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PlanHRM is the citizen portal for information on HRM planning programs, projects and processes, including the Regional Plan, HRMbyDesign Centre Plan, Community Visioning, Watershed Studies, and more.

By subscribing to the PlanHRM e-newsletter, you can expect to receive quarterly, and at times, more frequent updates about Regional Plan implementation activities such as: land policy reviews, major studies, priorities plans, community planning, community engagement opportunities, success stories and progress reports. 

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RP+5

Announcements and Events

October 18, 2014 - New 2014 Regional Plan, Regional Subdivision By-law, and related amendments to existing community plans and Land Use By-laws in effect!


Watershed Studies

Sandy Lake Watershed

Preston Area Watershed

Shubenacadie Lakes Watershed

Shubenacadie Lakes Sub-watershed

Tantallon Watershed

Lake Echo Watershed

Birch Cove Lakes Watershed

Porters Lake Watershed

Musquodoboit Harbour Watershed

Hubbards Watershed

 



Projects and Studies...


Sandy Lake Watershed Study

Sandy Lake Watershed Study Final Public Meeting

The Halifax Regional Municipality and its consultant, AECOM, invite interested residents of Bedford and Hammonds Plains to attend a public meeting about the Sandy Lake Watershed Study. Everyone is welcome. Come to learn about the watershed study, proposed water protection measures for the area, and next steps in the study.

  • September 11, 2014
  • Bedford Hammonds Plains Community Centre, 202 Innovation Drive, Bedford, N.S.
  • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

For more information contact: Cameron Deacoff at 490-1926.

Sandy Lake Watershed Study Public Meeting 1


Preston Area Watershed Study

Preston Area Watershed Study Final Public Meeting

The Halifax Regional Municipality and its consultant, AECOM, invite interested residents of the North Preston, East Preston, Cherry Brook and Lake Loon area to attend a public meeting about the Preston Area Watershed Study. Everyone is welcome. Come to learn about water protection measures for the area and next steps in the study.

  • September 17, 2014
  • Black Cultural Centre, East Preston, N.S.
  • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

For more information contact: Cameron Deacoff at 490-1926.

Preston Area Watershed Study Public Meeting 1 


Shubenacadie Lakes Watershed Study

View the Final Report [23MB, PDF]

The Fall River-Shubenacadie Lakes Watershed Study was completed for the municipality in 2009.  The Study was required under the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy as background for the preparation of the River-Lakes (Fall River) Secondary Planning Strategy. The goals of the study were to identify the suitability of specific land areas for particular types of development, and to determine the capacity of the Shubenacadie Lakes to assimilate the inputs from land development.


Shubenacadie Lakes Sub-Watershed Study

View the Final Report [30MB, PDF]

The report includes the water quality objectives established in the Preliminary Report. It addresses the remaining requirements of the Halifax Regional Municipality's Regional Plan, Policy E-17 with respect to the impact of future development within the Port Wallace.


Tantallon Watershed Servicing Study

View the Final Report [50MB, PDF]

The servicing study was undertaken by CBCL Limited to provide background information for future community planning in Tantallon. The primary objective of the Study was to determine the extent of future development that may occur within the watershed without exceeding water quality objectives, and what areas are best suited for development in terms of land capability and options for small scale waste water management and water supply.

The study was reviewed by the Regional Watersheds Advisory Board in November 2013. A copy of the staff report and agenda can be accessed at:/boardscom/rwab/index.php


Birch Cove Lakes Watershed Study

View the Final Report [28MB, PDF]

The report includes the water quality objectives established in the Preliminary Report and addresses the remaining requirements of Halifax Regional Municipality's Regional Plan, Policy E-17 with respect to future development within the Birch Cove Lakes watershed.


Porters Lake Watershed Study

View the Final Report [54MB, PDF]

The purpose of this study was to assess capacity of the receiving waters of Porters Lake to assimilate future development. The study was also designed to examine conceptual level options and costs for centralized wastewater management services and central water to the Porter's Lake Centre and surrounding area. This study was being prepared in accordance with policy requirements of the Regional Plan to provide background information for future community planning for the Porter's Lake Centre.

The findings of the Porters Lake Watershed Servicing Study were presented to the Regional Watersheds Advisory Board in November 2013. A copy of the staff report and agenda can be found here: /boardscom/rwab/index.php


Lake Echo Watershed Study

View the Final Report [120MB, PDF]

The Study was undertaken by CBCL Limited to provide background information for future community planning in the Lake Echo Community.  The primary objective of the Study was to determine the extent of future development that may occur within the watershed without exceeding desired water quality objectives for Lake Echo, and what areas were best suited for development in terms of land capability and options for small scale waste water management and water supply.  The Study also undertook an assessment of the impacts of the proposed development of a modular home development by PJC Development Limited, on the assimilative capacity of Lake Echo.

