Centre Plan, Ferry Terminal, JEM, more

Just a quick update to share the Centre Plan dates and info.  Another longer newsletter will come next week. 

Halifax Ferry Terminal Refresh Project – Phase 2 
Construction Funded in part by the federal government through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, the Halifax Ferry Terminal Refresh project aims to improve customer experience for those accessing ferry service. Halifax Transit is pleased to announce that construction on the second phase of work at the Halifax Ferry Terminal will begin the week of January 8, 2018, and will be completed in spring/summer 2018(corrected). Construction work will not impact ferry service.

Phase 2 of the work will include the complete renovation and upgrade of the men’s and women’s washrooms, as well as the introduction of a universal washroom facility. It will also include the introduction for an acoustic panel system to dampen sound in the passenger waiting area.

Centre Plan Update
Package A is available for review.
 Draft Package A Land Use By-law (LUB) and Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy (SMPS) documents have now been released as part of the Community Design Advisory Committee agenda.  As the next step in the adoption process Package A contains the first set of draft land use policies and regulations which focus on areas designated as Centres, Corridors, Higher Order Residential and Future Growth Nodes. Package A deals with standards for development, set backs, transitions, built-form and creating complete communities.

Public Open Houses

  • Monday, March 19, 2018  from  6:30 – 8:30 pm at St. Joseph A. McKay Elementary School – 5389 Russell Street, Halifax
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 6 – 8 pm at NSCC Ivany (Waterfront) Campus, 80 Mawiomi Pl, Dartmouth
  • Monday, March 26, 2018 from 1 – 3 pm & 6 – 8 pm Dalhousie University SUB, McInnes Room – Halifax South
  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 1-3 pm & 6 -8 pm at the Mic Mac Aquatic Club, 192 Prince Albert Road, Dartmouth
  • Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 6 – 8 pm at the Halifax Forum, Maritime Hall, 2901 Windsor Street, Halifax
  • Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 1 – 3 pm (lobby) & 6 – 8 pm (multi-purpose room) at the Dartmouth North Community Centre, 105 Highfield Park Dr, Dartmouth

Storefront – The storefront location opened on February 26 at 5161 George Street in Halifax (in the old RBC Building at the corner of George and Hollis Street).

The storefront will be open weekdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  Weekly schedule will be posted on Twitter @hfxplanning and Facebook Halifax Planning every Monday.

Public Meetings and Notices

Point Pleasant Park Advisory Committee
Thursday, March 1st 4:30-6:30pm | Halifax City Hall, Halifax Hall

The next meeting of the Point Pleasant Park Advisory Committee will take place on Thursday March 1st from 4:30-6:30pm at City Hall in Halifax Hall. The agenda can be found here: https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/boards-committees-commissions/march-1-2018-point-pleasant-park-advisory-committee

Halifax Regional Council 
Tuesday, March 6th 10am | Halifax City Hall, Council Chambers
The next meeting of Halifax Regional Council will take place on Tuesday March 6that 10am at Halifax City Hall. Agenda and reports are posted by noon on Friday prior to the meeting date and are available at http://www.halifax.ca/council/agendasc/cagenda.php

Community Events

JEM Volunteer Meeting –  Wednesday February 28 7pm | Halifax Central Library 7:00
We continue to work on establishing a formal Joint Emergency Management (JEM) team. This is a community-based volunteer organization that works with HRM’s EMO.  This is great way for involved citizens to educate friends, family and neighbours in preparedness for emergencies. JEM’s motto is “neighbours helping neighbours”. During emergencies, residents in affected communities need to be prepared to help themselves and to assist others.  Come join us!

Free Access Evening – Discovery Centre
Wednesday February 28th 5-8pm |Discovery Centre, 1215 Lower Water Street
Every Wednesday the Discovery Centre offers free admission between 5:00 and 8:00pm. Bring the kids and come learn, play and create! For more information, visit: http://thediscoverycentre.ca/calendar/

Help and more info

Call my office
Call our office for assistance with your municipal issues. Contact my Constituency Coordinator Melody Campbell by phone 902-490-2012 or email melody.campbell@halifax.ca or contact me directly. The best way to reach me is via email at my city email – waye.mason@halifax.ca or you can call my direct line at 902-490-8462.

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 please visit http://www.halifax.ca/311/

Regional Council Reports and Agendas
If you want to read reports coming to Regional Council (posted mid-day Friday prior to the Tuesday meeting) or to check the agenda please go to:  https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/regional-council

Halifax and West Community Council Reports and Agendas
Community Council meets on Tuesday evenings that alternate with Regional Council. Please check the webpage here for agendas (usually available a week before the meeting), locations and times. https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/community-councils/halifax-west-community-council

Peninsula Planning Advisory Council Reports and Agendas
Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee meets once a month to discuss and provide feedback to council on planning proposals for the three districts on the peninsula. Please check the webpage for agendas (usually available a week before the meeting), locations and times:  https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/boards-committees-commissions/h/halifax-peninsula-planning-advisory-committee