PlanHRM is the citizen portal for information on HRM planning projects and processes, including the Regional Plan 5 Year Review (RP+5), HRMbyDesign Centre Plan, Community Visioning and more.
By subscribing to our PlanHRM e-newsletter, you can expect to receive quarterly, & at times more frequent, updates about Regional Plan implementation such as: reviews, major studies, priorities plans, community planning,community engagement opportunities, success stories & progress reports..
June 25, 2014 - Regional Council approved the revised Regional Plan following a public hearing on June 24, 2014. The Regional Plan must now go to the Province for review to ensure consistency with provincial interest. This final step in the approval process can take up to 60 days once the province receives the Council-approved Regional Plan.
Sandy Lake Watershed Study Final Public Meeting - Thursday, September 11 (7-9 p.m.)
RP+5 Past Events
Public Consultation on the revised Regional Plan (Draft 2)
During the open house sessions, information displays will be available describing all proposed changes to the Regional Plan. HRM staff will be on-hand to answer questions one-on-one. The open house format will not include a sit-down presentation.
During the town-hall session, information displays will be available during a two-hour open house (4:30-6:30 pm). At 6:30 pm a public meeting will begin. There will be a presentation given on the changes to the Regional Plan, followed by a town-hall style question-and-answer period.
Can't make it to an open house or the public forum?
Here are some other ways you can share your thoughts on the draft revisions to the Regional Plan.
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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.
Sandy Lake Watershed Study Public Meeting
Sandy Lake Watershed Preliminary Report - Feb 2014
For more information contact: Cameron Deacoff at 490-1926.
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.
Preston Area Watershed Study Public Meeting
Preston Area Watershed Study Preliminary Report - Nov.13
For more information contact: Cameron Deacoff at 490-1926.
Bedford-Halifax Mainland North Corridor Transportation Study [Nov. 2013]
This 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.
Click to view the Report [14Mb PDF]
Dartmouth Main Street Area Plan Review [July 2013]
Check out the new policies and development rules proposed to help revitalize the Main Street area in Dartmouth here
“UPDATE: JULY 4, 2013: The following motion was approved at the July 4, 2013 meeting of Harbour East-Marine Drive Community Council: “… that Harbour East-Marine Drive Community Council recommend that Regional Council Give First Reading to consider the proposed amendments to the Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and Land Use By-Law (LUB) for Dartmouth, as set forth in Attachments 1 and 2 respectively of the May 30, 2013 staff report, and schedule a public hearing. MOTION PUT AND PASSED.””
Shubenacadie Lakes Sub-Watershed Study [Sept. 2013]
Click to view the Final Report [30Mb PDF]
The report includes the water quality objectives established in the Preliminary Report and addresses the remaining requirements of HRM Regional Plan Policy E-17 with respect to the impact of future development within the Port Wallace area on the Birch Cove Lakes watershed.
Urban Forest Master Plan
Halifax Regional Council approved the UFMP on September 25th. The multi-year community engagement process and research initiatives that lead to the plan's development have resulted in 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.
Urban Forest Master Plan
Three workshops took place this past May. The public was asked to help determine priorities for the future implementation of the Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP). Results from these workshops provided direction regarding the development of Chapter 7-Implementation Priorities - of 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:
Birch Cove Lakes Watershed Study
Click to view the Final Report [June 2013]
The report includes the water quality objectives established in the Preliminary Report and addresses the remaining requirements of HRM Regional Plan Policy E-17 with respect to future development within the Birch Cove Lakes watershed.
Tantallon Watershed Servicing Study
Click to view the Final Report [50Mb PDF] [Nov. 2013]
The Study was undertaken by CBCL Limited to provide background information for future community planning in the Tantallon Community. 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 were best suited for development in terms of land capability and options for small scale waste water management and water supply.
A copy of the study, staff report and agenda can be accessed from links on the Regional Watersheds Advisory Board Agenda for November 13, 2013 at the following web location:
Click to view the Final Report [54Mb PDF] [Nov. 2013]
Presentation of Servicing Study Findings
The findings of the Lake Echo Watershed Servicing Study will be presented to the Halifax Watershed Advisory Board on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. The meeting will be held at Halifax Hall, 1841 Argyle Street, Halifax, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. and all are welcome to attend.
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.
A copy of the study, staff report and agenda can be accessed from links on the February 20, 2013 Halifax Watershed Advisory Board Agenda at the following web location:
Lake Echo Watershed Study
A public meeting at the Lake Echo Community Centre on May 14, 2012 presented the findings of the Final Draft Lake Echo Watershed Study. The purpose of this study is to assess capacity of the receiving waters of Lake Echo to assimilate future development. This study is being prepared to provide background information in future community visioning exercises and in the assessment of any future policy or regulatory changes affecting the Lake Echo community. The purpose of the public meeting was to receive comments from the public for consideration by the consultants as the report is finalized. If you have any comments or questions, please contact Gordon Smith at CBCL at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to view the presentation.
Please note that a copy of the study will not be available until it has been presented to Halifax Regional Council for acceptance.
The Centre Plan is phase 3 of HRMbyDesign, following 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 has led Council to direct "Centre Plan Phase 1" be initiated to deliver new policies for several commercial corridors in Halifax and Dartmouth in 2012.
North-South Peninsula Bicycle Corridor
Two public consultation sessions held March 29th and April 3rd (2012) presented options for a north-south bicycle corridor on the peninsula of HRM, which will be used to inform a final recommendation to Regional Council.
Regional Plan 5 Year Review (RP+5)
Public Consultation Phase I & II
January - April 2012
Thank you to the more than 460 citizens who completed the online survey.
Organized around the five RP+5 themes, the survey results will inform changes to the Regional Plan.
RP+5 Kick Off Presentation Videos
Mail: Halifax Regional Municipality, Regional Planning office, 2nd Floor,
40 Alderney Drive, PO Box 1749, Halifax, NS B3J 3A5
Council Committee: Community Design Advisory Committee