Regional Council passed a motion to adopt the proposed MPS and LUB amendments on February 12, 2019. The amendments were subsequently approved by the Provincial Director of Planning. Halifax & West Community Council will now make a decision on the proposed development agreement at their Tuesday, May 7, 2019 meeting (City Hall, 1841 Argyle Street, Halifax).
Application by WM Fares, on behalf of Jane Group Limited., has applied to change the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-law (LUB) to permit a 5-storey building, with residential units and ground floor commercial on Chebucto Road. The proposal includes 6482 Chebucto Road, Halifax which is located at the corners of Chebucto Road, Beech Street and Elm Street.
The applicant wishes to redevelop properties at the corners of Chebucto Road, Beech Street and Elm Street, with a mix of uses, including:
General Land Uses: Mixed-use (commercial and residential)
Building Details: Maximum 5 storeys; ground floor commercial uses on Chebucto Road with residential units on upper floors.
The applicant’s submitted material, which is provided below, outlines the development proposal in detail and includes project renderings, site plan, and floor plans.
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 on 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.
Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee hosted a Public Information Meeting (PIM) for this application on October 5, 2017. The PIM minutes can be viewed here. The proposed development was reviewed by Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee on December 11, 2017 and the committee recommended the application be approved with key considerations. After reviewing this feedback, the applicant revised several aspects of the proposal (See below).
Staff prepared a recommendation report which was presented to the Halifax and West Community Council on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 (Halifax Hall, 1841 Argyle Street, Halifax, 6:00 p.m.). Community Council recommended that Regional Council adopt the proposed amendments and schedule a joint public hearing to consider the proposed amendments and development agreement. The recommendation report proceeded to Regional Council for first reading on January 15, 2019 and Regional Council passed a motion to schedule a public hearing.
The joint public hearing was held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall (Council Chambers), 1841 Argyle Street, Halifax, NS. Following the joint public hearing, Regional Council passed a motion to adopt the proposed MPS and LUB amendments, which would enable the proposed development via development agreement. View the public hearing minutes.
The MPS and LUB amendments have been approved by the Provincial Director of Planning and are now in effect. Halifax & West Community Council will make a decision on the proposed development agreement at their meeting on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The meeting will be held at City Hall (Council Chambers), 1841 Argyle Street, Halifax.
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. The details of this application may change before consideration or approval by Regional Council.
Additional Application Materials
Original Application Materials