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Case 18783
Downtown Dartmouth Plan Update
Urban Design for Business and Waterfront Districts

 
(updated 23 February 2015)

Status
Thank you to all those who attended the Dec. 1, 2014 Open House on the Downtown Dartmouth Plan Update.  We would also like to acknowledge the many letters, e-mails and comments submitted on Shape Your City Halifax where you can continue to view project materials. A summary of community engagement is now available. If you would like to be notified of project updates, including when draft planning documents are posted, please e-mail planhrm@halifax.ca.   

Read the project Q&A here.

Origin of Project
In 2011, Regional Council initiated a process to amend the Downtown Dartmouth Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law relative to:

1.Changes to the View Planes from the Dartmouth Common and Brightwood Golf Course, and
2. Building height and form in the Business and Waterfront Districts

The view plane work was completed in 2013. Staff are now preparing MPS and LUB amendments to address building height and form. Please review the staff report outlining the recent view plane changes and additional information on the building height and form issue.

Process
This application is being considered under the municipal planning strategy amendment and land use by-law amendment process. The next steps in the process will result in:

  • Summary of Community Engagement
  • Proposed amendments to the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw for Downtown Dartmouth
  • Staff report containing recommended amendments to the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw for Downtown Dartmouth

It is anticipated that the changes will be brought forward in the winter of 2015. 

Community Engagement
A Public Open House was held on Monday, December 1, 2014 at the Alderney Landing Market. Visit Shape Your City Halifax to view materials on proposed precincts, shadow analysis, design guidelines and proposed approval process.

A public meeting was held on January 13, 2014 to discuss the following materials:
Staff presentation of January 13, 2014
Display boards from public meeting of January 13, 2014

The following feedback was received in the form of general comments, responses to a survey, and comments on display posters:
PIM Minutes January 20, 2014
Survey Response Summary
PIM Poster Comments

The next stage will be the preparation of a staff report containing recommended amendments to the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use Bylaw for Downtown Dartmouth to be brought forward in winter of 2015.

Contact Information

For further information, please contact:

Mitch Dickey, Planner

Planning Applications, Eastern Region

Telephone: 490-5719

Fax: 490-3976

Email: Mitch Dickey

Mail:

HRM Planning Applications,

Eastern Region
PO Box 1749, Halifax, NS B3J 3A5

Attention: Mitch Dickey, Planner