WM Fares, on behalf of Abe Salloum, has applied to change the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy and Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-law to permit an 8-storey building, with residential units and ground floor commercial on Robie Street. The proposal includes 6014, 6018, and 6020 Cunard Street, 2180, 2178, 2176, 2166, 2164 and 2162 Robie Street, and 6025 Compton Avenue, Halifax which is located at the corners of Robie Street, Compton Avenue and Cunard Street.
The applicant wishes to redevelop properties at the corners of Robie Street, Compton Avenue and Cunard Street, with a mix of uses, including:
General Land Uses: Mixed-use (commercial and residential)
Building Details: Maximum 8 storeys; ground floor commercial uses on Robie Street with residential units on upper floors.
The applicant’s submitted material is provided below. It outlines the development proposal in detail, and includes 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 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. June 2017 Centre Plan.
Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee held a Public Information Meeting for this application on October 11, 2017 at Halifax Forum. The proposed development will further be reviewed by Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee on December 11, 2017. View the minutes for the Public Information Meeting. The Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee reviewed the proposed development on January 22, 2018. The HPPAC passed a motion recommending that Halifax & West Community Council approve the application, subject to a list of considerations.
Staff prepared a recommendation report that was presented to the Halifax and West Community Council on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Halifax and West 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 April 30, 2019, where Regional Council advanced the application to a joint pubic hearing.
The joint public hearing was held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. 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. The amendments were subsequently approved by the Provincial Director of Planning and subsequently came into effect on July 6, 2019.
On August 6, 2019, Halifax and West Community Council 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.
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.
Additional Application Materials