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HRM's District Boundary Review

Archived Information

HRM's Governance and District Boundary Review 2011

Decision of the NSUARB - December 2011

HRM Submission to NSUARB - October 2011

Decision of the Nova Scotia Utility & Review Board - July 2011

Application to the Nova Scotia Utility & Review Board

Reports & Background

Contact

 


Decision of the NSUARB - December 2011

The decision of the NSUARB regarding the district boundaries for the 16 districts for the 2012 Municipal election was released on Tuesday December, 20, 2011

 


HRM Submission to NSUARB - October 2011

Following public consultation, a recommendation on HRM’s 16 new polling district boundaries for the 2012 Municipal and School Board elections was proposed.


The recommendation that was forwarded was Scenario 1 (as presented to the public) with two substantial and several minor revisions coming from the public consultation. A regional and 16 district maps which outline the recommended boundaries are provided.

Maps are in PDF format. To PDF Acrobat Tips

 

  Large Regional Map
  Proposed District A/1
  Proposed District B/2
  Proposed District C/3
  Proposed District D/4
  Proposed District E/5
  Proposed District F/6
  Proposed District G/7
  Proposed District H/8
  Proposed District I/9
  Proposed District J/10
  Proposed District K/11
  Proposed District L/12
  Proposed District M/13
  Proposed District N/14
  Proposed District O/15
  Proposed District P/16

 

The Council report and attachments can be found linked to the October 18, 2011 Regional Council agenda.


NSUARB Board Hearings – November 7-9th, 2011

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board held public hearings on the proposed boundaries for the 16 polling district in HRM on Monday November 7th and Wednesday November 9th. Public submissions were made the evening of Monday November 7th. All the information presented to the Board can be found on the NSUARB web site at

http://www.nsuarb.ca for matter no. NSUARB-MB-10-06.


 

Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board - Phase 1

The Decision of the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board on the number of Districts and Councillors was released on July 27, 2011.

For the next election in October 2012 the NSUARB has reduced the number of Districts in HRM to 16 plus the Mayor.

Based on the decision of the NSUARB District Boundaries for the next Municipal Election in HRM in October 2012 will be substantially different than they are today.

NSUARB Decision (2.75 MB)

Next Steps:

  • The next step is for HRM to determine the districts boundaries based on 16 districts in HRM.
  • The proposed boundaries will be submitted to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB) in early September.
  • The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB) will then undertake public hearings to hear the views of the public on the proposed district boundaries (not the number of districts - that has been determined with the decision of the UARB). The tentative dates for those hearings are October 12 - 14th.

 

Members of the public interested in making written submissions or appearing at the Board's hearings must register with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. For more information go the NSUARB website at http://www.nsuarb.ca/ or by calling Board directly at telephone:(902) 424-4448

 


Application to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board

In keeping with the motions of Council of August 2010 and November 2010, HRM has completed the review of the number of districts and district boundaries for the 2012 Election. HRM has forwarded that submission to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.

The following is the summary of HRM's submission and the proposed maps of the 23 districts in HRM:

Report (654 Kb)

Proposed polling district boundary maps

    Districts 1-4 (2.6 Mb)
    Districts 5-8 (1.5 Mb)
    Districts 9-12 (995 Kb)
    Districts 13-16 (858 Kb)
    Districts 17-20 (1.5 Mb)
    Districts 21-23 (2.2 Mb)


The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board is now responsible to review and hold hearings on HRM's application and make a final decision on both the number of districts (size of Council) and district boundaries.

The Board has advised HRM that they are contemplating the following schedule for that review:

 

Monday January 24, 2011 Deadline for formal standing
Thursday March 31, 2011 Finding on Intervenor Evidence and Board Consultant's evidence
Wednesday May 18, 2011 Deadline for Request to speak and NSUARB evening session(s)
Wednesday June 1, 2011 Deadline for letters of comment
Monday June 20, 2011
Tentative start date for the NSUARB Hearing
Thursday June 30, 2011 Completion of Hearing process and Post-Hearing submissions

 

The NSUARB is required to release their decision within 90 days of the end of the hearing process.

You can contact the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board directly at:

PO Box 1692, Station M
Halifax NS B3J 3S3

uarb.board@gov.ns.ca

HRM's full application and any documents related to the Hearing can be found on the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board Web site using the following instructions:

HTML Instructions

Printer-friendly instructions (PDF) To PDF Acrobat Tips

 


 

Reports & Background

Every eight (8) years all municipalities in Nova Scotia are required to conduct a review of the number and boundaries of polling districts within their municipality, including determining the total number of districts and councillors and the fairness and reasonableness of district boundaries (Nova Scotia Municipal Government Act section 369 (1).)


HRM’s last major review was carried out in 2004. In that review HRM was mandated to conduct our next review in 2010 so that the review would be complete before the next municipal election in October 2012.


The Halifax Regional Municipality conducted review in two phases, as directed to by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, who are the provincial body who are mandated to receive and review HRM’s application and decide to either accept HRM’s recommendation or amend it.

  

Phase 1 - Governance Review - Summary

Phase 2 - Polling District Boundaries - Summary

November 30, 2010 Regional Council

  • Regional Council Motion (11  Kb)

  • Regional Council Minutes - November 30, 2010

 

Attachment 1 - Background & Minutes of Public Consultation (8.2 Mb)

Attachment 2 - Minutes of the Governance & District Boundary Committee (2.9 Mb)
Attachment 3 - Written Submissions (1.1 Mb)
Attachment 4 - Voter projections and percentage deviations based on the proposed polling district boundaries (68 Kb)

Attachment 5 - Proposed polling district boundary maps

    Districts 1-4 (2.6 Mb)
    Districts 5-8 (1.5 Mb)
    Districts 9-12 (995 Kb)
    Districts 13-16 (858 Kb)
    Districts 17-20 (1.5 Mb)
   

Districts 21-23 (2.2 Mb)

     
    • Presentation (556 Kb)

  

August 4, 2009 Regional Council

Previous Nova Scotia Utility & Review Board Decisions: To PDF Acrobat Tips

 


Contact the Clerks Office

Municipal Clerks Office

PO Box 1749

Halifax, NS

B3J 3A5

Email: Clerks@halifax.ca

Fax: 902-490-4208

Phone: 902-490-4210