December 14, 2021 Halifax Regional Council

Date:

Time: Immediately following Budget Committee; Reconvene 6:00 p.m.

Location: Council Chamber, 1841 Argyle Street, Halifax

Agenda

 

 REVISED

1. CALL TO ORDER

2. SPECIAL COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – NONE

4. APPROVAL OF THE ORDER OF BUSINESS AND APPROVAL OF ADDITIONS AND DELETIONS

5. CONSENT AGENDA*
Motion:

That Halifax Regional Council approve recommendations in the following items: 15.1.3, 15.2.1 and 15.4.1

6. BUSINESS ARISING OUT OF THE MINUTES
7. CALL FOR DECLARATION OF CONFLICT OF INTERESTS
8. MOTIONS OF RECONSIDERATION – NONE
9. MOTIONS OF RESCISSION – NONE
10. CONSIDERATION OF DEFERRED BUSINESS – NONE
11. NOTICES OF TABLED MATTERS – NONE

12. HEARINGS

HERITAGE HEARING – 1:00 p.m.

12.1 Case H00515 - Request to Include 1262 Bedford Highway, Bedford in the Registry of Heritage Property for the Halifax Regional Municipality
 - Report [Large 31 Mb PDF]
 - Presentation [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council approve the request to include 1262 Bedford Highway, Bedford in the Registry of Heritage Property for the Halifax Regional Municipality as shown on Map 1 of the September 10, 2021 staff report, as a municipal heritage property under the Heritage Property Act.

PUBLIC HEARING – 6:00 p.m.

12.2 Case 20401 - Updating the Planning Documents for Bedford West Sub Area 10, Kearney Lake Road, Bedford and Halifax
i) Halifax and West Community Council report dated November 16, 2021 [PDF]
ii) North West Community Council report dated November 17, 2021 [PDF]
iii) Staff report dated October 25, 2021 [Large 10Mb PDF]
 - Staff Presentation [PDF]
 - Applicant Presentation [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council adopt the proposed amendments to the: 

1. Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy and Halifax Mainland Land Use By-law as set out in Attachments A and B of the staff report dated October 25, 2021; and 

2. Municipal Planning Strategy for Bedford as set out in Attachment C of the staff report dated October 25, 2021, 

to enable development of Bedford West Sub Area 10, Kearney Lake Road.

12.3 Case 23856 – Regional Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law Amendments for Property Along Highway 207, West Chezzetcook
 - Report [PDF]
 - Presentation [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council adopt the proposed amendments to the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy (RMPS) and Land Use By-law (LUB) for Planning Districts 8 and 9, as set out in Attachments A and B of the staff report dated October 25, 2021, to allow the development of a shared housing use and multiple unit residential building that exceeds current density requirements for PID 40302507 along Highway 207 in West Chezzetcook.

13. CORRESPONDENCE, PETITIONS & DELEGATIONS
13.1 Correspondence 
13.2 Petitions
13.3 Presentations

14. INFORMATION ITEMS BROUGHT FORWARD - NONE

15. REPORTS
15.1 CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

15.1.1 Case H00498 – Second Reading Proposed By-law H-204, Amending By-law H-200, Respecting the Establishment of a Heritage Advisory Committee and a Civic Registry of Heritage Property - Revise Heritage Impact Statement Requirements [PDF]
Motion: 
That Halifax Regional Council adopt proposed By-law H-204, amending By-law H-200, the Heritage Property By-law, as set out in Attachment B of the August 24, 2021 staff report.

15.1.2 Second Reading Proposed By-law U-110, Amending By-law U-100, Respecting User Charges - Discounted Bulk Transit Fares [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council adopt proposed By-law U-110, amending Schedule 1 of By-law U-100, the User Charges By-law, as set out in Attachment 3 of the Transportation Standing Committee report dated October 28, 2021.

15.1.3 Increase to Request for Quotation 21-407, Snow and Ice Control - Multiple Sites* [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council approve an increase to the Request for Quotation 21-407, Snow and Ice Control - Multiple Sites, for a five-year total price of $221,610, net HST included, with funding from Halifax Transit cost centre R683, as outlined in the Financial Implications section of the staff report dated December 1, 2021.

15.1.4 Small Business Definition and Commercial Taxation Options [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council direct the Chief Administrative Officer to:

1. Draft an administrative order to implement the Tiered Tax Relief for Small Properties (Option 2), as described in the Discussion section of the staff report dated November 16, 2021, effective with the commencement of the 2023/24 fiscal year, and return to Council with the resulting draft for its consideration; and,

2. Review the program following the 2023 final tax bill and report back to Council.

15.1.5 2022 Municipal Polling District Boundary Review [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council:

1. Conduct the 2022 District Boundary Review in two (2) phases: Phase I to determine the size of Council and its governance structure, and Phase II to set the specific district boundaries.

