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HRM ponders view from Dartmouth park

Dartmouth councillors are taking steps to protect the view of Halifax harbour from the Dartmouth Common.

Dartmouth councillors are taking steps to protect the view of Halifax harbour from the Dartmouth Common.

On Thursday, the four politicians on the Harbour East community council selected four view planes to use as a guideline for future developments.

It means people in the park would see the harbour, not a building.

Coun. Gloria McCluskey loves the views from the Common.

"It's beautiful in that Dillman park," she said. "I'm not so fussy about looking over at Halifax. But to look out at the harbour, it's wonderful."

Municipal planners now have to review the vacant properties along the Dartmouth waterfront that are owned by HRM or CN Rail.

Mitch Dickey, with planning services, said there could be challenges ahead because there are now plans to revitalize downtown Dartmouth and protect viewpoints.

"There's going to be a bit of a balancing exercise that council is going to have to go through," he said.

The Harbour East council will present the four options to the larger regional council, which will then choose how many of the view planes to protect.

"It might not be necessary to protect all four of them," Dickey said.

"The views tend to be similar between each of the viewpoints. So it might be possible that council will decide to protect only one or two view planes or certain aspects of each view plane so that as you walk through the Common, you get a different view."

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