Zzap Consulting Incorporated, 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 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 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 subject site includes three registered heritage properties (5969 College Street, 1452 Carlton Street and 1456 Carlton Street, Halifax). On January 29, 2019, Halifax Regional Council approved substantial alterations for the 3 registered heritage properties (5969 College Street, 1452 Carlton Street and 1456 Carlton Street) associated with the proposed development site. The substantial alterations included the following:
• Moving the Gold Cure Institute building (5969 College Street) from its current foundation and relocating it to a new foundation at the rear of 1452-56 Carlton Street;
• Removing an addition to 1452 Carlton Street and the rear ell of 1456 Carlton Street, and rehabilitating the rear walls and connecting the buildings by a glass stairway;
• Removing a 1990’s addition to the Gold Cure Institute building, and rehabilitating it’s rear wall; and
• Moving the McCoy Building (5963 College Street) onto a foundation with sunken terraces within the rear yard of 1452-56 Carlton Street and connecting the building to the Gold Cure Institute building in the form of a glass stairway.
The substantial alterations were reviewed by the Heritage Advisory Committee on December 12, 2018.
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).
The Heritage Advisory Committee (HAC) will review this application on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. at Halifax Hall, City Hall, 1841 Argyle Street, Halifax.
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.