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What's happening with Draft 4?

Regional Council approved the revised Regional Plan on June 25, 2015 following a public hearing. The Regional Plan must now go to the Province for review to ensure consistency with provincial interest. This final step in the approval process can take up to 60 days once the province receives the Council-approved Regional Plan.

First Reading of the draft revised Regional Plan passed on May 20th. A Public Hearing was held on June 24, 2014 at Halifax City Hall Council Chambers.

A final draft of the revised plan was tabled with Regional Council on February 11, 2014. This marked the beginning of the final phase in the plan's review. Council discussed draft 4 and other related planning documents on February 25th and again on May 20th. Some additional amendments were proposed at these meetings and subsequently considered during the public hearing and approval process.

Copies of the staff reports, committee reports, and proposed planning documents presented to Council are available on-line and by choosing the appropriate meeting dates (May 20, 2014 and June 24, 2014). A Notice of Public Hearing [PDF] provides a synopsis of the changes to the planning documents resulting from the 5-Year review of the Regional Plan. Go on-line and click on the minutes for June 25th to read the motion of Council approving the revised Regional Plan.


What's the next opportunity for public input?

The next opportunity for public input on the draft revised Regional Plan will be the public hearing on June 24, 2014.

What happens at a Public Hearing?

The Office of the Municipal Clerk has excellent information about the public hearing process and how members of the public can participate. If you have never participated in a public hearing before or want a reminder about the process, you are encouraged to review this information.

Written submissions may be forwarded to the Municipal Clerk by mail: P.O. Box 1749, Halifax, NS, B3J 3A5; by fax: 490-4208; or by e-mail: clerks@halifax.ca


Why did Draft 4 go to the HAC and DRC before going to Council?

Legislation requires the HAC (Heritage Advisory Committee) provide recommendations to Regional Council on certain heritage-related amendments in the draft revised Regional Plan.

The DRC's (Design Review Committee) mandate requires the committee provide recommendations to Regional Council on policy matters affecting the Downtown Halifax Secondary Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law.

Recommendations from the HAC and the DRC were included in the February 11, 2014 Council package and will be considered by Council.

What was presented to the HAC?

The Draft 4 package* to the HAC included:

  • Staff Report - dated January 14, 2014
  • Draft 4 Regional Plan
  • Amendments to the Downtown Halifax Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy
  • Amendments to By-law H-200, the Heritage Property By-law
  • Amendments to the Barrington Street Heritage Conservation District Revitalization Plan
  • Amendments to By-law H-500, the Heritage Conservation District (Barrington Street) By-law
*The six documents in the HAC package are linked to the HAC's agenda in PDF To PDF Acrobat Tips

What was presented to the DRC?

The Draft 4 package* to the DRC included:

  • Staff Report - dated January 14, 2014
  • Draft 4 Regional Plan
  • Amendments to the Downtown Halifax Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy
*The three documents in the DRC package are linked to the DRC's agenda in PDF To PDF Acrobat Tips

When the draft revised Regional Plan was reviewed by Committe-of-the-Whole in December 2013, Council directed several changes. What has changed between Draft 3 and Draft 4?

The January 14th staff report provided an overview of the changes directed by Council last December. Also, a  marked-up (or red-line) version of the draft plan [PDF] allows you to easily see what changed.

Council proposed additional changes to Draft 4 on February 25, 2014 and May 20, 2014. These changes are not shown in the red-line version (above). To review the changes proposed on February 25th and May 20th, please refer to the documents linked from the Council Agenda. If you cannot find the documents you need, send an email or call 902-490-4937.

What changes are proposed to the Regional Subdivision By-law?

The January 14th staff report included a proposed new Regional Subdivision By-law. A red-line version of the draft by-law shows proposed changes, including a new reference in section 97 to the Municipal Service Systems Guidelines (Red Book). To review any additional amendments to the draft by-law proposed by Council on February 25th or May 20th, refer to the documents linked via the Council Agenda.