Councillor Sam Austin is a longtime resident of Downtown Dartmouth. He is passionate about investing in a safe and mobile community, fostering smart growth, protecting Dartmouth’s natural assets and recreation opportunities and supporting arts and culture.
He has a Masters degree in Urban Planning from Dalhousie University and a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Calgary.
Before being elected in the 2016 municipal election, Councillor Austin had a successful career in Planning at Public Works and Government Services Canada and was a leader in the community, founding the Tulips on Tulip Street initiative and organizing Jane’s Walk Halifax. He has also served as a board member with the Planning and Design Centre and The Dartmouth Heritage Museum Society.
Councillor Austin is grateful and humbled to have been re-elected for a second term on Council in the October 2020 municipal election.
Councillor Austin and his wife Michelle are proud parents to two young daughters Jana and Marilla. They enjoy getting out and exploring Dartmouth and are regulars at community events such as Switch and Mother Goose and at the market, library and Sportsplex.
Councillor Austin is a member of the following boards and committees:
- Community Planning and Economic Development Standing Committee (Vice Chair)
- Environment & Sustainability Standing Committee
- Harbour East Marine Drive Community Council
- Regional Centre Community Council (Chair)
- Community Design Advisory Committee
- Halifax Harbour Bridges Commission
- Alderney Landing Board of Directors
- Shubenacadie Canal Commission