Welcome to Shape Your City

Now you can easily find information and get engaged on a broad range of municipal initiatives.

It’s a new way to connect more people on community issues that matter to everyone in HRM without needing to attend a meeting at a given time or place.

Archived projects remain available for you to look at and can be found on the right side under "Current & Past Engagements".  Please simply click on the one that you would like to look at and you will be redirected to the project page.


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Now you can easily find information and get engaged on a broad range of municipal initiatives.

It’s a new way to connect more people on community issues that matter to everyone in HRM without needing to attend a meeting at a given time or place.

Archived projects remain available for you to look at and can be found on the right side under "Current & Past Engagements".  Please simply click on the one that you would like to look at and you will be redirected to the project page.


Here’s where you can easily find information and get engaged on a broad range of municipal initiatives. It’s a new way to connect more people on community issues that matter to everyone in HRM without needing to attend a meeting at a given time or place. 


This hub will complement traditional consultation activities like open houses and town halls by making the broader engagement programs more inclusive, accessible and easier to share your opinions through tools like discussion forums, quick polls and surveys.


If you have something to say about the projects below, don’t keep it to yourself! Take this opportunity to get involved, read what people are saying and tell us what you think to help Council make better informed decisions and Shape Your City for our shared benefit.

Current Projects

  • Quinpool 6067

    7 months ago
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    An exciting redevelopment project is underway at 6067 Quinpool Road. The former site of the Quinpool Learning Centre and the Saint Patrick's High School, 6067 Quinpool Road was declared surplus property by Regional Council in 2014 and the land is now being prepared for future sale and development.

    An exciting redevelopment project is underway at 6067 Quinpool Road. The former site of the Quinpool Learning Centre and the Saint Patrick's High School, 6067 Quinpool Road was declared surplus property by Regional Council in 2014 and the land is now being prepared for future sale and development.

  • Centre Plan

    3 months ago
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    The Centre Plan is phase three of HRMbyDesign, following the establishment of the overall Regional Centre vision and principles in phase one and the creation of the Downtown Halifax Plan in phase two. Taken as a whole, the three phases present a vision of a dense, livable and prosperous Regional Centre (Dartmouth and Halifax urban core) that will create sustained economic and environmental benefits across the entire municipality.

    Visit our project page to review background material and participate in the discussion.

    The Centre Plan is phase three of HRMbyDesign, following the establishment of the overall Regional Centre vision and principles in phase one and the creation of the Downtown Halifax Plan in phase two. Taken as a whole, the three phases present a vision of a dense, livable and prosperous Regional Centre (Dartmouth and Halifax urban core) that will create sustained economic and environmental benefits across the entire municipality.

    Visit our project page to review background material and participate in the discussion.

  • Municipal Budget 2016

    4 months ago
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    Have you ever wanted to take a crack at managing the city's budget? Here's your chance to simulate adjusting municipal tax dollars to support transit, municipal streets and roads, parks, garbage collection, fire services, policing, recreation and libraries (using the cost for these services in the current 2015-16 Budget).

    Select your preferred budget and service delivery levels using the Budget Allocator, then tell us why you made your choices and connect with other citizens and their choices in the discussion forums.


    Have you ever wanted to take a crack at managing the city's budget? Here's your chance to simulate adjusting municipal tax dollars to support transit, municipal streets and roads, parks, garbage collection, fire services, policing, recreation and libraries (using the cost for these services in the current 2015-16 Budget).

    Select your preferred budget and service delivery levels using the Budget Allocator, then tell us why you made your choices and connect with other citizens and their choices in the discussion forums.


  • Mainland Linear Trail

    5 months ago
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    The Mainland Linear Trail is a five kilometer “active transportation greenway” that links neighbourhoods from Fairview to Wedgewood Park to schools, parks, hiking trails, the Lacewood Transit Terminal, the Canada Games Centre and more along the power-line corridor.

    The Halifax Regional Municipality and the Halifax North West Trails Association are in the process of working with a consulting firm (WSP) to plan enhancements to the Mainland Linear Trail, including an extension south which would link it to the popular Chain of Lakes Trail and an extension north which would link it to the Larry Uteck Boulevard Greenway and new communities... Continue reading

    The Mainland Linear Trail is a five kilometer “active transportation greenway” that links neighbourhoods from Fairview to Wedgewood Park to schools, parks, hiking trails, the Lacewood Transit Terminal, the Canada Games Centre and more along the power-line corridor.

