Application by municipal planning staff to bring forward housekeeping amendments to modernize the Generalized Future Land Use Map of the Dartmouth Municipal Planning Strategy and the Zoning Map of the Dartmouth Land Use By-law.
The Dartmouth Municipal Planning Strategy and the Dartmouth Land Use By-Law were adopted in September 1978. At that time, the official Generalized Future Land Use Map and the official Zoning Map were adopted in a Mylar map format. The original Generalized Future Land Use Map was displayed on one Mylar sheet, showing the various land use designations, and the Zoning Map was displayed in a thirty-eight (38) Mylar sheet package, showing the detailed zoning throughout the Dartmouth Plan area.
At the very end of the 1970s and throughout the 1980s, both the Generalized Future Land Use Map and the Zoning Map were amended by hand on the official Mylar sheets, as needed, based on Council direction. By the 1990’s, one-page site or area specific paper maps were added to the Land Use By-Law and the Municipal Planning Strategy when an amendment affected either the official Zoning Map or the Generalized Future Land Use Map. This practice for amending the documents has resulted in a very onerous system for determining designations and zones, as multiple maps, both Mylar and paper versions, have to be consulted in order to make determinations on official designations or zones. This system is also prone to human error.
The proposed digital format will modernize the mapping for the Dartmouth Municipal Planning Strategy and the Dartmouth Land Use By-law, allow for future amendments to be made more efficiently and accurately, while reducing administrative burden. Minor boundary plotting errors will also be corrected as part of this project.
The proposed digital versions of the Generalized Future Land Use and Zoning maps for Dartmouth will also prepare the Municipality for the eventual adoption of the Centre Plan.
Questions and Answers
1. Are you changing any land use designations or zoning through this project?
Minor boundary changes are being proposed on both the Generalized Future Land Use Map and the Zoning Map to correct plotting errors that have occurred over the years.
2. What is the timing for the adoption of the digital maps? Why do this now?
Staff expect to have a package of amendments before Regional Council in 2-3 months for First Reading and the scheduling of a public hearing. While this project is not a component of the long-awaited Centre Plan, it is nonetheless a crucial step in its adoption, as it will facilitate the introduction of the Centre Plan in stages. Therefore, it is imperative that these proposed amendments, or a version thereof, be adopted and in effect prior to the consideration of the Centre Plan documents by Regional Council.
3. Why does this project only affect the Dartmouth Plan area?
The Dartmouth Plan area is the last of the 21 planning jurisdictions within the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) that has not been converted to either digital or consolidated and easily amendable Generalized Future Land Use and Zoning maps.
4. How will this project benefit residents?
This project will benefit residents by:
(a) modernizing, simplifying, and building resiliency with the planning documents that regulate land use in their community;
(b) making it possible for them to receive more timely responses from the Municipality to inquiries and zoning confirmation requests; and
(b) reducing the chance of human error in the administration of the Land Use By-law.
Two public open houses were held on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at the Alderney Gate Harbour East – Marine Drive Community Council Chambers to discuss the application. Various comments were received by staff.
On Tuesday, January 29, 2019, a recommendation report was before Halifax Regional Council for its consideration. Council moved First Reading and scheduled a public hearing.
The public hearings will be held by Halifax Regional Council on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 6:00 p.m., at Halifax City Hall (Council Chamber), 3rd Floor, 1841 Argyle Street, Halifax, NS. All oral and written submissions will be considered at that time. Written submissions may be forwarded to the Municipal Clerk by mail, P.O. Box 1749, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3A5; by fax, 902-490-4208; or by e-mail. Written submissions should be received by the Municipal Clerk’s office as early as possible and not later than 3:00 p.m. on March 5, 2018. For any written submissions exceeding three standard letter sized pages in length, ten copies must be supplied to the Municipal Clerk’s office.