Planning and Development is working to update the zoning for Burnside and City of Lakes Business Parks. This project includes introducing new zones that will protect and support these valuable industrial lands.
On September 23, 2008, Regional Council approved-in-principle Part I of the Business Parks Functional Plan (BPFP) to guide HRM’s development of its industrial and business park program. The BPFP included specific recommendations for the Burnside and City of Lakes Business Parks, and Regional Council requested that staff begin the planning process to use recommendations in the BPFP as a framework to amend the Regional Plan, the Dartmouth Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law.
Currently, the I-2 Zone allows a wide range of commercial and industrial uses in Burnside and City of Lakes Business Parks. The general nature of the I-2 Zone does not sufficiently protect the industrial lands.
This project will update the planning policy and land use by-law (zoning) regulations for Burnside and City of Lakes Business Parks. The project will introduce a new set of zones that:
- aims to protect and make efficient use of industrial lands;
- protects existing businesses; and
- supports the area as an important employment node in HRM.
As of February 2019, Planning staff are working to finalize the proposed zones, and will bring forward a staff report with recommendations to Regional Council for consideration.
Documents Submitted for Evaluation
Planning staff have developed draft zones that are available to the public for review. A draft zoning map and summaries of draft zones is available here. The draft zones include:
• Business Park (BP) Zone: for campus-style suburban office space in City of Lakes Business Park
• Commercial Industrial (CI) Zone: for light industrial and commercial uses on Burnside’s main streets that have high visibility and access to transit
• General Industrial (GI) Zone: for light and heavy industrial uses in Burnside away from main streets, separated from commercial and residential areas.