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 has requested a change to the Dartmouth Municipal Planning Strategy policy. The application process has included:
• August 2016 - Application received from Michael Napier Architects for a 5-storey, 56-unit residential building
• April 25, 2017 – Regional Council directed staff (see item 14.1.9) to begin the planning process, including public consultation. Regional Council’s motion directed staff to consider whether the Waverley Road Mixed-Use sub-designation is appropriate for the site. 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.
• September 20, 2017: A public information meeting (PIM) was held at École du Carrefour. 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.
• April 2018: Following a meeting with staff, the applicant submitted a minor revision to their building drawings (for visitor parking) and a letter to further explain the reasons for their proposal. These documents can be found in the “Documents Submitted for Evaluation” section below. ‘
• Ongoing (2018) – Staff are reviewing the proposal in detail. This review will consider concerns raised by the public. Staff will write a report on the proposal, which includes a recommendation for Council to consider.
Next steps: Staff will prepare a report, which will be considered by Council at a series of meetings:
• Harbour East-Marine Drive Community Council will consider staff’s recommendation and make a recommendation to Regional Council.
• Regional Council will consider staff and Community Council’s recommendations, and may give First Reading and may set a date for a public hearing.
If a public hearing is scheduled, area residents will be notified by mail of the date, time and location of the hearing, and the notice will be published in the newspaper and on this webpage. Any member of the public may speak at the public hearing, or submit written comments to Council for consideration. For more information on public hearings, visit the Municipal Clerk’s Office page here.
• Following a public hearing, Regional Council may decide on the proposal.
June 2018: The request is being reviewed in detail by planning staff.
The next step is for the proposal to be considered by Council (please see the Process section above).