Interest groups call for more public consultation on shared Halifax master plan
Details of the Halifax Common Master Plan will be presented to the community planning committee on Wednesday, more than two years after the last round of public consultations.
But Friends of the Halifax Common, a non-profit community group, said there should be another public session that takes into account the changes that have been approved for HRM since the last round of consultations.
“The plan for the center has moved forward, building one parking garage and approving another, an aquatic center has been budgeted,” said Peggy Cameron.
Martyn Ritcey, president of the Halifax Minor Baseball Association, agrees with calling another public meeting before the area council is asked to approve the plan.
Ritcey remains concerned about the recommendation to phase out some of the baseball diamonds as other facilities are upgraded. He said improving the quality of the fields and adding lights only works if the facilities are not too far from the peninsula.
“It can’t be 30, 40 minutes,” he said. “On weeknights, that won’t work.
Schedule calls for path changes, field layouts
HRM staff recommend a better balance between organized activities on the Common and unstructured use of green space.
A November report to the Standing Committee on Community Planning and Economic Development said there was a need for “recreational opportunities that do not require expensive equipment, special training or membership fees.”
The report also suggests that the Halifax Common needs a better sense of cohesion and integration through the realignment of paths and field development.
Staff recommend that the plan be sent to area council for final approval and that the CEO review it every five years.