Centre Plan is Halifax’s overarching planning strategy for the urban core. Its goal is to consolidate and update the four existing plans that cover this area. Planifax offers a good overview of the Plan in their video below.
AGBANS is primarily concerned with Area 4 – Culture and Heritage.
Right now, a heritage building outside a heritage conservation district has no protection. A building owner can apply for a demolition permit, and in the third year after applying, is allowed to demolish the building as-of-right.
One possible way to address is to introduceland controls under the HRM Charter as part of the Centre Plan project. This would amend Provencal legislation and would allow the city to have more control on demolitions.
If you have feedback on Heritage issues that should be addressed in the Centre Plan, please leave a comment below.
AGBANS will be meeting with the city in September.