Municipal Planning Applications

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The health and safety of our communities, our employees and our industry partners are of paramount importance during this ongoing pandemic. Notwithstanding the present challenges to service delivery, we are mindful of the importance of the development industry to the economic health of our community, especially in these unusual circumstances.

Public engagement events required as part of the planning application process have to this point been largely postponed until it is deemed safe to bring the public together in groups larger than five people. For this reason, the municipality's Planning & Development office will ask for feedback through the different Shape Your City engagement tool options on a variety of items that include development agreements, rezoning applications, land use by-law amendments, or municipal planning strategy amendment applications.

Please note: A variety of documents, videos, and engagement opportunities exist for each individual planning application referenced on this page as per the following:

Videos – Where available, can be found on the righthand side of this page PDF Information / Slideshow Presentations – Where available can be found on the righthand side of this page Chat Forums / Surveys – Where available, can be found at the bottom of this page.

We currently have three applications on this page. Please scroll down to view information about these applications.

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CASE 23016: Residential Development at The Links at Brunello Golf Course, Timberlea

Zzap Consulting Incorporated has applied for changes to the planned community at the Links at Brunello in Timberlea. If approved, the changes would:

  • Move the "Golf Course Safety Margin" shown in the existing comprehensive development agreement;
  • Modify some locations approved for residential development; and
  • Change the mix of houses, duplexes and townhouses permitted around holes 1, 2, 9 and 16 of the golf course.

The planned community was permitted through a development agreement originally approved in 2002. It permits a mixed-use golf community including different types of dwellings (apartment buildings, duplexes, townhouses and houses) and commercial uses surrounding the Links at Brunello golf course in Timberlea.

As part of the application review process, Planning staff are sharing information about the application. Halifax and West Community Council will ultimately decide whether to approve or refuse this application based on the policies of the Timberlea / Lakeside / Beechville Municipal Planning Strategy. Before HWCC can consider approving the application, it must hold a Public Hearing. At the Public Hearing, members of the public will have the opportunity to speak to HWCC and provide their feedback on the application.

The subject sites are located in District 12 – Timberlea – Beechville – Clayton Park - Wedgewood.

Please watch the video found on the right-hand side of this page for a narrated presentation on the project provided by municipal planning staff. This presentation outlines the planning process and what Council will consider when evaluating this proposal. Public comments, questions and feedback can be provided by contacting the Municipal Planner guiding this application through the planning process. The Planner on this file is Jamy-Ellen Klenavic, who can be reached at klenavj@halifax.ca or (902) 476-8361.

Please also see additional information on the HRM Case Website.


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Case 23032: 538 Pleasant Street, Dartmouth

EDM Planning Services Ltd. is applying on behalf of the property owner, to rezone 538 Pleasant Street, Dartmouth, from the C-2 (General Business) Zone to the I-2 (General Industrial) Zone to allow a concrete ready-mix facility.

The I-2 Zone would allow a concrete ready-mix facility on the site, subject to meeting the I-2 Zone requirements. Here are the proposal details:

• The site is approximately 6,583 square metres (70,859 square feet) in size.

• An existing building located on the site that fronts along Pleasant Street is proposed to remain, along with an existing driveway entrance and parking lot.

• Industrial structures are proposed in the rear of the lot which include a batch plant, reclaimer, and cement storage tanks.

• Two driveway entrances/exits are proposed on Station Road.

• The site is also proposed to have a wash station for trucks, sand and aggregate piles, and appropriate stormwater management.

As part of the application review process, Planning staff are inviting the public to share their thoughts on the request. Staff will be gathering feedback until January 11, 2022. The feedback will inform the process and will be considered as we make a recommendation to Council at the end of the process. Harbour East Marine Drive Community Council will ultimately decide whether to approve or refuse this application.

Public comments, questions and feedback can be provided in any of the following ways:

Email the municipal planner or call 902-223-6154 with your questions or comments.
• Review the plans and studies submitted to date by the applicant found near the bottom of the Halifax.ca planning applications webpage.

Look in the right side menu of this page to view a narrated presentation by both planning staff and the applicant about this case.


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CASE 23405:Sackville Accessory Building Zoning Review

On December 1, 2020, North West Community Council put forward a motion to consider increasing the maximum permitted size of accessory buildings within the Sackville Community Plan Area. On June 14, 2021, planning and development staff presented North West Community Council with preliminary research about the lot patterns in the Sackville Plan Area, and potential options for regulation. At that meeting, Council made a second motion, that staff return to North West Community Council with amendments to the Sackville Land Use By-law to allow for a larger maximum footprint for accessory structures on large lots.

