Application by Lloyd Robbins Law Inc. requesting Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and Land Use Bylaw (LUB) amendments to the Cole Harbour/Westphal MPS and Cole Harbour Westphal Land Use Bylaw to enable a 6-unit multi-unit dwelling on lands at 272 Auburn Drive, Cole Harbour.
The applicant has requested the property at 272 Auburn Drive be converted from a commercial to residential use. Under the current provisions of the Cole Harbour/ Westphal Strategy (MPS), this proposal can not be considered. The applicant has requested to amend Policy UR-18 of the Cole Harbour/Westphal MPS, removing the ability of 272 Auburn Drive to expand commercial uses by development agreement. A rezoning will be required to change from the C-1 Neighbour Business Zone to the R-4 Multiple Dwelling Unit Zone.
The major aspects of the proposal are as follows:
- The applicant wishes to end commercial use and develop as-of-right a 6-unit residential dwelling.
- Residential use aligns with the MPS Urban Residential designation.
- The variety store was an anomaly within the neighbourhood as a commercial exception to the designation and surrounding Zones.
- The site does not meet the R-4 Zone requirements completely (setbacks, parking) and a site-specific Land Use By-law amendment will be required to enable as-of-right R-4 development.
The application has been received and is being reviewed by staff.
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.