Green Network Plan Identifies Most Vulnerable Areas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 12, 2017

 

Green Network Plan Identifies Most Vulnerable Areas

 

K’JIPUKTUK (Halifax) –  The latest installment of the Halifax Green Network Plan (HGNP), entitled “Halifax Green Network Plan Primer,” has identified 84 of the most vital landscape corridors in HRM. These areas and corridors are crucial to human, wildlife, and ecological well-being, but are under threat due to current land use planning policies.

 

Our research shows that of the 28 “Essential Corridors” identified by HGNP data, 18 are conflict areas that are under pressure or zoned for development. Likewise, of the 56 “Important Corridors,” 45 of these are conflict areas that are under pressure or zoned for development. This means that 75% of the identified essential or important corridors are currently zoned for various residential or commercial development. You can find the full GIS map here: https://arcg.is/0m4LzS.

 

“The significant number of vulnerable areas identified by the data is a clear indication that we need to find a better way to grow,” says Jenny Lugar, Sustainable Cities Coordinator at the Ecology Action Centre. “It’s not enough to simply identify what landscapes are threatened and hope that this data is taken into consideration when development proposals are made. That’s backwards planning. We need HRM to commit to protecting these landscapes from residential and commercial development up front, while we direct growth to the right places.”

 

HRM will be conducting the third and final phase of public engagement on the HGNP starting next week (see below for dates, times, and location). The engagement sessions will centre upon an implementation strategy for the data collected. Once complete, the HGNP is expected to go to Council in late June or early July.

 

“The Green Network Plan will not result in a protected greenbelt unless we get out to these consultations and ask for it,” says Lugar, “We need to know what the end goal is for this Plan, because right now HRM’s strategy for using the data they’ve collected over three years is vague and uninspiring.”

 

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Data was collected and plotted on ArcGIS by the Ecology Action Centre using the Halifax Green Network Plan’s “Map 6, Green Network Component: Ecological Areas”, Map 1 of the Regional Plan which identifies the “Growth Centres”, and the Land Use By-laws associated with the Community Plans in HRM.

 

Public Engagement Sessions for the Halifax Green Network Plan, Phase 3:

 

Date

Time

Location

May 15  

6:00 – 8:00 pm          

NSCC Waterfront Campus (Presentation Theatre)

80 Mawiomi Place, Dartmouth

May 16        

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Atlantica Hotel Halifax (Guild Hall) 1980 Robie Street

May 17        

6:00 – 8:00 pm          

Ecole Secondaire du Sommet (Auditorium) – 500 Larry Uteck Boulevard, Halifax

May 31      

7:00 – 9:00 pm          

Sir John A. MacDonald High School, 31 Scholars Rd, Upper Tantallon

June 07

6:00 – 8:00pm          

Musquodoboit Valley Bicentennial Theatre & Cultural Centre, 12390 Hwy 224, Middle Musquodboit

June 08

6:00 – 8:00pm          

Sheet Harbour Lions Club, 183 Pool Rd, Sheet Harbour

June 12

6:00 – 8:00pm         

Old School Community Gathering Place, 7962 Hwy 7 Musquodoboit Harbour

 

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For further information, please contact:

 

Jenny Lugar

Sustainable Cities Coordinator/Ecology Action Centre

902.478.1879

jlugar@ecologyaction.ca

 
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