District 8 Update #19 – Participatory Budget Applications, Next Common Master Plan Engagement, Cogswell District Public Engagement, and more!

Participatory Budget Time!

I am inviting District 8 residents to give their input on how to spend $56,400 in the community. The funds will be allocated using the Participatory Budgeting model that was used in previous year’s District 8 Participatory Budget vote. The benefits of this process are that it encourages great ideas to come forward from local groups, builds community support and collaboration, and gives local residents a direct say in how they want the District 8 capital funds spent.

Last year, due the number of applications we didn’t hold a vote night. (All applications were still reviewed) To make sure residents have a chance to give their input, please share and APPLY!

Important Dates!
Proposal Submission Deadline 4:00pm | Friday, May 25th, 2018

Please submit proposals to:
Email – Nadine.yuriev@halifax.ca
Mail – Nadine Yuriev, Council Support Office PO Box 1749 Halifax, NS B3J 3A5

District 8 Participatory Budget Community Vote
Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Italian Canadian Cultural Association (Main Hall) | 2629 Agricola Street

District 8 residents of all ages are invited to vote on their favorite projects in person! Residents can drop by anytime between 6:00pm-9:00pm to vote. Successful projects will be announced that evening.

Find more information here: http://lindellsmithhfx.ca/pb/


List of events and notices – here’s what is included:

Update:

  • Last Regional Council Summery
  • Next Common Master Plan Engagement Workshop
  • Cogswell District Public Engagement Open House
  • Centre Plan Store Front
  • Emera Oval Reopened for Summer Activities
  • Public Meeting – North End Heritage District
  • Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre’s Future Site – Elder Blessing of the Land
  • St Margaret of Scotland Church Yard Sale

Items of Interest

  • April North End Community Circle Roundtable Notes
  • Lieutenant Governor 2018 Community Spirit Award Call for Submissions
  • North End Business Association
  • Quinpool Road Business Association looking for Board members
  • Regional Council – Next Meeting: April 24th 10:00 am
  • Other Committee and Board commitments
  • Community Planning & Economic Development April 19th

Contact me:

Phone: 902-579-6975
Email: Lindell.Smith@halifax.ca
Website: www.LindellSmithHfx.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LindellSmithHFX/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindellSmithHFX

Council Coordinator: Nadine Yuriev
Phone: 902.490.1577
Email: Yurievn@halifax.ca

311 – HRM’s Call Centre
HRM’s call centre is open 8am-8pm Mon-Fri, 9am-5:30pm weekends to respond to routine inquiries and complaints from HRM residents. Please use this service since it helps HRM keep track of issues that are of concern for residents (missed solid waste pickup, sidewalks not cleared, transit info or complaints, etc.) For more information please visit http://www.halifax.ca/311/

Please send your feedback on issues before Community Council and Regional Council – and on any municipal issue. If you would like to send your comments to all Regional Councillors please email the Clerk’s Office (clerks@halifax.ca) so that your comments are shared and are part of the public record.

If you would like to send events or information to be possibly included in my e-newsletter, please email with the subject line “E-Newsletter”


Update:

Last Regional Council Summery

Carriage of Segways on Halifax Transit Ferries
Regional Council approved the continued prohibition of Segway’s from Halifax Transit Ferries. Following a request for a staff report regarding potential options for allowing Segway’s to be transported on the Halifax Transit Ferries, staff engaged an external consultant. While the consultant suggested six potential configurations that could allow for the carriage of Segway’s on ferries, each of these options carried significant financial implications and would result in either the loss of seating or the loss of space for bicycle transport and the likelihood of increased time required for loading and unloading, which could pose challenges to the current departure and arrival schedule.

1588 Barrington Street – Disposal of Surplus Real Property
Halifax Regional Council set the date of May 22nd, 2018 for a public hearing to consider the sale of 1588 Barrington Street, Halifax, to the Barrington Building Preservation Society for the proposed less than market value price of $1.00 as per the proposed terms and discussions outlined in the February 2nd, 2018 staff report. These terms and conditions can be viewed here: https://www.halifax.ca/sites/default/files/documents/city-hall/regional-council/180410rc1422.pdf

Payments for Halifax Convention Centre and Reserve Update
Halifax Regional Council approved a payment of $301,500 in respect of costs incurred for the Halifax Convention Centre for the period 2016-17 and, subject to confirmation of the final 2017-18 year end, payment of up to 50% of Halifax Convention Centre costs incurred prior to substantial completion fo the facility from the 2017-18 projected surplus. Council also requested that staff return with additional updates and recommendation on the Halifax Convention Centre including an updated Business Case for the Halifax Convention Centre that includes Deed Transfer Taxes related to the Nova Centre.

