Application by Fathom Studio, on behalf of property owner Tony Maskine/ Blue Basin Investments, requesting minor amendments to the building height provisions of the Halifax Mainland Land Use By-law to allow for an 8-storey mixed-use development on lands at Joseph Howe Drive (Property ID 41317306 and 41317744), Civic 3575 - 3587 Percy Street, and PID 40757429 Percy Street, Halifax. (Zoning Map)
The subject site is located on the west side of Joseph Howe Drive, across from the Atlantic Superstore. The site has street frontage on both Joseph Howe Drive and Percy Street.
The proposal is to amend section 38BE(3) of the Halifax Mainland LUB, which deals only with those properties which have street frontage on both Joseph Howe Drive and Percy Street. The proposed amendments would allow changes to the method of calculating building height, as follows:
- Height measurement to be calculated from the “streetline grade” of Joseph Howe Drive instead of the average grade adjoining the building; and
- Height measurement to exclude rooftop architectural features, landscape elements and non-habitable penthouses which may include residential amenity space and which do not exceed 30 percent of the area of the roof on which it is located. This would be consistent with similar height exemptions in the Downtown Halifax MPS and Centre Plan areas.
The application will be considered under the Land Use By-law Amendment process.
Information postcards are being mailed to neighbouring residents and property owners (instead of holding a Public Information Meeting) in February of 2020, seeking feedback on the proposal.
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.