PLANAPP 2023-01535 - 918 South Bland Street, Halifax



Application by the property owner to enter into a development agreement to enable an addition at the rear of the existing dwelling at 918 South Bland Street, which is located within in the Halifax Grain Elevator Special Area.


The applicant wishes to construct an addition to the rear of the existing house. The major aspects of the proposal are as follows:

•    Typically constructing a home addition only requires a building permit and is not required to be advertised to the public. However, this property is located within the Halifax Grain Elevator Special Area in the Regional Centre Plan Area, which applies additional requirements to any residential development. 

•    The Halifax Grain Elevator special area applies to certain properties which are close to the grain elevators located in the south end of the Halifax Peninsula (see Schedule 3F of the Regional Centre Land Use By-law). In general, there are potential public safety risks associated with grain elevator operations. A risk assessment study was requested by Regional Council to determine the extent of any safety risks and the implications on development in the area. 

•    The risk assessment study  has been completed and work to integrate the findings of the report into land use regulations is in progress. As an interim precautionary measure, any new or expanded residential uses within the special area can currently only be permitted through the development agreement process. A development agreement is a legal agreement between a property owner and the Municipality which regulates how a specific property or area can be developed. The development agreement process allows a site-specific review of safety implications related to a proposal and can allow requirements or restrictions to be applied if deemed necessary.


The application will be considered under the process for development agreements.


This application is currently in the public engagement stage. Members of the public are encouraged to contact the assigned Planner at the contact information provided below with any questions or comments regarding this application.

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.

Contact Information

For further information, please contact:

Taylor MacIntosh

Planner II

Current Planning

Telephone: 902.219.0836

Mailing Address

HRM Planning and Development

Planning Applications

PO Box: 1749,


Nova Scotia,

B3J 3A5

Attention: Taylor MacIntosh