Complete Communities

Complete communities offer residents every daily need within walking distance.

While many great communities in Halifax are single-use, car-dependent, and low-density

we simply can’t continue this model for the next 100,000 residents, or we’re in trouble.


First: Taxes.

It costs 3x as much to build water and sewer—and everything else—for properties 3x as wide.

According to Stantec Inc., an international consultancy firm, Halifax could save


if we better concentrate growth.

That’s 70 multi-pad arenas.

or 25 commuter rail systems to Elmsdale

…or a lot less taxes.

And car-dependency is also expensive for home-owners. 
According to CAA, an average Canadian car costs


to own and operate over 10 years.

Let’s give residents options for how they get around.

Second: Health.


Single-use low-density housing means few shops and little transit in walking distance.

And that means too few people walk to be healthy.

Nothing will convince everyone to go to the gym three times a week.

But when great mainstreets are close to home

walking becomes the easy, obvious choice.

Third, fourth, fifth:

Car-dependant sprawl contributes to
traffic, air pollution and climate change,

But what’s the alternative?

Complete Communities

Combine good street-scaping,
reasonable densities, and the right zoning,

and healthy, vibrant mainstreets are possible for all.

Simple changes in the way design streets can make more
destinations accessible by foot

and can allow transit to
serve more homes in less time.

Take mainstreet Dartmouth.

Right now, it may look like this:

But the business community has plans in place to turn it into this:

So let’s drop the suburban v. urban debate

and demand complete communities for all.

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