Dennis Hiltz is applying to enter into a development agreement to allow for an equestrian facility. The existing regulations allow for horses to be kept on the property as an agricultural use, but do not allow for commercial recreation aspects such as horse boarding, lessons, clinics, or showing. This application is a request for those uses to be allowed on this property, subject to specific land use controls administered through a development agreement.
There is an existing development agreement that applies to both 96 Pockwock Rd and the property ‘in front’, 94 Pockwock Rd, which allows for a kennel use at 94 Pockwock Rd. This application will include discharging the existing kennel DA from 96 Pockwock Rd. The existing development agreement is linked below.
A new development agreement is proposed to be applied to 96 Pockwock Rd. The major aspects of the proposal are as follows:
- Existing infrastructure (barn, indoor riding arena, outdoor riding arena, paddocks, parking area, etc.) are to remain
- Agricultural components of the use will continue to be regulated through the applicable Land Use By-Law (Beaver Bank, Hammonds Plains and Upper Sackville)
- Limits on the number of horse shows and educational clinics annually
- Limits on the hours of operation
- Maintenance of property and infrastructure
- Landscaping and buffering
The existing development agreement was approved in 2010 and permits a kennel for a maximum of 40 dogs, which is located at 94 Pockwock Road, as well as any land use permitted in the MU-1 (Mixed Use) Zone of the Beaver Bank, Hammonds Plains, Upper Sackville Land Use By-law. A copy of this development agreement was been linked below.
The application will be considered under the development agreement planning process.
Currently this application is at the public engagement stage of the process having been reviewed by internal municipal staff from Development Engineering [including Traffic Services], Building Standards, Civic Addressing, Development Officer [By-laws], Fire Protection Services as well as externally by Halifax Water, Nova Scotia Environment and Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture.
Public engagement will take the form of a mailed-out fact sheet.
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 but these documents may alternatively be provided either by email or regular mail by making this request to the planner listed below.