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

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Akoma Holdings Inc. wishes to develop the former Nova Scotia Home for Coloured 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: Public Engagement - We want to hear from you!

Municipal staff will be hosting an online public information meeting on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Please follow these instructions, which include the link to join the meeting, if you wish to participate in the meeting. For those who signed up in advance to speak at the meeting, please follow these presentation slides instead of viewing the presentations on the webcast.

How to Get Involved

Municipal planning staff would like to hear your feedback on Akoma’s proposal. Your participation is important to us. We encourage all members of the public to participate, including youth and elders.

Special thanks to the 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) as well as the African Nova Scotian Affairs Provincial Department (ANSA) and HRM Office of Diversity and Inclusion/African Nova Scotian Affairs and Integration Office (ANSAIO) for their guidance and advice in developing an inclusive public engagement program for Akoma Holding's proposal.

Due to COVID-19 protocols the original engagement program has been modified to gather feedback online and/or by phone. Comments, questions and feedback can be provided by any of the following ways up until November 25, 2020:

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. At this meeting, all members of the public can speak directly to these decision makers prior to their debate and decision. No public hearing has been scheduled yet. Updates on the status of the application in the planning process will be posted to this website.

Proposal Details

Akoma Holdings has submitted to HRM these plans and documents in support of their proposal. The following table summarizes what is being proposed in each phase of the development. 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 Phases 1-4; and (2) Case 22257 is the second review of the Regional Plan which will consider Phases 5-7 and the Open Space Area. Staff are currently focused on collecting public feedback for Phases 1-4.








Akoma Holdings Inc. wishes to develop the former Nova Scotia Home for Coloured 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: Public Engagement - We want to hear from you!

Municipal staff will be hosting an online public information meeting on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Please follow these instructions, which include the link to join the meeting, if you wish to participate in the meeting. For those who signed up in advance to speak at the meeting, please follow these presentation slides instead of viewing the presentations on the webcast.

How to Get Involved

Municipal planning staff would like to hear your feedback on Akoma’s proposal. Your participation is important to us. We encourage all members of the public to participate, including youth and elders.

Special thanks to the 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) as well as the African Nova Scotian Affairs Provincial Department (ANSA) and HRM Office of Diversity and Inclusion/African Nova Scotian Affairs and Integration Office (ANSAIO) for their guidance and advice in developing an inclusive public engagement program for Akoma Holding's proposal.

Due to COVID-19 protocols the original engagement program has been modified to gather feedback online and/or by phone. Comments, questions and feedback can be provided by any of the following ways up until November 25, 2020:

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. At this meeting, all members of the public can speak directly to these decision makers prior to their debate and decision. No public hearing has been scheduled yet. Updates on the status of the application in the planning process will be posted to this website.

Proposal Details

Akoma Holdings has submitted to HRM these plans and documents in support of their proposal. The following table summarizes what is being proposed in each phase of the development. 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 Phases 1-4; and (2) Case 22257 is the second review of the Regional Plan which will consider Phases 5-7 and the Open Space Area. Staff are currently focused on collecting public feedback for Phases 1-4.