At this time, staff are seeking to engage the community by providing background information, explaining the changes being considered, and gathering comments and feedback. The purpose of this review process is to find out whether the proposed change to accessory building regulations will meet the needs of residents in the Sackville Plan Area. HRM staff and Community Council members want to hear what the community concerns are and answer any questions the community has about the proposed changes.

In line with the Motion of Council, the proposed change to Section 4.11 of the Sackville Land Use By-Law is to allow accessory buildings on residential lots to have a maximum footprint size of 93 square metres (1000 square feet) on lots 3716 square metres (40,000 square feet) or greater, provided all other requirements of the Sackville Land Use By-Law are met.

Before completing the survey, check out the Fact Sheet to learn about what an accessory building is, what the existing regulations are, understand the planning rationale, and determine whether you are located within the Sackville Plan Area.

For any questions or feedback about the proposed change, the Fact Sheet, or the Survey, call or email planner Claire Tusz at 902.430.0645 or tuszc@halifax.ca.

  • Complete the survey (link provided at the bottom of this webpage, under ‘Surveys – Case 23405 Sackville Accessory Building Review).
  • Check out the Fact Sheet.
  • Check out the Residential Parcels Map to see which lots in the Sackville Plan Area are greater than 40,000 square feet and what their respective zones are.
  • Contact the municipal Planner managing the application, Claire Tusz, at 902.430.0645 or tuszc@halifax.ca.

The health and safety of our communities, our employees and our industry partners are of paramount importance during this ongoing pandemic. Notwithstanding the present challenges to service delivery, we are mindful of the importance of the development industry to the economic health of our community, especially in these unusual circumstances.

Public engagement events required as part of the planning application process have to this point been largely postponed until it is deemed safe to bring the public together in groups larger than five people. For this reason, the municipality's Planning & Development office will ask for feedback through the different Shape Your City engagement tool options on a variety of items that include development agreements, rezoning applications, land use by-law amendments, or municipal planning strategy amendment applications.

Please note: A variety of documents, videos, and engagement opportunities exist for each individual planning application referenced on this page as per the following:

Videos – Where available, can be found on the righthand side of this page PDF Information / Slideshow Presentations – Where available can be found on the righthand side of this page Chat Forums / Surveys – Where available, can be found at the bottom of this page.

We currently have three applications on this page. Please scroll down to view information about these applications.

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CASE 23016: Residential Development at The Links at Brunello Golf Course, Timberlea

Zzap Consulting Incorporated has applied for changes to the planned community at the Links at Brunello in Timberlea. If approved, the changes would:

  • Move the "Golf Course Safety Margin" shown in the existing comprehensive development agreement;
  • Modify some locations approved for residential development; and
  • Change the mix of houses, duplexes and townhouses permitted around holes 1, 2, 9 and 16 of the golf course.

The planned community was permitted through a development agreement originally approved in 2002. It permits a mixed-use golf community including different types of dwellings (apartment buildings, duplexes, townhouses and houses) and commercial uses surrounding the Links at Brunello golf course in Timberlea.

As part of the application review process, Planning staff are sharing information about the application. Halifax and West Community Council will ultimately decide whether to approve or refuse this application based on the policies of the Timberlea / Lakeside / Beechville Municipal Planning Strategy. Before HWCC can consider approving the application, it must hold a Public Hearing. At the Public Hearing, members of the public will have the opportunity to speak to HWCC and provide their feedback on the application.

The subject sites are located in District 12 – Timberlea – Beechville – Clayton Park - Wedgewood.

Please watch the video found on the right-hand side of this page for a narrated presentation on the project provided by municipal planning staff. This presentation outlines the planning process and what Council will consider when evaluating this proposal. Public comments, questions and feedback can be provided by contacting the Municipal Planner guiding this application through the planning process. The Planner on this file is Jamy-Ellen Klenavic, who can be reached at klenavj@halifax.ca or (902) 476-8361.

Please also see additional information on the HRM Case Website.


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Case 23032: 538 Pleasant Street, Dartmouth

EDM Planning Services Ltd. is applying on behalf of the property owner, to rezone 538 Pleasant Street, Dartmouth, from the C-2 (General Business) Zone to the I-2 (General Industrial) Zone to allow a concrete ready-mix facility.

