Application by W.M. Fares requesting a development agreement for lands at 55 Kearney Lake Road and 4 Grosvenor Road in Halifax (Mainland) to enable child care centres under Implementation policy Section 3.20 of the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS).
WM Fares Architects, on behalf of LSJ Holdings Limited (Wedgewood’s Little School), is applying to establish two child care centres by development agreement for up to 40 children at 55 Kearney Lake Road and up to 40 children at 4 Grosvenor Road, Halifax.
Existing capacity at the daycare sites is as follows:
- 55 Kearney has 38 children and 7 staff
- 4 Grosvenor has 8 children 1 staff
Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy Implementation Policy 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.
Policy 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.
A summary of the discussion at the Public Information Meeting is available here.
Staff will undertake a detailed review of the application prior to sending a recommendation report to Halifax and West Community Council. The Halifax and West Community Council will ultimately decide whether to approve or deny the application based on the criteria in the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy.
The subject site is located in District 10 (Halifax – Bedford Basin West)
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