LAST UPDATED: July 30, 2021
Conveyance of Road Responsibilities from NSTAT to HRM
The Conveyance of Road Responsibilities from NSTAT to HRM staff report was brought to Regional Council on July 20, 2021. On June 1, 2022, the municipality will acquire additional road networks in two areas of the municipality.
Area 1, as listed in Attachment D and generally defined on the map in Attachment E of the report, includes roads within Boutiliers Point, Ingramport, Head of St Margarets Bay, Lewis Lake, Hubley and Upper Tantallon).
Area 4, as listed in Attachment F and generally defined on the map in Attachment G of the report, includes roads within East Preston, Lake Echo, Mineville, and the Western areas of Lawrencetown.
There will be no disruption in services to residents throughout the transfer of road and service responsibilities.
Staff have commenced the necessary operations and budget planning to prepare for the transfer of roads. This work will be brought forward for Regional Council’s consideration as part of the annual business plan and budget deliberations for 2022/ 23.
Through the Municipal Reform (1994) Act, SNS 1994-95, c 7, a Road Transfer Agreement (HRM-01) was signed in 1996.
On Nov. 29, 2019, the Minister of NSTIR (now NSTAT) provided the Halifax Regional Municipality with notice of the province’s intent to transfer approximately 300 lane kilometers of roads to the municipality by April 21, 2021.
As per Regional Council direction, a letter was sent form the Mayor to the Minister of NSTIR, requesting a deferral until at least June 1, 2022 (see attachment B in the staff report), to allow more time for both provincial and municipal staff to prepare for a seamless service transfer. On Sept. 15, 2020 the municipality received a letter from the Minister of NSTIR granting the deferral of the road transfer until June 1, 2022.
As outlined in HRM-01, every three years a review will occur related to expanding the municipal Urban Service Boundary, which results in the municipality taking over the maintenance of infrastructure inside this expansion boundary if an area meets the identified criteria as listed in the agreement.
This web page will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.
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From the July 20, 2021 Regional Council, the relevant motions for the road transfer include:
That Halifax Regional Council:
1. Direct the Chief Administrative Officer to continue preparations to receive the transfer of provincial roads, effective June 1, 2022, within:
(a) Area 1 as listed in Attachment D and generally defined on the map in Attachment E of the staff report dated July 15, 2021;
(b) Area 4 as listed in Attachment F and generally defined on the map in Attachment G of the staff report dated July 15, 2021;
2. Request that Halifax Water provide stormwater services to the landowners within the boundaries identified in Recommendation 1; and,
3. Approve the key terms set forth in Attachment H of the staff report dated July 15, 2021 as terms and conditions that the Chief Administrative Officer will seek to have included in a renegotiated and updated HRM-01 agreement; and such renegotiated and updated HRM-01 agreement is to govern the June 1, 2022, and future, transfer of roadways.