On November 17, 2014, Halifax Regional Municipality (“HRM”) issued a Request for Proposal (“RFP”) for a qualified firm to “go beyond the conventional parks planning approach” to develop HRM’s Greenbelting and Open Spaces Priorities Plan. Donnelly Law will review the Greenbelting RFP to ensure HRM Staff is ambitious with its plan to protect and connect HRM’s natural heritage, cultural landscapes, open spaces, and agricultural lands. Our HRM Alliance, a group of organizations from the Halifax area, envisions a Greenbelt that establishes a permanent development boundary around Halifax to control sprawl, reduce servicing and infrastructure costs, connect green spaces and provide public access to the coastline. Over the past several years, David Donnelly and Donnelly Law have been supporting the terrific work of Our HRM Alliance and the Halifax Ecology Action Centre (“EAC”) in advocating for the establishment of a Greenbelt for Halifax.
As part of the Greenbelt planning exercise, David Donnelly and Bruce Lourie (President, Ivey Foundation) were invited to deliver the 2011 Carmichael Lecture, the premier civic discussion of policy and urban design for Halifax. David has also presented at Our HRM Alliance workshops, sharing his experience on establishing Ontario’s Greenbelt Plan, which will mark its 10th Anniversary next year.