Do you have any comments or questions about the proposed guidelines?

over 3 years ago
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When the guidelines are adopted, a Construction Management Plan will be required for all construction, demolition, or renovation projects in which work is expected to occur within 5m of the street or is expected to create an obstruction within the street. This will be part of the development application review and approval process.

It is important to note that all permit applications will be reviewed for their scale and complexity and some may be exempt from certain requirements, subject to the discretion of the Engineer.

Relates to Relates to document: Draft Guidelines - Summary

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  • Inkwell Boutique over 3 years ago
    The document is a good starting point, but in many cases the lacks specifics and details that will make it open to interpretation and difficult to enforce. One example is hoarding; why not include detailed drawings of exactly what should appear around a construction zone.My main issue is with the Notification Requirements. It currently reads, “Notices of closures or planned disruptions to utility services must be delivered at least 24 hours in advance in the case of closures or utility disruptions with an expected duration of 2 days or less, or 5 business days in advance of street closures or utility disruptions with an expected duration of more than two days.”Using this language, a street closure for seven weeks would only require 5 days notice. This is not enough time for a business to adapt to new realities of the environment of their business. Thousands of dollars can be put into promotion of special events, only to have all effort quashed by street closures. I refuse to believe that construction planning doesn’t have more lead time planning to it.I propose that the notification time simply be equal to, or longer than the proposed closure time. A 2 day street closure would require 2 days notice, an 8 day street closure would require 8 days notice, and a 7 week street closure would require 7 weeks advance notice.I appreciate the effort of city councillors and city staff have put into these guidelines, and getting the discussion started on this much needed document. I believe it is one step closer to making Halifax prosperous for businesses, developers, residents, and visitors.
  • Janet Brush over 3 years ago
    Developers should be required to provide pedestrians with safe passage, either via the existing sidewalk, or by constructing a protected walkway in the street. Too often pedestrians are ignored in the process.
  • sdug over 3 years ago
    I'd like to share a few comments about the proposed guidelines:- Traffic Control Plan should include protection for cyclists in addition to pedestrian protection (page 2)- While considering relaxed parking restrictions on nearby streets, the Engineer and Traffic Management should also be able to work with Business Improvement Districts, Councillors and others to put together temporary parking solutions and promotions for medium- and longer-term projects lasting several months (ie free metered parking within a block/two block radius, as an example, during a peak consumer spend period like the holidays). The importance here is flexibilty and cooperation if nearby businesses are suffering financially due to lower consumer traffic because of the construction. (page 2)- With respect to Pedestrian Management, what needs to be considered when looking at encroachment is also this project in relation to any nearby projects. What needs to be avoided is a pedestrian approaching an intersection, and not being able to cross the street - to either side - because both sides of the sidewalk are closed for their respective projects. In addition, mid-block sidewalk closures (without adequate signage at the start of the block or a curb cut at the start of the closure) creates major inaccessibility issues (page 2).- Site protection aesthetics are very important and I'm happy to see hoarding beautification a priority. I encourage you to consider making this mandatory for projects with expected completion timelines of greater than, say, 6 months, etc. I also recommend changing the wording of "b) Sales/Marketing information" to be "b) Sales/Marketing Design" to clarify the intention of visual aesthetics and not simply text, and to add something about enhanced lighting opportunities for the hoarding/fencing system (page 5).- With respect to Project Information and Contacts, I believe that projects should have to make greater effort to alert residents, commuters (pedestrians and cyclists, specifically), and businesses across all media platforms of any changes to their access to sidewalks and bike lanes. HRM could maybe compile this information alongside the list of Active Planning Applications on the website. This would allow residents who believe their walking or cycling commute could be impacted by a new or changing construction site to look it up before leaving their house, rather than stumbling upon the site and only then the notice of the detour way-finding (page 5). Thank you!
  • Themis7 over 3 years ago
    Do the development fees imposed by HRM cover the development site's proportion of the real costs for public services to the area, including policing, fire,sewer, street cleaning, snow removal and road repair? I assume that that the other businesses and residents in the area pay taxes to cover a portion of these public goods.
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    • Admin Commented PlanHRM over 3 years ago
      Development fees and encroachment fees are currently under review as part of a Planning & Development departmental renewal program that is separate from the scope of these guidelines. Generally speaking, the development fees are used to cover such items as HRM Staff time and administrative costs that are necessary to review and issue permits. Police, Fire, Water/Sewer, etc. are items that are covered under the general tax which is collected from the property owners (including the developer and adjacent businesses/residents) in the area.
  • Gayathri over 3 years ago
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  • Bicyclist over 3 years ago
    I think this is pretty impressive, thank you.
  • wdc over 3 years ago
    You have done a good job of drafting the regulations following the principle that pedestrian traffic must be a foremost consideration in the preparation of a Construction Management Plan. The regs should mean a significant improvement over current practice, in some cases. Is there a need to separate the submission requirements for pedestrians according to their abilities, or should the pedestrian requirements be combined into one section, for all ages and abilities?
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    • Admin Commented PlanHRM over 3 years ago
      One of the primary objectives of these guidelines is to ensure that temporary pedestrian detours are safe and accessible for all ages and abilities. The purpose of providing separate sections within the guidelines is to emphasize the key characteristics that must be considered when designing fully accessible routes. The pedestrian management plan that is to be submitted as part of the CMP must account for pedestrians of all ages and abilities.
  • wdc over 3 years ago
    Can you give us an idea of the timeline and process steps between the initial submission of the CMP and the issuance of a permit depending on the complexity and scale of the construction project. For instance, can you provide an estimated timeline and process steps for a project similar to The Doyle on Spring Garden / Brunswick / Doyle / Queen or for a sidewalk replacement project?Thanks.
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    • Admin Commented PlanHRM over 3 years ago
      The CMP will be submitted at the time of the building permit application, and it will be reviewed by HRM Engineering as a part of their review of the building permit application. It is anticipated that the CMP review will not add to the review time of any building permit application.