Complete Communities

Because everyone deserves a main street.

Everything you need where you live.

A complete community is one offering the full range of shops and transportation options within walking distance of homes. All major rural, suburban and urban development should offer residents a town centre in this way, because it supports every goal that makes cities successful.


Lower taxes

Cities can save by building 38% on infrastructure mixed-use, compact development.


Residents meet at least 59% of their weekly physical activity requirements just by living in places where walking is useful.


65% of money spent in local restaurants is spent again in the local economy, compared to 35% for chain restaurants.


Households in complete communities produce half as much carbon emissions as those in car-dependent communities.

Halifax plans contributing to progress

Integrated Mobility Plan

A big picture plan for how we combine new development with fast transit and bike lanes to get the most out of both.
(Halifax page.)

Centre Plan

Ensures the core of our city will be designed to prioritize people and people-scale development.
(Halifax page.)

Things we need for progress

Local Plans

Every community should have their own plan to define development. The plans for most communities in the region are decades old.

Main street investments

We need $50 million for downtown and $20 million for suburban main streets to ensure our city remains a destination.

Development Charges

Development should be required to pay for its own infrastructure costs, to incentivize growth in existing communities, where it will support local business and cost taxpayers the least.

Our Goals

  • 80% of every resident's weekly needs within walking distance of home.

    Every new community should be designed to ensure everyone has a main street. Where possible, existing communities should be retrofitted to offer all residents the same.

  • 0% new major development that is 100% car-dependent growth

    No new large-scale development should be allowed that fails to offer residents alternative means of getting to stores, work and school than driving.

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