Case 21639 - Middle Sackville Master Plan

Updated:

In accordance with the Housing for the Halifax Regional Municipality Act and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing for the Province of Nova Scotia, Phase 1 of the Margeson Drive Master Plan has been designated as a Special Planning Area. Now that it has been approved by the Minister, the development of the Indigo shores subdivision will no longer be limited to a maximum rate of 25 lots per calendar year.

Please note that Phases 2 and 3 of the Margeson Drive Master Plan process have been put on hold until further notice.

Request

HRM initiated a comprehensive secondary planning process for the Middle Sackville Urban Local Growth Centre to enable mixed residential, commercial, institutional and recreational uses on lands surrounding the Highway 101 – Margeson Drive interchange in Middle Sackville.

Project Background
The subject properties are within an Urban Local Growth Centre. The Regional Plan supports a mix of low and medium density housing, walkable streets, active transportation routes and quality transit connections in this growth centre through a secondary planning process. A community visioning exercise was completed in 2011 for the Middle Sackville Urban Local Growth Centre. The community identified desired features for the area including recreational opportunities, an outdoor public gathering space, a cultural centre, a commercial centre, a variety of housing types and seniors housing.

At their meeting on December 4, 2018, Regional Council directed staff to undertake a comprehensive secondary planning exercise to amend the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy, Regional Subdivision By-law, Secondary Municipal Planning Strategies and Land Use By-laws for Sackville and Beaver Bank, Hammonds Plains and Upper Sackville to enable a complete community in the Middle Sackville Urban Local Growth Centre comprised of residential, commercial, institutional and recreational development on lands surrounding the Highway 101 – Margeson Drive interchange. A copy of the staff initiation report it available here.

Proposal

Project Details
Additional information on this project is available on Shape Your City. The Shape Your City webpage includes preliminary plans and technical studies, updates on the status of the project, more information about the planning process, and details on how the public can participate in and provide feedback on the project. 

 

Status

July 8, 2022

NOTICE OF APPROVAL
EXECUTIVE PANEL ON HOUSING
IN THE HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY

TAKE NOTICE THAT The Executive Panel on Housing in the Halifax Regional Municipality did, on May 11, 2022 recommend approval of the following application:

Approval of a Development Agreement to allow for the remaining phases of the Indigo Shores subdivision to proceed without the restriction of a 25-lot maximum per year. 

The planning documents have been reviewed and approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing as per Bill No. 63 - Housing in the Halifax Regional Municipality Act and the required notice placed in the newspaper circulating in the Municipality on July 8, 2022. The development agreement is in effect once it is filed at the Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds.

In accordance with the Housing for the Halifax Regional Municipality Act and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing for the Province of Nova Scotia, Phase 1 of the Margeson Drive Master Plan has been designated as a Special Planning Area. Once approved by the Minister, the development of the Indigo shores subdivision will no longer be limited to a maximum rate of 25 lots per calendar year. 

Please note that Phases 2 and 3 of the Margeson Drive Master Plan process have been put on hold until further notice. 

 

A virtual Public Information Meeting was conducted regarding the Margeson Drive Master Plan – Phase #1 on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. View a recording of the meeting. 

 

You can view the Indigo Shores Notice of Approval Ads below:

Provincial - May 20, 2022

Municipal - May 24, 2022
 

Documents Submitted for Evaluation

Preliminary designs of the proposal are currently underway, so there are no plans or studies to review at this time. When available, plans and other relevant materials will be posted in this section of the website.

Initiation Report
Map 1 – Regional Plan Generalized Future Land Use
Map 2 – Community Plans Generalized Future Land Use
Map 3 – Zoning
Map 4 – Proposed Margeson Drive and Highway 101 Master Plan Study Area

Contact Information

For further information, please contact:

Shayne Vipond

Planner III

Planning and Development | Current Planning

Telephone: 902.237.5395

Fax: 902.490.3976

Mailing Address

HRM Planning and Development

Current Planning

PO Box: 1749,

Halifax,

Nova Scotia,

B3J 3A5

Attention: Shayne Vipond