PLANAPP 2024-00160 - Karen Drive, Westphal



Application by Affirmative Ventures Association requesting a development agreement to allow the construction of a low-density residential development off Karen Drive, Westphal (PID 40204133).


The applicant wishes to construct a low-density residential development through the shared housing policies (UR-15A and UR-15B) of the Cole Harbour/Westphal Community Plan.  In 2011, site specific amendments to the Community Plan were approved that allow for a residential development on the lands in support of Provincial goals to provide affordable housing (Policy UR-13). Affirmative Ventures Association was granted the land by the Province of Nova Scotia under the Land for Housing Program with the intention of developing the affordable housing units. 

The major aspects of the proposal include:

  • Approx. 30 dwelling units provided in a row-house building form. 
  • A community centre to act as amenity space and accommodate any related support services.  
  • Outdoor amenity/green space and parking for the residents.

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


The application will be considered under the Development Agreement process


Currently this application is at the team review stage of the process where the request is reviewed by internal municipal staff from Development Engineering [including Traffic Services], Building Standards, Civic Addressing, Development Officer [By-laws], Fire Protection Services and Parkland Planning as well as externally by Halifax Water.

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 Halifax. 

Application Letter
Site Plan
Traffic Impact Statement
Stormwater/Drainage Plan

Contact Information

For further information, please contact:

Dean MacDougall

Planner III

Current Planning

Telephone: 902.240.7085

Mailing Address

HRM Planning Applications

PO Box: 1749,


Nova Scotia,

B3J 3A5

Attention: Dean MacDougall