The I-2 Zone would allow a concrete ready-mix facility on the site, subject to meeting the I-2 Zone requirements. Here are the proposal details:

• The site is approximately 6,583 square metres (70,859 square feet) in size.

• An existing building located on the site that fronts along Pleasant Street is proposed to remain, along with an existing driveway entrance and parking lot.

• Industrial structures are proposed in the rear of the lot which include a batch plant, reclaimer, and cement storage tanks.

• Two driveway entrances/exits are proposed on Station Road.

• The site is also proposed to have a wash station for trucks, sand and aggregate piles, and appropriate stormwater management.

As part of the application review process, Planning staff are inviting the public to share their thoughts on the request. Staff will be gathering feedback until January 11, 2022. The feedback will inform the process and will be considered as we make a recommendation to Council at the end of the process. Harbour East Marine Drive Community Council will ultimately decide whether to approve or refuse this application.

Public comments, questions and feedback can be provided in any of the following ways:

Email the municipal planner or call 902-223-6154 with your questions or comments.
• Review the plans and studies submitted to date by the applicant found near the bottom of the Halifax.ca planning applications webpage.

Look in the right side menu of this page to view a narrated presentation by both planning staff and the applicant about this case.


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CASE 23405:Sackville Accessory Building Zoning Review

On December 1, 2020, North West Community Council put forward a motion to consider increasing the maximum permitted size of accessory buildings within the Sackville Community Plan Area. On June 14, 2021, planning and development staff presented North West Community Council with preliminary research about the lot patterns in the Sackville Plan Area, and potential options for regulation. At that meeting, Council made a second motion, that staff return to North West Community Council with amendments to the Sackville Land Use By-law to allow for a larger maximum footprint for accessory structures on large lots.

At this time, staff are seeking to engage the community by providing background information, explaining the changes being considered, and gathering comments and feedback. The purpose of this review process is to find out whether the proposed change to accessory building regulations will meet the needs of residents in the Sackville Plan Area. HRM staff and Community Council members want to hear what the community concerns are and answer any questions the community has about the proposed changes.

In line with the Motion of Council, the proposed change to Section 4.11 of the Sackville Land Use By-Law is to allow accessory buildings on residential lots to have a maximum footprint size of 93 square metres (1000 square feet) on lots 3716 square metres (40,000 square feet) or greater, provided all other requirements of the Sackville Land Use By-Law are met.

Before completing the survey, check out the Fact Sheet to learn about what an accessory building is, what the existing regulations are, understand the planning rationale, and determine whether you are located within the Sackville Plan Area.

For any questions or feedback about the proposed change, the Fact Sheet, or the Survey, call or email planner Claire Tusz at 902.430.0645 or tuszc@halifax.ca.

  • Complete the survey (link provided at the bottom of this webpage, under ‘Surveys – Case 23405 Sackville Accessory Building Review).
  • Check out the Fact Sheet.
  • Check out the Residential Parcels Map to see which lots in the Sackville Plan Area are greater than 40,000 square feet and what their respective zones are.
  • Contact the municipal Planner managing the application, Claire Tusz, at 902.430.0645 or tuszc@halifax.ca.
  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Project Background

    On October 5, 2021 Regional Council initiated the process to consider an amendment to the Regional Plan for the development of a 12 unit dwelling and supportive housing use for a property in West Chezzetcook.  The project is to be developed by the Souls Harbour and is one of three projects that the municipality has chosen to fund through the second round of the federal Rapid Housing Initiative – Cities Stream for the development of affordable housing.

    Souls Harbour is proposing the development of a 3 storey – 12-unit residential building that will be focused on housing for women and women with children. The specific address of the site in question is not being stated as it is anticipated some residents may require privacy or a certain level of anonymity. This development will complement an existing shared housing use, that provides supportive housing for 7 women/women with children located on the site. While the property is located in a rural setting, there is access to transit, parkland and is close to a public school and amenities. The property will also include a garden area for residents and Souls Harbour will coordinate social events such as movie and craft nights.

    The property is located along Highway 207 in West Chezzetcook and is zoned Rural Enterprise in the Land Use By-law for Planning Districts 8 and 9.  While the current zoning permits the development of a multiple-unit dwelling, based on the lot area for the subject property only 8 units are permitted on the lot. As such, an amendment to the municipal planning documents is required to permit the proposed development of 12 units in addition to the existing shared housing use. 

    While the proposed amendment to the planning documents is specific in relation to the site, the proposed development has significant regional impacts as it is intended to provide deeply affordable housing available throughout the region. Further, the opportunity to access RHI funding is an extremely unique opportunity to meet Council’s strategic priority to support affordable housing. As such this amendment is viewed as regional in nature.

