HRM Corporate Real Estate is asking to change the Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and Land Use By-law (LUB) for Bedford. The proposal is to allow low-density residential uses (two-unit dwelings) at 18 Scotia Drive, Bedford. This proposal cannot be considered under existing MPS policies.
18 Scotia Drive was home to the Sunnyside Elementary School (Waverley Road Site) from 1952 to 2012 before the school was closed by the Halifax Regional School Board. The subject site was conveyed to HRM in 2014. After obtaining the subject site, Regional Council declared the subject site as surplus, in accordance with Administrative Order 50, which guides the disposal of surplus real property.
Subsequently in 2015, Regional Council asked that the property be re-assessed to determine if a portion of the subject site should be retained as open space. On February 16, 2016, Regional Council passed a motion declaring that:
• A southern portion of the lands be retained for a small pocket park;
• A portion of the lands, opposite of the Bedford By-pass, be retained for the Bedford Educational Centre soccer field; and
• The Balance of the lands be declared surplus, in accordance with Regional Council’s previous motion.
The school was demolished in 2017.
HRM Corporate Real Estate’s desire is to re-designate the subject site from the Institutional Designation to the Residential Designation and re-zone the subject site from the Institutional (SI) Zone to the Residential Two Dwelling Unit (RTU) Zone, so that a large portion of the site can be used for low-density residential dwellings. If approved, HRM Corporate Real Estate will attempt to sell the subject site to a private developer (at market value) who could subsequently extend Scotia Drive, subdivide lots, and develop one and/or two-unit dwellings.
The application is a request for new planning policy. Municipal staff are reviewing the application, and will prepare a recommendation for Regional Council to consider. Before Regional Council can make any decision about the proposal, a public information meeting and a public hearing shall be held.
Additional information on process can be found in staff’s initiation report to Regional Council.
Regional Council will host a virtual, online public hearing on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Regional Council invites you to ask questions and give your opinions on the planning application before they make their decision.
Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, written submissions are welcomed and encouraged in advance of the hearing itself. These submissions are distributed to all Councillors and considered at the time of their decision. Written submissions may be forwarded to the Municipal Clerk by e-mail; by fax, 902-490-4208; or by mail, P.O. Box 1749, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3A5. Written submissions must be received by the Municipal Clerk’s office as early as possible and not later than 3:00 p.m. on August 31. Please allow sufficient time for delivery given slower than typical mail delivery times during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The virtual public hearing will be webcast and may be viewed online.
For individuals seeking to speak at the hearing should contact the Municipal Clerk’s office no later than 4:30 p.m. on August 30, 2021 to be added to the list to speak by telephone. We encourage all residents who wish to speak at the meeting to ask to have their name added to the list. Individuals who choose not to speak may ask to have their names removed from the speaker's list.
To be placed on the speaker's list:
• Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
• Call and leave a voicemail at 902.490.4210; or
• Send a fax to the clerk at 902.490.4208.In your message, please include the meeting body, the planning case number (Case 21996), or civic address (18 Scotia Drive, Bedford), in addition to your name, your community of residence, email address, and telephone number. Should you have questions about the process of the virtual public hearing, please email the Municipal Clerks Office at call 902.490.4210.
On November 26, 2019, Regional Council initiated a process to consider site-specific amendments to the Bedford Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law to permit the proposal. Planning staff are undertaking a detailed review of the proposal, in partnership with other municipal teams and external partners.
The North West Planning Advisory Committee hosted a public information meeting (PIM) on February 24, 2020 at the Bedford Education Centre, Bedford. At this meeting, staff and the applicant presented, answered questions and received feedback. View the meeting minutes.
Documents Submitted for Evaluation
The applicant has submitted plans and studies required by municipal staff to properly evaluate the application. The relevant documents are linked below. These documents may also be provided by email or regular mail by making this request to the planner listed below.