Make Halifax a Better Place to Live and Work


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Actions (Years 1-2)

Municipal Lead


Objective 3.1 - Ensure access to arts, culture, recreation, and natural assets in Halifax 

51. Develop and implement an open space and greenbelting priorities plan for Halifax.
52. Develop a Parks and Recreation strategic plan that ensures needsdriven, fiscally sustainable, and inclusive parks and recreation assets and programming.
53. Develop and implement the Culture and Heritage Priorities Plan. HRM  
54. Ensure HRM’s culture investments reflect Halifax’s diversity. HRM  

Objective 3.2 - Increase Halifax’s environmental sustainability and resiliency

55. Revise the Community Energy Plan (Priorities Plan of the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy).
56. Implement a new 3-year solar city community program with an expanded focus on solar air, photovoltaic, and hot water. HRM  
57. Complete floodplain studies, overland flooding/stormwater research and policy development. HRM  

 Objective 3.3 - Make Halifax more family and children friendly

58. Increase awareness of the programs and services available to families and children.
59. Increase low-income groups’ and individuals’ access to recreation programs. HRM  

Objective 3.4 - Make Halifax a more affordable place to live

60. Participate on the Housing and Homelessness Partnership and Affordable Housing Working Group to determine appropriate mechanisms to support and encourage a range of affordable housing in HRM.

Objective 3.5 - Improve mobility so that people can live and work more effectively

61. Develop a long-term streetscaping program for the Regional Centre.
62. Improve parking access by implementing new technologies and informing the public about parking availability in the urban core. HRM
63. Implement new transit technology, and seek Council approval to implement the Moving Forward Together Plan for Halifax Transit. HRM  
64. Prepare a long-term Integrated Mobility Plan for Council approval. HRM  
65. Develop a road and pedestrian safety strategy. HRM  

Objective 3.6 - Foster cultural proficiency and social inclusion

66. Research and share successful practices with business on how to be culturally competent/proficient.
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67. In accordance with HRM's statement on aboriginal reconciliation, develop a plan to engage urban aboriginal peoples. HRM  
68. Develop and implement a plan to make HRM facilities more accessible. HRM  

 Objective 3.7 - Showcase Halifax to encourage people to visit, live, and work here

69. With economic development and tourism partners, present trade and investment opportunities, as well as tourism offerings to conference delegates.
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70. Proactively communicate the full range of HRM's Parks and Recreation assets and service offerings. HRM  
71. Articulate HRM's role and approach to tourism, festivals and special events. HRM  
72. Leverage the media and Halifax Partnership's private sector investor network to promote examples of Halifax's business culture and success stories. Halifax Partnership
73. Develop and publish The Halifax Index -- a single information source of annual data on the state of Halifax's economy, people, quality of place and sustainability. Halifax Partnership