Port Wallace

July 20, 2022

Overview

The Regional Plan identifies Port Wallace (view location map) (PDF) as a potential future growth area. As proposed, the approximately 545-acre area will be developed with up to 4,900 new residential units and be serviced by municipal water and sewer. In 2014, Regional Council initiated a comprehensive planning process to design the community and determine servicing needs. This also included a community engagement process and the establishment of the Port Wallace Public Participation Committee (PPC) to help guide detailed policies and regulations related to land use, community layout, density, parks and open space and other community amenities for the area. 

In March 2022, Port Wallace was designated a “Special Planning Area” by the Nova Scotia Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on the recommendation of the Executive Panel on Housing of the Province of Nova Scotia to address housing challenges in the Capital Region. The Special Planning Area delegates development approval authority to the Minister as outlined in the Housing the Halifax Regional Municipality Act.

Given the area’s Special Planning Area status, draft policies, development agreements and other planning documents will be shared on this page for public comment before their submission to the Executive Panel on Housing.  The panel will provide a recommendation to the Minister who will then make a final decision on the proposed planning policies and regulations.

Process

The following steps form part of the Port Wallace comprehensive planning process:
•    Conduct a Watershed Study – Shubenacadie Sub-Watershed Study Final Report (AECOM, 2013) 
•    Regional Council Initiation – Council initiated on March 4, 2014, see HRM Staff Report dated February 11, 2014;
•    Conduct a Land Suitability Analysis – Land Suitability Analysis (WSP, 2016) 
•    Conduct an Infrastructure Study – Baseline Infrastructure Assessment (CBCL, 2018) 
•    Develop Port Wallace specific planning documents Secondary Planning Strategies and Land Use By-laws - in progress
•    Negotiate a development agreement with the property owners/ developers – in progress
•    Present finalized planning documents to the Executive Panel on Housing for their review and recommendation to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; and 
•    Develop Capital Cost Contribution (CCC) charges - in progress. Note: the CCC program will be tabled with Regional Council at the conclusion of the overall process and will require amendments to the Regional Subdivision By-law to implement;

In addition to the above studies, various engagement sessions, including meetings of the PPC, have occurred as part of the comprehensive planning process (see documents below).  Since the process began in 2014, two community meetings and two community workshops have taken place.

A final engagement period will take place prior to staff finalizing and presenting the proposed planning documents to the Executive Panel on Housing. Details regarding the final public engagement period will be posted on this page when they become available.    

 On June 16, 2022, the Nova Scotia Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing approved amendments to the Regional Plan, the Dartmouth Land Use By-law,  and a development agreement allowing for early tree removal, blasting and earthworks within the first proposed phase of the Port Wallace development. View more details regarding the approval and associated development agreement. 

Documents Submitted for Information 

•    Shubenacadie Sub-Watershed Study Final Report (AECOM, April 2013) 
•    Land Suitability Analysis Study (WSP, 2016) 
•    Cost of Servicing Plan (CBCL, 2009)
•    Baseline Infrastructure Assessment (CBCL 2018)

Staff Reports

Community Engagement and the Port Wallace Public Participation Committee (PPC)

Community engagement is an important part of the planning process. The Port Wallace Public Participation Committee was established in 2014, to help guide public engagement and to make recommendations regarding the proposed development. Additional details regarding the Committee’s role can be found in the Public Participation Resolution for Port Wallace [PDF].

Minutes from the Committee’s meetings are available below.

On April 22, 2022, the Province of Nova Scotia amended the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter to suspend planning advisory committees and other advisory committees (including public participation committees) established by Halifax Regional Council for a period of three years. In accordance with this direction, no future meetings of the Committee will be scheduled.

A final engagement period will take place prior to staff finalizing and presenting the proposed planning documents to the Executive Panel on Housing. Details regarding the final public engagement period will be posted on this page when they become available. 


Agendas and Minutes:

September 8, 2014

Agenda & Meeting Notes

• Presentation

• Community Profile

October 6, 2014

Agenda & Meeting Notes

• Summary of RP+5 Changes, Regional Council Presentation

• Excerpts of the Revised Regional Plan Policies

• Halifax Charter Excerpts

• Secondary Planning Strategy Example (Bedford West)

• Presentation - Community Engagement 101

April 19, 2016

Agenda & Meeting Notes

June 29, 2016

Agenda & Meeting Notes

September 19, 2016

Agenda & Meeting Notes

January 9, 2017

Agenda & Meeting Notes

• Brian Palmer presentation

• Marina Hamilton presentation

• Committee E-mail exchanges after the meeting

February 27, 2017

Agenda & Meeting Notes

• Clayton Presentation

February 5, 2018

Agenda & Meeting Notes

• Meeting Presentation

• Baseline Transportation Analysis Presentation

April 12, 2018

Agenda & Meeting Notes

• Meeting Presentation

• Traffic Issue Presentation -Adam Flick

• Traffic Issue Presentation – Paul Burgess, P.Eng

April 30, 2018

Agenda & Meeting Notes

• Presentation

May 17, 2018

Agenda & Meeting Notes

• Presentation

May 31, 2018

Agenda & Meeting Notes

• Presentation

June 14, 2018

Agenda & Meeting Notes

Public Participation Comments Received

Presentation – Traffic Safety Review

Port Wallace Phasing Plan

Port Wallace Density by Phase

Unia Phasing Plan

Unia Phasing Letter

Whebby Phasing Plan

Conrad Phasing Letter

Conrad Industrial Phasing Plan

Conrad Residential Phasing Plan

June 28, 2018

Agenda & Meeting Notes

Presentation – Doug Skinner

September 27, 2018

Agenda & Meeting Notes
• Working Draft – Port Wallace Secondary Plan
• Working Draft – Port Wallace Zones (Land Use By-law)
• Working Draft – Map 1 – Port Wallace Secondary Planning Area
• Working Draft – Map 2 Port Wallace Generalized Future Land Use Map

October 11, 2018 

 AgendaMeeting Notes
•    Port Wallace SPS - Working Draft September 27, 2018
•    Draft Port Wallace Zones - Sept 27, 2018
•    Port Wallace PPC Issue Tracking October 9, 2018

November 1, 2018

 AgendaMeeting Notes
•    Port Wallace SPS - Working Draft September  27, 2018
•    Draft Port Wallace Zones - Sept 27, 2018
•    Highway 107  Memo
•    Port Wallace PPC Issue Tracking November 1, 2018

November 15, 2018

  Agenda
•    Draft Port Wallace Zones - Sept 27, 2018

December 12, 2018

 Agenda 
•    Draft Port Wallace Industrial Zones - Sept 27, 2018

January 16, 2020

Agenda and Package 

December 16, 2021

 

Contact the planner

For more information about the Port Wallace planning process or to be added to the email notification list for this project, contact:

Tyson Simms
902.717.5309
simmst@halifax.ca