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 will be held on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
All oral and written submissions will be considered at that time. This meeting will occur in a virtual setting and attending in-person is not possible. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, written submissions are welcomed and encouraged in advance of the hearing itself. These submissions are distributed to all Councillors and considered at the time of their decision. Written submissions may be forwarded to the Municipal Clerk by e-mail; by fax, 902-490-4208; or by mail, P.O. Box 1749, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3A5.
Written submissions must be received by the Municipal Clerk’s office as early as possible and not later than 3:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing: Thursday, September 2, 2021. Please allow sufficient time for delivery given slower than typical mail delivery times during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The virtual public hearing will be webcast and may be viewed online.
Individuals seeking to speak at the hearing by telephone should contact the Municipal Clerk’s office no later than 4:30 p.m. on the day BEFORE the hearing: Wednesday, September 1, 2021. We encourage all members of the public who have any desire to speak at the hearing to ask to have their name added to the list. Individuals who do not want to speak at a later time may ask to have their name removed.
To be placed on the speaker's list:
• Send an email to; or
• Call and leave a voicemail at 902.490.4210; or
• Send a fax to the clerk at 902.490.4208.
In your email, message, or fax, please include:
• the meeting body (Harbour East – Marine Drive Community Council);
• the planning Case number (23221) or civic address (22324 Highway 7, Sheet Harbour);
• Your name and community of residence – this will form part of the public record;
• Your email address and telephone number - these will be kept confidential.
View the staff report. Should you have questions about the nature of the application itself, please email the planner (Jacqueline Belisle) or call 902-430-4092. Should you have questions about the process of the virtual public hearing, please email the Municipal Clerks Office at call 902.490.4210.
To arrange for a paper copy of application materials to be sent to you by mail if the internet is unavailable to you, contact the Planner (Jacqueline Belisle). Please allow sufficient time for delivery given slower than typical mail delivery times during the COVID-19 Pandemic.