Innovations Gathering – November 30th                                      2011HarvestProject 1Beautiful Open Spaces need ...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                                        2011Harvest      Parking      Bathroom      S...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                                        2011HarvestProject 2Great Open Spaces need to...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th          2011Harvest      Multi-use once the shell is up         o Tea room         ...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                                           2011HarvestProject 3Great Open Spaces help...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                                         2011Harvest     Heritage Farm is Gateway to ...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                                        2011HarvestProject 4aBeautiful Open Spaces ne...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                        2011Harvest      Phasing      Add Cow Bay Road      Balance t...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                                       2011HarvestProject 4bBeautiful Open Spaces nee...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                                       2011Harvest      Raised Dec 6/11 – consider op...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                                        2011HarvestProject 4cBeautiful Open Spaces ne...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                   2011HarvestRound #3: What are your next steps and key learnings?  ...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                                        2011HarvestProject 5Great Communities need to...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                                       2011Harvest      Stormwater run-off from exist...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                                    2011HarvestProject 6Beautiful Open Spaces Need Gr...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                                       2011Harvest     Raised Dec 6/11 – consider opp...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                                      2011HarvestProject 7Beautiful Open Spaces need ...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                      2011Harvest      Buses    advertising      Public   hiking     ...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                                        2011HarvestProject 8Beautiful Open Spaces nee...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                       2011Harvest       o Walk       o Bike    Make connections – es...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                                      2011HarvestProject 9Beautiful Open Spaces Need ...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                             2011HarvestRound #3: What are your next steps and key le...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                                       2011HarvestProject 10Great Open Spaces need to...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                                          2011HarvestProject 11Beautiful Open Spaces ...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                                         2011Harvest      Concern that private landow...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                                        2011HarvestThemes from Visioning Gathering Oc...
Innovations Gathering – November 30th                                         2011HarvestEconomy  a.   Financial sustainab...
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  1. 1. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011HarvestProject 1Beautiful Open Spaces need to be versatile. (C-a.c.d.e.f.g.) Host Jan S. o Pondering the future land use of the County of Halifax Rehab Hospital Property. i. In relation to the Forrest Hills Common, Bisset Lake Park and the Coastal Heritage Park what are the unique characteristics of the Rehab Lands? ii. Please conduct a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats (SWOT) Analysis.Essential Info: Demolition of Rehab Hospital buildingsBig Questions: Future use of the site Integration with open space uses Contribution to open spaceRound #1: What is at the root of your project? Solar farm (artistic) Lake usage Trails Active sports fields Park Not building development From map sheet – solar farm/art; healthy lake needed – storm sewage drains stopped; connecting community to trails; sports fields; not developed into residencies, etc; park landRound #2: What could be added to make this project/initiative morecomplete? Protect shoreline A dog park Turf field View (elements cannot take from the view) Interpretive centre 1 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  2. 2. