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Whats the Current Status?


The Bedford Waterfront Steering Committee, established by Regional Council to oversee this study, met and reviewed the comments received and recommendations as to whether to proceed to implement the consultant’s study recommendations as presented or with amendments. The study and steering committee recommendations were also reviewed by Bedford Watershed Advisory Committee and the North West Planning Advisory Committee. The reports can be found at the links below:

The reports were tabled with North West Community Council for consideration. However, prior to making a recommendation, Regional Council accepted a staff recommendation to initiate a servicing study for this area and defer further public consultation on the Bedford Waterfront project until the servicing study is completed. The staff report regarding the servicing study can be found on the link below. The study is currently in progress.


Background - Community Visioning


In February 2007, the Municipality initiated a community visioning process in collaboration with the community of Bedford to create a vision for the Bedford Waterfront.  The Bedford Waterfront Community Liaison Group (CLG) was established to engage local citizens and provide a vision as to how the community should look and feel in 5, 10, to 25 years.  In October 2007, Regional Council adopted the community vision and an action plan.  Visit the "Visioning Process" link for further detail on the process, the vision and the action plan.

A Vision Implementation Committee (VIC) was formed in 2008 to implement the action plan and has been meeting on a regular basis. 


Background - The Bedford Waterfront Design Study


The Municipality and Waterfront Development Corporation, a provincial crown corporation with a mandate to champion provincial interests for lands around Halifax Harbour and the Bedford Basin, have engaged a consultant to prepare a design study for the Bedford Waterfront

A Public Participation Program has been approved by Regional Council.  Details (including a map of the study area) are outlined in this report

Four Vision Implementation Committee members sit on a steering committee to guide the urban design study and participation program.  The steering committee also includes representatives of the three major property owners within the study area  - Waterfront Development Corporation Limited, United Gulf Limited and Sobeys Leased Properties Limited.  The area councillor serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member. 

A Request for Proposals (RFP) to lead the design study was issued on October 25, 2008.  A contract was awarded to a consulting team headed by Ekistics.

A design brief with three alternative design options [PDF, 37.89MB] was presented to the public on June 10, 2009 at Basinview Elementary School.  Based on the input received, the steering committee provided direction to the consultant regarding the preferred design solution.

A public presentation of the Bedford Waterfront Design Study took place on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at Basinview Community School. Residents and stakeholders are invited to provide their feedback to Paul Morgan or Terry Drisdelle at the addresses listed below.  Videos of the introductions and project background and the presentation of the design study can be viewed below. A copy of the Bedford Waterfront Design Study and the presentation minutes can also be downloaded.

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For a complete timeline of the development process to date, visit:


If you want to be notified of future meetings on this project, contact Paul Morgan or Terry Drisdelle at the addresses listed below.

Paul Morgan, Planner
HRM Regional & Community Planning
Phone: 490-4482
Fax: 490-3976


Terry Drisdelle, Project Manger
Waterfront Development Corporation
Phone: 422-5115, ext. 109

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Frequently Asked Questions


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Bedford Waterfront - Presentation Videos



Video 1:
Paul Morgan
HRM Regional & Community Planning

Video 2:
Doug Kolmer

Video 3:
Terry Drisdelle
Waterfront Development Corporation

Video 4:
Rob Leblanc

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Steering Committee Meeting Minutes




Meeting Location
November 3, 2010 Basinview Drive Community School-Cafeteria
October 20, 2010 Bedford Junior High School Library
October 6, 2010 Bedford Junior High School Library
September 22, 2010 Bedford Junior High School Library
July 14, 2010 36 Southgate Drive, Bedford-Function Room
June 16, 2010  Basinview Drive Community School-Cafeteria
Bedford Junior High - Library
Bedford Waterfront Fire Hall
Basinview Community School - Cafeteria
June 4, 2009 Basinview Community School – Cafeteria