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Regional Planning

In 2006, HRM Regional Council adopted its first Regional Plan, HRM’s blueprint for when, where and how future growth should happen over a 25-year period.

The Regional Plan

The Regional Plan sets a broad framework for growth in HRM using several planning tools and strategies. Learn how they all interconnected and impact planning at a local level.


PlanHRM is the citizen portal for information on HRM planning projects and processes, including the Regional Plan 5 Year Review (RP+5) and the Port Wallace Secondary Planning Community Engagement. Subscribe to PlanHRM e-newsletter for notices.


Halifax Regional Council approved the revised Regional Plan on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

Priorities Planning

The Regional Plan identifies a number of region-wide issues such as culture, transit, active transportation and urban forest management which have detailed implementation strategies.

Community Planning

The Regional Plan identifies a number of “master-planned communities” and priorities for detailed community planning. Port Wallace is currently going through community planning. The Downtown Halifax Plan (established through HRMbyDesign) is an approved community plan.


Learn the meaning of terms like Urban Reserve Designations and Service Area Boundary.

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