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Mount Hope Village is designed to create the first community in Halifax Regional Municipality with an attainable housing component integrated into a large-scale development in the last forty years. This is an innovative approach to seamlessly blend attainable housing at a community scale. The community has been comprehensively designed to include a variety of home options, including traditional ownership, rental, and potentially co-operative ownership models. The street pattern reflects a series of interconnected local streets with primary access to Mount Hope Avenue and a secondary access located at Lynn Drive. The design incorporates dedicated parkland serving as a hub for social gathering, and active living, with a centrally located one acre park. The second and larger park area is located along the perimeter of a wetland and includes a walking / running trail to support and encourage active living.


  • Total acreage: ~55 

  • Total number of units: ~875 

  • Total multiple residential blocks: 6 

  • Townhome / 4-Plex ~144

  • Multiple Residential ~229   

  • Estimated total population at completion:  2,432 

  • Park and Open Space: ~10 acres

  • Schedule: Mount Hope Village will be built in two phases. 

  • Development is proposed to begin from Mount Hope Avenue and along the current Highway 11 and progress north towards the existing communities of Maple Ridge Estates and Lynn Drive. 

  • Target start date: 2022 

  • Length of project: 5-7 years 





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We anticipate the Mount Hope Village project will bring 875 units to Dartmouth, the majority will be in multi-residential buildings. Single family, semi-detached and townhomes will be mixed throughout the development to help blend into the neighbouring residential community.  


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Grocery and Retail Components

The Mount Hope Village lands were strategically selected due to their proximity to a grocery store, retail, service essentials, schools (ie. Dartmouth South Academy, which is less than 500m away, nearby employment opportunities and good road connections to 100-series network.

Walkability and open / public spaces

The proposed development location offers a high level of walkability. Residents can truly live in this community without being dependent on a car. The site is adjacent to an existing transit route and is within walking distance or a short bus ride to the Woodside Ferry Terminal. Employment opportunities and a number of businesses are located nearby and within the adjacent industrial park, all within a reasonable walking distance of approximately one kilometre. In addition, the lands are situated within walking distance of grocery stores, daily retail needs, services and entertainment establishments. The plan includes ~10 acres of dedicated park and open space to address the social gathering needs of the community including a central park, which is intended to be fully developed with access trails, play structure, and site amenities such as benches and shade trees. Physical activity is important for the well-being of residents. To encourage outdoor exercise, the plan will incorporate a network of 1.5km of trails that surround the significant wetland. This provides residents the opportunity to go for a leisurely walk, while enjoying the natural and diverse environment provided by the wetland. A pedestrian connection is also being proposed to the north to link with existing communities.

Transit, Parking, and Integration into existing road systems

The proposed development is designed to incorporate a street pattern that reflects a series of interconnected local roads with primary access to Mount Hope Avenue and a secondary access located at Lynn Drive. The site is conveniently located adjacent to Highway 111, Mount Hope Interchange in Dartmouth and has significant locational advantages including an existing transit route and well within walking distance of schools, employment, grocery, and entertainment establishments.



Clayton Developments Limited and LeGrow Holdings Limited, a Nova Scotia owned & operated family business, have partnered on this project.  Clayton is the development manager and is taking the lead on the project.  



A division of The Shaw Group Limited, Clayton Developments is part of 160 years of business success. We're proud to have created communities for more than 80,000 residents to call “home”, while producing a substantial economic impact and more than a billion dollars in developed real estate. Our communities are well-planned, well-known and well-loved.  

With a well-established history of successful and strategic partnerships, both solely in land development and more recently in multiple residential projects and home building, Clayton has approximately 1,200 acres of land under partnership arrangements in the Halifax market, and 114 acres under partnership in Newfoundland.  Learn more at



The project receives questions from neighbours, local representatives, and media.  The following frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) and answers will be updated throughout the project development to continually share our progress and inform interested parties with the information they seek. 

