PLANAPP 2023-00408 - Mainland Common Development, Washmill Lake Drive and Regency Park Drive, Halifax



A request by WM Fares Architects, on behalf of the property owner, to allow a mixed-use development consisting of residential and commercial uses on a site located near the Mainland Common area in Clayton Park (PIDs 41477720, 40550774, and 00330845).


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The applicant wishes to develop a mixed-use, multi-lot subdivision.   The major aspects of the proposal are as follows:

•    The extension of Regency Park Drive to Washmill Lake Drive
•    A total of 18 multiple unit buildings ranging in height from 12 to 28 storeys 
•    ~3,510 residential units inclusive of townhouse style and apartment units
•    ~ 155,665 square feet of commercial space located along the Regency Park Drive extension
•    Municipal parkland and trail systems that connect the development to existing trails within the area, such as the Geizer Hill Trail
•    Landscaped open space and amenity spaces throughout the development.

The Development Plans (provided below) outline the development proposal in detail, and include information related to proposed building size and massing, parking locations, driveway access, and landscaping, park, and open space.

Lands within the Schedule ‘K’ zone are to be developed as a Comprehensive Development District through a two-stage development agreement process. The Stage I development agreement regulates high level matters such as land use, residential densities, parking requirements, parkland dedication and road networks.  The Stage II development agreement regulates detailed matters such as residential unit types and locations, architectural building designs, and parking layouts. The applicant is requesting both the Stage I and Stage II development agreements under this application.


The application will be considered under the Substantive Amendment to Development Agreement Process.


The public consultation stage has ended. Thank you to those that completed the on-line survey and provided comments. Please review the public engagement report for a summary.  Staff are now conducting a detailed review of the proposal with all information received through public consultation. The Shape Your City page will remain up until a decision is made by Community Council. 

Documents Submitted for Evaluation

The applicant has submitted plans and studies required by HRM staff to properly evaluate the application. The documents are also available for review at the Planning Applications office in Downtown Dartmouth.

•    Application letter
•    3D Perspective
•    Downstream Analysis Review
•    Servicing Schematic
•    Pump Station Report
•    Traffic Impact Study
•    Site Plan
•    Connectivity Plans

Contact Information

For further information, please contact:

Dean MacDougall

Planner III

Current Planning

Telephone: 902.240.7085

Mailing Address

HRM Planning and Development

Development Services

PO Box: 1749,


Nova Scotia,

B3J 3A5

Attention: Dean MacDougall