2. Designate the Executive Standing Committee (ESC) to undertake Phase I of the District Boundary Review and bring forward a recommendation to Regional Council on or before May 31, 2022, with regard to the number of Municipal Polling Districts appropriate to regional decision making, including a Community Council governance structure for the HRM; and

3. Direct the Chief Administrative Officer to return to Council with an Administrative Order before the end of February 2022 for its consideration to establish a committee of experts to conduct Phase II of the District Boundary Review in accordance with the discussion section of the staff report dated November 2, 2021 as follows:

a. the composition of the committee is to be as set out in the discussion section of the staff report dated November 2, 2021 and appointed by Regional Council, through Executive Standing Committee, in accordance with the Public Appointment Policy;

b. the committee is to report through Executive Standing Committee to Regional Council;

c. the committee is to be supported by appropriate staff resources and expertise;

d. members of the committee are to be given an honorarium as set out in the Administrative Order;

e. the committee’s mandate is to include:

i. develop and undertake the public consultation necessary to ensure appropriate public input and consultation on the matter; and

ii. ensure that the boundaries are set in accordance with the legislative requirements and the guidance established by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board; and

f. the final report of the committee is to be submitted to the Executive Standing Committee to Regional Council no later than November 22, 2022.

15.1.6 Case 23472 – Master Planning Process for the West End Mall Future Growth Node, Halifax [PDF]
Motion: 
That Halifax Regional Council direct the Chief Administrative Officer to:

1. Initiate a master planning process to consider amendments to the Regional Centre Secondary Municipal Planning Strategy and other applicable planning documents for the West End Mall Future Growth Node, subject to a master plan and policy that:

•    Provides an appropriate location for a new Mumford Transit Terminal; 

•    Permits an appropriate mix of building types including mid-rise and high-rise buildings;
 
•    Provides land for new, well-designed park spaces in sizes that reflect the densities being requested; 

•    Implements a public street and active transportation network which maximizes connectivity to and through the property while prioritizing pedestrians; and

•    Considers and recommends new public infrastructure needed to support redevelopment and considers a program to collect some or all capital costs of new or expanded infrastructure. 

2. Follow the public participation program outlined in Attachment B of the staff report dated October 15, 2021.

15.1.7 Award – 21-127 Request for Quotation Two (2) New Custom 500g Rescue Pumpers [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council award tender 21-127 for the purchase of two (2) new custom 500g rescue pumpers to Carl Thibault for $1,637,438 (net HST included) with funding from Project Account No. CE200002 - Fire Apparatus Replacement, as outlined in the Financial Implications section of the staff report dated December 6, 2021.

15.1.8 Crisis Accommodation Funding Request
 This item was deleted from the agenda. 

15.1.9 Case 22257 – Regional Plan Review – Themes and Directions What We Heard [Large 70Mb PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council:

1. Suspend Schedule 3 (Community Planning and Economic Development Standing Committee Terms of Reference) of Administrative Order One, the Procedures of Council Administrative Order;

2. Adopt the amendments in Attachment F of the staff report dated December 7, 2021 and direct the Chief Administrative Officer to follow the revised Public Participation Program for the Regional Plan Review as generally set out in Attachment A of the staff report dated December 7, 2021 and as outlined in the Community Engagement section of the staff report dated December 7, 2021 report; and

3. Direct the Chief Administrative Officer to follow the revised work plan schedule as generally outlined in Attachment B – Regional Plan Work Plan of the staff report dated December 7, 2021 and Attachment C – Site-Specific Requests of the staff report dated December 7, 2021.

15.1.10 Winter Snow and Ice Control, Exercising of Contractually Defined Options [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council delegate authority to the Executive Director of Transportation and Public Works to exercise any contractually defined options, including option years, for each of the following contracts: 

1. 17-052 Winter Streets and Roads, Winter Sidewalk, Walkways, and Trails- Snow and Ice Control- PB#- Zone 2- Sackville, Beaver Bank, Fall River, Windsor Junction, and Surrounding Areas; 

2. 19-025 WSZ3 Winter Streets and Roads Winter Sidewalk, Walkways & Trails- Snow & Ice Control- Bedford and Hammonds Plains Area; 

3. 19-042 Winter Sidewalks, Walkways & Trails- Snow & Ice Control- Zone SWZ6B- Halifax Peninsula North; and 

4. 19-043 Winter Sidewalks, Walkways & Trails- Snow & Ice Control-Zone SWZ7- Halifax Clayton Park, Fairview Area. 
 

