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Municipal Planning Strategies and Land Use By-Laws

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What is a Plan Area?

Plan areas are communities of interest which have their own set of land use policies and by-laws which specifically apply to them. Currently there are twenty-one community plan areas in Halifax Regional Municipality.

Plan Areas Map

Click on your Plan Area on the map below, or scroll down the page, to navigate to the Plan Area listing of your choice.  Plan Areas are listed in alphabetical order by geographic descriptor.  Where a Plan Area affects more than one community, an alphabetical list of communities which fall within that Plan Area, in whole or in part, is provided for your reference.

HRM Plan Area Map Shubenacadie Lakes Plan Area Core Plan Areaa St. Margarets Bay Plan Area Prospect Road Plan Area Chebucto Peninsula Plan Area Lake Echo/ Porters Lake Plan Area Musquodoboit Valley/ Dutch Settlement Plan Area Eastern Shore West Plan Area Eastern Shore East Plan Area Core Plan Areas Hammonds Plains, Beaverbank, Upper Sackville Plan Area


Halifax Regional Municipality Core Plan Areas

Click on Plan Area to navigate to the Plan Area listing of your choice.

Core Plan Areas Downtown Dartmouth Bedford Plan Area Communities Halifax (Peninsula) Plan Area Communities Timberlea Plan Area Communities Halifax (Mainland) Plan Area Communities HammondsPlains UpperSackville Beaverbank Sackville Plan Area Communities Sackville Drive Shubenacadie Lakes Dartmouth Cole Harbour, Weshphal Eastern Passage, Cow Bay Lawrencetown North Preston Lake Major Lake Loon Cherry Brook East Preston Lake Echo- Porters Lake

Beaver Bank, Hammonds Plains and Upper Sackville

List of Communities in Plan Area

Beaver Bank, Hammonds Plains, Kinsac, Lucasville, Sackville, Stillwater Lake


Planning District 5 (Chebucto Peninsula)

List of Communities in Plan Area

Bald Rock, Bear Cove, Duncan Cove, East Pennant, Fergusons Cove, Halibut Bay, Harrietsfield, Herring Cove, Ketch Harbour, Portugese Cove, Sambro, Sambro Creek, Sambro Head, Sandy Cove, West Pennant, Williamswood

Cole Harbour/Westphal

List of Communities in Plan Area

Cole Harbour, Westphal, Waverley


Downtown Dartmouth

Eastern Passage/Cow Bay

List of Communities in Plan Area

Cow Bay, Devils Island, Eastern Passage, McNabs Island, Shearwater

Eastern Shore (East)

List of Communities in Plan Area

Barkhouse Settlement, Beaver Dam, Beaver Harbour, East Quoddy, East Ship Harbour, Ecum Secum, Ecum Secum Bridge, Ecum Secum West, Harrigan Cove, Liscombe Sanctuary, Lochaber Mines, Malay Falls, Marinette, Mitchell Bay, Moosehead, Mooseland, Moser River, Murphys Cove, Mushaboom, Necum Teuch, Pace Settlement, Pleasant Harbour, Popes Harbour, Port Dufferin, Sheet Harbour, Sheet Harbour Passage, Sober Island, Spry Bay, Spry Harbour, Tangier, Watt Section, West Quoddy

Eastern Shore (West)

List of Communities in Plan Area

Clam Bay, Clam Harbour, Debaies Cove, East Jeddore, East Petpeswick, English Point, Hartlin Settlement, Head Of Jeddore, Lake Charlotte, Little Harbour, Lower Ship Harbour, Musquodoboit Harbour, Myers Point, Ostrea Lake, Owls Head, Oyster Pond, Pleasant Point, Salmon River Bridge, Ship Harbour, Smiths Settlement, Southwest Cove, Upper Lakeville, West Jeddore, West Petpeswick


Downtown Halifax

Planning Districts 8 & 9 (Lake Echo/Porters Lake)

List of Communities in Plan Area

Chezzetcook, Conrod Settlement, East Chezzetcook, Gaetz Brook, Grand Desert, Head Of Chezzetcook, Lake Echo, Mineville, Porters Lake, Seaforth, Three Fathom Harbour, West Chezzetcook, West Porters Lake


List of Communities in Plan Area

East Lawrencetown, Minesville, Upper Lawrencetown, West Lawrencetown

Musquodoboit Valley/Dutch Settlement

List of Communities in Plan Area

Antrim, Beaver Dam, Brookvale, Caribou Mines, Carroll's Corner, Chaplin, Chaswood, College Lake, Cooks Brook, Dean, Dutch Settlement, East Loon Lake, Elderbank, Elmsvale, Elmsdale, Glenmore, Governor Lake, Greenwood, Higginsville, Lake Egmont, Lindsay Lake, Long Lake, Loon Lake, Meaghers Grant, Middle Musquodoboit, Milford, Mill Lake, Moose River Gold Mines, Murchyville, Pleasant Valley, South Section, Ten Mile Lake, Upper Musquodoboit, Wyse's Corner

North Preston, Lake Major, Lake Loon, Cherry Brook and East Preston

List of Communities in Plan Area

Cole Harbour, East Preston, North Preston, Westphal

Planning District 4 (Prospect)

List of Communities in Plan Area

Bayside, Blind Bay, East Dover, Goodwood, Hatchet Lake, Lower Prospect, Mcgraths Cove, Middle Village, Prospect, Prospect Bay, Sandy Cove, Shad Bay, Terence Bay, Terence Bay River, West Dover, Whites Lake


Sackville Drive

Planning Districts 14 & 17 (Shubenacadie Lakes)

List of Communities in Plan Area

Enfield, Fall River, Goffs, Grand Lake, Lake Fletcher, Lakeview, Oakfield, Oldham, Waverley, Wellington, Windsor Junction

Planning Districts 1 & 3 (St. Margaret's Bay)

List of Communities in Plan Area

Black Point, Boutiliers Point, French Village, Glen Haven, Glen Margaret, Hacketts Cove, Head Of St. Margarets Bay, Hubbards, Hubley, Indian Harbour, Ingramport, Lewis Lake, Peggy's Cove, Queensland, Seabright, Simms Settlement, Tantallon, Upper Tantallon


List of Communities in Plan Area

Beechville, Lakeside, Timberlea, Otter Lake