The staff recommendation report shall be reviewed at Halifax & West Community Council’s meeting on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 and Community Council shall provide a recommendation. This meeting will be held at City Hall (Council Chambers), 1841 Argyle Street, Halifax, NS at 6:00pm.
WM Fares Architects has applied to change the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy and Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-law to allow a 5-storey building with residential units and ground floor commercial uses at 2440 to 2454 Agricola Street.
The applicant has requested to develop the site with a mixed-use (commercial and residential) building. The proposal is for a 5-storey building with ground floor commercial uses and residential units on the upper floors.
The applicant submitted material (provided below) which outlines the development proposal in detail, including a project brief, site plan, building drawings, project renderings 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. Staff are reviewing the application, and will prepare a recommendation for Regional Council to consider. Before Regional Council can make any decision about the proposal, a Public Hearing must be held.
Additional information on 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, subject to the proposal:
(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 outlined in the staff report.
The Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee considered the application on October 23, 2017 (Meeting Minutes). The HPPAC recommended the Halifax and West Community Council not proceed with the consideration of the subject application unless substantial amendments are made. In response to feedback from the Planning Advisory Committee, public and staff, the applicant provided revised plans, which can be viewed below.
Staff prepared a recommendation report which will be presented to the Halifax and West Community Council on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 (City Hall, 1841 Argyle Street, Halifax, 6:00pm), and Council shall provide a recommendation. Before a decision is reached on the proposed amendments and development agreement, a public hearing(s) shall be held.
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.
Revised Materials Submitted May 2019
Final plans - May 2019
Additional Material Submitted December 2017
Design Revisions Memo
Updated Renderings and Architectural Drawings
Original Application Material
Traffic Impact Statement