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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 six 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 22734: Shannon Park, Dartmouth

WSP, on behalf of the property owner Canada Lands Company, is requesting permission to construct a mixed-use development on the former Shannon Park lands consisting of:

  • 26 new city blocks
  • ~7,000 residents housed in a range of building forms
  • ~145,000 square feet of commercial space
  • ~15.5 acres of public park space
  • Will include new public streets, municipal services such as water and sewer, and a new transit facility

Municipal planning staff are currently seeking your feedback on the proposal. Public comments, questions and feedback can be provided by any of the following ways:

  • Complete the survey at the bottom of this site. The survey was available until June 7, 2021, but is now closed;
  • Contact the municipal planner guiding the application through the planning process at macdoude@halifax.ca or 902-240-7085.

Review materials can be found on the Application Webpage. In addition, please watch the video found in the top right corner of this page for a two-part presentation on the project. The first part is staff’s presentation on the planning process and what Council will consider when evaluating this proposal. The second half of the presentation is the applicant providing an overview and explanation of their proposal. Canada Lands Company has also produced a closed captioned version of their presentation which can be found here


CASE 23120: Amendments to Halifax Mainland R-2 Zone

Armco Capital Inc. has applied to amend the side yard setback and separation distance requirements for semi-detached dwellings in the R-2 (Two-Family Dwelling) Zone of the Halifax Mainland Land Use By-law for lands within the Mainland South Area.

Semi-detached dwellings in the R-2 Zone of the Halifax Mainland Land Use By-law are required to be setback a minimum eight (8) feet from the side property lines and twelve (12) feet from any other building. The applicant wishes to amend these two requirements for lots within the Mainland South Area. Specifically, Armco Capital Inc. is seeking a text amendment that would allow semi-detached dwellings in the Mainland South Area on lots zoned R-2 to be built a minimum of four (4) feet from the side property lines and eight (8) feet from any other building. No other changes to the land use by-law requirements have been proposed.

While Armco Capital Inc. makes note that they specifically seeking the reduced setback and separation distance requirements for the development of a proposed subdivision called Clifton Heights, the requested amendment would apply to R-2 Zoned lots in the Mainland South Secondary Plan Area.

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 Meaghan Maund who can be reached at maundm@halifax.ca or 902-233-0726.

CASE 23213: Amendments to the Beaver Bank, Hammonds Plains and Upper Sackville Land Use By-law for Smaller R-1 Lot Sizes

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.

Municipal planning staff are currently seeking your feedback on the proposal. Public comments, questions and feedback can be provided by any of the following ways:

  • A survey at the bottom of this site was created. The survey was available until July 13, 2021. This survey is now closed and responses being reviewed which will inform a future report to Council;
  • Contact the municipal planner guiding the application through the planning process at maundm@halifax.ca or 902-233-0726.

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 Meaghan Maund who can be reached at maundm@halifax.ca or 902-233-0726.


CASE 23224: Former Penhorn Mall Lands Redevelopment

Clayton Developments Limited and Crombie REIT are requesting to enter into a development agreement to allow a mixed-use community on the former Penhorn Mall Lands on Portland Street, Dartmouth. The proposed plan includes the following:

  • 8 new development blocks containing 10 buildings, ranging from 3 to 15 storeys
  • Approximately 950 residential units in addition to supporting commercial uses in strategic locations
  • An active transportation network with a trail next to the Circumferential Highway connecting Penhorn Lake to Portland Street
  • A multi-use greenway through the site connecting Penhorn Lake and Brownlow Park
  • A central public park approximately 2,636 square meters in size
  • New streets and municipal services
  • A surface parking lot for users of Brownlow Park

Municipal planning staff are currently seeking your feedback on the proposal. Public comments, questions and feedback can be provided by any of the following ways:

  • Contact the municipal planner at eavism@halifax.ca or 902-237-1216 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 here;
  • Attend the upcoming Virtual Public Information Meeting for a presentation on the proposal and opportunity to ask questions of Municipal staff and representatives of the applicant. The meeting will take place at 6:00pm on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 with a backup date of Thursday, October 21, 2021 (depending on number of people interested in attending). Community members will then be asked to participate in survey to gather feedback on the proposal. Individuals wishing to participate in the meeting must contact the HRM Planner no later than 3:00pm on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 to registered to attend.
  • Complete the survey at the bottom of this page found here. The survey will be open until November 10, 2021.

Souls Harbour Site - West Chezzetcook

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 that 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 HRM. 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.

A survey has been developed to seek public feedback regarding what considerations are important for residents as staff deliberate changes to the land-use rules for affordable housing developments in the West Chezzetcook community. Survey to close October 20, 2021.

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 six applications on this page. Please scroll down to view information about these applications.

_________________________________________________________________

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.