15.2 EXECUTIVE STANDING COMMITTEE & DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE
15.2.1 Proposed Amendments to the Design Review Committee Terms of Reference - Section 4 of the Downtown Halifax Land Use Bylaw*
i) Executive Standing Committee report dated December 6, 2021 [PDF]
ii) Design Review Committee report dated December 3, 2021 [PDF]
iii) Staff report dated October 19, 2021 [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council give First Reading to consider the amendments to the Land Use By-law for Downtown Halifax as set out in Attachment 2 of the staff report dated October 19, 2021 and schedule a public hearing. 

15.3 TRANSPORTATION STANDING COMMITTEE
15.3.1 Proposed Administrative Order 2021-005-OP, Respecting Traffic Calming - Replacement of Administrative Order 2015-004-OP, Respecting Traffic Calming
 - Report [PDF]
 - Presentation [PDF] 
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council adopt Administrative Order #2021-005-OP Respecting Traffic Calming, including repealing Administrative Order 2015-004-OP Respecting Traffic Calming, as set out at Attachment 1 of the staff report dated November 17, 2021.

15.4 HERITAGE ADVISORY COMMITTEE & DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE
15.4.1 Case H00520 – Amendment to the Bonus Zoning Provisions for Heritage Buildings within the Downtown Halifax Land Use By-law*
i) Heritage Advisory Committee report dated November 12, 2021 [PDF]
ii) Design Review Committee report dated December 3, 2021 [PDF]
iii) Staff report dated October 28, 2021 [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council give First Reading to consider an amendment to the Land Use By-law for Downtown Halifax as contained in Attachment A of the October 28, 2021 staff report and schedule a public hearing.

16. MOTIONS

17. IN CAMERA (IN PRIVATE)
Council may rise and go into a private In Camera session, in accordance with Section 19 of the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter, for the purpose of dealing with the following:

17.1 In Camera (In Private) Minutes – November 9 and 23, 2021
Motion: 
That the In Camera (In Private) minutes of November 9 and 23, 2021 be approved as circulated.
 
17.2 PERSONNEL MATTER - Private and Confidential Report
A matter pertaining to an identifiable individual or group.
Motion: 
That Halifax Regional Council:

1. Adopt the recommendations as outlined in the private and confidential report dated December 6, 2021; and
 
2. Direct that the private and confidential report dated December 6, 2021 be maintained private and confidential.

17.3 PERSONNEL MATTER - Private and Confidential Report
A matter pertaining to an identifiable individual or group.
Motion: 
That Halifax Regional Council:

1. Adopt the recommendations as outlined in the private and confidential report dated December 6, 2021; and
 
2. Direct that the private and confidential report dated December 6, 2021 be maintained private and confidential.


18. ADDED ITEMS

Deletions:

15.1.8 Crisis Accommodation Funding Request 

Additions:

18.1 Councillor Nominations to Halifax Regional Library Board and Indigenous Community Liaison [PDF]
Motion:
That Halifax Regional Council:

1. Appoint Councillor Morse to the Halifax Regional Library Board for a term to November 2022 as outlined in the discussion section of the staff report dated December 9, 2021 (Attachment A of the Executive Standing Committee report dated December 13, 2021); and

2. Appoint Councillor Mason as the Indigenous Community Liaison for a term to November 2022 as outlined in the discussion section of the staff report dated December 9, 2021 ((Attachment A of the Executive Standing Committee report dated December 13, 2021).

17. IN CAMERA (IN PRIVATE)
 
Council may rise and go into a private In Camera session, in accordance with Section 19 of the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter, for the purpose of dealing with the following:

17.4 PERSONNEL MATTER - Private and Confidential Report
A matter pertaining to an identifiable individual or group.
Motion: 
That Halifax Regional Council:

1. Adopt the recommendations as outlined in the private and confidential report dated December 13, 2021; and
 
2. Direct that the private and confidential report dated December 13, 2021 be maintained private and confidential.

17.5 LABOUR RELATIONS - Private and Confidential Report
A matter pertaining to reports, advice and recommendations, instruction or direction to officers and employees of the Municipality concerning labour relations and employee negotiations arising out of the contract or contract negotiations with one of the Municipalities unions. 
Motion: 
That Halifax Regional Council:

1. Adopt the recommendations as outlined in the private and confidential staff report dated December 13, 2021; and 

2. Direct that the private and confidential staff report dated December 13, 2021 be maintained private and confidential.


19. NOTICES OF MOTION

20. ADJOURNMENT

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INFORMATION ITEMS
December 14, 2021

1. Memorandum from the Municipal Clerk dated December 6, 2021 re: Request for Presentation to Council - None [PDF]

2. Memorandum from the Acting Chief Administrative Officer dated November 26, 2021 re: Infrastructure Charges Report Update  [PDF]

3. Memorandum from the Acting Chief Administrative Officer dated December 10, 2021 re: Emergency Supportive Housing and Shelter Accommodation Update – December 2021 [PDF]