Application by Dexel Developments Limited to amend the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy and Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-law to allow a mixed-use development consisting of a 30 and 16 storey tower situated at PID #00135384; #5950, #5954A/#5954, #5958A/#5958B, #5960, #5962, #5964, #5966/5966A, #5970, #5972, #5974, #5980, #5982, #5984, #5986, #5990, #5992 and #5994 Spring Garden Road; #1403 Robie Street; and #1478, #1480/#1484 and #1494 Carlton Street.
The applicant proposes to develop a new mixed-use building, consisting of a 30 and 16 storey tower, situated along Spring Garden Road, Robie Street and Carlton Street. As proposed, the development includes:
General Land Uses: Mixed-use (residential, office and commercial)
• A 30 and 16 storey tower;
• Approximately 250 residential units;
• Approximately 60,000 square feet of office space;
• Approximately 21,000 square feet of ground level commercial space; and
• Underground parking for approximately 361 vehicles.
The subject site includes four registered heritage properties along Carleton Street (#1478, #1480/#1484 and #1494 Carlton Street) which the applicant is proposing to alter through lot subdivision and a restoration of the existing structures. Two of these properties will be undergoing approval by Regional Council for substantial alteration to a registered heritage property. These applications are currently being reviewed by staff and a report discussing the implications of the proposal will be forwarded to the Heritage Advisory Committee for recommendation.
The applicant has 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 this 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.
As part of the public engagement strategy for this application, Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee and municipal Planning Staff held a public meeting on Monday, June 11, 2018. (Public Meeting Notes)
This application was reviewed by the Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee on August 20, 2018. (Staff Presentation to Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee).
Planning staff are now conducting a detailed review of the application.
Documents Submitted for Evaluation
The applicant has submitted plans and studies required by municipal staff to properly evaluate the application. The documents are also available for review at the Planning Applications office at 40 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth.