Update #48 – Centre Plan Growth Scenarios, public hearings, Natal Day, more


Centre Plan Growth Scenarios for District 7

Proposed Zoning Changes Feedback required by August 5

HRM is currently in the midst of a major planning consultation that will result in a new secondary planning strategy and land use bylaw for the urban core of Halifax (the peninsula and Dartmouth inside the circumferential highway).

The planning process is called the Centre Plan and there have been a series of public consultations over many months.  On June 27, the planning team working on the project released the proposed Growth Scenarios for the urban core.  What they are sharing are some ideas of “Where and How Should We Grow?”  For further detail on the background information on the Centre Plan please go to the website: http://shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/centre-plan-intro

The continued growth of HRM over the next 15 years will affect District 7 and could affect your neighbourhood.  Several scenarios are proposed to help residents think about how this new growth could happen. These include:

Primary Growth Areas which could include proposals for tall buildings (above 7 storeys) and moderate buildings (4-6 storeys) but this will depend on the availability of land and standards for design of tall and moderate buildings.

  • Robie/Spring Garden/Carleton/College
  • Gottingen/Creighton/Buddy Daye/Maitland/Cogswell/Brunswick
  • Quinpool/Connaught/Pepperell/Windsor/Welsford/Robie

The Centre Plan will propose detailed plans for these identified areas to make sure that new development does not negatively impact the community.

Secondary Corridors which could support new housing in moderate buildings (4-6 storeys)

  • Robie from South to Quinpool
  • South Street from Queen to Oxford
  • Ingis Street from Barrington to South Park

Infill development that can include semi-detached dwellings, flats, townhouses, secondary suites – a form of development called ‘invisible density’ because it is integrated with the existing form.

For specific information on these scenarios please go to the Centre Plan linkhttp://shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/centre-plan-intro and click on June 27 Open House Info Package.

Please consider the following:

  • The growth scenarios are proposals – this is your opportunity to provide feedback on where you think growth could take place and in what form.  Your feedback will inform the next stage of planning for the Centre Plan.
  • The Primary Growth Areas include both tall and moderate buildings – should some parts of these areas be moderate only? Or remain (or become) Established Residential Areas?
  • The secondary corridors will result in more density along road corridors – are they in the right place?  Are there areas where no redevelopment should happen?
  • Infill development can offer opportunity for aging in place and a range of housing options.  It can also provide homeowners with supplementary income to help with housing affordability.  Is infill development important for your neighbourhood and will it provide density that will respect the current form of your neighbourhood?
  • Please review this list of areas proposed for growth and provide comments to staff and myself by Aug. 5.  I would encourage you to contact your neighbours to make sure they are also aware of the proposed changes.  You can email your comments to: planhrm@halifax.ca


Halifax and West Community Council
August 2, 2016 6pm | Halifax City Hall
The next meeting of the Halifax and West Community Council is scheduled for August 3 at 6pm at Halifax City Hall. For information on the agenda, which is available the Friday prior to the meeting, please visit http://www.halifax.ca/commcoun/west/index.php – the following cases are scheduled to be heard:  Case 19912 – Appeal of Variance Approval – 1597 Dresden Row, Halifax, Case 18464 – MPS & LUB Amendments and Development Agreement, Bright Place, Lady Hammond Road and Normandy Drive, Halifax, Case 20265 – Amendment to the I-3 (General Industrial) Zone under the Halifax Mainland Land Use By-law, Case 19987: Development Agreement for 1034, 1042, 1050, and 1056 Wellington Street, Halifax.

Halifax Regional Council Public Hearings
August 9, 2016 6pm | Halifax City Hall
Plan Dutch Village Road – HRM-initiated application to consider comprehensive planning policies that enable additional commercial and residential developments on the lands located within Dutch Village Road and neighbouring areas.  Case 18599 – Amend Eastern Passage/Cow Bay Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law to consider a two five-storey multiple unit buildings (120 total units) at 1490 Main Road in Eastern Passage.  Case 19258 Application by W.M. Fares Group, for lands at 8 Linden Lea to consider a 41 dwelling unit four-storey multiple unit building.


District 7 Event listing August 2016
Halifax International Busker Festival 2016
July 27 – August 1, 2016 | Halifax Waterfront
The Halifax International Busker Festival is the oldest and largest of its kind in Canada and features performers from around the world. Come out and watch them perform a wide variety of street theatre, acrobatics, music, visual arts, fire displays and comedy. Admittance to the festival is free, but it is asked that you show performers your appreciation of their talents by tipping the hat! For more information visithttp://www.buskers.ca/

Natal Day Festival 2016
July 29-August 1, 2016 | Various locations around HRM
Come out and celebrate the city’s 121st Natal Day! More than 30 individual events are planned and include family activities, live concerts, talent showcases, one of the oldest parades in Atlantic Canada and a spectacular fireworks show on the Halifax Harbour. Please note that the parade this year will only be in Dartmouth due to the MacDonald bridge closure. For a full listing of events, please visit http://www.natalday.org/

Queen’s Marque Public Space Engagement
Wednesday, August 3: 6pm | Maritime Museum of The Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water Street

Learn more about Queen’s Marque and share your ideas about the public spaces it will create.  Session will run approximately 90 minutes. No RSVP required.  For more info visit: http://my-waterfront.ca

Newcomers Welcome BBQ 2016
Saturday August 13 at 11am | Halifax Common
This annual Welcome BBQ is a free multicultural family event to help connect and welcome newcomers into our community. Last year over 1500 newcomers and residents enjoyed live music, good food and great company and this year’s event will be much the same!  Please visit http://www.halifax.ca/newcomers/annualbbq.php for more information. Hope to see you there!

India Fest 2016
August 12-14, 2016 | Halifax Forum, Multipurpose Room
Come out and enjoy the incredible experience of Indian culture with food, dance, and music. There will be a variety of clothing, jewelry and of course, Henna. For more information about this great cultural celebration, please visithttps://www.facebook.com/events/1018240431629491/

Fall Recreation Programs Registration – August 17
The 2016/17 Fall and Winter Recreation catalogue is now online, and registration for some programs begins August 17th. For more information please visithttp://www.halifax.ca/rec/ProgramsandActivities.php

Freedom of the City of Halifax Parade
Friday, August 19, 2016 11am | Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Halifax’s military heritage comes to life, as the Halifax Citadel’s 78th Highlanders march from the Citadel to Grand Parade. This time honored tradition dates as far back as the Roman Empire and features the entire unit on a formal march with drums beating, colours flying, and bayonets fixed. For more information, for more information, please visithttp://www.destinationhalifax.com/experience-halifax/festivals-events/freedom-city-halifax-parade

The Tragically Hip concert screening at Grand Parade
August 20, 2016 9:30pm | Grand Parade
The CBC will present a free, live screening of The Tragically Hip’s final concert in Kingston, Ontario on August 20 in Grand Parade. This full day-celebration, titled “Hey Man, Thanks: A Celebration of Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip in Downtown Halifax” will also include live daytime musical performances throughout Downtown, and the closure of Argyle Street for a day-long street party. This free, family-friendly event will include fundraising components in support of the Canadian Cancer Society – Nova Scotia Division. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1720185034913182/