Participation of the Chain of Lake Trail on the Rum Runners Trail
Halifax Regional Council approved the participation of the Chain of Lakes Trail as part of the Rum Runners Trail, subject to the conditions of participation described in the Discussion section of the following staff report: https://www.halifax.ca/sites/default/files/documents/city-hall/regional-council/180410rc1432.pdf

Impacts of Expanding the Low-Income Transit Passes
Halifax Regional Council increased the number of places available in the Low income Transit Pass program to 2,000 for the 19/20 program year (starting July 2019) and directed staff to monitor program uptake to understand what the impact of the new partnership with the Department of Community Serves may have on demand for the Low Income Transit Pass Program. Council also directed staff to revise the eligibility criteria to accept a letter from social workers or ISANS in lieu of a Notice of Assessment of Option C as proof of qualification from the Low Income Transit Pass Program and to include Low Income Transit Pass Program wait-list data as one of the key performance indicators reported to the Transportation Sanding Committee by Transit.


HRM Meetings/Updates

Next Common Master Plan Engagement Workshop
Join us to share what’s important to you as we explore future possibilities for the Halifax Common at our upcoming public engagement workshop.

Date: Wednesday, April 25th, 2018
Time: Presentation at 7 p.m. followed by a workshop ending at 9 p.m.
Location: Citadel High School, Spatz Theatre Atrium (entrance on 1855 Trollope Street)

More info here: https://www.shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/halifax-common-master-plan

 

Cogswell District Public Engagement Open House
Residents are invited to attend the next open house to discuss and share feedback about the Cogswell District Redevelopment Project.

This Open house session will provide opportunities for public review of the 60 per cent Concept Plan and feedback on the various design details. Specific input will be sought on the following components: elements of a proposed urban square, active transportation, transit hub, parks and open spaces, and streetscape design details. Feedback will inform a presentation to Halifax Regional Council this spring.

When: Wednesday, April 18th from noon to 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, 1919 Upper Water St.

For more information about the Cogswell District Redevelopment Project, please visit https://www.halifax.ca/transportation/transportation-projects/cogswell-district-redevelopment-project/cogswell-district

 

Centre Plan Store Front:
Package A is available for review. Draft Package A Land Use By-law (LUB) and Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy (SMPS). As the next step in the adoption process Package A contains the first set of draft land use policies and regulations which focus on areas designated as Centres, Corridors, Higher Order Residential and Future Growth Nodes. Package A deals with standards for development, set backs, transitions, built-form and creating complete communities.

Storefront is located at 5161 George Street in Halifax (in the old RBC Building at the corner of George and Hollis Street).

The storefront will be open weekdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  Weekly schedule will be posted on Twitter @hfxplanning and Facebook Halifax Planning https://www.facebook.com/hfxplanning/ every Monday.

Read Package A here: http://centreplan.ca/#the-plan

Leave online feedback: https://www.shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/centre-plan/survey_tools/discussion-4-package-a

 

Emera Oval Reopened for Summer Activities
Get ready to head back to the Emera Oval for some free family fun! The skating track officially reopened on Monday, April 16th, for rollerblading, roller-skating, and cycling.

To view the entire summer schedule, please visit https://www.halifax.ca/recreation/facilities-fields/emera-oval. All events are weather dependent. In the event of bad weather, residents can check the online schedule for closures and cancellations or call the Emera Oval hotline at 902-490-2347.

The Emera Oval is a great place for school trips, birthday parties and day camp activities. Large groups are welcome and are encouraged to book ahead at https://www.halifax.ca/recreation/facilities-fields/emera-oval.


Community Events/Meetings

Public Meeting – North End Heritage District
There will be a public meeting for all residents and interested persons to discuss the formation of a heritage conservation district or districts in the North End, in the area generally bounded by West, Creighton, Cogswell, North Park, and June street.

