WSP Canada Inc., on behalf of Seven Lakes Development is applying for Regional Municipal Planning Strategy (RMPS) amendments to enable non-substantive and substantive amendment requests to the existing development agreement in accordance to the 2006 Regional Plan Policies.
The subject site is regulated by a development agreement that was approved by Harbour East -Marine Drive Community Council on May 16, 2013. The existing agreement permits a clustered 634 unit residential development and several public recreational facilities that was enabled through the Classic Open Space Design policies of the 2006 Regional Municipal Planning Strategy. To date, 40 residential units have been constructed while the rest of the land remains undeveloped.
The applicant has applied to make an amendment the current 2014 Regional Plan to enable non-substantive and substantive amendments to the existing development agreement for Seven Lakes in accordance with the 2006 Regional Plan policies rather than the 2014 Regional Plan policies. Currently, the proposed amendments cannot be considered under the existing 2014 RMPS policies.
A staff initiation report went to Regional Council on January 15, 2019 and the recommendation to proceed was approved. As a result, a sign will be posted by the applicant on the subject site advertising the intent to amend. Adjacent property owners will be notified of the proposal by mail and can provide feedback if they wish to do so. Staff will undertake a detailed review of the application and will be sending a recommendation report to Regional Council. If the RMPS amendments are approved at a Public Hearing at Regional Council, a non-substantive amendment to the existing agreement will proceed to Harbour East-Marine Drive Community Council for resolution. Notices of the date, time and location of the public hearing at Regional Council for the RMPS amendment will be advertised.
Documents Submitted for Evaluation
The applicant has submitted plans and studies required by HRM staff to properly evaluate the application. The documents are also available for review at the Planning Applications office in Downtown Dartmouth.