On September 21, 2021, Halifax and West Community Council (HWCC) held a Virtual Public Hearing, reviewed the applicant’s proposal, and passed a motion to approve the proposed development agreement (see Status for details).
An application by ZZap Consulting Inc., on behalf of Eldorado Properties Limited, to enter into a development agreement to construct a two and a half storey, six-unit addition to an existing municipally registered heritage property. The development agreement is being sought in accordance with Policy 6.8 of the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy.
The Clarke-Halliston House is a two-storey, four-unit residential building located at 1029 South Park Street and 5684, 5686 and 5688 Rhuland Street in Halifax. The house is a municipally registered heritage property constructed in 1895 in the Queen Anne (Free Classical) architectural style. It is valued for its associations with the original owner, Harshaw B. Clarke, lessee and manager of the Academy of Music as well as Robert Pickford, founder of the local commercial firm of Pickford and Black, and the Honorable Robert E. Harris, Chief Justice of Nova Scotia. It is further valued for its association with architects Elliot and Hopkins who designed the building.
The building was altered in 1994 by adding an enclosed staircase tower and exterior decks at each level of the Southeast corner of the building. A new open staircase was also added on the exterior of the east façade at the same time. An application to alter the property by removing and reconstructing the rear wing and enclosed staircase was approved in 2017 but the work was never carried-out. A building permit has been issued for interior alterations to increase the number of units from four (4) to 10.
The Clarke-Halliston House is located at the corner of Rhuland Street and South Park Street in Halifax. The building occupies the northern portion of the lot while the southern portion is used for parking. The main entrance of the building faces South Park Street with a secondary entrance on Rhuland Street.
A building permit has been issued to renovate the interior of the Clarke-Halliston House to increase the number of units from four (4) to 10. The property owner is proposing to create an 11th unit within the Clark-Halliston House and construct a two-and-a-half-story addition that would have six units to the south of the building. As such, the proposal would increase the total number of units from 10 to 17. If approved, the Clark-Haliston House would be preserved. The addition would be joined to the Clarke-Halliston House by an enclosed stairway. The only part of the Clarke-Halliston House that is proposed to be altered is an enclosed stairwell constructed in 1994 on the south side of the building.
The application is being considered under Policy 6.8 of the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy. This policy allows registered heritage properties to be redeveloped to a use or form beyond what is permitted by the underlying zone in order to encourage the rehabilitation and preservation of the heritage building. Any proposals considered under this policy must retain the heritage value of the existing property and must be reasonably consistent with all other relevant municipal planning policies.
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The Heritage Advisory Committee has approved the application. The application with recommendation will be forwarded to the Halifax and West Community Council for the first reading.
On September 21, 2021, Halifax and West Community Council (HWCC) held a virtual public hearing, reviewed the applicant’s proposal, and passed a motion to approve the proposed development agreement. A notice of approval ad was placed in the Chronicle Herald/Mail Star on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Any appeals have to be filed with the NS Utility and Review Board within fourteen (14) days of the notice in the newspaper.
Should you have questions about the process of the virtual public hearing, held on September 21, 2021, or how to access the staff report, please email the Municipal Clerks Office or call 902.490.4210. Should you have questions about the nature of this application or to arrange for paper copies of the staff report and application materials to be sent to you by mail, please email Paul Boucher or call 902.456.5103
On July 13, 2021, reviewed the proposal and passed a motion to move the application to a public hearing. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic a virtual public hearing was held on September 21, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
On June 9, 2021, the Heritage Advisory Committee (HAC) reviewed the applicant’s proposal and recommended that the application be approved.
On January 25, 2021, The Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee (HPPAC) reviewed the applicant’s proposal and recommended that the application be approved. The applicant is currently reviewing input from the public and HPPAC
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. The details of this application may change before consideration or approval by Community Council.