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011Harvest Parking Bathroom Safe area playground Active living style Picnic area Masterplan From map sheet – protect view; not homes; sport fields; connect to CHH Park; preserve sightlines; dog park; don’t develop it;soccer – park land; cemetary?; park with bathrooms; interpretive centreRound #3: What are your next steps and key learnings? Accessible shoreline of the lake. From map sheet – picnic park like Dartmouth Common; community garden; water access; sportsfields; beach area; boating access; cross country recreation BMX – run – ski; protect the view; accessible park (sports); municipal park to marry up with provincial park Raised Dec 6/11 in relation to Project #6 – consider opportunities and constraints of equestrian use on public open spaces. Please note the thread with open spaces policy (project #11), versatility (project #1), and connections (project #4).What have I learned? 2 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  3. 3. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011HarvestProject 2Great Open Spaces need to display our Heritage. (C-b.h.) Host Charley S &CHP&T. o Raising the Red Barn. i. What should the new barn be like inside and outside?Essential Info: What should the barn look like.Big Questions: Exterior? Interior? What should be inside?Round #1: What is at the root of your project? Portion of trail use equestrian Easy access to barn Versatility of barn for community space – Boy Scouts, Guides, Schools Scenery – history & culture “Missing Red Barn scenery.”Round #2: What could be added to make this project/initiative morecomplete? Farmer’s market o Local produce o Community garden Multi-use function Open field – use farmland Business opportunities Museum – preserving history Barn looks like a barn Multi-purpose rooms Community useRound #3: What are your next steps and key learnings? 3 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  4. 4. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011Harvest Multi-use once the shell is up o Tea room o Sun room Windows at the back Keep original style, original lookWhat have I learned? Barn was an icon Barn reconstructed Versatility in accommodating future use 4 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  5. 5. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011HarvestProject 3Great Open Spaces help to form our Identity. (C-a.b.h.i.) Hosts Seamus M &Frances M. o Identifying a Cultural Core. i. What are the key characteristics of a Cultural Core? (views, access, concentrations of facilities, etc.) ii. Where are the great views (landscapes and landmarks – experiential assessments)? iii. Where is the great access (wayfinding & promotion)? iv. What facilities could be combined/concentrated facilities (eg heritage farm and red barn)? v. Where would you consider 3 great locations for a Cultural Core?Essential Info:Big Questions: How can open spaces contribute to our cultural/heritage? How do we prioritize our resources? How do we really appreciate our culture/heritage?Round #1: What is at the root of your project? Farming heritage in CHP. Connect CHP trails with Meeting House and, Bell House – Long Hill view (at Bell House) is part of the cultural core Cemeteries are part of coreRound #2: What could be added to make this project/initiative morecomplete? Connect Cherry Brook with CH via historic Miller r.o.w. Connect to core via Lawrencetown r.o.w. & Ritcey Cr. View Don’t over regulate Keep ATV & off-leash on Lawrencetown r.o.w.Round #3: What are your next steps and key learnings? Records storehouse of CH history at Heritage Farm 5 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  6. 6. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011Harvest Heritage Farm is Gateway to CH cultural core Black Cultural Centre also a gateway Heritage farm interprets, it is part of cultural core Core includes views, trails, BCC, HCC land, r.o.w’s, Heritage farm, Bell/Meeting houseWhat have I learned? 6 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  7. 7. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011HarvestProject 4aBeautiful Open Spaces need to be connected to great communities. (C-a.e.f.j.) Host Rob J. o Looking at The Cole Harbour Place to Rainbow Haven Corridor. i. How would you connect the 8 kilometres between Rainbow Haven, Coastal Heritage Park, and Cole Harbour Place? In a motor vehicle; on a bicycle; two feet and a heartbeat? ii. Where are the tough parts? iii. Where are the easy parts? iv. How important is the visual experience?Essential Info: 8 kilometres Partial on-road Crossing Cole Harbour RoadBig Questions: Priority Paved shoulders Views along the wayRound #1: What is at the root of your project? Already connections – make them better (the buses, the bike lanes, the trails) Respect the coastal shoreline validatedRound #2: What could be added to make this project/initiative morecomplete? Paved shoulders Cow Bay/Dyke Road loop Improve intersection at Cole Harbour Road/Bissett/John Stewart Arklow to CH Road Improve the trail access @ Arklow/John Stewart Widen trailRound #3: What are your next steps and key learnings? 7 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  8. 8. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011Harvest Phasing Add Cow Bay Road Balance the easy & the tough parts (safety) o Intersection o Paved shoulders Discover/partner with Rainbow Haven parking seasonalWhat have I learned? Rekindled passion 8 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  9. 9. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011HarvestProject 4bBeautiful Open Spaces need to be connected to great communities. (C-a.e.f.j.) Hosts Dawn N & April S. o Helping with Old Lawrencetown/Old Miller Rd Corridors. i. How would you build a 2 kilometre trail between Old Lawrencetown Road in Forrest Hills to the Cole Harbour Estuary? ii. How would you build a 2.5 kilometre trail between the Black Cultural Centre and Cole Ridge Estates?Essential Info:Big Questions: How to connect 207, L’town to CH Place Connect Ritcey to Ross Rd to Main StreetRound #1: What is at the root of your project? Old Lawrencetown Road o Preserve greenways o Adjacent landowner concerns: dumping, illegal activity…. o Uses: atv’s displacedRound #2: What could be added to make this project/initiative morecomplete? Trail parking People control Accessing their lands concern Connect to Black Cultural Centre & Main StreetRound #3: What are your next steps and key learnings? Great to cycle/walk on Old L’town Road Safe and quicker access to Cole Hbr Place, schools and neighbours Connect to Flying Point & SM Trail Raised Dec 6/11 in relation to Project #6 – consider opportunities and constraints of equestrian use on public open spaces. Please note the thread with open spaces policy (project #11), versatility (project #1), and connections (project #4). 9 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  10. 10. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011Harvest Raised Dec 6/11 – consider opportunities and constraints of crossing Hwy #107 at Cherry Brook intersection and Lake Major/Ross Road intersection.What have I learned? Protect natural environment Small footprint Connect communities Protect waterways 10 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  11. 11. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011HarvestProject 4cBeautiful Open Spaces need to be connected to great communities. (C-a.e.f.j.). Hosts Rob M & David M. o Consider The highway #207 Image Route Corridor i. How would you build a 2.5 kilometre cycling route from Bissett Road to Ross Road? ii. How would you build a walking route from Bissett Road to Ritcey Crescent?Essential Info:Big Questions: When can this be done? Is it worth the investment? How can it connect?Round #1: What is at the root of your project? Pave shoulders both sides with rumble strip Sidewalk too $ Designated bus stops Traffic concerns Crossing #207 Extend sidewalk & pave shoulders on Ross Road between #207 and Hwy #7 Bishop properties purchase? Paved shoulder less maintenance Link #207 to Salt Marsh TrailRound #2: What could be added to make this project/initiative morecomplete? Wide lane safer with blind spots Advantage is would help with wash-out Bissett/Cow Bay Rd needs wider shoulder Potential connection between #207 & Salt Marsh Trail via Flying Point Tourism potential Some prefer off road 11 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  12. 12. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011HarvestRound #3: What are your next steps and key learnings? Link Ross Rd sidewalks to the #207 Corner @ bottom of Long Hill concerns Need for this!!What have I learned? See the need and benefits. 12 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  13. 13. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011HarvestProject 5Great Communities need to be Sustainable. (EC-a.) Hosts Roger W. & KevinG. o Pondering Sustainable Development in the Cole Harbour Basin? i. What is Sustainable Development? ii. What are some examples of sustainability? iii. Is sustainable development possible in the Cole Harbour Basin?Essential Info: Vacant lands available for development (yellow) Estuary is sensitive to development Regional plan reviewBig Questions: What does sustainability mean to you? Allow development; what kind? What controls?Round #1: What is at the root of your project? “Community within a Park” “Community” needs to include trails, greenways, parks Development is necessary to “sustain” the community and its services Current rules prohibitiveRound #2: What could be added to make this project/initiative morecomplete? All development needs to address impacts of climate change & sea level rise; ie, setbacks from watercourses, wetlands, coastline – larger buffer areas (control stormwater) Rehab Ctr Lands great opportunity for artistic solar farm development (destination point for community & region)Round #3: What are your next steps and key learnings? Salmon R. floodplain 13 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  14. 14. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011Harvest Stormwater run-off from existing & future development, include quantity and quality. Sea level rise – increase setbacks Causeway – look at opening to enable flushing/flow and boat access Defer development until flooding/stormwater issues addressed.What have I learned? Folks were engaged and are passionate about the basin. I enjoyed the evening 14 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  15. 15. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011HarvestProject 6Beautiful Open Spaces Need Great Stewardship. (EC-b.) Hosts Michael M. &Paul E.) o Considering the future of the Cole Harbour Causeway and Salt Marsh Trail. i. Have you been on the causeway & trail? ii. What are the unique characteristics of the causeway & trail? iii. Please conduct a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats (SWOT) Analysis for the causeway and trail.Essential Info: Rail bed Trans Canada Trail Water quality WildlifeBig Questions: Keep it? Restore it? Improve it?Round #1: What is at the root of your project? SMT must exist but we improve water & environmentRound #2: What could be added to make this project/initiative morecomplete? Enhanced awareness = increased support Design to improve water flow/survival of SMT Adaptive managementRound #3: What are your next steps and key learnings? Tidal flow analysis Last section being “improved” Get some more design expertise 15 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  16. 16. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011Harvest Raised Dec 6/11 – consider opportunities and constraints of equestrian use on public open spaces. Please note the thread with open spaces policy (project #11), versatility (project #1), and connections (project #4).What have I learned? 16 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  17. 17. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011HarvestProject 7Beautiful Open Spaces need great Planning. (EC-c.) Host Rachael D. o Preparing Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin Plan. i. What are your expectations of the Plan? ii. How do you understand your role in the product? iii. What has worked well so far? iv. How would you do things differently?Essential Info: Public gatherings On-street onlineBig Questions: how is this process so far?....what is good? Improvements? How to stay involved?Round #1: What is at the root of your project? Engage many diverse people early All landowners listed in database – collaborate with them Advertising – glo signs Post on web report draft before it goes to Council o Feedback o Opportunity if you support it to engage Councillor How can people share what’s happening with their networks?Round #2: What could be added to make this project/initiative morecomplete? How do we plan for rising sea level & renewable energy?...get around “NIMBY” Much work & studies done in past 40 years – use it Present to community groupsRound #3: What are your next steps and key learnings? Concert benefit for rehab Lands/Red Barn – tell people how to get engaged 17 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  18. 18. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011Harvest Buses advertising Public hiking o Offer routes o Schedule hike o Ask for feedback – volksmarch, geocachingWhat have I learned? Engage landowners Renewable energy plan Fun & creative ways to keep people involved 18 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  19. 19. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011HarvestProject 8Beautiful Open Spaces need to be Promoted. (EC-d.) Hosts Deanna W. &Gary Y.) o Prepare a Wayfinding Strategy. i. What open spaces need better promotion? ii. How would you promote the Beautiful Open Spaces in the Cole Harbour Basin?Essential Info: Getting around to & through all the great open spaces in the area. More than signageBig Questions:Round #1: What is at the root of your project? Promoting the open space connections to everyone especially the students – connecting to education system. Farms to school – buy local Promoting our green spaces & active transportationRound #2: What could be added to make this project/initiative morecomplete? Information signage that adds legitimacy & validity to the great open spaces in the area. Open for multi-use. Signage to ensure/confirm it is OK to use these spaces Greenspaces within our communities – walk toRound #3: What are your next steps and key learnings? Improved promotion of what we already have Have wonderful open spacesWhat have I learned? Improve promotion legitimacy & validity of access o Access 19 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  20. 20. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011Harvest o Walk o Bike Make connections – especially for students our future Promote multi-use 20 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  21. 21. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011HarvestProject 9Beautiful Open Spaces Need Great Access. (EC-e.) Hosts Kemp M. & Hugh M. o Consider our Access to the Estuary. i. Is it important? ii. Where does the road network (grey) touch the water (blue)? 1. Are these places important? 2. Should we be able to touch the water from these places? iii. Where does the park network (green) touch the water (blue)? 1. Are these places important? 2. Should we be able to touch the water from these places? o Consider our access to the Coastal Heritage Park. i. What is working well about the 4 existing access points along Bissett Road? ii. What would you do differently? iii. Should the park be accessible from Cole Harbour Road and the Cole Harbour Meeting House?Essential Info: There are four existing accesses to the Coastal Heritage Park There are both active and passive usesBig Questions: Are these accesses important? Should the park be accessible from Cole Harbour Road?Round #1: What is at the root of your project? View access from #207 is important Trail access formalized at Mineville end (signage) Washrooms at trailhead (Red Barn)Round #2: What could be added to make this project/initiative morecomplete? Limit formal access from #207 to estuary No formal frontage to Crown land from tanner Parking on roads where no parking lot can be issues. 21 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  22. 22. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011HarvestRound #3: What are your next steps and key learnings? Capital development of formal access at Mineville end.What have I learned? Good access exists at Park Additional access necessary (both view and for active use) 22 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  23. 23. