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About the Community Visioning Process

HRM has a Regional Plan, Cultural Plan, Active Transportation Plan, Economic Strategy, Community Engagement Strategy, and Immigration Action Plan, among other strategic plans and initiatives.  Each contains broad, region-wide policies and strategic goals that need to be translated at the local level.  HRM will look to its communities for creative ideas which draw from local familiarity and make the most of distinctive natural and cultural features. 

In September 2006 Regional Council initiated HRM's Community Visioning Program and agreed on three pilot communities - Bedford Waterfront, Fall River and Musquodoboit Harbour.  In 2008, a multi-year visioning program was approved.

Communities interpret the Regional Plan, Cultural Plan, Active Transportation Plan, Economic Strategy, Community Engagement Strategy, and Immigration Action Plan (as a few examples) through a process known as Community Visioning.  Visioning provides an informal opportunity for communities to think creatively about how they could function, how they might change, and what they might look like over a 25-year time frame. 

Through the Visioning process, residents have an opportunity to participate at the community level, combining local knowledge with innovative ideas and concepts.  Residents draw heavily on the values important to them, where their community is today, where it is likely heading, and where they would like it to go.  Community Visioning explores how initiatives like the Regional Plan and Cultural Plan can be expressed in different ways in different locations.

Visioning also prepares the way for the official Community Plan reviews that will follow.  As a prelude to Community Planning, the Visioning process is useful for understanding options and opportunities, which the plan reviews themselves will take into account.  Community Visions define goals and objectives compatible with the Regional Plan joined with a clear understanding of current realities.

The visioning process is broad in scope and fosters innovative problem solving leading to an action plan.  The action plan determines the specifics of how the community’s vision will be reached; resources and time lines to achieve the actions are identified.  Some action plans may require initiation of new projects; some may embrace new policies and changes; some may involve significant financial investment; and others might simply pose new approaches to current practices and better support for existing efforts.