will run for two weeks in June, please visit http://www.halifax.ca/IntergovernmentalAffairs/AfricanNSAffairs.html for details.

Find a Parking Spot with Spring Garden Road Business Association’s New App 
Spring Garden Road Business Association is launching an app which will help find parking in downtown. Take a test drive: www.springgardenarea.com/springboard

Help HRM Win Cash! 
HRM is one of more than 100 communities across North America in the running for a main street makeover under a program called Main Street Matters launched by the Benjamin Moore paint company. The Main Street Matters initiative gives residents in 20 cities in the United States and Canada a chance to vote online www.paintwhatmatters.ca to win a revitalization of a main street.

Tunes at Noon Call for Submissions
HRM, the Downtown Halifax Business Commission, and the Centre for Arts and Technology, in association with Music Nova Scotia, will once again present Tunes at Noon, a weekly summer concert series featuring Nova Scotia performers. HRM is inviting submissions for various weekdays in July and August. Performances will be acoustic in nature with no backline provided and all music genres welcome. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 14, 12 p.m. Interested performers should visit http://www.halifax.ca/mediaroom/pressrelease/pr2013/TunesatNooncallforsubmissions2013.html

Transit seeks public art for Bridge Terminal 
Metro Transit is currently seeking and planning for a major public artwork to be displayed on the large expanse of exterior wall space at the rear of the new Bridge Terminal, situated in Dartmouth between Nantucket Avenue and Thistle Streets. The Request for Proposals (RFP P13-064) closes June 28, 2013: http://www.gov.ns.ca/tenders/pt_files/tenders/P13-064.pdf

Free Free Free! 
Don’t forget this weekend, June 8 and 9, is prime treasure-hunting time. It’s Curbside Giveway weekend where those in need of a treasure can take a drive, walk or pedal though the neighbourhood to find previously loved items. For those who have items that are no longer needed, but can be reused, place the items at curbside Friday evening and if not claimed, please bring back in Sunday evening. Details here: http://www.halifax.ca/wrms/CGAW.html

HRM’s Commuter Challenge On Now
The Commuter Challenge is a week-long event during National Environment Week (June 2-8) organized by Clean Nova Scotia, Stepping Up and HRM’s SmartTrip. The Challenge is a friendly competition between Canadian cities and workplaces and a celebration of active and sustainable transportation. For the Commuter Challenge, workplaces and participants in HRM and Nova Scotia are asked to make a commitment to giving their car a day off. Learn more at www.commuterchallenge.ca. 

Put the Pedal to the Metal – It’s Bike Week 
Great events are taking place until June 11 – http://www.halifax.ca/bikeweek/scheduleofevents.html. Take advantage of these great events to get out and enjoy the weather!

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