ZZap Consulting Incorporated, on behalf of Eldorado Properties Limited, has applied to amend the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy and Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-law to permit an addition to an existing 8-storey residential multiple unit building and to permit ground floor commercial uses. The proposal includes 5713 Victoria Road, 1102 and 1106 South Park Street, Halifax.
The applicant wishes to redevelop the existing multiple unit dwelling at 5713 Victoria Road. The proposed redevelopment includes:
General Land Uses: Mixed-use (commercial and residential)
• Addition to an existing 8-storey residential multiple unit building;
• Removal of two existing residential buildings at 1102 and 1106 South Park Street;
• Consolidation of 5713 Victoria Road, 1102 and 1106 South Park Street, for a total site area of approximately 26,000 square feet (0.6 acres);
• A total of 88 units (52 existing plus 36 new);
• Ground floor commercial space; and
• Residential units on all floors.
The applicant submitted material (provided below) which outlines the development proposal in detail, including project renderings, site plan, building drawings and a Traffic Impact Statement.
The applicant may revise some elements of this proposal before staff makes a recommendation to Regional Council.
The application is a request for new planning policy. Before Regional Council can make any decision about the proposal, a Public Hearing must be held. Additional information regarding the process can be found in the staff report to Regional Council.
On August 1, 2017, Regional Council directed staff to consider the application as a site-specific amendment to the current municipal planning strategy policy. Specifically, Regional Council directed staff to continue to process this request for site-specific secondary municipal planning strategy amendments subject to the proposals: (a) generally aligning with the June 2017 Centre Plan document relative to Urban Structure, Height and Floor Area Ratio, and (b) addressing the planning principles of transition, pedestrian-orientation, human-scale, building design, and context-sensitive as noted the report. June 2017 Centre Plan.
As part of the public engagement strategy for this application, Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee hosted a public meeting on Monday, April 9, 2018.
The Heritage Advisory Committee (HAC) reviewed this application on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.
Regional Council and Halifax and West Community Council (HWCC) hosted a joint public hearing for this application on July 10, 2019 at Halifax City Hall. Following the hearing, Regional Council passed a motion to adopt the proposed MPS and LUB amendments.
On August 6, 2019, Halifax and West Community Council (HWCC) approved a development agreement to permit the proposed development. Any aggrieved person, the Provincial Director of Planning, or the Council of any adjoining municipality may, within fourteen days of publishing the notice of this approval (notice will be published in the Chronicle Herald on Saturday August 10, 2019), appeal to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (902-424-4448) in accordance with the provisions of the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter.
A copy of the staff report may be obtained by contacting the Office of the Municipal Clerk at 902-490-4210.
Documents Submitted for Evaluation
The applicant has submitted plans and studies required by HRM staff to properly evaluate the application. The documents are also available for review at the Planning Applications office at 40 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth.