January 19, 2023
Notice of Public Hearing
A public hearing on this matter will be held by Halifax and West Community Council on February 13, 2023 at 6:00PM, at City Hall, located at 1841 Argyle Street, Halifax, in the Council Chambers.
On July 19, 2022 the Halifax and West Community Council initiated an amendment to the Planning District 5 (Chebucto Peninsula) Land Use By-Law to review the parking requirements for community centres and recreation facilities.
The existing parking requirements for community centres and recreation facilities under the Land Use By-Law for Planning District 5 require 1 parking space for every 100 square feet of floor area as an institutional use, which results in significant amount of parking, even for smaller recreation facilities, and often well beyond the amount of parking than what is needed by the facility.
The proposed land use by-law amendment will consider a reduction in the amount of required parking for community centres and halls and recreation uses from a minimum of 1 space for every 100 square feet of floor area, to a minimum of 1 space for every 500 square feet of floor area. The proposed minimum amount of required parking could be exceeded if desired.
In 2008, the municipality adopted a Regional Parking Strategy which found that municipal parking standards, for most uses, were the highest of the 12 municipal jurisdictions studied. The parking standards are particularly high in the former Halifax County areas. One of the recommendations in the Regional Parking Strategy is to reduce minimum parking standards. Similarly, the Integrated Mobility Plan (IMP) recommends that Land Use By-laws be amended to reduce parking requirements. These documents will be considered in the current review in addition to community context.
The application will be considered under the Land Use By-Law Amendment process.
Currently, this application is at the public hearing stage. A public hearing on this matter will be held by Halifax and West Community Council on February 13, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, located at 1841 Argyle Street, Halifax, in the Council Chambers. View the staff report.