Application by municipal planning staff to bring forward housekeeping amendments to the Regional Centre Land Use By-law regarding the Halifax Citadel ramparts regulations.
The proposed amendments to the Regional Centre Land Use By-law would:
- Re-introduce a geographic limitation on the applicability of the Halifax Citadel ramparts regulations that existed between the introduction of the original requirements in 1985 and November 30, 2019; and
- Provide additional clarity to the interpretation of the ramparts regulations regarding the presence of structures, signs, or other objects within the Parade Square of the Halifax Citadel.
The Halifax Citadel ramparts regulations were originally adopted in 1985 by the former City of Halifax Council to protect the historical context and experience of the Halifax Citadel Parade Square. The objective of the requirements is to preserve the Parade Square as it would have been experienced by soldiers and visitors in the 19th Century. The regulations protect uninterrupted 360-degree views towards the top of the Citadel ramparts and beyond from 12 viewing positions within the Parade Square. No new building located outside the Halifax Citadel is permitted to protrude through a rampart view as seen from the 12 viewing positions.
On September 18, 2019, Halifax Regional Council adopted the Centre Plan (Package A). The newly adopted Regional Centre Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy and Regional Centre Land Use By-law implemented new by-law wording and a new by-law schedule regarding the Halifax Citadel ramparts. However, the area where the Halifax Citadel ramparts regulations previously applied to under the Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-law was not carried forward in the Regional Centre Land Use By-law. The ramparts regulations were previously limited to only the area contained within the boundaries of Inglis Street, Robie Street, North Street, and the Halifax Harbour (see Map 1), but under the adopted Centre Plan they apply to a significantly larger area.
The omission of the geographic limitation within the Package A Regional Centre Land Use By-law was not intentional on the part of staff, and the change was not highlighted during the extensive public engagement and Council adoption process.
The application will be considered under the land use by-law amendment process.
The application is currently undergoing detailed review by municipal planning staff. It is anticipated that this matter will be before Regional Centre Community Council for their consideration in either late August or in September 2020. In the meantime, questions and comments from property owners and the general public can be forwarded to planner listed below.
Note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no public information meeting on this matter.
Documents Submitted for Evaluation
Planning staff have prepared a draft amendments package for review. The relevant documents are linked below. Alternatively, the documents may also be provided either by email or regular mail by making a request to the planner listed below.