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Links of Interest
Learn more about Nova Scotia’s waterfronts.

Development & Planning Links

A variety of planning and development related links of interest.

Halifax
Canadian Urbanism
Canadian Urban Institute
Canadian Institute of Planners
Planning and Design Centre
Dalhousie University: School of Architecture
Town of Lunenburg: Planning and Development

Articles of Interest:

Chronicle Herald: October, 2017: Innovation, history key to building Halifax’s future
Commercial development in Halifax can be a particularly touchy subject for many Nova Scotians. It’s a city built upon decades of history and has a unique mix of heritage buildings and contemporary architecture. While some view growth, especially in the downtown core, as almost taboo, others fear the city will become irrelevant, stagnant, without an ongoing infusion of new development.

The question then becomes: How do we preserve the uniqueness and heritage of Halifax while still encouraging healthy growth that will sustain the many businesses and residents of an ever-evolving city? That is what presenters and moderators of the Art of City Building (AOCB) conference are hoping to discover.

Landlopers Blog: September, 2017:  Halifax, Nova Scotia – Why My First Visit Won’t Be My Last

Equipment Journal, September 2017: Unearthing the Past at the Queen’s Marque in Halifax
In their quest to provide open space through downtown Halifax’s Queen Marque, developers have unearthed important archaeological artifacts. Featuring a permeable ground level, European-style plaza and public squares at George and Prince streets, it is set to be a structure like no other in the area. However, great care is now being paid to the artifacts being uncovered.

Global, August, 2017: Downtown Halifax sees big business despite construction woes
Big crowds around the waterfront are translating into big business for restaurants, shops and tour operators. Paul Mackinnon, executive director of the Downtown Halifax Business Commission said, “There was a concern that maybe construction will keep people away, but it didn’t really seem to by all indications.” The bump in tourism is even making its way over to Dartmouth, as well. Official tourism numbers won’t be released until later in the year.

Global, July 2017: Thousands expected to flock to Halifax, Dartmouth waterfront for Tall Ships Regatta

Halifax Magazine, January, 2017: “Not the City I Knew”, Op Ed

CBC Nova Scotia, December 9, 2016: Waterfront Development seeks new vendors for Halifax boardwalk
“We are accepting ideas around different forms of buildings,” said Jennifer Angel, the acting president of the Waterfront Development Corporation, “so they might be like the kiosks or they may be some different model. 

Metro News, December 9, 2016: Plan shows new public area with vendors, seating on Halifax waterfront. Waterfront Development is asking for proposals from vendors wanting to operate in the new space, which is set to open this June.

AllNovaScotia, November 29, 2016
City Staff Green Light McCrea’s Queen’s Marque
After a lengthy review, City Hall planners are supporting the approval of Scott McCrae’s $200M waterside development Queen’s Marque. In a new report, planner Luc Ouellet recommends the development be approved by the city’s Design Review Committee when it meets later this week.

Metro Halifax, June 21, 2016
Take it up a notch:’ public, business owners asked to help shape Halifax waterfront space
Waterfront Development is hosting sessions to gather ideas for the area between Sackville and Salter streets

Metro Halifax, March 21, 2016
Halifax regional centre plan meeting draws a crowd, brings forward ideas

Lighthouse Now, March 16, 2016
Lunenburg’s Foodland chalks up another award
Fast forward to 2016, and the store has just been named by Sobeys, its parent company, as store of the year for the Maritimes for the second time in five years. In addition to that, it has also won the firm’s prestigious “winning conditions” award. Within the Sobeys framework, Foodland is the community-based banner found in 51 smaller markets in the Maritimes.

Local Xpress, March, 2016

SCHNEIDEREIT: How much of Dartmouth’s Sawmill River will rise from the dust?

Halifax Magazine, January, 2016
Parking and Surviving in Downtown Halifax

CBC, January 18, 2016
Halifax’s downtown isn’t dying despite rising vacancy rate, city says

Progress Media, December 2015
Moving on up: Halifax’s Discovery Centre is getting some fancy new digs. This time next year, the popular science centre will move from its Barrington Street location to the Nova Scotia Power building on the city’s waterfront.

Progress Magazine, August, 2015
Waterfront Development looks at productive uses of waterfront lands that will benefit researchers, ocean technology companies, and entrepreneurs

Progress Magazine, August, 2015
The links that bind; a former Dartmouth coast guard site is set to become a centre for ocean-related industry in Nova Scotia

Summer, 2015
Can you design innovation?

Chronicle Herald, March 30, 2015
Editorial:  Base great investment in booming ocean tech sector

Chronicle Herald, March 25, 2015
Ex-coast guard base in Dartmouth to become focus of ocean research

The Canadian Press, March 25, 2015
Nova Scotia government purchases property from coast guard for $6.5million

Chronicle Herald, January 10, 2015
DEMONT: A Decade of Change Ahead for Halifax

Downtown Halifax Business Commission, December, 2014
New Barrington Benches and Interactive Art Revitalizes Site.

Chronicle Herald: Business Voice, December 2014
The blue economy: A place defined by the ocean and a culture of innovation. By Colin MacLean.

Bedford Magazine, December 2014
Revising a Vision. With feedback from the public, a new plan for the Bedford waterfront looks ahead with a smaller footprint.

Metro Halifax, December 2, 2014
Thousands of More People Wanted to Live in a Re-vamped Downtown Dartmouth.

Chronicle Herald, October 28, 2014
Developing a Vision

CTV Atlantic, October 21, 2014
NS in Negotiations to Buy Prime Waterfront Property From Federal Government.

Halifax Magazine, October, 2014
The Rising Ocean

Articles on Planning
Applied Arts
Charming Environmental Design: The Footprints of Copenhagen. Tiny details add a layer of charm and humanity to the ordinary aspects of city living.

Halifax Magazine
Tear Down This Wall. With the redesign of the Cogswell Interchange, Halifax gets a rare chance to correct an urban planning disaster and reunite a city.

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