Halifax & West Community Council held a public hearing and approved the staff recommendation on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Staff Report
HRM has begun the process of amending the Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-law for Young Avenue to better protect the existing character and form of the street.
Regional Council considered a Staff Report on October 4, 2016, and approved the staff recommendation to refer the matter to Halifax & West Community Council. This report outlined options for protection of the character and form of Young Avenue, and recommended changes to the Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-Law.
This request originated with a motion from Regional Council on May 10, 2016:
MOVED by Councillor Mason, seconded by Councillor Hendsbee
THAT Halifax Regional Council request a staff report recommending best options to establish protections to the heritage and character of historic Young Avenue, including but not limited to:
- Changes to the Land Use By-law related to lots size, coverage, frontage and dwelling count;
- Establishing a Heritage Conservation District or Heritage Streetscape.
Staff have reviewed the R-1 Zone standards under the Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-law and determined that these standards do not reflect the majority of the lot fabric on Young Avenue.
Under the existing Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy (“MPS”), Young Avenue is designated Low-Density Residential within the South End Area Plan. Section V policy 220.127.116.11 enables zoning within the Land Use By-law to “further define elements of scale, proportion, setback and use consistent with the policies of this Plan to ensure compatibility with the districts and neighbourhoods.”
Proposed amendments to the R-1 Zone are in keeping with the intent of the MPS. The amendments would limit future subdivision opportunities, with the intent of protecting what remains of the historical lot pattern. The proposed changes include:
• An increase in the required minimum lot frontage to 80 feet (24.4 m) of continuous street frontage;
• An increase in the required minimum lot size to 8,000 square feet (743.2 sq. m.);
• An increase in the required minimum lot width to 80 feet (24.4 m);
• An increase to the required minimum lot depth to 100 feet (30.48 m); and
• An increase in the maximum required side yard setback to 10 feet (3.048 m).
This application is being considered under the land use by-law amendment process. The amendment process will include public consultation and a public hearing.
Halifax & West Community Council held a public hearing and approved the staff recommendation on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.
Previously, a public information meeting was held on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016. Districts 7 and 8 Planning Advisory Committee discussed this matter on November 28, 2016 and made a recommendation to Halifax & West Community Council to adopt proposed amendments to the land use by-law.