Application by W.M. Fares requesting two Development Agreements for the lands at 55 Kearney Lake Road and 4 Grosvenor Road, Halifax (Mainland) to enable child care centres under Section 3.20 of the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS).
The application is for the municipality to convert two existing, legally non-conforming child care facilities, and one non-conforming child care facility, into approved “child care centres” by development agreement.
Case 21795 can be found here.
The existing child care facilities are located on three separate properties known as Wedgewood’s Little School. 55 Kearney and 4 Grosvenor are on the north side of Kearney Lake Road and would be covered by a single development agreement. 4 Grosvenor is a non-compliant operation and a development agreement is intended to permit its continued use. The applicant has submitted a proposal detailing their intended use of the properties.
Existing capacity at the daycare sites is as follows:
- 55 Kearney has 38 children and 7 staff
- 4 Grosvenor has 8 children 1 staff
The applicant’s expansion proposal is as follows.
- 55 Kearney would have 40 children and 6 staff
- 4 Grosvenor would have 36 children and 5 staff
Section 3.20 of the Halifax MPS's Implementation Policies allows for “child care centres” that do not meet existing Land Use By-law regulations to be considered by a development agreement contract with the HRM. Kearney Lake Road is a major artery bisecting the sites making it inappropriate to consider all properties as a single development.
Section 3.20 lays out criteria for the content of a development agreement permitting child care centres, including traffic and pedestrian safety, staffing, number of children, and a site plan inclusive of buildings, fences, landscaping, signage, and play structures. Staff will analyze the site and operations of the child care facilities to assure minimum standards are met for appropriate land use, safety, and neighbourhood compatibility. A traffic impact study has been submitted.
This application is being considered through the Development Agreement process.
A Public Information Meeting was held Thursday, November 1, 2018 at St. Peter's Anglican Church Hall, 3 Dakin Drive, Halifax. The staff presentation is available here.
Staff will undertake a detailed review of the application prior to sending a recommendation report to Halifax and West Community Council.
Documents Submitted for Evaluation
The applicant has submitted the following plans and studies required by HRM staff to properly evaluate the application. The material is available for review at the Enabled Urban Applications office in Dartmouth at 40 Alderney Drive, 2nd Floor, Dartmouth.
Traffic impact study
Staff PIM Presentation