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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Is Main Street a Model for HRM Suburbs?

With its pre-determined building heights and streamlined planning approval process, the Main Street Community Improvement District has set a new standard for urban planning in HRM. Adopted 5 years ago, the planning approach is starting to drive new investment, and

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Dartmouth Economic Development Report

Dartmouth Economic Development Report (2017), by David Harrison, MCIP Welcome to all businesses who have set up shop in Dartmouth last year. That includes 15 new businesses in Downtown Dartmouth and 18 new businesses in the Main Street district. The

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Main Street’s Age Friendly Plan a Model for HRM

The Main Street Dartmouth Community Improvement District is proactively tackling the issues and opportunities associated with an aging society.  A number of organizations have recently joined the initiative including: Sobeys, Nightingale, Dartmouth Learning Network and NSCC Akerley Campus.  It is clear

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Rights Based Housing Approach Needed in NS

NS municipalities should position themselves by adopting a rights-based housing approach as per Canada’s new National Housing Strategy. This is best tackled by way of updating the Provincial Interest Statement on Housing, which is planned in 2018 (under SHIFT).

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West Hants Strategic Plan

The new West Hants Strategic Plan has 8 goals: Economic Development; Agriculture; Financial Management; Inter-Municipal Cooperation; Community Connections; Inclusive and Supportive Community; Tourism, Arts & Culture and Implementation. The strategic plan responds to input from the community engagement process and

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