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Regional Plan

Effective October 18, 2014

The Regional Plan establishes long-range, region-wide planning policies outlining where, when, and how future growth and development should take place in the municipality over the life of the Plan (to 2031).

The 2014 Regional Plan represents a revision to the municipality's first Regional Plan, adopted in 2006. The 2006 Plan has been repealed.

Since 2006, the region's population has grown to over 409,510 (Census, 2011). This growth has not occurred uniformly across the municipality, but has instead been focussed mainly in the urban communities and rural areas within commuting distance of the Regional Centre.

In preparing the first five year review of the Regional Plan, the Stantec Quantifying Study [5.4MB, To PDF Acrobat Tips PDF] was commissioned to assess the public, private and social costs and benefits of various growth scenarios from 2011 to 2031. The Study considered how these scenarios may impact our environment, health and social well-being, and benchmarked the region with other Canadian and US municipalities to assist in this evaluation. The Stantec Study concluded, adhering to the Regional Plan growth targets of 25% of new housing starts (growth) in the Regional Centre, 50% in the urban communities and 25% in the rural areas of HRM is estimated to save $670 million over the current pattern of development; and significant additional cost savings could be achieved by increasing growth in the Regional Centre.

The 2014 Regional Plan targets at least 75% of all new housing units to be located in the Regional Centre and urban communities, with at least 25% of all new housing units within the Regional Centre by 2031.


The documents presented here are electronic conversions of the text and maps of the official copies of the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy (RMPS), the Regional Subdivision By-law, and the amendments to existing Municipal Planning Strategies and Land Use By-laws required to implement the revised Regional Plan. These electronic conversions are unofficial copies and are provided for information purposes only. Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of these electronic copies, the Halifax Regional Municipality assumes no responsibility for discrepancies that may have resulted from the reformatting for electronic publication or from delays in updating approved amendments. Please consult the appropriate official source for confirmation of the content as well as clarification of any interpretations of the information contained in the documents. These documents are copyrighted to Halifax Regional Municipality and may not be copied for the purpose of resale.


Regional Municipal Planning Strategy (Regional Plan):

Regional Plan Maps:

(All maps in PDFTo PDF Acrobat Tips; Maps 1-12 also available in ArcGIS Online Format)

  1. Settlement and Transportation [2MB]
  2. Generalized Future Land Use [1MB]
  3. Trails and Natural Networks [2MB]
  4. Parks and Natural Corridors [3MB]
  5. Significant Habitats and Endangered Species [5MB]
  6. Future Transit and Transportation [2MB]
  7. Urban Transit Service Boundary[2MB]
  8. Cultural Significance [2MB]
  9. Areas of Elevated Archaeological Potential [2MB]
  10. Burnside Area* [2MB]
  11. Blue Mountain - Birch Cove Lakes Conceptual Park Area [4MB]
  12. Water Supply Areas [2MB]
  13. Growth Centre Maps:

*with amendments to August 15, 2015


Regional Subdivision By-law:

Subdivision By-law Schedules:

**with amendments to March 14, 2015


Amendments to Existing Municipal Planning Strategies and Land Use By-laws:

The approval of the revised Regional Plan necessitated a number of specific amendments to the existing Municipal Planning Strategies (community plans) and Land Use By-laws (zoning by-laws). As well, Regional Council repealed and readopted, as amended, the 2006 MPS/LUB amendment package. As is the normal practice of Halifax Regional Municipality, all amendments to the existing plans and by-laws resulting from the adoption of a revised Regional Plan, will be integrated into the community plans and zoning by-laws. The creation of these consolidated versions is underway and is expected to be completed by October 31, 2014. As a temporary measure, the approved amendments are provided here in the form reviewed/approved by the Provincial Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

Amending By-laws:


The documents presented here are electronic conversions of the text and maps of the official copies of the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy (RMPS), the Regional Subdivision By-law, and the amendments to existing Municipal Planning Strategies and Land Use By-laws required to implement the revised Regional Plan. These electronic conversions are unofficial copies and are provided for information purposes only. Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of these electronic copies, the Halifax Regional Municipality assumes no responsibility for discrepancies that may have resulted from the reformatting for electronic publication or from delays in updating approved amendments. Please consult the appropriate official source for confirmation of the content as well as clarification of any interpretations of the information contained in the documents. These documents are copyrighted to Halifax Regional Municipality and may not be copied for the purpose of resale.


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