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Direct and oversee a pro-development policy environment within the Regional Centre

FIVE YEAR OBJECTIVE

Direct and oversee a pro-development policy environment within the Regional Centre.

SHORT-TERM ACTIONS (YEARS 1-2)

  1. Review HRM’s and Province’s regulatory, tax and development fees and processes to make private land development inside the Regional Centre more attractive.

    Lead: SUP
    Business Community Engagement: MEDIUM

  2. Rebalance the Regional Plan’s current population distributions to be more sustainable so as to increase density in the urban core.

    Lead: HRM
    Business Community Engagement: LOW

  3. Adopt incentives to encourage development of privately owned vacant and under-utilized land in the Regional Centre.

    Lead: HRM
    Business Community Engagement:HIGH

  4. Raise awareness of the availability and location of public parking in the Regional Centre

    Lead: HRM
    Business Community Engagement: MEDIUM

  5. Develop a 5-year Carbon Rebate Program as an incentive to purchase new homes in the Urban Core.

    Lead: SUP
    Business Community Engagement:MEDIUM

  6. Redesign public consultation approach and development approval criteria to decrease limitations to urban development and intensification.

    Lead: SUP
    Business Community Engagement: MEDIUM

  7. Provide density bonuses and other incentives for increasing density along transit corridors and at neighbourhood centres in the Regional Centre.

    Lead: SUP
    Business Community Engagement: MEDIUM

MEASUREMENT

  • Increased building permits in Regional Centre
  • Regional Centre population growth
  • More private investment in Regional Centre ($1.5 billion)
  • Public perception of downtown vibrancy