Protecting open space is a core value for Halifax citizens and a primary objective of the 2014 Regional Plan. Regional Council has identified the need for a strategic planning framework that will inform best practices for protecting and managing open space as an interconnected system across the Halifax Region. The Halifax Green Network Plan (HGNP) will help the municipality to advance these goals.
Plan Development & Engagement
The HGNP will be completed in three phases of data collection, analysis and engagement, including:
Phase 1 - Foundations (completed in winter 2016)
Objective: Understand what we have, what we value and where we want to go, by way of technical study and engagement.
- Phase 1 "What We Heard" Engagement Report
- State of the Landscape Report
- Cultural Landscapes Framework Report
- Fact Sheet: State of the Landscape Report
To date, more than 9,000 comments and ideas have been gathered from the public on important issues pertaining to Halifax’s regional open space network. Feedback was used to draft core planning and implementation directions in Phase 2, which will form the foundation of the HGNP.
The ‘Feedback Sunburst’ is an interactive tool that allows viewers to look more closely at the community input.
Phase 2 - Planning Framework (completed winter 2017)
Objective: Understand landscape impacts through detailed ecological assessment, consider open space network scenarios and options and develop planning and implementation directions.
- Phase 2 "What We Heard" Engagement Report
- Draft Halifax Green Network Plan: Primer Report
- Draft Halifax Green Network Plan: Map Primer – Values Maps
Phase 3: Draft and Final Plan (targeted for Spring 2018)
Objective: Develop detailed implementation framework and final plan.
The Halifax Green Network Plan is nearing the final phase of development. Thank you for attending one of our public meetings to discuss the draft directions for protecting a region-wide network of open space lands and waters and helping us shape the future Green Network. Check out the Halifax Green Network Primer Report and the Values Maps to see what was discussed in phase 1 and 2.
- Public engagement (spring 2017)
- Final draft Halifax Green Network Plan (fall 2017)
State of the Landscape Report: Issues and Opportunities
Fact Sheet 1: Green Network Project Overview [PDF]
Fact Sheet 2: State of the Landscape Report [PDF]
Open Space Values
ECOSYSTEMS: Diverse and healthy ecosystems provide a series of important ecosystem services and benefits, such as provisioning (water, food, and fiber), regulating (climate and water), and supporting natural and built environments (habitats, water quality).
WORKING LANDSCAPES: Working landscapes provide important economic development opportunities, while ensuring the viability of ecosystems in the long-term. The preservation of traditional land-uses, food security and the viability of rural communities all strongly depend on a thriving working landscape.
RECREATION AND TRAILS: Connected parks, wilderness areas, and trails provide a wide range of recreational and active transportation opportunities within reach of communities, which can help promote active lifestyles, contribute to quality of life, and stimulate economic investment.
COMMUNITIES: Parks and open spaces contribute to the unique sense of place, as well as help shape community identity and community form. Strategic open space protection helps to ensure that growth management objectives are achieved through sustainable development patterns. Accessible urban open spaces are connected by foot, bicycle, and transit, and promote an active lifestyle, as well as contribute to the overall quality of life.
CULTURAL LANDSCAPES: Cultural landscapes, including their historical context and land uses, are the foundations for the communities’ sense of place and identity.