Application by 3143511 NS Limited to amend the Bedford Municipal Planning Strategy and Bedford Land Use By-law to rezone 16 Rutledge Street in Bedford from the Residential Two Unit (RTU) Zone to the Residential Multiple Unit (RMU) Zone.
The subject property for the proposed rezoning is located at 16 Rutledge Street in Bedford. The property is designated Residential in the Bedford Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and is zoned Residential Two Unit Dwelling (RTU) under the Land Use By-law (LUB).
The applicant is seeking the rezoning in order to enable the expansion of a proposed multiple unit dwelling on to the subject property which is proposed on adjacent lands. Documents have been submitted for the proposal (provided below). The applicant currently has a permit for a proposed 16 unit, three storey multiple unit dwelling at 26 Rutledge Street. The rezoning will enable the 16 unit building to be expanded on to the lands of 16 Rutledge Street. The expansion is not proposed to increase the number of units but will enable the applicant to increase the size of each dwelling unit.
The application is a request for new planning policy and is being considered through a Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) Amendment Process. Regional Council has initiated the request to consider amending the MPS. Additional information on process can be found in staff’s initiation report to Regional Council. Staff are reviewing the application, and will prepare a recommendation for Regional Council to consider at a later date. Before Regional Council can make any decision about the proposal, a public participation program will need to be completed and a public hearing shall be held. Adjacent property owners will be notified of the public consultation.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Council approved a different participation approach to enable residents to participate in a meaningful way. Consultation will be, achieved through the sharing of information via mail and the HRM website and through a questionnaire or survey sent to stakeholders and nearby property owners early in the review process (November 2020). In addition a public hearing (likely virtual (web based video/phone-in)) will be held before Regional Council considers any amendments, as required by the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter. Notices of the date, time and location of the Hearing will be advertised in the future and circulated to adjacent property owners. In addition to the above, the applicant is required to place a sign on the subject property. North West Planning Advisory Committee will also participate in the review process for this application and review the proposal and provide recommendations to North West Community Council and Regional Council.
Public questions or comments can be sent via email or be received over the phone by the planner managing the planning case at any time. Contact information is found at the bottom of the page.
The application has been initiated by Regional Council. Municipal staff are undertaking a detailed review and public consultation will be in the form of a questionnaire/survey.
Prior to December 31, 2020, the survey can be submitted by email or regular mail to:
Miles Agar, Planning & Development, Halifax Regional Municipality, PO Box 1749, Halifax NS, B3J 3A5.
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 contacting the Planner below.