Making a difference in our region

Highlighted below are a few recent decisions by Regional Council that reflect steps being taken by the municipality to make a difference in the Halifax region. For more details regarding all matters deliberated by Council and the direction given to municipal staff, please see the action summaries which are posted to the online meeting agendas within one business day as well as the meeting minutes which are posted online once approved by Regional Council.

Highlights from April 9, 2024

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Planning Neighbourhoods for the Halifax Exhibition Centre lands

Halifax Regional Council has directed the Chief Administrative Officer to initiate a process that would enable the development of a mixed-use neighbourhood at the Halifax Exhibition Centre lands, located along Prospect Road. This area was identified by the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy as having potential to support the housing needs of the Municipality.

This process would include a comprehensive public participation program to ensure the neighborhood development would serve the daily needs of residents.

For more information, read the staff report.

*Note: this motion will be final when the meeting minutes are approved by Regional Council.

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Combatting Islamophobia and Improving the Safety of Muslim Women and Girls

Halifax Regional Council has directed the Chief Administrative Officer to strike a working group of municipal staff to create an action plan to combat Islamophobia and improve the safety of Muslim women and girls.

Gendered Islamophobia is one of the most common forms of Islamophobia in Canada. Muslim women and girls who wear visible indicators of their faith—such as the hijab or niqab—are more vulnerable to acts of Islamophobia. Action that combats Islamophobia will make our community safer and more inclusive to those most impacted by violence, which makes our community safer for all residents.

This working group will provide a report on progress made and resources required to implement this action plan.

For more information, read the staff report.

*Note: this motion will be final when the meeting minutes are approved by Regional Council.

Previous meeting highlights

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Protecting Eastern Hemlock in Halifax Regional Municipality

Regional Council has directed the Chief Administrative Officer to provide a staff report on a Management Plan for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in Halifax Regional Municipality.

Woolly Adelgid is an emerging insect that can be fatal to hemlock trees. Due to the large amounts of Eastern Hemlock in forests around the municipality, an infestation could have significant effects. The management plan will include best practices for treatment, with a special focus on older hemlocks in the municipality and include funding sources to develop and implement the plan.

For more information, read the motion.

*Note: this motion will be final when the meeting minutes are approved by Regional Council.

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Regional Council Hybrid Meeting Technology to Continue

Regional Council has approved the transfer of funding to continue hybrid participation for members of Regional Council in both Council chambers and remotely.

For more information, read the request.

*Note: this motion will be final when the meeting minutes are approved by Regional Council..

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Use of Recreational Vehicles (RV’s) for Residential Use

Regional Council has directed staff to provide a report considering land use zoning changes to allow the use of recreational vehicles (RV’s) for residential use. This report will consider the reasons for RV use as temporary accommodations, compatibility throughout the municipality and best practices from other jurisdictions where RVs are utilized for residential use.

For more information, read the motion.

*Note: this motion will be final when the meeting minutes are approved by Regional Council.