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011HarvestProject 10Great Open Spaces need to protect our Natural Gems. (EN-a.) Hosts RichardM. & John C. o Consider the health of the Cole Harbour Estuary. i. What do you think impacts the health of the estuary? o Consider the potential for the estuary. i. For its visual landscape? ii. For fishing? iii. For recreation? iv. For agriculture? v. For energy?Essential Info: DNR – waterfowl survey Ducks Unlimited Ongoing citizen observationsBig Questions: What is the health of the estuary? Who is the info champion?Round #1: What is at the root of your project? Gaining information on bio-diversity & estuary health to know baseline & ongoing measurement scientific)Round #2: What could be added to make this project/initiative morecomplete? Add: observational subjective information & citizen science & non-human dataRound #3: What are your next steps and key learnings? Sharing of information & using for management & policy decisionsWhat have I learned? Local knowledge runs deep! 23 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  24. 24. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011HarvestProject 11Beautiful Open Spaces need everyone’s Protection and Stewardship. (EN-b.c.d.) Hosts Cathy S. & Brian K. o Evaluate the Zoning, land use by-laws, and incentives. i. How effective are municipal regulations? ii. How effective are provincial regulations? iii. How effective are federal regulations? iv. How can we encourage our neighbours to protect beautiful open spaces?Essential Info: Current parks & open space lands are owned by HRM, Province and Federal governments.Big Questions: Are the parks and open space lands adequately protected now? If not what do we need to improve? What other critical lands, if any, should be acquired for parks and open space? How can we better engage private landowners in achieving protection and stewardship objectives in the Cole Harbour Basin?Round #1: What is at the root of your project? Better cooperation between Province & HRM in the protection of existing park land (eg. ATVs) Keep open space properties as natural as possible (no incompatible development) Nice stand of trees on private lands just off Bissett Road (west side) along south side of rail corridor.Round #2: What could be added to make this project/initiative morecomplete? Baseline information on health of estuary is critical Minimize impacts of urban use on estuary Enforce environmental regulations (eg sewage, industrial discharges) 24 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  25. 25. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011Harvest Concern that private landowners weren’t involved in the early stages of this exercise More openings in causeway to improve flushing of estuaryRound #3: What are your next steps and key learnings? Ensure development permits obtained/regulations followed Estuary is a natural filter Raised Dec 6/11 in relation to Project #6 – consider opportunities and constraints of equestrian use on public open spaces. Please note the thread with open spaces policy (project #11), versatility (project #1), and connections (project #4).What have I learned? People are passionate about the estuary & open space lands Lots of knowledge (firsthand) about the estuary 25 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  26. 26. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011HarvestThemes from Visioning Gathering October 22, 2011Culture a) Open spaces should be multi-use, multi-purpose, multi-generational b) Protecting the history and cultural heritage (eg. Farming traditions) c) Public art and performance d) Can play-structures be designed by children? e) Places for fun and socializing such as amphitheatre, stages, more playgrounds and trails f) Safety of open spaces g) Meeting and gathering spaces h) Open spaces should be the centre of public education programs i) What is our community and cultural identity? j) (Moved from Economy) Connectivity and access to open spaces: public transit, trails, roadways, parking, sidewalks, bike lanesTranslation 1. Beautiful Open Spaces need to be versatile. (C - a.c.d.e.f.g.) 2. Great Open Spaces need to display our Heritage. (C - b.h.) 3. Great Open Spaces help to form our Identity. (C - a.b.h.i.) 4. Beautiful Open Spaces need to be connected to great communities. (C - a.e.f.j.) 26 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011
  27. 27. Innovations Gathering – November 30th 2011HarvestEconomy a. Financial sustainability: can sustainable development support this community? b. Maintaining and protecting existing and future infrastructure c. Long term planning and follow through d. Communication – social media, education, awareness e. Physical and social access to the spacesTranslation 5. Great Communities need to be Sustainable (EC - a.) 6. Beautiful Open Spaces Need Great Stewardship (EC - b.) 7. Beautiful Open Spaces need great Planning (EC - c.) 8. Beautiful Open Spaces need to be Promoted (EC - d.) 9. Beautiful Open Spaces Need Great Access (EC - e.)Environment a. Protection and restoration of ecosystems, natural habitat, history, viewplanes and beauty b. Keeping undeveloped land in the area sacred and preserved c. Interpretive Nature Walks d. Education and StewardshipTranslation 10. Great Open Spaces need to protect our Natural Gems (EN - a.) 11. Beautiful Open Spaces need Everyone’s Protection and stewardship (EN - b.c.d.) 27 Open Spaces: Cole Harbour Basin December 9, 2011

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