Centre Plan Update - November 2021
Centre Plan was approved by Regional Council and is now in effect. Approved planning documents are now available here. Thank you to all residents, stakeholders, and members of the Community Design Advisory Committee for your engagement and feedback on the Centre Plan.
The Centre Plan was a planning process for the Regional Centre, including Peninsula Halifax and Dartmouth inside the Circumferential Highway. The Centre Plan was developed in two phases, Package A - approved by Council in September of 2019, and Package B approved by Regional Council on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 following a public hearing. With the approval of the Regional Centre Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law, all pre-existing planning documents are repealed from the Regional Centre Plan Area and the new policies apply.
The Centre Plan is based on the core concepts of complete communities, pedestrians first, human-scaled design, and strategic growth in areas served by transit and other services. The plan was developed with extensive community engagement and supports new housing, business opportunities, urban design, heritage, and parks and open spaces.
Regional Council Approves Key Changes
Between April and July 2021, a number of Community Councils and Committees of Council reviewed Centre Plan Package B and forwarded recommendations to Regional Council. On August 17, 2021, Regional Council provided direction to staff on changes to the proposed planning documents arising from the review process, including a number of site-specific zoning changes identified in the supplementary staff report. On October 5, 2021, Regional Council gave First Reading to the proposed planning documents and directed a limited number of changes and corrections. The adoption path will include the following:
- Community Design Advisory Committee - June 2, 2021
- Heritage Advisory Committee - June 23, 2021
- Harbour East – Marine Drive Community Council - June 3, 2021
- Design Review Committee - June 10, 2021
- Halifax and West Community Council - June 22, 2021
- Regional Centre Community Council - June 28, 2021
- Community Planning and Economic Development Standing Committee - July 14, 2021
Committee of the Whole August 17, 2021
View the motion - 14.2 Ratification from Committee of the Whole August 17, 2021 - Regional Centre Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law – Centre Plan Package B
First Reading - October 5, 2021
Second Reading & Public Hearing - October 26, 2021
On March 2, 2021 the Community Design Advisory Committee received the “What We Heard Report”, a summary of the community engagement process and feedback received on Centre Plan Package B. View the meeting agenda. The meeting was live-streamed and the full report is available.
Please visit Regional Centre Plan Area to read the approved planning documents for Package A lands.
For current updates on the Centre Plan Package B process please visit www.centreplan.ca.
Thank you to all who participated in developing the Centre Plan. If you have any questions, please send us an email.