Ongoing Issues

Ongoing Issues

Our Association is involved in many technically complex, politically sensitive and community based projects and initiatives. Our Association has a proactive relationship with various levels of government on numerous issues.

Halifax Green Network

Status: Ongoing

Protecting open space in HRM was determined to be a primary objective of the 2014 Halifax Regional Plan. To achieve this goal, the development of the Halifax Green Network Plan – an Open Space and Greenbelting Priorities Plan for the Region was undertaken by Halifax.

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Halifax Water RDC

Status: Ongoing

In 2013 UDI of Nova Scotia led an industry intervention against the introduction of Halifax Water Regional Development Charge. At the UARB review substantial limits were imposed on Halifax Water, with resulting savings to developers over what had been proposed.

The UARB also imposed a mandatory 5-year review. UDI is currently addressing concerns over Halifax Water’s methods of calculating the charge and other issues. We continue to lobby HRM and Halifax Water to ensure charges are fairly and equitably imposed.

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Cogswell Lands Development

Status: Ongoing

UDI supports HRM’s plan to redevelop lands currently occupied by the Cogswell Interchange. However, we have some concerns about the viability of the project to self-fund, and about the ability of the market to absorb so much new real estate (residential and commercial) in a short time-frame. UDI has commissioned reports by leading planner Ken Greenberg and local firm Turner Drake, and continues to work with HRM to explore issues raised by these reports.

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UDI’s membership includes Developers, Municipal Officials, Industry Suppliers, Construction Firms, Architects, Engineers, Surveyors, Designers, Lawyers, Mortgage Brokers, Banks and Real Estate Agents.

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