Time: 1:00 p.m., Reconvene 6:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual Meeting
1. CALL TO ORDER
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – January 26, 2021
3. APPROVAL OF THE ORDER OF BUSINESS
4. CONSENT AGENDA*
That Halifax Regional Council approve the following items: 11.1.3, 11.1.4 and 11.2.1
5. CALL FOR DECLARATION OF CONFLICT OF INTERESTS
6. MOTIONS OF RESCISSION – NONE
7. CONSIDERATION OF DEFERRED BUSINESS - NONE
8. PUBLIC HEARING – 6:00 p.m.
8.1 Case 23285 – Regional Municipal Planning Strategy and Land Use By-law Amendments for 5853 College Street, Halifax [PDF]
- Staff Presentation
- Applicant Presentation
That Halifax Regional Council adopt the proposed amendments to the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy (RMPS) and Land Use By-law (LUB) for Halifax Peninsula, as set out in Attachment A and Revised Attachment B of the staff report dated December 18, 2020, to allow the development of an emergency shelter, shared housing use, multiple unit residential use and community facility use at 5853 College Street, Halifax.
9. CORRESPONDENCE, PETITIONS & DELEGATIONS
10. INFORMATION ITEMS BROUGHT FORWARD - NONE
11.1 CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
11.1.1 Direction to Amend By-law S-801, Respecting Licensing of Temporary Signs and Administrative Order 15, Respecting License, Permit and Processing Fees – Supplementary Report [PDF]
- Staff Presentation
That Halifax Regional Council amend the deferred motion of March 26, 2019 to direct that the Chief Administrative Officer draft amendments for Council’s consideration to By-law S-801, Respecting Licensing of Temporary Signs and Administrative Order 15, License, Permits and Processing Fees, as identified in Attachment A to the supplementary report dated January 5, 2021.
11.1.2 Halifax's Mobility Response Plan (Covid-19) Overview and Next Steps [PDF]
That Halifax Regional Council direct the Chief Administrative Officer to develop an implementation plan for continuing the Mobility Response Plan as outlined in the staff report dated January 20, 2021.
11.1.3 Administrative Order 2014-001-ADM, Respecting Tax Relief to Non-Profit Organizations – Registered Municipal Heritage Property* [PDF]
That Halifax Regional Council continue to support the preservation of registered heritage properties through the provision of project-specific cash grants.
11.1.4 Ratification of Councillor Nominations from Standing Committees* [PDF]
That Halifax Regional Council adopt the recommendations of the Executive Standing Committee regarding Councillor Appointments and proceed to appoint:
1.Councillor Iona Stoddard to the Women’s Advisory Committee for a term to November 2022; and
2.Councillors Paul Russell and Cathy Deagle-Gammon to the Accessibility Advisory Committee for a term to November 2022.
11.2 AUDIT AND FINANCE STANDING COMMITTEE
11.2.1 Cathedral Lane Sewer Separation – Budget Increase* [PDF]
That Halifax Regional Council:
1. Authorize a budget increase of $375,000 to Capital Project No. CT200009 – Wastewater Oversizing; and
2. Authorize an unbudgeted reserve withdrawal of $375,000 from Q421 – General Contingency Reserve.
11.3 MEMBERS OF COUNCIL
11.3.1 Councillor Lovelace – Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Regional Wilderness Park [PDF]
That Halifax Regional Council request a staff report to:
1. Reaffirm council’s commitment to the BMBCL (Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes) park
2. Acknowledge the new NSNT (Nova Scotia Nature Trust) connector as now formally part of the park
3. Confirm the correct name of the park to Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Regional Wilderness Park.
12.1 Councillor Russell
That Halifax Regional Council request a staff report for presentation to Council by September 2021, that defines what a "small business" is for the purpose of taxation, and includes such factors as:
• A cross-jurisdictional scan of similar municipalities across Canada
• Home-operated businesses
• Businesses that own their own property
• Tenant businesses that are in a leased space
• The number of employees and
• Gross revenue or income
This definition should focus on those businesses that pay property tax and should recognize that some small businesses, such as tenant businesses operating in a leased space, may not fit under this definition.
12.2 Councillor Cleary [PDF]
That Halifax Regional Council request a staff report on developing a plan to restore and preserve Sir Sandford Fleming Cottage, a registered heritage property owned by the municipality and situated in Sir Sandford Fleming Park.
13. 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:
13.1 PERSONNEL MATTER - Private and Confidential Report
A matter pertaining to an identifiable individual or group.
13.2 PERSONNEL MATTER - Private and Confidential Report
Citizen and Councillor appointments to boards and committees in keeping with the Public Appointment Policy adopted by Regional Council in August 2011, to be found at https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/boards-committees-commissions/volunteer-boards-committees/public-appointment-policy
That Halifax Regional Council:
1. Adopt the recommendations as outlined in the private and confidential staff report dated January 28, 2021; and
2. Direct the report dated January 28, 2021 be maintained private and confidential.
14. ADDED ITEMS
14.1 Councillor Hendsbee - Request for Letter – Proposed Eastern Shore School Location [PDF]
That Halifax Regional Council request that the Mayor send a letter to the Minister of Education on behalf of Halifax Regional Council to reconsider the proposed location of the new consolidated Junior High/High School for the Eastern Shore and to further consult with HRM and the public on other potential location(s) that better align with HRM’s objective to plan and build healthy, livable and sustainable communities.
14.2 Councillor Mason - Request by Shelter NS regarding 2190 Barrington Street, Halifax [PDF]
That Halifax Regional Council request a staff report regarding:
a) Potential contribution through sale or long-term lease to Shelter NS of the lands at 2190 Barrington Street (PID 40831125) to allow for the development of a mixed-use community service centre, emergency shelter and affordable housing development, and;
b) Initiating a comprehensive master plan for the block of Cornwallis and Barrington Street between Cunard Tower and Cornwallis Street and considering a contribution of up to $50,000 to Shelter Nova Scotia as per their letter dated January 25, 2021.
15. NOTICES OF MOTION
February 9, 2021
1. Proclamation – United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week – February 1-7, 2021 [PDF]
2. Memorandum from the Municipal Clerk dated February 1, 2021 re: Request for Presentation to Council [PDF]
3. Proclamation – International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation – February 6, 2021 [PDF]
4. Memorandum from the Executive Director of Corporate and Customer Services dated January 6, 2021 re: Management of Surplus Buildings and Land, April 1, 2020 – September 30, 2020 (6 months) [PDF]
5. Memorandum from the Chair of Audit and Finance Standing Committee dated January 26, 2021 re: Investment Activities Financial Reports [PDF]