The findings of the Lake Echo Watershed Servicing Study were presented to the Halifax Watershed Advisory Board in February 2013. A copy of the staff report and agenda can be found here: /boardscom/hhcwab/HWABFeb202013.php

The findings of the final draft of the Lake Echo Watershed Servicing Study were presented to the public meeting at the Lake Echo Community Centre on May 14, 2012. The purpose of the meeting was to receive comments from the public for consideration by the consultants as the report was being finalized. Click here to view the presentation.


Musquodoboit Harbour Watershed Study 2

View the Final Report [17MB, PDF]

The second watershed study examined a reduced service area with a goal to optimize the general concepts and costs presented in the 2007 study (Study 1). The second study integrated local knowledge and expertise and recommended potential servicing schemes.


Musquodoboit Harbour Watershed Study 1

View the Final Report [44MB, PDF]

The objective of this study was to provide the municipality with the information necessary to make some decisions with respect to future development in Musquodoboit Harbour. Specific objectives included identifying opportunities for development in a study area that included the community of Musquodoboit Harbour as well as the peninsula between Musquodoboit Harbour and Petpeswick Inlet, and developing a site specific plan showing all land suitable for development complete with recommended development densities and the services required to allow these densities to be realized. The potential for the provision of services was based on the general work conducted and presented in the Final Report, “Options for On-site & Small Scale Wastewater Management”, Land Design Engineering Services et
al, March 2005.

This study was prepared in accordance with policy requirements of the Regional Plan to provide background information for future community planning.


Hubbards Watershed Study

View the Final Report [30MB, PDF]

This study provides a means to evaluate opportunities for the provision of services required for this development including potable water, wastewater treatment and disposal and stormwater management while minimizing negative impacts on the natural environment. In order that the municipality may promote and direct development that best suits requirements for developable land and minimizes negative impacts on the environment, the objectives of this study were to (1) identify opportunities for development within a 2 kilometre diameter around Hubbards; (2) provide a range of servicing schemes for water, stormwater management and wastewater collection, treatment and disposal for those lands; (3) discuss the “level of development” various schemes will support and the impacts on the surrounding environment of various servicing schemes; and (4) develop a site specific plan showing all land suitable for development complete with potential development densities and the services required to allow these densities to be realized.

This study was prepared in accordance with policy requirements of the Regional Plan to provide background information for future community planning.


Bedford-Halifax Mainland North Corridor Transportation Study

The November 2013 report documents a study to review the transportation implications of development proposals at five locations in Fairview-Clayton Park (Mainland North) and Bedford, to determine the transportation impacts of each proposal (singly and as a group) and consider strategies and approaches that may mitigate those impacts though infrastructure changes, transit improvements, and/or active transportation initiatives.

View the Report [14MB, PDF]


Dartmouth Main Street Area Plan Review

View the policies and development rules for the Main Street area in Dartmouth here


Urban Forest Master Plan

Approved in September 2013 the Urban Forest Master Plan provides an integrated social, ecological, and economic strategy that strives to incorporate the values of HRM citizens. The UFMP was developed in cooperation with Dalhousie University's School of Resource and Environmental Studies.

Learn more about the UFMP


Dartmouth Cove Comprehensive Plan

Open House & Presentation

As a follow-up to the Plan + Design Workshop held in February 2012, the Project Team presented the Draft Comprehensive Plan for the Dartmouth Cove Study Area. The presentation included the evolution of the preferred option, the vision, the components of the plan and design guidelines.

For more information on the Dartmouth Cove project visit:

www.my-waterfront.ca/dartmouthcove


centre plan logo

 

The Centre Plan is Phase 3 of HRMbyDesign. It follows the establishment of the overall Regional Centre Vision and Principles in Phase 1, and the creation of the Downtown Halifax Plan in Phase 2.

In October 2011, Halifax Regional Council initiated the Centre Plan and directed a new Regional Centre Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law be delivered by 2015. However the recent emergence of a number of growth opportunities and challenges led Council to direct "Centre Plan Phase 1" be initiated (February 2012) to deliver new policies for several commercial-mixed-use corridors in the Regional Centre (Halifax Peninsula and Dartmouth within the Circumferential Highway).

Click here for more details on the Centre Plan


North-South Peninsula Bicycle Corridor

For more information: www.halifax.ca/cycling


Regional Plan 5 Year Review (RP+5) - Kick-off 2012

RP+5 Kick Off Videos:

Cal Brook Presentation Part I

Cal Brook Presentation Part II

Cal Brook Presentation Part III