Schmidtville Heritage Conservation District

Schmidtville is a largely intact area of architectural character associated with the early settlement of Nova Scotia as one of Halifax’s first suburbs outside the fortified fences. Its individual buildings are important in terms of their heritage value. They collectively provide a reminder of a past era and are compatible in terms of their architecture, scale, height, building materials, age, and proportion.

Due to its location abutting the boundaries of downtown Halifax, Schmidtville is experiencing pressures for new development. Existing policy and regulations, relevant to the proposed Schmidtville Heritage Conservation District, is insufficient in protecting and conserving the heritage values and character defining elements of the district. Therefore, conservation measures are required to supplement or amend the existing legislation.

Please use the features below to ask questions and share stories of the proposed District. In the column to the right, you can view images, a video, Frequently Asked Questions and documents relating to the District.

Check back often as important dates will be published for additional engagement activities. Please stay engaged in the process, your feedback is essential!


Schmidtville is a largely intact area of architectural character associated with the early settlement of Nova Scotia as one of Halifax’s first suburbs outside the fortified fences. Its individual buildings are important in terms of their heritage value. They collectively provide a reminder of a past era and are compatible in terms of their architecture, scale, height, building materials, age, and proportion.

Due to its location abutting the boundaries of downtown Halifax, Schmidtville is experiencing pressures for new development. Existing policy and regulations, relevant to the proposed Schmidtville Heritage Conservation District, is insufficient in protecting and conserving the heritage values and character defining elements of the district. Therefore, conservation measures are required to supplement or amend the existing legislation.

Please use the features below to ask questions and share stories of the proposed District. In the column to the right, you can view images, a video, Frequently Asked Questions and documents relating to the District.

Check back often as important dates will be published for additional engagement activities. Please stay engaged in the process, your feedback is essential!


Project Updates

  • Schmidtville January Workshops

    7 months ago

    Thank you for participating in one or more of the workshops in January to discuss the array of different topics relating to a Heritage Conservation District for Schmidtville. We have received some positive comments about these workshops and the feedback from the workshops will provide valuable guidance as we now begin to draft a plan and by-law. The minutes for the three workshops are now available at http://shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/schmidtville.

    We expect to review an initial draft of the plan and by-law in the spring with the Stakeholder Steering Committee. We will then hold another public meeting using a workshop format... Continue reading

    Thank you for participating in one or more of the workshops in January to discuss the array of different topics relating to a Heritage Conservation District for Schmidtville. We have received some positive comments about these workshops and the feedback from the workshops will provide valuable guidance as we now begin to draft a plan and by-law. The minutes for the three workshops are now available at http://shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/schmidtville.

    We expect to review an initial draft of the plan and by-law in the spring with the Stakeholder Steering Committee. We will then hold another public meeting using a workshop format to review the draft plan and by-law with the larger community.


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  • Proposed Schmidtville Heritage Conservation District proceeds to next phase in approval process

    about 1 year ago

    Thursday, June 25, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – A proposed Heritage Conservation District in Schmidtville, the Halifax neighbourhood bordered by Morris Street, Brenton Street, Dresden Row, Birmingham Street and Clyde Street, is moving into the public participation phase of the heritage district approval process.

    The municipality recently received acceptance notification from the provincial Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, of the district background study undertaken as part of the legislative approval process. This is an important step forward as it recognizes the historic significance of the district and allows the municipality to move into the public participation phase of the process.

    ... Continue reading

    Thursday, June 25, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – A proposed Heritage Conservation District in Schmidtville, the Halifax neighbourhood bordered by Morris Street, Brenton Street, Dresden Row, Birmingham Street and Clyde Street, is moving into the public participation phase of the heritage district approval process.

    The municipality recently received acceptance notification from the provincial Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, of the district background study undertaken as part of the legislative approval process. This is an important step forward as it recognizes the historic significance of the district and allows the municipality to move into the public participation phase of the process.

    A stakeholder steering committee comprised of area property owners, tenants, heritage subject matter experts and members of the municipal Heritage Advisory Committee will look at issues and opportunities, engage in the public participation process and review draft policy and regulations. The committee selection process was recently completed, and the municipality is pleased to announce its membership as follows:

    • Mr. William Breckenridge (tenant)
    • Ms. Kristina Chapman (tenant)
    • Ms. Mary E. Donovan (property owner)
    • Mr. Larry Haiven (property owner)
    • Mr. Benjamin LeBlanc (member of Heritage Advisory Committee)
    • Ms. Beverly Miller (member of Nova Scotia Heritage Trust)
    • Ms. Janet Morris (member of Heritage Advisory Committee)
    • Mr. Lyndon Watkins (property owner)

    It is anticipated that the Stakeholder Steering Committee will hold its first meeting in late July to initiate plans for the initial public consultation event this summer.

    For more information on the proposed Schmidtville Heritage Conservation District, and work underway to establish other Heritage Conservation Districts, visit http://shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/schmidtville.

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    Media Contact:

    Tiffany Chase
    Halifax Regional Municipality
    Public Affairs
    902-490-5057
    chaset@halifax.ca


  • Municipality to unveil Historic Schmidtville signage

    about 1 year ago

    Thursday, June 11, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is inviting residents to join Deputy Mayor Lorelei Nicoll and the Friends of Schmidtville at a ceremony tomorrow to officially unveil new interpretative panels and way finding signage for Historic Schmidtville.

    When: Friday, June 12, 2 p.m.

    Where: Halifax Central Library, South Plaza (corner of Clyde Street and Queen Street)

    The municipality has installed two interpretative panels that provide background information on the historic significance of the area, as well as blades on top of street name signs delineating the Historic Schmidtville neighbourhood along Morris Street, Brenton Street, Dresden... Continue reading

    Thursday, June 11, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is inviting residents to join Deputy Mayor Lorelei Nicoll and the Friends of Schmidtville at a ceremony tomorrow to officially unveil new interpretative panels and way finding signage for Historic Schmidtville.

    When: Friday, June 12, 2 p.m.

    Where: Halifax Central Library, South Plaza (corner of Clyde Street and Queen Street)

    The municipality has installed two interpretative panels that provide background information on the historic significance of the area, as well as blades on top of street name signs delineating the Historic Schmidtville neighbourhood along Morris Street, Brenton Street, Dresden Row, Birmingham Street and Clyde Street.

    Schmidtville is the fourth cultural district in Halifax to be denoted as such with on street signage. Historic Irishtown, the Hydrostone Neighbourhood and the Westmount Neighbourhood were declared important cultural districts, with similar signage recently installed.

    The Halifax Regional Municipality is also in the process of establishing Schmidtville as a Heritage Conservation District, as enabled by the provincial Heritage Property Act. For more information on this initiative, visit http://shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/schmidtville.

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    Media Contact:

    Tiffany Chase
    Halifax Regional Municipality
    Public Affairs
    902-490-5057
    chaset@halifax.ca