Come for a Walk on the Common Link – you are invited!

You are invited by the recently formed Common Link Association to join us for a walk along a newly proposed ‘Common Link.’  This route is designed to connect the green spaces and blue vistas through the heart of Halifax.  Please come and support our efforts to create and promote a continuous, easy-access loop through the existing trails within the Halifax Common (including Victoria Park, the Public Gardens and North Common) as well as the Citadel.  This walk is free and open to all.  Bring friends.

A greenway in the heart of the city.

A greenway in the heart of the city.

When? Saturday, Oct 24th, 10 am   Rain date: Sunday, Oct 25th,10 am
Where?  Victoria Park at Spring Garden Road/South Park St. by Robbie Burns Statue Statue.
Why?  To enjoy and promote the creation of The Common Link, a continuous loop trail.
Who?  Walking enthusiasts and all others who are interested.
How long?   Approximately 1.5h.

Membership:   Should you wish to be a part of the initiative to develop The Common Link you are invited to start the process by becoming a Common Link Association member.
Please RSVP if you plan to join us, by sending an email to and writing ‘CONFIRMED’ in the subject line so we know numbers in advance.

Public Meeting re Armoyen’s 29-Storey Highrise at Robie & Quinpool

shadows_feb-1_4pm_west_smallIt’s Deja view!
Please attend a public meeting about one of  two developments proposed at the corner of Robie & Quinpool, next to  the Halifax Common and residential neighbourhoods west of Robie Street. You can express your views on the 29-storey tower on the left, potentially the second tallest building in Halifax (just 20′ shorter than Fenwick Tower.  Note: Height is presently restricted to 145′. Can’t make it? Send your thoughts to:

Details:     HRM Public Information Meeting
Thursday, September 17, 7 – 9 pm
Potter Auditorium Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
Dalhousie  6100 University Ave. / Seymour St.

View the meeting announcement
View the HRM agenda
View the developer’s drawings

Visit the Willow Tree Group website for a critical evaluation of these two projects.
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FHC Signs Coalition Letter to Mayor & HRM Councillors

HRM Mayor Savage and Council

HRM Mayor Savage and Council

Coalition of Community Groups to Council: “Stop Misuse of Development Agreements to Circumvent Approved Plans and Regulations”
Friends of Halifax Common has joined the Coalition for Responsible Development in HRM, which includes 14 community groups from across the municipality, in sending an open letter to Mayor Savage and HRM Council today, September 10, 2015.

The letter requests that:
1. Mayor and Council stop using development agreements indiscriminately to approve development that are inappropriate for the communities in which they are proposed; and,
2.  Mayor and Council apply existing policies and bylaws currently in place until such time as these policies and by-laws are changed.

For the full text of the open letter and a list of the signatories, please visit:

To Residents’ Groups in HRM:   If you are concerned about the development agreement process and would like to add your group’s name to this letter, please send your group name, e-mail contact, and website (if you have one) to

The Coalition for Responsible Development in HRM is coordinated by the Willow Tree Group.

Halifax Examiner: Wanderers Ground “unsafe”

“The Wanderers Ground is a soggy mess.”  writes Tim Bousquet (Aug. 28).  That’s why a long-planned Rugby Canada Match against Glasgow (Scotland) Warriors scheduled for the Halifax Common’s Wanderer’s Grounds had to be re-located to Spryfield.
Read the story below for details on how the Halifax Common remains a city priority.

The Wanderers Ground is a soggy mess. Photo: Halifax Examiner

The Wanderers Ground is a soggy mess. Photo: Halifax Examiner

Rugby took centre stage at a Halifax council meeting in June, when, citing the potential Continue reading

St Pat’s Deadline & Bullshit At 6067 Quinpool Road Post

Friday, August 14 is the deadline for comments at Shape Your City/Manipulate The Citizens for the former St Pat’s High School at 6067 Quinpool Rd.  The April 2014 decision to sell St Pat’s

Fake public process offers towers lost in space with Styrofoam trees.

Contrived public process offers towers lost in space with Styrofoam trees.

was made without any public consultation. Now more pretense at public consultation allows 20 days for comments on three prescribed proposals, The Square, The Grid, & The Plaza.
Bullshit At 6067 Quinpool Road  is a great submission you will want to read.  Maybe you’ll have questions for the Mayor & Council <>  i.e. Why does it seem that a developer’s agenda not that of the public is being served?  Or,
In the city’s rush to sell off St Pat’s what other ideas such as those of Sheilah Hunt, a former FHC director,Transform St. Pat’s site into Halifax’s cultural:artistic hub | The Chronicle Herald, are we missing out on?

FHC’s previous posts are  here & here & here*

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Howard Epstein To Mayor Savage: Use Your Best Efforts

July 15, 2015
Halifax Mayor Mike Savage (Chronicle Herald Photo)Mayor Mike Savage
PO Box 1749, Halifax, NS B3J 3A5

Your Worship:
I am writing on behalf of Friends of Halifax Common to set out an important concern about the state of play in overall land-use planning in the Capital/Regional Centre. Our focus is on the Halifax Common, but some of the issues that illustrate problems that affect the Common are also of wider impact and concern.

Originating with the 2006 Regional Plan, a focus on the Centre has been adopted by Council. Unfortunately this has suffered from delay. It is worthwhile to recall the reasons for this focus in the Regional Plan: stemming general residential sprawl (especially with associated energy use for transportation); controlling the cost of hard and soft infrastructure; and a concern with the hollowing-out of downtowns. These remain valid concerns. Delay has come about through several steps: first, HRM By Design abandoned its initial focus on the whole of the Centre area and dealt for several years exclusively with the Halifax CBD; next, a ‘corridors’ policy was attempted as an interim measure; and in the meantime, Council and the community councils have been dealing with many individual site applications, approving much of what has been asked for.

The result of this has been not only delay in settling on a new Centre plan, but in a series of decisions that effectively pre-determine the results of what should be an open public planning process. Very little will be left to be determined, especially on the Halifax peninsula, if important, individual site-based decisions continue to be made. Continue reading