    Please note: this survey will close on October 20, 2021. 

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Thanks for your interest in this project! A proposal has been submitted to the Municipality that - if approved- would allow the redevelopment of portions of the former Penhorn Mall property into a new mixed use community containing new streets, parks, residential uses, and commercial uses. Details of the plan can be found in submissions made by the applicant found at the bottom of the following link:

    https://www.halifax.ca/business/planning-development/applications/case-23224-former-penhorn-mall-lands-549-569-portland 

    Please complete the following questions to help us shape proposal before it is seen by Community Council for their decision. 

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    This survey will be open until January 15, 2021. Your responses to this survey will be used to inform a report to Council for their decision.

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    Thank you for your interest in this project! This survey will be open until January 15, 2021. Your responses to this survey will be used to inform a report to Council for their decision.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded as of June 7, 2021.

    We are looking for your feedback on a development proposal for a new residential community on the former Shannon Park lands located off Princess Margaret Boulevard, Iroquois Drive, and Nootka Avenue in Dartmouth. This survey will be available until June 7, 2021. 

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    Clayton Developments Limited has asked to reduce the minimum lot size for R-1 Zoned lands serviced by Municipal water and sewer (also known as centrally serviced) in the Beaver Bank, Hammonds Plains, and Upper Sackville Plan Area. The R-1 Zone is a residential zone that permits single unit dwellings and accessory uses. All centrally serviced R-1 Zoned lands in this Plan Area are located in Beaver Bank. Today, a centrally serviced R-1 Zoned lot must be at least 6,000 square feet in size with 60 feet of frontage along the public street. Clayton is asking to reduce the area to 4,000 square feet and the frontage to 40 feet. 

    As part of the application review process, Planning staff are inviting the public to share their thoughts on the request. The feedback will inform the process and will be considered as we make a recommendation to Council at the end of the process. North West Community Council will ultimately decide whether to approve or refuse this application.

    To view and listen to a narrated presentation by planning staff and the applicant, please see the video on the Municipal Planning Applications Shape Your City webpage titled as Case 23213. 

    For more information about the application and planning process, and to see a map of the R-1 Zoned lands serviced with municipal water and sewer services (the affected lands), please visit the application webpage

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    MPS Amendment and Development Agreement for Opportunity Site C, Ingram Drive, Fall River, Planning Districts 14 and 17

    This survey has been designed to collect your ideas about how the proposed land use for Site C, Ingram Drive in Fall River.

    Your feedback will help us in considering the proposal submission.

    The survey will be open until midnight April 22, 2022.

    Thank you for your input!

    Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) policies for Fall River provide rules for how land use is to be developed on the lands known as “Opportunity Site C –” Ingram Drive in Fall River. The existing MPS policy actually allows the development of low-rise apartment buildings, townhouses, single-unit dwellings, and two-unit dwellings up to a maximum of 4 units per acre. In addition, small-scale local commercial, convenience store, and self-storage buildings in association with the residential development may also be considered.

    The proposal is for 

    • three apartment buildings; 
    • each three stories in height; and, 
    • each containing 40 dwelling units on 30 acres of lands.

    In accordance with Section 485 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA), any personal information collected on this survey form will only be used by municipal staff and, if necessary, individuals and/or organizations under service contract with the Halifax Regional Municipality for purposes relating to processing the survey results related to the development proposal for Site C, Ingraham Drive in Fall River. 

    If you have any questions about the collection and use of this personal information, please contact the Access and Privacy Office at 902.943.2148 or privacy@halifax.ca.


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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    This is a survey intended to gather the thoughts, opinions, concerns, or support of the community for the planning application proposed at 1200-1216 Cole Harbour Road, Cole Harbour. Before completing this survey, we would encourage you to have a look at the information available on the application website, as well as within the 2 narrated videos found on the right hand side of this Shape Your City webpage. Thank you for your help and participation in this process! 

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  • At this time, staff are seeking to engage the community by providing background information, explaining the changes being considered, and gathering comments and feedback on a motion of Council to consider increasing the maximum permitted size of accessory buildings within the Sackville Community Plan Area.

    Please read the Accessory Building Fact Sheet before completing the survey. For more information to help answer the following questions about where you live, check out the Explore HRM Interactive Map. This survey has about 10 questions and will take approximately five to ten (5-10) minutes to complete. 



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