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Regional Plan 5 Year Review

The Regional Plan was written as a living document intended to be responsive to emerging challenges and opportunities. It therefore contains within it a mechanism requiring that it be formally reviewed and updated every five years. The first of these reviews (RP+5) was initiated by Council in October 2011.


RP+5 Update:

(Feb 26/14) Regional Council discussion on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 ended with a referral of several matters back to Planning Staff. A report on these matters is due back at Committee-of-the-Whole in May.

View Draft 4 of the revised Regional Plan.


2006 Regional Plan

Housing development in Cole Harbour, HRM.The goal of the Regional Planning initiative was to create a long-range, region-wide plan outlining where, when and how future growth and development should take place in HRM.

Regional Council began research associated with the development of a regional plan in the fall of 2001 to ensure future growth is both fiscally and environmentally sustainable.  The second phase of the project, which involved extensive public consultation, began in March 2003.

In 2001, HRM's population was just over 359,000.  At a predicted, constant growth of one percent per year, the population could increase by up to 100,000 people by 2030.

That constant growth means nearly half a million people will need homes in safe, clean neighbourhoods in the Halifax Regional Municipality.  They'll need employment and an economy strong enough to maintain that employment.

Metro Transit BusThey'll need an efficient transportation system to take them to and from their employment and other day-to-day activities.

And they'll need a clean environment with open, green spaces so they can enjoy HRM's abundant natural assets.

The regional planning process analysed these needs and created a plan to address them, so HRM will remain a great place to live, work and play.

Get more information about HRM's Regional Plan, approved in August 2006.