Application by North West Community Council (NWCC) to review the Cushing Hill Commercial Comprehensive Development District (CCDD) policies to consider new policy related to commercial and/or residential development on the lands within the CCDD.
The Cushing Hill CCDD is located north east of the Royal Canadian Legion (1772 Bedford Highway) and is comprised of nine parcels of land including 1763, 1775, 1781 and 1789 Bedford Highway, and 122, 128, 134, 136 and 144 Oakmount Drive in Bedford.
NWCC has asked staff to look at the existing policy in the Bedford Municipal Planning Strategy for the Cushing Hill site and provide guidance on if the existing policy is appropriate or if policy changes need to be made. Current policy enables the negotiation of a development agreement (legal contract) for commercial or commercial / residential land uses. In addition to the above noted lands, consideration of policies for lands in the immediate neighbourhood may be considered. At the present time specific policies are not being proposed, but a public discussion of the existing policy and possible future opportunities is proposed.
This application is being considered under the municipal planning strategy amendment process.
A public open house was held May 28, 2012, at Basinview Drive Community School, Bedford. The open house was hosted by HRM Planning Applications and the North West Planning Advisory Committee (NWPAC). Planning staff were present to identify the full scope of the proposal and receive comments.
A detailed review of the existing policies is complete and new policies have been drafted which permit a mix of commercial and residential land uses. A Public Participation Meeting was held by North West Planning Advisory Committee on Monday, June 20, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at Basinview Drive Community School, 273 Basinview Dr, Bedford, NS., to review the draft policies. Staff are currently reviewing the comments from this meeting and are working towards a final staff report, A public hearing will be scheduled at Regional Council in the future.