_______________________________________________________________

CASE 22734: Shannon Park, Dartmouth

WSP, on behalf of the property owner Canada Lands Company, is requesting permission to construct a mixed-use development on the former Shannon Park lands consisting of:

  • 26 new city blocks
  • ~7,000 residents housed in a range of building forms
  • ~145,000 square feet of commercial space
  • ~15.5 acres of public park space
  • Will include new public streets, municipal services such as water and sewer, and a new transit facility

Municipal planning staff are currently seeking your feedback on the proposal. Public comments, questions and feedback can be provided by any of the following ways:

  • Complete the survey at the bottom of this site. The survey was available until June 7, 2021, but is now closed;
  • Contact the municipal planner guiding the application through the planning process at macdoude@halifax.ca or 902-240-7085.

Review materials can be found on the Application Webpage. In addition, please watch the video found in the top right corner of this page for a two-part presentation on the project. The first part is staff’s presentation on the planning process and what Council will consider when evaluating this proposal. The second half of the presentation is the applicant providing an overview and explanation of their proposal. Canada Lands Company has also produced a closed captioned version of their presentation which can be found here


CASE 23120: Amendments to Halifax Mainland R-2 Zone

Armco Capital Inc. has applied to amend the side yard setback and separation distance requirements for semi-detached dwellings in the R-2 (Two-Family Dwelling) Zone of the Halifax Mainland Land Use By-law for lands within the Mainland South Area.

Semi-detached dwellings in the R-2 Zone of the Halifax Mainland Land Use By-law are required to be setback a minimum eight (8) feet from the side property lines and twelve (12) feet from any other building. The applicant wishes to amend these two requirements for lots within the Mainland South Area. Specifically, Armco Capital Inc. is seeking a text amendment that would allow semi-detached dwellings in the Mainland South Area on lots zoned R-2 to be built a minimum of four (4) feet from the side property lines and eight (8) feet from any other building. No other changes to the land use by-law requirements have been proposed.

While Armco Capital Inc. makes note that they specifically seeking the reduced setback and separation distance requirements for the development of a proposed subdivision called Clifton Heights, the requested amendment would apply to R-2 Zoned lots in the Mainland South Secondary Plan Area.

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 Meaghan Maund who can be reached at maundm@halifax.ca or 902-233-0726.

CASE 23213: Amendments to the Beaver Bank, Hammonds Plains and Upper Sackville Land Use By-law for Smaller R-1 Lot Sizes

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.

Municipal planning staff are currently seeking your feedback on the proposal. Public comments, questions and feedback can be provided by any of the following ways:

  • A survey at the bottom of this site was created. The survey was available until July 13, 2021. This survey is now closed and responses being reviewed which will inform a future report to Council;
  • Contact the municipal planner guiding the application through the planning process at maundm@halifax.ca or 902-233-0726.

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 Meaghan Maund who can be reached at maundm@halifax.ca or 902-233-0726.


CASE 23224: Former Penhorn Mall Lands Redevelopment

Clayton Developments Limited and Crombie REIT are requesting to enter into a development agreement to allow a mixed-use community on the former Penhorn Mall Lands on Portland Street, Dartmouth. The proposed plan includes the following:

  • 8 new development blocks containing 10 buildings, ranging from 3 to 15 storeys
  • Approximately 950 residential units in addition to supporting commercial uses in strategic locations
  • An active transportation network with a trail next to the Circumferential Highway connecting Penhorn Lake to Portland Street
  • A multi-use greenway through the site connecting Penhorn Lake and Brownlow Park
  • A central public park approximately 2,636 square meters in size
  • New streets and municipal services
  • A surface parking lot for users of Brownlow Park

Municipal planning staff are currently seeking your feedback on the proposal. Public comments, questions and feedback can be provided by any of the following ways:

  • Contact the municipal planner at eavism@halifax.ca or 902-237-1216 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 here;
  • Attend the upcoming Virtual Public Information Meeting for a presentation on the proposal and opportunity to ask questions of Municipal staff and representatives of the applicant. The meeting will take place at 6:00pm on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 with a backup date of Thursday, October 21, 2021 (depending on number of people interested in attending). Community members will then be asked to participate in survey to gather feedback on the proposal. Individuals wishing to participate in the meeting must contact the HRM Planner no later than 3:00pm on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 to registered to attend.
  • Complete the survey at the bottom of this page found here. The survey will be open until November 10, 2021.

Souls Harbour Site - West Chezzetcook

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 that 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 HRM. 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.

A survey has been developed to seek public feedback regarding what considerations are important for residents as staff deliberate changes to the land-use rules for affordable housing developments in the West Chezzetcook community. Survey to close October 20, 2021.

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    CLOSED: Given the approaching holiday season, his discussion has concluded as of December 18, 2020. A survey is now available in its place.

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    Please feel free to include your comments or questions about the proposed changes to the Papermill Lake Development Agreement as outlined within the video above, and as described on the Halifax.ca application website. This forum will be monitored regularly, and questions responded to be the planner on the file. Given the approaching holiday season, the forum will be available until December 18, 2020 at which point it will be replaced with a survey for you to provide you feedback to. Alternatively, you can reach out to the planner at 902-225-6742 or at chapmaje@halifax.ca

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