    The Halifax Regional Municipality and the Halifax North West Trails Association are in the process of working with a consulting firm (WSP) to plan enhancements to the Mainland Linear Trail, including an extension south which would link it to the popular Chain of Lakes Trail and an extension north which would link it to the Larry Uteck Boulevard Greenway and new communities in Bedford South and Bedford West.


  • Downtown Halifax Plan Review

    5 months ago
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    The municipality’s Downtown Halifax Plan has brought change, growth and improved design to our urban core since 2009.

    Recognizing that conditions change over time, the Downtown Halifax Plan includes a requirement for annual and five-year reviews.

    Join us at at our event and give us your feedback here. We want to hear from you.

    Let’s work together to build better communities in Halifax.


    The municipality’s Downtown Halifax Plan has brought change, growth and improved design to our urban core since 2009.

    Recognizing that conditions change over time, the Downtown Halifax Plan includes a requirement for annual and five-year reviews.

    Join us at at our event and give us your feedback here. We want to hear from you.

    Let’s work together to build better communities in Halifax.


  • Halifax Green Network

    9 months ago
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    Protecting open space is a core value for Halifax citizens and a primary objective of the 2014 Halifax Regional Plan. Halifax Regional Council has identified the need for a strategic vision and planning & implementation framework for protecting and managing open space. To achieve this goal, the development of the Halifax Green Network Plan is underway.


    Protecting open space is a core value for Halifax citizens and a primary objective of the 2014 Halifax Regional Plan. Halifax Regional Council has identified the need for a strategic vision and planning & implementation framework for protecting and managing open space. To achieve this goal, the development of the Halifax Green Network Plan is underway.


  • Heritage Conservation Districts

    10 months ago
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    A Heritage Conservation District is a defined area of historic or architectural value that is protected by regulations governing such things as demolition, exterior alteration and new development, and where incentives may apply to encourage private architectural conservation and programs that enhance public amenities. The municipality has formally identified the Old South Suburb warrants consideration for formal designation as a heritage conservation district.

    A Heritage Conservation District is a defined area of historic or architectural value that is protected by regulations governing such things as demolition, exterior alteration and new development, and where incentives may apply to encourage private architectural conservation and programs that enhance public amenities. The municipality has formally identified the Old South Suburb warrants consideration for formal designation as a heritage conservation district.

  • Hollis Street Bicycle Lane

    over 1 year ago
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    The Hollis Street bike lane is scheduled for implementation in summer 2015. This lane was initiated through HRMbyDesign and developed through public consultation as part of downtown street network changes implemented in fall. An Open House will take place on April 30th from 12-2 and 4-6 at the Downtown Halifax Business Commission Storefront on Barrington Street (suite 104).

    The Hollis Street bike lane is scheduled for implementation in summer 2015. This lane was initiated through HRMbyDesign and developed through public consultation as part of downtown street network changes implemented in fall. An Open House will take place on April 30th from 12-2 and 4-6 at the Downtown Halifax Business Commission Storefront on Barrington Street (suite 104).

  • Plan Dutch Village Road

    11 months ago
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    Over the past five years, there has been increased interest in developing higher density, mixed use buildings within the Dutch Village Road area (DVRA). In 2013 Regional Council initiated a planning process to establish comprehensive planning policies that enable additional commercial and residential developments on the lands located within Dutch Village Road and neighbouring areas. Now is your chance to be involved in shaping Dutch Village Road!
    Over the past five years, there has been increased interest in developing higher density, mixed use buildings within the Dutch Village Road area (DVRA). In 2013 Regional Council initiated a planning process to establish comprehensive planning policies that enable additional commercial and residential developments on the lands located within Dutch Village Road and neighbouring areas. Now is your chance to be involved in shaping Dutch Village Road!
  • University Avenue Bike Lane

    11 months ago
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    Halifax Regional Municipality and Dalhousie University are developing a pilot project to install and study protected bike lanes along the north and south sides of University Avenue from Robie Street to LeMarchant Street. Visit our page to learn more and provide feedback!

    Halifax Regional Municipality and Dalhousie University are developing a pilot project to install and study protected bike lanes along the north and south sides of University Avenue from Robie Street to LeMarchant Street. Visit our page to learn more and provide feedback!