Where: Community YMCA 2269 Gottingen St
When: Thursday, April 19th 7:00pm

For further information, please contact Alan Parish at
902-448-0586 or email at alan.v.parish@gmail.com.

 

Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre’s Future Site – Elder Blessing of the Land
A Mi’kmaq Elder blessing of the land will take place on the future home of the Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre (MNFC) at 1940 Gottingen St., the former Blood Services site, on April 19th at 11 am.

All media and invited guests are welcome to participate.  The event will also include the unveiling of new conceptual drawings of the proposed facility and the Mi’kmaw name designation of the new centre.

Where: 1940 Gottingen Street – Parking Area (a tented area will be available in the event of inclement weather)

When: April 19th, 11 am
Who: Becky Julian, Mi’kmaw Elder, Sipekne’katik First Nation – Opening Prayer
Pam Glode Desrochers, Executive Director, Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre
Mayor Mike Savage, City of Halifax
Chief Deborah Robinson, representing the Assembly of NS Chiefs
Morley Googoo, Regional Chief for the Assembly of First Nations NS-NL
MP Andy Fillmore, Halifax
Earl Sack, Mi’kmaw Elder, Sipekne’katik First Nation – Blessing of the Land

All conceptual drawings will be made available electronically to media as well as the English translation and definition of the new Mi’kmaw facility name.

Contact:
Corinne MacLellan
MNFC Facility Dev. Committee
902 209 3234 | Corinne@groupatn.ca

 

St Margaret of Scotland Church Yard Sale
When: Saturday April 21st 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: St Margaret of Scotland Church 3751 Robie St.
ADMISSION: $1

Vendor tables available @ $15 each Call 902-455-8721 to book a table


Items of Interest:

April North End Community Circle Roundtable Notes:
http://necchalifax.ca/note/april-2018/

Lieutenant Governor 2018 Community Spirit Award Call for Submissions
Nova Scotians are being asked to show their pride in their communities by submitting a nomination for the 2018 Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award. The award, established by then Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis in 2007, celebrates the power, strength and diversity of communities across Nova Scotia.

The deadline to submit applications is Thursday, May 31.  Applications can be found online at:
https://cch.novascotia.ca/investing-in-our-future/community-spirit-award

North End Business Association
For an update on what is happening with businesses in the north end please visit the North End Business Association http://gonorthhalifax.ca/  and sign up for their monthly email.

Quinpool Road Business Association
For an update on what is happening with businesses on Quinpool Road please visit their website: www.quinpoolroad.ca/

Quinpool Road Mainstreet District Association is looking for Board members. If you would like to put your name forward to join their board, please contact Karla Nicholson karla@quinpoolroad.ca for the application form. Applications due no later than May 31st.

The board terms are two years, with an option to renew. They generally have about seven or eight board meetings a year from September to May. Board meetings usually run from 12:30 to 2:00 pm on Thursday’s. Contact Karla for more information.


My other Committee and Board commitments:

Regional Council
Next Meeting: April 24th 10:00 am | Council Chambers, City Hall

Halifax and West Community Council
https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/community-councils/halifax-west-community-council

Community Planning & Economic Development
Next Meeting: April 19th 9:00 am | Council Chambers, City Hall

Agenda – https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/standing-committees/april-19-2018-community-planning-economic-development-standing
https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/standing-committees/community-planning-economic-development-standing-committee

Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee (Formally District 7 and 8 Planning Advisory Committee)
https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/boards-committees-commissions/h/halifax-peninsula-planning-advisory-committee 

Community Design Advisory Committee
https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/boards-committees-commissions/a-c/community-design-advisory-committee

Halifax Explosion 100th Anniversary Advisory Committee
https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/boards-committees-commissions/h/halifax-explosion-100th-anniversary-advisory-committee

Active Transportation Advisory Committee
https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/boards-committees-commissions/a-c/active-transportation-advisory-committee

Transportation Standing Committee
https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/standing-committees/transportation-standing-committee

HRM Grants Committee
https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/boards-committees-commissions/d-g/grants-committee

Halifax Forum
http://www.halifaxforum.ca/

(CACE) The Council on African Canadian Education
http://www.cace.ns.ca/