Case 23959 - 749 Herring Cove Rd, Halifax



Application by Stephen Adams Consulting Services Inc. to enter into a development agreement to allow for an expansion of a non-conforming commercial use at 749 Herring Cove Road, Halifax.


The applicant wishes to be permitted to expand the existing building at 749 Herring Cove Rd, Halifax which is occupied by a sign company, New Century Signs. The major aspects of the proposal are as follows:

  • This property currently has residential (R-2) zoning under the Halifax Mainland Land Use Bylaw. The existing commercial use was legally occupied before the current zoning requirements were applied and so it is considered a legal non-conforming use (“grandfathered”). Non-conforming circumstances are protected by the HRM Charter however expansion of the use can only be considered through the development agreement process. 
  • A development agreement is a legal agreement between a property owner and the Municipality to ensure a site is developed in a particular manner.
  • The existing building footprint is 7,500 square feet. The proposal is to permit two additions to the building with a combined area of 9,840 square feet. 
  • The application proposes to maintain the current maximum height of the building.

The Development Plans (provided below) outline the development proposal in detail, and include information related to the proposed building additions design and location, site design, parking, and landscaping.


The application will be considered under the process for development agreements


Currently this application is at the review team stage of the process where the request is reviewed by internal municipal staff from Development Engineering, Building Standards, Fire Services, and Civic Addressing. Once internal review is complete, this application will move forward to the public engagement phase. 

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 at the Planning Applications office in Downtown Dartmouth. 

Building Drawings and Site Plan
Existing Building Location and Plot Plan
Letter of Rationale

Contact Information

For further information, please contact:

Taylor MacIntosh (She/Her)

Planner II

Current Planning

Telephone: 902.219.0836

Mailing Address

HRM Planning Applications

PO Box: 1749,


Nova Scotia,

B3J 3A5

Attention: Taylor MacIntosh (Please identify the Case # and address)