Application by Michael Napier Architecture, on behalf of G2J Residential Holdings, to amend the Dartmouth Municipal Planning Strategy to re-designate 246 Waverley Road, and 2 and 4 Montebello Drive to the Waverley Road Mixed-Use Sub-designation, to allow for consideration of a multiple unit dwelling by development agreement.
The Applicant wishes to consolidate three existing residential properties and develop a multiple unit dwelling at the southeast corner of Waverley Road and Montebello Drive (246 Waverley Road, and 2 and 4 Montebello Drive), Dartmouth.
The applicant has proposed a building that is 5 storeys in height, with 56 residential units and 58 underground parking spaces. This proposal cannot be considered under existing planning policy; therefore, the Applicant has requested amendments to the Municipal Planning Strategy for Dartmouth (MPS).
Regional Council has directed staff to consider re-designation of the properties from the Waverley Road (WR) Neighbourhood sub-designation and the Residential designation to the Waverley Road (WR) Mixed Use sub-designation. If Regional Council chose to re-designate these properties, Harbour East-Marine Drive Community Council could then consider a multiple unit residential development by development agreement, under the WR Mixed Use sub-designation policies. Policy C-41 states:
“Within the WR Mixed Use sub-designation, Council shall consider multiple unit dwellings … by development agreement in accordance with the provisions of the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter. In considering such an agreement, Council shall have regard for the provisions of Policy IP-5, and should use the land use density standards of the R-3 zone as a guide.”
At the direction of Council, staff will consider the appropriateness of applying the WR Mixed Use sub-designation to the subject properties by examining:
• Building design, height, massing, and transition to the surrounding low-density residential uses;
• Density, open space and amenity area requirements;
• Proposed access, impact on traffic and servicing infrastructure; and
• The feedback received though community engagement initiatives.
If Regional Council chooses to approve re-designating the site to the WR Mixed Use sub-designation under this application, Harbour East – Marine Drive Community Council would review a proposed development agreement for the development at a later date. That process would require an additional public hearing before a development agreement could be approved.
This application is being considered under the municipal planning strategy amendment process. The amendment process will include public consultation and a public hearing.
Regional Council began the amendment process at its meeting April 25, 2017 following consideration of an initiation report presented by staff. This means that Council is willing to consider the proposal following staff review and public consultation, but no decision on the proposal has been made.
A public information meeting was held on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, to discuss the proposal.
If you missed the meeting, we still want to hear from you. Please contact Leah Perrin by phone (902-490-4338) or email (email@example.com) with your questions or comments.
The request is now being reviewed in detail by planning staff. This review will consider concerns raised by the public.
When planning staff have completed their review, they will prepare a report with recommendations on the proposal for Council to consider. The staff report will be considered by Harbour East-Marine Drive Community Council, who will make a recommendation to Regional Council for a decision. Before any consideration to approve this matter, Regional Council must hold a public hearing. A public hearing provides an additional opportunity for public comment. Public hearings are a formal process and the procedures for the meetings are found in Administrative Order One.