Application by Fathom Studio, on behalf of Joseph Arab, to enter into a Development Agreement at 2438 Gottingen Street, Halifax, to allow a 13 storey residential building.
The applicant has requested to enter into a Development Agreement with the municipality for the subject property which is a registered heritage property and currently contains a three storey building known as Victoria Hall. The requested Development Agreement would permit the construction of a 13 storey residential building on the property, while preserving and restoring the heritage building. The major aspects of the proposal are as follows:
• A 13 storey residential building containing up to 130 units
• Two levels of underground parking
• Major rehabilitation of Victoria Hall
The plans provided below outline the proposal in detail, including information related to building design and the heritage, traffic, wind and shadow impacts of the proposed development. The proposal has undergone several design changes since the initial application, including a reduction in overall height from 19 to 13 storeys.
On June 23, 2021, the Heritage Advisory Committee considered the details of the development agreement and provided a positive recommendation to Halifax and West Community Council. The next steps for this application will be virtual public hearing on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. directly followed by deliberation by Community Council and a decision on the application. In the event that Community Council approves the application, there will be a 14 day appeal period before the agreement can be registered. Nearby residents will receive a notification of the public hearing by mail, and a notice will appear in the local newspaper.
The public hearing will occur in a virtual setting and attending in-person is not possible. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, written submissions are welcomed and encouraged in advanced 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 24, 2021. 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 can be viewed online. Individuals seeking to speak at the hearing should contact the Municipal Clerk’s office no later than 4:30 p.m. on August 23, 2021, to be added to the speakers list to speak by telephone. We encourage all residents who have any desire to speak at the meeting to ask to have their name added to the list. Individuals who do not want to speak at a later time may ask to have their name removed from the speakers list.
To be placed on the speakers list:
• Send an e-mail; 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 (22115) or civic address, in addition to your name, community of residence, email address, and telephone number. Should you have questions about the process of the virtual public hearing, please e-mail the Municipal Clerks Office at or call 902.490.4210.
Should you have questions about the nature of the application itself, please email the planner directly or call 902-292-2470.
View the staff report. If you have questions about how to access the staff report please e-mail the Municipal Clerks Office at or call 902.490.4210. To arrange for a paper copy of application materials to be sent to you by mail if the internet is unavailable to you, contact the planner.
View staff recommendation report and other plans and materials submitted by the Applicant on-line (scroll down to Case 22115).
A separate application that is required to undertake necessary changes to the heritage building (known as a “substantial alteration” under the Heritage Property Act) was approved on March 7, 2021 following several design changes that were requested by Regional Council, including a reduction in the proposed height of the new building from 16 to 13 storeys.
On October 24, 2019 a public open house was held for this application at the Halifax North Memorial Library. Feedback was received from the 22 residents in attendance. The proposal was then considered at a special meeting of the Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 where it received a positive recommendation.
Documents Submitted for Evaluation
The applicant has submitted plans and studies required by municipal staff to properly evaluate the application. The documents are also available for review, by appointment, at the Planning Applications Office at 40 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth.