Dartmouth Common Master Plan Receives National Design Award

The Dartmouth Common Master Plan has been awarded a 2011 Regional Merit Award of Excellence from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA).

Prepared by CBCL Limited for Halifax Regional Municipality – Real Property Planning, the Dartmouth Common Master Plan establishes a design and administrative framework for the protection, enhancement and management of 150 acres of land in the heart of Dartmouth.

The Dartmouth Common Master Plan delivers an inspiring vision, prescriptive design framework and clear implementation roadmap for guiding the future development of cherished but largely fragmented urban core lands, which have been protected for the common good for over 220 years. The master plan establishes legible precincts that highlight the predominately public nature of activities on Common land and creates a character defining structure by prescribing appropriate uses on the Common.

Through carefully managing the public process, listening and responding to concerns of stakeholders and residents, and through renegotiating the orientation of the new Metro Transit Bridge Terminal, CBCL Limited's team, led by Gordon Smith, CSLA, MCIP, ensured that the overall Master Plan resolved a considerable land use conflict at the heart of the Dartmouth Common.

By providing an inspiring vision and a clear roadmap for implementation, the Dartmouth Common Master Plan will provide a tool for guiding the future development of the Dartmouth Common in a way that is true to the spirit of the original Dartmouth Common Land Grant of 1788 that put these lands "in special trust" to representatives of the community.

This award represents the third recognition by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects for the work of CBCL Limited in the last five years, thus emphasizing the continued competitiveness in design excellence of local landscape architects and planners at a national level.

For more information on the Dartmouth Commons Master Plan, please contact Gordon Smith, CSLA, MCIP, Senior Land Use Planner at or (902) 421-7241.

About CBCL Limited: CBCL Limited is a multi-discipline consulting engineering and environmental services firm based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada since 1955. It serves a wide variety of public and private clients from its nine regional offices and the firm has developed into the largest employee owned multi-discipline engineering firm in Atlantic Canada. Wholly owned by local employees, CBCL Limited provides professional consulting services in water & wastewater, municipal & civil, buildings, industrial, oil & gas, power & energy, transportation & bridges, marine and environment & planning sectors. CBCL Limited currently has over 300 employees and it is committed to providing quality service to its clients and being a respected member of the communities in which it serves.

For more information on CBCL Limited visit us at or contact Kent Lane, P.Eng., Director Corporate Affairs at or (902) 492-6745.


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