Application by EDM Planning Services on behalf of AIM Elmsdale Inc. to enter into a development agreement to permit the construction of a new building for the purposes of consolidating the existing buildings related to a non-conforming salvage yard use.
The subject property is located in Lantz, 120 metres east of the intersection of Dutch Settlement Road and Old Trunk Road. The property is designated MU (Mixed Use) in the Musquodoboit Valley/Dutch Settlement (MVDS) Municipal Planning Strategy and zoned MU (Mixed Use) in the MVDS Land Use By-law.
The applicant wishes to construct a new building to consolidate salvage yard related uses (sales, devolution, staff space and storage) that are currently carried out in two separate buildings on the site. The existing buildings are no longer sufficient and the new building is proposed to offer more efficient operations, a higher level of accessibility to the public and visual appeal to the community. The major aspects of the proposal are as follows:
• Proposed building has a footprint of approximately 10,000 square feet and a maximum height of 27’ 2”;
• Landscaping is proposed around new building as per Attachment D below;
• Existing Quonset hut will remain on property as additional storage for materials currently being stored outdoors.
The existing salvage yard has been in operation since prior to the adoption of the Musquodoboit Vally/Dutch Settlement Land Use By-law and is therefore permitted to continue operating as a non-conforming use, as defined in the HRM Charter. The renovations carried out on the subject site since 2015 have been done as-of-right, however, the construction of a new building is permitted by development agreement only.
The Development Plans (provided below) outline the development proposal in detail, and include information related to placement, dimensions, landscaping and use of the newly proposed building.
The application will be considered under the Development Agreement Process.
The application is in the preliminary stage of review by planning and development staff. Following completion of this team review, public engagement will take place in the community in order to gather input regarding the proposal. Adjacent property owners will be notified of public consultation and a sign will be posted by the applicant on the subject site advertising the intent to enter into a development agreement.
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.
Attachment A: Application Letter
Attachment B: Site Plan
Attachment C: Proposed Building Elevations
Attachment D: Proposed Landscape Plan
Attachment E: Preliminary Stormwater Management Plan
Attachment F: Traffic Impact Statement