Regional Planning Process
The process to create HRM's first Regional Municipal Planning Strategy (Regional Plan) took place in two phases over five years (2001-2006). The process concluded in April 2006.
A final draft of the Regional Plan was tabled for consideration of approval by Regional Council and a Public Hearing was held in May 2006. Council approved the plan on June 27, 2006 after consideration of all public feedback. The Regional Plan became effective on August 26, 2006 following ministerial approval from the Province of Nova Scotia.
Background on Phase II
Phase II of the process began in June 2003 with the development of Regional Plan goals and objectives.
Interim growth measures (IGM) were adopted in January 2004 to allow Regional Council and the public to have valuable input into the pattern of development for the future of HRM.
During 2004, the Regional Planning Committee and staff team developed alternative growth scenarios. Each scenario was evaluated. The preferred alternative was presented to Regional Council in December 2004.
The first draft of the Regional Plan was released for public review in May 2005.
A second draft was released on December 6, 2005. The accompanying report from the Regional Planning Committee recommended six weeks for public review. Council extended the review period by an additional two weeks. Public submissions on the second draft were received until January 31, 2006.
All submissions on the second draft were reviewed by the Regional Planning Committee and a final draft presented to Council in April 2006.
Background on Phase I
Completed between November 2001 and December 2002, Phase
I of the Regional Planning process consisted of public consultation and
initial research. The public consultation included a Citizen's Survey,
community case studies, position papers, a workbook and a Capital District
This information helped
identify the Regional Plan themes and guided the creation of the
vision and principles.