Mainstreet Vision for Nova Scotia Communities

Supporting placemaking, walkability, economic activity and design of the central roads and nearby spaces in our communities.

About

East Hants is participating in the Developing a Mainstreeting Vision for Small Nova Scotia Communities project. This project is led by the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities Active Transportation Committee and Fowler, Bauld and Mitchell (FBM).

The project is focused on research and public engagement around the walkability, accessibility, economic activity, and design of the central provincial roads in rural and smaller communities in Nova Scotia.

The goal of the project is to highlight issues and develop ways to improve challenges in areas where highways are the main street in the community.

The study area for the project in East Hants is the Elmsdale Village Core along Highway 214 and Highway 2 in Elmsdale, NS.

Background

The Developing a Mainstreeting Vision for Small Nova Scotia Communities project is supported by Connect2, a grant program administered by Nova Scotia Energy and Mines and by participating partner organizations. The partner organizations, include Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Bicycle Nova Scotia, Ecology Action Centre, Develop Nova Scotia, and selected municipalities and regional enterprise networks.

On Febraury 11, 2020 approximately 30 residents, businesses and community leaders participated in a focus group workshop. The workshop was ocused on the Elmsdale Village Core. Participants shared their experience and vision for main streets in Nova Scotia through the lenses of transportation, local economy and community placemaking.

A report on the overall Nova Scotia wide project is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2020.

Project Leads

Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities – Active Transportation Committee

Fowler, Bauld and Mitchell (FBM)