Kassner Goodspeed Architects, on behalf of 3088962 Nova Scotia Limited, has applied to amend the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy and Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-law to permit a mixed-use development consisting of approximately 400 residential units and up to 32,000 square feet of ground level commercial space at: 1377 and 1389 Robie Street; 5949, 5963, 5969, 5977 and 5989/5991/5993 College Street; and 1452 and 1456 Carlton Street.
The applicant proposes to develop a new mixed-use building, consisting of a 26 and 20 storey tower, situated along Robie Street, College Street and Carlton Street. As proposed, the development includes:
General Land Uses: Mixed-use (residential and commercial)
• A 20 and 26 storey tower;
• Approximately 400 residential units;
• Approximately 32,000 of ground floor commercial space; and
• Underground parking for approximately 384 vehicles.
The applicant has proposed substantial alterations on three registered municipal heritage properties located at 5969 College Street, 1452 Carlton Street, and 1456 Carlton Street, Halifax. The objective of the application is to integrate these heritage properties into the larger development project (identified above) on the same block, near the intersection of Robie Street and College Street. The alteration proposal is to move a registered municipal heritage building from its current location at 5969 College Street to a nearby location on College Street in the rear yards of two municipal heritage properties located in the registered heritage streetscape along Carlton Street. municipal heritage staff are reviewing heritage impact statements submitted by the applicant and are requesting building conservation plans. A recommendation will be forwarded to the Heritage Advisory Committee for review and to Regional Council for decision in accordance with the Heritage Property Act.
The applicant has submitted material (provided below) which outlines the development proposal in detail, including project renderings, site plan, building drawings 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. Before Regional Council can make any decision about the proposal, a Public Hearing must be held. Additional information regarding the process can be found in the staff report to Regional Council.
On August 1, 2017, Regional Council directed staff to consider this application as a site-specific amendment to the current Municipal Planning Strategy policy. Specifically, Regional Council directed staff to continue to process this request for site-specific secondary municipal planning strategy amendments subject to the proposals: (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 noted the report.
As part of the public engagement strategy for this application, Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee and municipal Planning Staff held a public meeting on Monday, June 4, 2018 (Public Meeting Notes).
This application was scheduled to be reviewed by the Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee on August 20 and September 24, 2018. (Staff Presentation to Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee).
Planning staff are now conducting a detailed review of the application.
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.