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Shared Housing Public Engagement

Shared Housing

The municipality is currently reviewing land use regulations in regards to shared housing. Shared housing is broad term that includes housing shared by a group of individuals and may or may not include support services. Examples include: residential care facilities, seniors' housing, group homes, transitionary housing and rooming houses. We are hoping to amend our community plans and by-laws to simplify, consolidate and remove barriers to the development of such uses.

On August 1, 2017 Regional Council initiated a process to consider amendments to the Halifax Regional Municipal Planning Strategy and all applicable community municipal planning strategies/land-use by-laws to simplify, consolidate and remove barriers to the development of special care facilities.

To align with the direction of the Centre Plan and Land Use By-law Simplification Projects this project has been expanded to include all forms of shared housing.

Over the past several months Planning & Development staff have been developing a new approach for shared housing featuring these key principles:

  • Shared housing is considered a type of residential use.
  • Shared housing uses should be permitted in all residential zones, although scale may vary to fit with neighbourhood.
  • Shared housing should be considered a single type of use—not broken up into various types of uses or categories.
  • Additional provisions/separate regulations, apart from what is required for a general residential use, should be limited.

We are currently seeking input from key stakeholders, such as developers and providers of shared housing, and the general public to further discuss:

  • issues regarding the development of shared housing;
  • how current municipal land use By-laws encourage or hinder shared housing developments; and
  • the municipality’s proposed approach to shared housing.

Thanks to everyone who joined the conversation in-person by attending one of the workshops. Your input was valued and appreciated.

For those who were unable to attend the in-person sessions you can still join the conversation via the online survey. Please provide comments for the online survey by December 15, 2017.

Questions? Want more information?
Please contact Jill MacLellan, Planner III, Planning and Development
Telephone: 902-490-4871
Email: maclelj@halifax.ca

The in-person sessions were held on:
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Halifax Forum, Maritime Hall (entrance off of Almon Street)
2-4 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The municipality is currently reviewing land use regulations in regards to shared housing. Shared housing is broad term that includes housing shared by a group of individuals and may or may not include support services. Examples include: residential care facilities, seniors' housing, group homes, transitionary housing and rooming houses. We are hoping to amend our community plans and by-laws to simplify, consolidate and remove barriers to the development of such uses.

On August 1, 2017 Regional Council initiated a process to consider amendments to the Halifax Regional Municipal Planning Strategy and all applicable community municipal planning strategies/land-use by-laws to simplify, consolidate and remove barriers to the development of special care facilities.

To align with the direction of the Centre Plan and Land Use By-law Simplification Projects this project has been expanded to include all forms of shared housing.

Over the past several months Planning & Development staff have been developing a new approach for shared housing featuring these key principles:

  • Shared housing is considered a type of residential use.
  • Shared housing uses should be permitted in all residential zones, although scale may vary to fit with neighbourhood.
  • Shared housing should be considered a single type of use—not broken up into various types of uses or categories.
  • Additional provisions/separate regulations, apart from what is required for a general residential use, should be limited.

We are currently seeking input from key stakeholders, such as developers and providers of shared housing, and the general public to further discuss:

  • issues regarding the development of shared housing;
  • how current municipal land use By-laws encourage or hinder shared housing developments; and
  • the municipality’s proposed approach to shared housing.

Thanks to everyone who joined the conversation in-person by attending one of the workshops. Your input was valued and appreciated.

For those who were unable to attend the in-person sessions you can still join the conversation via the online survey. Please provide comments for the online survey by December 15, 2017.

Questions? Want more information?
Please contact Jill MacLellan, Planner III, Planning and Development
Telephone: 902-490-4871
Email: maclelj@halifax.ca

The in-person sessions were held on:
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Halifax Forum, Maritime Hall (entrance off of Almon Street)
2-4 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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    Please take a few moments to answer the following questions we have about shared housing in the Halifax region. We would like to know more about what kind of interest and participation you have with shared housing. This information will help us understand who is contributing to the conversation and help define stakeholders concerns.

    Please take a few moments to answer the following questions we have about shared housing in the Halifax region. We would like to know more about what kind of interest and participation you have with shared housing. This information will help us understand who is contributing to the conversation and help define stakeholders concerns.

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