Community input crucial by May 15

This is certainly wonderful news (see preceding post) and we can be cautiously optimistic. However, there is much work to be done – urgently. Council has requested a staff report and a positive recommendation is very important. There are many competing interests for municipal funds. Significant funds from community members and beyond will also be an essential ingredient.
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What can you do now to help make this happen? Please sign on to the Halifax Green Network Plan webpage and provide your input in two ways:

  • On the “new” Online Map Tool, identify your favourite spots on Williams and Colpitt Lakes and elsewhere in the Backlands. What are your favourite recreational activities? Why is this place so special to you? Tell them; now’s your best chance!
  • Please complete the online survey. Municipal staff needs to receive your input to find out why the Backlands are a public priority for inclusion in the city’s future greenbelt.

Please note, the input deadline is May 15 for both the survey and the map tool. There has been very little public input to date at this stage of the public engagement process – please add your voice, it will make a difference!

Map tutorials
If you have any difficulty accessing the map or adding your input, Our HRM Alliance can help in two ways:

  • through a helpful online tutorial on their website;
  • and a map input tutorial session is happening this Thursday, May 5, from 4:30 – 7:00 pm at the Ecology Action Centre, 2705 Fern Lane, Halifax. Hands-on help (and pizza!) will be available to assist you in adding your input to the map. Drop in anytime at your convenience.

If you were unable to attend the public engagement sessions in March and April for the Halifax Green Network Plan, here is a video of one of the presentations, featuring municipal staff and consultants from O2 Planning + Design.

We also ask that you please forward this message along to your neighbours and friends. Ask them to sign on and provide their input for the Halifax Green Network: An Open Space and Greenbelting Priorities Plan for the Region.

We are very excited about the possibility that lies before us. Let’s all work together to make this incredible opportunity happen. Thank you so very much!

We are very excited about the possibility that lies before us. Let’s all work together to make this incredible opportunity happen. Thank you so very much!

Kathleen Hall, Paul Cashman and Marla Cranston
On behalf of the Backlands Coalition

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