Is the concept plan the final version?
No. The concept plan that was presented for feedback presents one manner in which the Halifax Common can be rebalanced for all uses. The concept plan is not a final version, and no decisions have been made. Given public feedback, further changes to the Halifax Common Master Plan may be made.
What are the next steps for the Halifax Common Master Plan?
Next steps for the Halifax Common Master Plan will be determined by assessing the feedback from the recent survey and public consultation. The schedule associated with the project envisioned a return of the Halifax Common Master Plan to Regional Council in late Fall 2019.
December 2019 Update – Halifax Common Aquatic Area Report Approved
Halifax Common Aquatic Area and Open Space Master Plan Update Report
On December 10, 2019, Regional Council approved the recommendation to initiate the capital planning and construction of a new outdoor aquatics area on the Central Common. This is a complete replacement of the existing swimming pool and related facilities on the Central Common. The project includes an outdoor recreation pool, splash pad, community building and playground. This is envisioned as the first phase of the Halifax Common Open Spaces Master Plan.
You can read the full report on the Halifax Common Aquatic Area and Open Space Master Plan Update here.
Will there be an opportunity for more public feedback?
Individual submissions can be made to staff, with contact information as noted on Shape Your City. The need for any additional engagement will be assessed once we have reviewed the latest round of public consultation.
How soon would we see changes to the Halifax Common?
The Halifax Common Master Plan is to serve as a blueprint for future improvements to the entire Common, both in the short term and the long term. With this in mind, the aquatic facility has been identified as an early need of focus and attention.