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 facing Bayers Road, and a 3-storey building facing Young Street, with commercial uses and residential units.
The applicant has requested to develop the site with two buildings on a shared parking podium. The building on Bayers Road is proposed to be 5 storeys, with ground floor commercial units and residential units above. The building on Young Street is proposed to be a 3 storey residential building, in units designed to look like townhouses from the street.
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.
Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee considered the application on September 25, 2017 (Meeting Minutes).
In response to feedback from Planning Advisory Committee, the public and staff, the applicant provided revised plans and rationale in December 2017. This information can be viewed in the “Document Submitted for Evaluation” section below.
Staff are continuing to review the application in detail.
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. The details of this application may change before consideration or approval by Regional Council.
Additional Material Submitted December 2017
Design Revisions Memo
Updated Renderings and Architectural Drawings
Original Application Material
Site/ Landscape Plan
Architectural Drawings and Renderings
Traffic Impact Statement