Case 23405 - Sackville Plan Area – Accessory Building Zoning Review



On December 1, 2020, North West Community Council put forward a motion to consider increasing the maximum permitted size of accessory buildings within the Sackville Community Plan Area. 

On June 14, 2021, North West Community Council directed the Chief Administrative Officer to return to North West Community Council With amendments to the Sackville Lands Use By-Law to allow for larger maximum footprint for accessory structures on large lots. 

At this point, staff are seeking to engage the Community by providing background information, explaining the changes being considered, and gathering comments and feedback.

Some areas of the Sackville Plan Area were developed in a typical suburban style pattern, with small lots connected to central water and sewer services. Other parts of the Plan Area were developed before central services were available, so these tend to have a more rural development pattern, with large lots and lots of space between houses. The differences in how these areas developed has resulted in some semi-rural areas having to follow the same rules that apply in suburban or urban neighbourhoods. 


To allow accessory buildings to have a maximum footprint size of 93 square metres (1000 square feet) on lots 3716 square metres (40,000 square feet) or greater, provided all other requirements of the Sackville Land Use By-Law are met.

The Sackville Land Use By-Law currently limits accessory buildings on residential lots to a maximum footprint of 67 square metres (750 square feet) and limits the height of the accessory building to 4.5 metres (15 feet). However, the height may be exceeded if the building is proposed on a lot that is greater than 3716 square metres (40,000 square feet) in size, which is roughly just under an acre or the size of a football field. The request from North West Community Council is to amend the Sackville Land Use By-Law to also allow larger accessory buildings on larger lots.


This application will be considered under the Land Use By-Law Amendment process.


This application is in the public engagement stage. Check out the Fact Sheet and the Sackville Residential Parcels Map for more information. Email planner Claire Tusz or call 902.430.0645 to share your feedback and ask questions.

Visit the Halifax Shape Your City website to complete the online survey. The survey will be active until September 18, 2022.

Documents Submitted for Evaluation

View the Fact Sheet 
Participate in the online survey
Sackville Residential Parcels Map
View the June 14, 2021 North West Community Council Meeting where staff presented the preliminary research on the zoning review (30:00-45:00)

Contact Information

For further information, please contact:

Claire Tusz

Planner II

Current Planning

Telephone: 902.430.0645

Mailing Address

HRM Planning Applications

PO Box: 1749,


Nova Scotia,

B3J 3A5

Attention: Claire Tusz (Please identify the Case # and address)