Building Better Communities

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 a recently adopted age friendly community plan is laying the foundation for community stewardship. Another innovation: the Community Improvement District has asked to review its local area plan and has been given the nod from HRM’s planning department for the community to get started on its own.

Streamlined urban planning rules, the creation of an age friendly community and community-based investment, are a unique combination in HRM.

An effective marriage seems to be unfolding between urban planning, economic development and community stewardship in the transformation of this suburban Dartmouth district.

(by David Harrison, MCIP.  David is an economic development associate with Montreal-based LGP Strategies.  He is former Chair of the Canadian Institute of Planners’ Healthy Community Initiative.)

Making the Suburbs Cool Again

The Village On Main NS is reinventing the suburbs in HRM, and it's looking pretty darn cool. This video was made possible with the support of PLANifax, thank you! Learn more about our vision for Main St., including our age-friendly community plan at Dartmouth, Hoghorn BBQ, Green Cap Auto Repair & Sales Ltd., Stevens Road United Baptist Church, Ebony Hair Salon, Greco Pizza Donair, Metro Karate Training Centre, Tacoma Dental Centre, Darren Fisher, Tony Mancini, Tactical Tattooing, Into The Wild – Exotic Pets & Supplies, Doolittle's Sportsbar & Grill Tim Halman Sackville Business Association Spryfield Business Commission Jim Knox Greg Fong Balance Fitness: Health and Wellness Centre Petstuff On The Go DermaEnvy Skincare – Dartmouth, NS David Harrison Jacob Ritchie Mike Savage Metro Business Association Our HRM Alliance It's More Than Buses Tristan Cleveland Cole Harbour & Area Business Association Ross Grant Sackville Rivers Association

Posted by Village On Main NS on Monday, January 15, 2018

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