Fall River’s Community Vision and Action Plan was adopted on 30 October 2007.
The community then began the implementation phase and the Fall River Vision Implementation Committee was formed.
See below for details.
Copies of the staff reports are available upon request by contacting Planning and Infrastructure Services at 490-4937 or at:
Proposed Rezoning Map [PDF]
The Fall River Community Planning Group/Vision Implementation Committee recommends that the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-Law for Planning Districts 14 and 17 and the Halifax Regional Municipal Planning Strategy be amended to implement the proposed River-lakes Secondary Planning Strategy.
Staff Report and attachments to the MDVCC [10Mb, PDF]
Proposed Rezoning Map [PDF]
If deemed advisable by the Marine Drive, Valley and Canal Community Council, the proposed River-lakes Secondary Planning Strategy and Land Use By-Law regulations will be forwarded to Halifax Regional Council for a public hearing.
In the spring of 2011, the Fall River Community Planning Group/Vision Implementation Committee presented a draft Secondary Plan and Land Use By-Law for the Fall River, Windsor Junction, Fletchers Lake, Lakeview and Miller Lake communities (River-Lakes Secondary Plan Area) to implement the Fall River Vision and Action Plan.
At that time several requests and suggestions for change were recommended for the committee's consideration. After much deliberation and careful review and examination of technical feasibility by HRM staff, the following documents are recommended for review and recommendation by the Fall River CPG/VIC.
Community Planning Group Meetings
Click here for more information on the Summer 2011 meetings
Report on Housing and Plan Amendment Requests [PDF, 8MB] for continued discussion at CPG Meeting August 11, 2011
Letters of Submission & Reply [PDF, 9.82MB]
Transportation Study - Final Report [PDF, 20.30MB]
Open House and Workshop Results
1) What do you like about the proposed plan?
2) What suggested changes do you have to improve the plan?
(Please refer to the section below to view the proposed plan)
Open House and Workshop
View the Presentation [PDF, 11MB]
View the Draft Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy [PDF, 2.7MB]
View the RL-4 - Proposed River Lakes Trail
View the Draft Land Use By-Law [PDF, 3.4MB]
Note Regarding Draft Land Use By-law:
THE GREEN COLOURED TEXT IN THE LAND USE BYLAW DOCUMENT REPRESENTS PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE LAND USE BY-LAW FOR PLANNING DISTRICTS 14 AND 17 (SHUBENACADIE LAKES PLAN AREA) TO IMPLEMENT THE PROPOSED PLAN FOR THE FALL RIVER VILLAGE CENTRE
All other text shown in black in the Land Use Bylaw represents existing regulations of Halifax Regional Municipality that are not proposed to be amended under this planning process. The majority of these regulations were adopted for Planning Districts 14 and 17 in 1989 and were amended from time to time as indicated by the bold highlighted text.
The Vision and Action Plan can be viewed or downloaded. If you would like to receive a copy by mail, please send us your contact information by email or call 490-8479.
Vision [PDF, 7MB]
Fall River Vision Implementation Committee (FRVIC)
The Fall River Vision Implementation Committee is the coordinating body for the various task groups charged with the work of implementing the Fall River Vision and Action Plan. The VIC is composed of six members selected to establish continuity from the Community Liaison Group stage of the visioning process. Also included are the chairpersons of the various Task Groups. A list of members may be found at VIC Membership.
The Goals set for the Task groups are taken from the Fall River Vision and Action Plan which are found under Task Group Goals.
The minutes of the VIC are available. (Read VIC Minutes) It has been decided the minutes of the task groups will not be published. Task Group reports are included in the VIC minutes.
The Chairman of the FRVIC has been designated as the spokesperson for the VIC. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
The FRVIC has also taken on the role of the Community Planning Group (CPG). This group was formed to guide the creation of a Secondary Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law to implement the Fall River Vision and Action Plan. The role of the CPG is to facilitate public input into the creation of the draft Plan and to bring a proposed Plan forward to Regional Council for adoption.
This is a matter of great interest to the community. Public meetings and discussions have shown the majority of those attending the meetings want central water. (Read more...) The Vision and Action Plan includes the subject of water service to Fall River.
Protection of lakes is an important aspect of the HRM Regional Plan. Under Policy E-17 of the Plan, a watershed study is currently underway for the Fall River-Shubenacadie Lakes area. The Regional Plan specifies a number of components which the watershed study must address.
A detailed description of the work to be undertaken in the Watershed Study for Fall River Shubenacadie Lakes is available. Once the study is complete, HRM staff and the VIC will present the results to the community. For more information call 490-4799.
(Background) The Fall River Watershed Study will update the findings of a previous study done for the County of Halifax in 1993. The basic goals of the study are to identify the suitability of specific land areas for particular types of development, identify the resulting impacts and the capacity of lakes to absorb any impacts.
The basic goal for watershed planning is to achieve or maintain water quality suitable for body contact recreation, and to maintain the current trophic status (biological productivity) of lakes and waterways.
There are several policies contained in the Regional Plan intended to protect lakes. These include an intention to prepare a Water Quality Functional Plan (currently in preparation), which would include requirements for water quality monitoring. Policies for watercourse protection include preservation of wetlands (Policy E-9) and preservation of a 20-meter riparian buffer (Policy E-10).
HRM monitors approximately 70 lakes at present. (The list of lakes being monitored does not include St. Andrews (A) Lake, however many of the larger lakes within the Shubenacadie system are included)