  • Does your proposal comply with the Regional Centre SMPS?
    The recently adopted Regional Centre SMPS supports a density figure of 3,500 – 4,000 people. The near-term proposed development plan includes approximately 905 units within the approximate 25-acre area. This equates to a total of 2086 people and a population density of 83 PPA, which sits well within the policy’s target. The proposed development satisfies the SMPS by providing: a variety of private open spaces, and enhanced connections to public open spaces abutting the development site; a mix of land uses, housing choices, and built forms that transition appropriately to surrounding, existing neighbourhoods; an environment where residents have direct, convenient, walkable connections to private and public amenities and services such as public transit; and a transportation network prioritizing active transportation through enhanced streetscaping, traffic calming design elements, and multi-use trails.
  • What will happen to the existing businesses during construction?
    No impact to existing businesses.
  • What environmental sustainability features are being incorporated?
    The community will benefit from a number of sustainable elements of this project including: Converting a Brownfield redevelopment (rehabilitating a disused site) Incorporating Transit Oriented Design (TOD) Adding pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly street design Low Impact Design (LID) Planning for a Mixed-Use Community
  • Who will own and manage the housing?
    Builder partners will be carefully selected as the project further progresses. Clayton has worked with several professional developers for more than 70 years and holds each to very stringent construction covenants and quality.
  • How many trees will you cut down for this development?
    Under the landscaping plan there would be a significant net increase in trees and soft scaping added to the site. The proposed development includes landscaped vegetative buffers along the outer edges of the site, abutting existing low-rise neighbourhoods and municipal parks. Enhanced streetscapes, attractive street lighting, planter boxes, and general site landscaping are provided throughout the development concept. The plan supports the canopy targets of the Urban Forest Masterplan. The existing vegetative buffer surrounding Penhorn Lake will be maintained. An additional linear portion of land will be added to the existing buffer area between the proposed development and Penhorn Lake.
  • What kind of amenity spaces will be included (interior and exterior?)
    The proposed development concept includes a variety of open spaces that amount to a total of approximately 21% (5.4 acres) of the site. These spaces would be integrated with the existing Brownlow Park and Penhorn Lake, and enhanced with multi-use trails that connect to the existing transit terminal and commercial amenities. The proposal includes a network of public and private open spaces that are strategically located to provide additional positive experiences for everyone and support a pedestrian-friendly and human-scaled built community. These spaces are planned with accessibility in mind by including barrier free access points, careful surface material selection, and appropriate seating. Enhanced streetscapes, attractive street lighting, planter boxes, and general site landscaping are significant elements of the concept plan that are compatible and consistent with open spaces abutting the site and within surrounding neighbourhoods.
  • Where will all these residents park?
    The majority of vehicular parking areas are proposed to be located underground with landscaped podiums at grade, with a limited amount of surface parking located away from public streets.
  • Has the community already been engaged on this project?
    Yes, a Community Visioning process took place years ago that formed the policies that guide the development of the property. We remain open to all input and feedback from the community about Opal Ridge and encourage you to leave any comments, ask any questions and please complete the inquiry form to ensure we share information with you and invite you to participate in any project opportunities.
  • With whom will you consult when designing accessible elements of the project (parking, public spaces, buildings, units)?
    HRM incorporates all their prescribed regulations into their Development Agreements (DA’s), this includes parkland dedication, parking allocations, building size and form.
  • Will there be more opportunities for the public to get engaged in the process?
    Yes, informal community consultation is ongoing, we encourage you to reach out to us.
  • When will construction begin?
    Construction began in June 2022
  • How long will construction take / when will it end?
    Approximately 4 years
  • How will this site tie into public transportation?
    Residents would have direct, convenient, walkable connections to the Penhorn Transit Terminal which services multiple major routes and enables travel throughout HRM.
  • How will development of this area impact residents of Manor Park Neighbourhood and Brownlow Park?
    The Regional Centre SMPS requires that future development in the area abutting the Manor Park Neighbourhood and Penhorn Lake Park and Brownlow Park maintain and enhance the existing vegetative buffer. Manor Park and Brownlow Park will enjoy enhanced access to the amenities and services currently available within the commercial component of the site, including improved access to the Penhorn Transit Terminal, and public amenities.
  • What schools will the community attend?
    Deciding what your child needs and what matters most are key steps in choosing a school with the best fit for your child. Halifax Regional Centre for Education lets you find the school closest to you.


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