Update #7 – Regional Plan, Fall Pruning, more….

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Regional Plan Draft #3 Now Online
As I have written before – I feel the Regional Plan 5 year review is one of the most important things that will take place during this four year term. The third and final draft from staff for revisions to the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy is now online at: http://www.halifax.ca/boardscom/September232013CDACAgenda-HRM.html

I am eager to hear what you think about this draft. The Community Design Advisory Committee will be reviewing the draft at our Oct. 2 meeting at 11:30 am at City Hall (the Sept. meeting was cancelled).

Fall Planting and Pruning Program
HRM’s urban forest consists of all trees within the urban core, including street trees, park trees, and trees on private and public land. The goal of the Urban Forest Masterplan is to ensure a sustainable future for our urban forest and to create awareness about environmental stewardship. The plan was developed in cooperation with Dalhousie University’s School for Resource and Environmental Studies (SRES) after many years of research, public engagement, workshops and reports.

This year, five neighbourhood areas have been selected to take part in a pilot program to significantly increase the number of street trees planted. The areas are Colby Village, Connaught/Quinpool, Eastern Passage, Fairview and North End Halifax. The pilot program will include improved tree planting and maintenance programs, as well as opportunities for volunteers to get involved.

This spring one hundred and thirty-five new street trees were planted in the Connaught/Quinpool urban forest neighbourhood. Within a few weeks the fall planting season will begin. One hundred and thirteen new street trees will be planted along Coburg Road, Oxford Street and Robie Street. In years to come these trees will beautify the neighbourhood and grow tall to form a protective canopy cover. Fall planting starts in mid-October and will continue until the end of November.
Improving tree health is another goal of the UFMP. Street trees should be pruned on a regular basis to ensure a long life.

Starting in November, HRM will be conducting a trial pruning project in several neighbourhoods in Halifax.
The UFMP website will be updated on a regular basis to help you stay informed about upcoming planting and pruning schedules and volunteer opportunities in your neighbourhood. Visit the website at: www.halifax.ca/RealPropertyPlanning/UFMP

Halifax and West Community Council – Sept. 23
The next meeting of community council will take place on Mon. Sept 23 at Captain William Spry Community Centre, Spryfield at 6 pm. Several development agreements are up for approval (they have gone through the public hearing process) for developments in the north end (Robie, Gottingen, Bilby/Isleville Sts). The agenda and reports are available at: http://www.halifax.ca/Commcoun/west/September232013HalifaxandWestCommunityCouncilMeetingAgenda-HRM.html

Accessibility Town Hall – Sept. 30
HRM is hosting its second annual Town Hall to discuss accessibility issues in the municipality. The town hall is an opportunity to meet with HRM staff and members of the HRM’s Accessibility Committee to discuss how to make HRM a more accessible community. The town hall will take place on Monday September 30 at the Common Room, Dartmouth Sportsplex, 110 Wyse Rd from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. ASL interpreters will be provided and refreshments served. For further information please go to http://www.halifax.ca/boardscom/access/documents/HRMAACTownHallMeetingPoster.pdf or contact Jennifer Weagle at 490-6517 or Municipal Clerk’s TTY 902-490-7038. We look forward to a great turnout!

Solid Waste Resource Consultation – Oct. 2 and 24
A major public consultation process is now underway for HRM’s solid waste resource system. There are several opportunities to learn more about the system, proposals for changes and to provide your opinions. There will be two meetings in the Halifax area on Oct. 2 and 24 – both at the Maritime Hall, Halifax Forum from 7-9 pm. There is also information and a survey on the new HRM Shape Your City portal:
http://shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/solid-waste-management

Halifax Common 250th Anniversary Celebration – Oct. 3-6
This year is the 250th anniversary of the Halifax Common and a series of events are being organized by the Friends of Halifax Common to celebrate the occasion from Oct. 3-6. Celebrate the Common 250 will include public walks and talks, theatre, artist installations, book publications, and performances to commemorate the occasion. For more information please go to www.halifaxcommon.ca or call 220-1967.

HRM Volunteers on Boards and Committees – Deadline Oct 7
The volunteers who serve on HRM’s Advisory Boards and Committees are an important part of hearing from the people and communities of our Region. The Halifax Regional Municipality is currently looking for members of the Community to volunteer to serve on a number of Advisory Boards and Committees. Current opportunities include: Planning Advisory Committees, The Heritage Advisory Committee, The Accessibility Advisory Committee, HRM Library Board and a number of other committees. For more information on these and other opportunities go to
http://www.halifax.ca/boardscom/documents/September2013ad.pdf

Metro Transit Public Consultation – Oct 15
Metro Transit has extended the deadline for public consultation about the five year transit review. The new deadline to complete the online survey or to send written submissions (via email or regular mail) to the end of the business day Tuesday October 15th. Hard copies of the survey can be requested by emailing movingforward@halifax.ca, or by calling 311. You can get to our online engagement portal and survey directly by following this link: http://shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/transit-service-plan. If you’re a twitter user and want to tweet your ideas about the Five Year Service Plan, you can also use our Twitter hashtag #moving4ward.

Placemaking Program Application Deadline – Oct. 31
The Placemaking Program provides guidance and support to community members that are interested in hosting a street painting project in their neighbourhood street intersection. HRM provides staff support to seek necessary approvals and works collaboratively with community members to design accessible, creative and successful project plans. HRM also provides staff support for project painting days. For more information and an application: www.halifax.ca/Culture/CommunityArts/Placemaking.html

Update on Roundabout Projects at North Park Intersections
For an update on the Roundabout projects at North Park intersections please go to:
http://www.halifax.ca/shapeyourcity/NorthParkIntersectionRedesign.html

311 – HRM’s Call Centre
HRM’s call centre is open 7 days/week from 7 am to 11 pm to respond to routine inquiries and complaints from HRM residents. Please use this service since it helps HRM keep track of issues that are of concern for residents (missed solid waste pickup, sidewalks not cleared, transit info or complaints, etc.) For more information on the service please go to: http://www.halifax.ca/311/

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