A joint public hearing was held by Regional Council and Harbour East-Marine Drive Community Council on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. At that meeting, Regional Council approved changes to the Dartmouth Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law.
Shelley Dickey Land Use Planning, on behalf of Chad Kennedy, has applied to change the Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law for Dartmouth to allow an automotive repair business to locate in an existing commercial building at 102 Albro Lake Road, Dartmouth.
The applicant has applied to move an automotive service and repair business, currently located at 240 Victoria Road (Petro Canada), to an existing commercial building on an adjacent property at 102 Albro Lake Road. The proposal requires interior renovations and service bay installation in the commercial building.
Policy C-20 under the Dartmouth Municipal Planning Strategy specifically permits only local commercial uses permitted by the C-1 Zone at 240 Victoria Road and 102 Albro Lake Road (the subject site). The C-1 Zone does not permit automotive repair or service. Policy C-20 was adopted in 1998 in response to an application to develop a gas bar, which eventually proceeded only on the adjacent property at 240 Victoria Road (Petro Canada). To move the automotive repair business into the building at 102 Albro Lake Road, a change to the Municipal Planning Strategy is required.
The applicant submitted material (provided below) which outlines the development proposal in detail, including building drawings, site plan, Environmental Site Assessment, and Traffic Impact Statement.
The application is a request for new planning policy. On August 1, 2017, Regional Council directed staff to consider the application as a site-specific amendment to the current municipal planning strategy policy. Regional Council approved the changes to the planning policy on February 27, 2018. Community Council will consider a development agreement to permit the development in the near future.
On February 27, 2018, Regional Council approved changes to the Dartmouth Plan and Land Use By-law to permit automotive repair by development agreement. The changes are now under a Provincial review process. Harbour East-Marine Drive Community Council will consider the development agreement at a future meeting.
More information can be found here: Staff recommendation report
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.