Case 23938- Downtown Halifax Land Use By-Law Amendment: Adult Entertainment Uses and Housekeeping Amendment to Map 1

Updated:

Halifax Regional Council has scheduled a virtual public hearing to consider this application. The virtual public hearing will be held on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. See Status Section for more information.

Request

Halifax Regional Council passed a motion to amend the Downtown Halifax Land Use By-law to revise the definition of Adult Entertainment uses to exclude retail uses and bookstores in accordance with the following motion:

16.2 Councillor Mason

MOVED by Councillor Mason, seconded by Councillor Cuttell 

THAT Halifax Regional Council request a staff report regarding the options for removal or replacement of the definition of “adult bookstore” from the Downtown LUB, pending the incorporation of the Heritage Conservation District bylaws into the Regional Centre LUB.
 

Further, a housekeeping amendment is proposed to address a drafting error re-adopting the Downtown Halifax Zoning Map (Map 1).

 

Proposal

On November 23rd, 2021, Regional Council directed staff to explore and provide options for either the removal or replacement of the definition of “adult bookstore” from the Downtown Halifax Land Use By-law (LUB), until such time where the remaining lands under the Downtown Halifax Plan Area are incorporated within the Regional Centre Plan Area. 

As part of this planning process, staff are proposing to update the definition of “adult entertainment”, and delete the definition of “adult bookstore”.  Staff are also bringing forward a housekeeping amendment to address a drafting error by re-adopting the Downtown Halifax Zoning Map (Map 1). The drafting error occurred during the adoption process of the Regional Centre Plan and concurrent amendments to the Downtown Halifax LUB. No changes to zoning are proposed from the previously approved zoning. 
 

Process

The application will be considered under the Land Use By-law Amendment Process.

Status

Halifax Regional Council has scheduled a virtual public hearing to consider this application. The virtual public hearing will be held on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 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 email,  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 Tuesday, February 15, 2022. Please allow sufficient time for delivery given slower than typical mail delivery times during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The virtual public hearings will be webcast and may be viewed online. Individuals seeking to speak at the hearing should contact the Municipal Clerk’s office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 14, 2022 to be added to the speaker's list to speak by telephone.  We encourage all residents who have any desire to speak at the meeting 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 from the speaker's list. To be placed on the speaker's list:
•    Send an email; or
•    Call and leave a voicemail at 902.490.4210; or
•    Send a fax to the clerk at 902.490.4208.
In your message, please include the meeting body, the planning Case number (23938) or site location, in addition to your name, community of residence, email address, and telephone number.     

View the staff report.

Currently, this application is at the review team stage of the process where the request is reviewed by internal municipal staff.

 

Contact Information

For further information, please contact:

Dali Salih

Planner III

Community Policy Program - Regional Planning

Telephone: 902.220.9631

Mailing Address

HRM Planning and Development

Community Policy Program - Regional Planning

PO Box: 1749,

Halifax ,

Nova Scotia,

B3J 3A5

Attention: Bryan Maponga (Case 23938)