Development of Former NS Home for Colored Children: An Application by Akoma Holdings Incorporated

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Akoma Holdings Inc. wishes to develop the former Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children (NSHCC) property located along Highway 7 in Westphal to enable a mix of housing, economic and recreational opportunities for the community. Akoma Holding’s immediate focus is renovating the former NSHCC at 18 Wilfred Jackson Way to include a seniors gym, café, salon focused on clients of African descent, and offices, and enabling a seniors housing project adjacent to the former Home. The current zoning of the property does not allow for the proposed uses, so Akoma Holdings is going through a planning process to change the policies and zoning applicable to the NSHCC site.

The file reference number for this application is Case 21875.




Current Status: A Report is Proceeding to Regional Council for their consideration. A virtual public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Staff have completed a report with proposed changes to the planning documents to allow development of a portion of the former Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children property toward Highway 7 and near Giberson Drive. View this report. On Thursday, March 25, 2021, Harbour East Marine Drive Community Council recommended that Regional Council give the application First Reading, schedule a public hearing and approve the proposed changes to the planning documents for Case 21875. Citizens are invited to participate in a public hearing to share their feedback on the proposal before Regional Council decides to approve or refuse the proposal. A virtual public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. See below for details on how to participate in the virtual public hearing.

Proposal Details

Akoma Holdings has submitted to HRM plans and documents in support of their proposal. Akoma Holding’s proposal is being considered through two planning projects, each of which require a decision of Regional Council: (1) Case 21875 focuses on Akoma’s immediate development goals including reuse of the former Home, seniors housing and other uses within a portion of the site along Highway 7 and adjacent to Giberson Drive; and (2) Case 22257 is the second review of the Regional Plan which will consider development of the remaining lands. The first report heading to proceeding to Regional Council for their approval or refusal is for Case 21875.

Virtual Public Meeting

An online public information meeting was held on October 21, 2020. At this meeting, municipal planning staff and Akoma Holdings Inc. presented information about the proposal and answered questions from the public. View the video recording of this meeting. A summary of the meeting minutes including responses to most of the questions asked during the meeting is also available.

Municipal planning staff received guidance and advice from the HRM African Nova Scotian Affairs and Integration Office (ANSAIO), African Nova Scotian Affairs Provincial Department (ANSA), Akoma Board, Victims of Institutionalized Child Exploitation Society (VOICES), Nova Scotia Decade for People of African Descent (NSDPAD), and African United Baptist Association of Nova Scotia (AUBA) in an effort to develop an inclusive public engagement program for Akoma Holdings’ proposal. Due to Covid-19 and social distancing requirements, staff may collect feedback online or by phone.

Please note that the role of VOICES, NSDPAD, the Akoma Board and the AUBA in the planning process is to help staff share information with the public. The assistance received by these four community groups does not equate their support for the development proposal itself. These groups have not all been part of developing the plans for the subject property. The plans have been submitted by the applicant, Akoma Holdings Incorporated.

Public Hearing

Before a decision is made on Akoma’s proposal, there will be another opportunity for the public to provide feedback directly to Regional Council at a public hearing. A public hearing is the final step in the process where Regional Council will make the decision on whether to approve or refuse the proposal. A virtual public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. At this meeting, all members of the public can speak directly to these decision makers prior to their debate and decision. Updates on the status of the application in the planning process will be posted to this website.

This meeting will occur in a virtual setting and attending in person is not possible. The virtual public hearing will be webcast and may be viewed online.

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, written submissions are welcomed and encouraged in advanced of the hearing itself. These submissions are distributed to all Councillors and considered at the time of their decision. Written submissions may be forwarded to the Municipal Clerk by e-mail; by fax, 902-490-4208; or by mail, P.O. Box 1749, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3A5. Written submissions must be received by the Municipal Clerk’s office as early as possible and not later than 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Please allow sufficient time for delivery given slower than typical mail delivery times during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Individuals seeking to speak at the hearing may contact the Municipal Clerk’s office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 3, 2021 to be added to the speakers list to speak by telephone. We encourage all residents who have any desire to speak at the meeting to ask to have their name added to the list. Individuals who do not want to speak at a later time may ask to have their name removed from the speakers list.

To be placed on the speakers list:
• Send an email; or
• Call and leave a voicemail at 902.490.4210; or
• Send a fax to the clerk at 902.490.4208.


In your message, please include the meeting body, the planning Case number (Case 21875) or civic address, in addition to your name, community of residence, email address, and telephone number. Should you have questions about the process of the virtual public hearing, please contact the Municipal Clerks Office or call 902.490.4210.

Have additional questions or feedback on the proposal?

• Contact the municipal planner guiding Akoma’s application through the planning process, Stephanie Salloum, at sallous@halifax.ca or 902-476-2792.

Ask a question or post a comment to the online public forum at the bottom of this page. Staff will check this forum regularly.

