Thursday, March 24, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – The second phase of public engagement for the new Halifax Green Network Plan begins next week. This phase of work will be critical in shaping the core planning directions for the conservation and use of both public and privately-owned open space lands and waters.
The municipality held the first phase of public engagement last spring, gathering more than 9,000 comments and ideas on issues of importance for the future open space network. That feedback was used to help identify issues and opportunities, and to develop value statements for five open space themes:
- Ecosystems & Biodiversity
- Working Landscapes
- Recreation & Trails
- Community Shaping
- Cultural Landscapes
Over the next month the municipality will host eight public engagement meetings, starting on Wednesday, March 30, in Fall River. Residents are invited to meet with municipal staff and consultants from O2 Planning + Design from 6-9 p.m. at the Gordon R. Snow Community Centre at 1359 Fall River Rd.
A complete list of public engagement meetings is available online at http://www.halifax.ca/HalifaxGreenNetwork/EngagementEvents.php.
Each session will begin with a presentation of the work to date, key findings and proposed broad-scale planning directions. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and an open house session to gather further feedback. This input will then shape the third and final phase of the Plan’s development, which will commence later this spring.
Halifax’s open space landscape is exceptional in its beauty and diversity, as well as its environmental, socio-cultural and economic value. Being deliberate in how we protect and use open space over the long-term is important to advancing regional planning objectives for sustainable growth and the development of more liveable, complete communities. For more information on the Halifax Green Network Plan, please visit www.halifax.ca/HalifaxGreenNetwork.