Planning & 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.
The proposed amendments to the Dartmouth Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-Law are intended are intended to protect and support the Burnside Industrial Park and City of Lakes Business Park for long-term industrial use. All existing businesses will continue to be permitted as existing uses.
The proposed amendments will introduce two new sub-designations and three new zones, including:
• The Burnside General Industrial sub-designation, which will:
- encourage a range of industrial uses, and commercial and support uses that are compatible with an industrial environment;
- be applied to all lands within Burnside Industrial Park;
- establish and apply the Burnside General Industrial (BGI) Zone to the majority of Burnside, away from major streets and non-industrial areas. This zone will permit both light and heavy industrial uses and commercial uses that support industrial uses; and
- establish and apply the Commercial Industrial (CI) Zone to major transportation routes with access to transit. This zone will permit light industrial uses and a range of supportive commercial uses.
• The Business Park sub-designation, which will:
- support the continued use of City of Lakes Business Park and limited additional lands for office uses in a manner that is compatible with nearby industrial development;
- apply to lands within City of Lakes Business Park, HRM-owned vacant lands adjacent to City of Lakes, and lands on Venture Run known as the Wright & Burnside Business Campus development;
- establish and apply the Business Park (BP) Zone, which will allow offices and light industrial uses.
Documents Submitted for Evaluation
Planning staff have proposed new zones, including:
• 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
• Burnside General Industrial (BGI) Zone: for light and heavy industrial uses in Burnside away from main streets, separated from commercial and residential areas.
Draft Zoning Map (in colour)
Draft Zoning Map (B&W)
View the staff report for more information. If you have questions about the effects of the proposed change on your property or business, please contact Leah Perrin at the information provided below.