A Virtual Public Hearing was held by Harbour East – Marine Drive Community Council on Thursday, September 2, 2021. The proposed Land Use By-law amendment was approved.
Any aggrieved person, the Provincial Director of Planning, or the Council of any adjoining municipality may, within fourteen days of the publishing of this notice in the Chronicle Herald, appeal to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (902-424-4448) in accordance with the provisions of the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter.
Application by Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) to amend the Eastern Shore (East) Land Use By-law to include Institutional Uses within the Regional Park Zone to allow for a recreation/fitness centre, community hall, library and fire station at 22324 Highway 7, Sheet Harbour.
In addition, staff have identified a minor housekeeping amendment needed to address an incorrect reference to the former P-4 (Provincial Park) Zone, both within the text of the By-law and on the associated zoning map. In 2006, the RPK (Regional Park) Zone replaced the P-4 Zone, however some references to the former P-4 Zone were not updated at the time.
On May 12, 2020 Regional Council directed staff to acquire the subject lands from the Province of Nova Scotia. One of the terms and conditions of the property acquisition is the approval of any required amendments to the municipality’s planning documents needed to allow for the proposed municipal facility.
View the staff report presented to Regional Council on May 12, 2020.
The Land Use By-law amendment process is just one component of the overall project.
The subject site is located east and south of Highway 7 and west of West River Falls. The site is designated Village under the Municipal Planning Strategy for Eastern Shore (East) (MPS) and is zoned RPK under the Land Use By-law for Eastern Shore (East) Plan Area (LUB).
Currently, the RPK Zone permits:
• Recreation uses;
• Conservation uses;
• Marinas; and
• Uses accessory to the foregoing uses.
As the RPK Zone does not permit community centres and halls, libraries, or fire stations the municipal community facility envisioned is not permitted under the current RPK zone.
To enable the envisioned facility, HRM is proposing to amend the Land Use By-law to include Institutional Uses to the list of permitted uses within the RPK Zone.
The Land Use By-law defines Institutional Use as: any educational or denominational use, daycare facility, residential care facility, fire station, police station, public works, hospital, nursing home, public library, post office, museum and gallery, community centre and hall, recreation use or open space use.
This application is being considered under the Land Use By-law amendment process subject to Policy E-4 of the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy and IM-10 of the Eastern Shore (East) Municipal Planning Strategy.
A virtual public hearing (view the staff report) was held on September 2, 2021. Harbour East – Marine Drive Community Council approved the request, and the application has entered a 14-day appeal period, which will run until Monday, September 20, 2021. Appeals of planning decisions are handled by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. View the Board’s website for more information on filing appeals.