Protecting open space is a core value for Halifax citizens and a primary objective of the 2014 Regional Plan. Regional Council has identified the need for a strategic planning framework that will inform best practices for protecting and managing open space as an interconnected system across the Halifax Region. The Halifax Green Network Plan (HGNP) will help the municipality to advance these goals.
On August 14, 2018 Regional Council approved the final Halifax Green Network Plan.
Short Term Regional Plan Amendment Process
Most of the planning policy/regulatory changes recommended in the Halifax Green Network Plan (HGNP) will be implemented through the next Regional Plan review and the plan and by-law simplification program.
However, to support ecological connectivity in the short term, Council also initiated a project to consider a narrowly focused amendment to the Regional Plan to update the conservation design development agreement policy criteria concerning open space connectivity. The conservation design approach is a creative form of subdivision designed to conserve open space and significant environmental features while clustering development in suitable areas.
The existing conservation design development policies in the Regional Plan effectively conserve open space within proposed developments, and support many of the HGNP objectives. However, there is little policy direction to consider broader regional landscape patterns and connectivity.
To avoid potential conflicts in the near term, this short-term Regional Plan amendment will update the conservation design development agreement policy criteria concerning the connectivity of open space to improve alignment with the HGNP.
If you have any questions or comments on this Regional Plan amendment, please contact Marcus Garnet at 902-490-4481.
Plan Development & Engagement
The HGNP was completed in three phases of data collection, analysis and engagement, including:
Phase 1 - Foundations (completed in winter 2016)
Objective: Understand what we have, what we value and where we want to go, by way of technical study and engagement.
- Phase 1 "What We Heard" Engagement Report
- State of the Landscape Report
- Cultural Landscapes Framework Report
- Fact Sheet: State of the Landscape Report
More than 9,000 comments and ideas were gathered from the public on important issues pertaining to Halifax’s regional open space network. Feedback was used to draft core planning and implementation directions in Phase 2, which formed the foundation of the HGNP.
The ‘Feedback Sunburst’ is an interactive tool that allows viewers to look more closely at the community input.
Phase 2 - Planning Framework (completed in winter 2017)
Objective: Understand landscape impacts through detailed ecological assessment, consider open space network scenarios and options and develop planning and implementation directions.
- Phase 2 "What We Heard" Engagement Report
- Draft Halifax Green Network Plan: Primer Report
- Draft Halifax Green Network Plan: Map Primer – Values Maps
Phase 3: Draft and Final Plan (completed in summer 2018)
Objective: Develop detailed implementation framework and final plan.
Phase 3 "What We Heard" Engagement Report
Report to Community Planning & Economic Development Committee, June 21, 2018
Final Halifax Green Network Plan