On August 6, 2019, Halifax and West Community Council approved a development agreement to permit a 5-storey (plus penthouse) building at 2440, 2442, 2444, 2446, 2448, 2450, 2452, and 2454 Agricola Street, Halifax. For more information on the development agreement appeal period, please see the “Status” section below.
WM Fares Architects has applied to change the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy and Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-law to allow a 5-storey (plus penthouse) building with residential units and ground floor commercial uses at 2440, 2442, 2444, 2446, 2448, 2450, 2452, and 2454 Agricola Street, Halifax.
The applicant has requested to develop the site with a mixed-use (commercial and residential) building. The proposal is for a 5-storey building (plus penthouse) 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 was presented to the Halifax and West Community Council on Tuesday, May 7, 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 May 14, 2019, where Regional Council advanced the application to a joint public hearing.
The joint public hearing was held on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 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.
The amendments were approved by the Provincial Director of Planning and subsequently came into effect on July 20, 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. 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