Akoma Holdings Inc. wishes to develop the former Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children (NSHCC) property located along Highway 7 in Westphal to enable a mix of housing, economic and recreational opportunities for the community. Akoma Holding’s immediate focus is renovating the former NSHCC at 18 Wilfred Jackson Way to include a seniors gym, café, salon focused on clients of African descent, and offices, and enabling a seniors housing project adjacent to the former Home. The current zoning of the property does not allow for the proposed uses, so Akoma Holdings is going through a planning process to change the policies and zoning applicable to the NSHCC site.

The file reference number for this application is Case 21875.




Current Status: A Report is Proceeding to Regional Council for their consideration. A virtual public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Staff have completed a report with proposed changes to the planning documents to allow development of a portion of the former Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children property toward Highway 7 and near Giberson Drive. View this report. On Thursday, March 25, 2021, Harbour East Marine Drive Community Council recommended that Regional Council give the application First Reading, schedule a public hearing and approve the proposed changes to the planning documents for Case 21875. Citizens are invited to participate in a public hearing to share their feedback on the proposal before Regional Council decides to approve or refuse the proposal. A virtual public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. See below for details on how to participate in the virtual public hearing.

Proposal Details

Akoma Holdings has submitted to HRM plans and documents in support of their proposal. Akoma Holding’s proposal is being considered through two planning projects, each of which require a decision of Regional Council: (1) Case 21875 focuses on Akoma’s immediate development goals including reuse of the former Home, seniors housing and other uses within a portion of the site along Highway 7 and adjacent to Giberson Drive; and (2) Case 22257 is the second review of the Regional Plan which will consider development of the remaining lands. The first report heading to proceeding to Regional Council for their approval or refusal is for Case 21875.

Virtual Public Meeting

An online public information meeting was held on October 21, 2020. At this meeting, municipal planning staff and Akoma Holdings Inc. presented information about the proposal and answered questions from the public. View the video recording of this meeting. A summary of the meeting minutes including responses to most of the questions asked during the meeting is also available.

Municipal planning staff received guidance and advice from the HRM African Nova Scotian Affairs and Integration Office (ANSAIO), African Nova Scotian Affairs Provincial Department (ANSA), Akoma Board, Victims of Institutionalized Child Exploitation Society (VOICES), Nova Scotia Decade for People of African Descent (NSDPAD), and African United Baptist Association of Nova Scotia (AUBA) in an effort to develop an inclusive public engagement program for Akoma Holdings’ proposal. Due to Covid-19 and social distancing requirements, staff may collect feedback online or by phone.

Please note that the role of VOICES, NSDPAD, the Akoma Board and the AUBA in the planning process is to help staff share information with the public. The assistance received by these four community groups does not equate their support for the development proposal itself. These groups have not all been part of developing the plans for the subject property. The plans have been submitted by the applicant, Akoma Holdings Incorporated.

Public Hearing

Before a decision is made on Akoma’s proposal, there will be another opportunity for the public to provide feedback directly to Regional Council at a public hearing. A public hearing is the final step in the process where Regional Council will make the decision on whether to approve or refuse the proposal. A virtual public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. At this meeting, all members of the public can speak directly to these decision makers prior to their debate and decision. Updates on the status of the application in the planning process will be posted to this website.

This meeting will occur in a virtual setting and attending in person is not possible. The virtual public hearing will be webcast and may be viewed online.

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, written submissions are welcomed and encouraged in advanced of the hearing itself. These submissions are distributed to all Councillors and considered at the time of their decision. Written submissions may be forwarded to the Municipal Clerk by e-mail; by fax, 902-490-4208; or by mail, P.O. Box 1749, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3A5. Written submissions must be received by the Municipal Clerk’s office as early as possible and not later than 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Please allow sufficient time for delivery given slower than typical mail delivery times during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Individuals seeking to speak at the hearing may contact the Municipal Clerk’s office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 3, 2021 to be added to the speakers list to speak by telephone. We encourage all residents who have any desire to speak at the meeting to ask to have their name added to the list. Individuals who do not want to speak at a later time may ask to have their name removed from the speakers list.

To be placed on the speakers list:
• Send an email; or
• Call and leave a voicemail at 902.490.4210; or
• Send a fax to the clerk at 902.490.4208.


In your message, please include the meeting body, the planning Case number (Case 21875) or civic address, in addition to your name, community of residence, email address, and telephone number. Should you have questions about the process of the virtual public hearing, please contact the Municipal Clerks Office or call 902.490.4210.

Have additional questions or feedback on the proposal?

• Contact the municipal planner guiding Akoma’s application through the planning process, Stephanie Salloum, at sallous@halifax.ca or 902-476-2792.

Ask a question or post a comment to the online public forum at the bottom of this page. Staff will check this forum regularly.

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