News and Events

Topic: ‘Public engagement’

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Shifting to Sustainable Transportation report is now available

The Shifting to Sustainable Transportation Partnership has released a new report outlining how the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and surrounding commutershed can move to a more sustainable transportation system.

Formed by HRM’s Sustainable Environmental Management Office, Transport 2000 Atlantic, Cities & Environment Unit and Ecology Action Centre, the Partnership released the report in response to major transportation infrastructure investments and a shared recognition that there is an urgency to shift to a more sustainable transportation system. The report directly addresses the need for a comprehensive and long term approach to transportation planning.

The report highlights the outcomes of a one-day intensive workshop in January 2009 that brought together a diversity of professionals, stakeholders and citizens to plan for the future of the region’s transportation system in an integrated and sustainable way.

Workshop participants identified four critical components of a more sustainable transportation network for the region:

  1. Dedicated rights-of-way for transit, high-occupancy vehicles and active transportation
  2. Transportation hubs and terminals as significant places
  3. Land use patterns that are integrated with the transportation system
  4. Local feeder systems serving the transportation hubs

The report calls for the formation of a Sustainable Transportation Task Force that would engage the public in the development of a long-term Sustainable Transportation Strategy and identify immediate and long-term actions required to implement the Strategy. Building on HRM’s Regional Plan, the Strategy would support compact, affordable and sustainable growth for the region.

Download the report:
Shifting to Sustainable Transportation: A Sustainable Transportation Framework for HRM

Contact the Partnership at:

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Street Signs: Halifax Streets and the Communities They Define

Please join us at Street Signs: Halifax Streets and the Communities They Define for a vibrant and creative dialogue about the future of Barrington Street, one of our city’s most important streets. This event is presented by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and the Planning & Design Centre. The Planning & Design Centre would also like to thank and acknowledge all of our supporters, collaborators and partners through this event. Please come out to share in the festivities and show your support for creating this important new institution (

Topic:      Barrington Street - The Central Business District
Date:       Thursday, April 2, 2009
Time:       4:00pm - Networking and Refreshments
4:45pm - Panel Discussion
5:30pm - Q&A / Group Discussion

Location: The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street

Moderator: Frank Palermo - Professor, Dalhousie University Faculty of Architecture & Planning

Louie Lawen - Dexel Developments
Andy Lynch - Principal, Lydon Lynch Architects
Suzanne Saul - Attica Furnishings; Chair, Downtown Halifax Business Commission

Please RSVP your attendance to Cynthia LeClair ( You can also contact the Planning & Design Centre directly ( to confirm your spot on the event’s guest list.

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Planning and Design Centre hosts Nocturne event: Cardboard City

Nocturne attendees will use found cardboard and other recycled materials to construct an enormous physical model of downtown Halifax in six hours. Learn more about Nocturne: Art at Night on the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia website. For more information about the Planning and Design Centre, visit

Saturday, October 18, 2008
Ralph M. Medjuck Building
5410 Spring Garden Road
6pm - 12am

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

CEU Works with Residents to establish Family Resource Centre

Cities & Environment Unit is working with a group of Halifax residents in their quest to establish a Family Resource Centre in peninsular Halifax. The group had its first meeting on October 1. If you would like to learn more or become involved please contact CEU or visit the project blog at

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Planning and Design Centre launches new website

The Planning and Design Centre (PDC) is a non-profit store-front operation that makes planning and design visible, open to discussion and acts as a catalyst for innovation. The PDC recently launched an exciting new website. It can be found at

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Big Ideas session

The most recent Big Ideas session was held on June 28 at the Music Room in Halifax. Approximately forty community members attended to hear three bold and unique visions for Halifax presented by the panelists. Questions, comments and lively debate followed the presentations. Click here to view a summary of the session.

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Big Ideas session: Visions of Halifax

Join us on June 28 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Music Room on Lady Hammond Road in Halifax for another Big Ideas session. This session’s focus is “Visions of Halifax”. Speakers include: Valerie Payn, President of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Elizabeth Pacey, Past President of the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia; Brendan Haley, Energy Coordinator for the Ecology Action Centre; Frank Palermo, Professor, Dalhousie School of Planning and Director of the Cities & Environment Unit. Click here to view the media release.

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

North of Union Project Completed

Cities & Environment Unit has completed work on the North of Union Project in Saint John, New Brunswick. CEU was contracted by the City to design and lead a public participation process that would give the community a meaningful voice in creating a vision and design guidelines for the North of Union site. To learn more about this project please see the case study on our Projects page.