Case 23820: Southdale Future Growth Node Planning Process

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Introduction
On January 11, 2021 Regional Council initiated a process to amend the Regional Centre Secondary Planning Strategy (RCSMPS), the Regional Centre Land Use By-law (RCLUB), and a concurrent development agreement process to develop a master neighbourhood plan for the Southdale Future Growth Node (FGN). The FGN designation under the Regional Centre Plan is intended to support a comprehensive planning process needed to effectively guide the development of mixed-use communities with supporting public infrastructure.

The FGN is composed of four separate lots. Three of the four lots are held by one landowner and are undeveloped, including a large wetland. The fourth lot is under separate ownership and is occupied by an office building, located on Research Drive.

The Southdale Future Growth Node was designated a “Special Planning Area” by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on the recommendation of the Executive Panel on Housing of the Province of Nova Scotia to address housing challenges in the Capital Region. The Special Planning Area delegates development approval authority to the Minister of Housing and Municipal Affairs as outlined in the Housing the Halifax Regional Municipality Act.

Given the area’s Special Area status, draft policies, development agreements and other documents will be shared on this page for public comment before their submission to the Executive Panel on Housing for review. The panel will provide a recommendation to the Minister who will then make a decision.

View the staff initiation report.


What is the proposed planning process?

The planning process will address what is needed for a new complete community through a neighbourhood plan for the entire area. This will include new roads, parks, pathways, housing mix, and any other amenities. Policies will be drafted for the municipal plan to guide development by development agreement.

So far, the following concept plans have been submitted for the lands:

  • Clayton Developments, on behalf of the landowner A.J. Legrow Limited, is proposing to develop 875 residential units in the form of multi-unit dwellings, four-unit dwellings, townhomes, and single-unit dwellings. This includes new roads, buildings, paths, and parks. View the site in Google Maps.
  • A.J. Legrow Limited is proposing to develop 3 multi-unit dwellings between 4 and 8-storeys at the end of Fenwick Drive. View the site in Google Maps.
  • Portucana Holdings Limited is proposing to develop 9 multi-unit dwellings between 4 and 8 storeys each. View the site on Google Maps.
  • The A.J. Legrow and Portucana Holdings proposals are approximately 1,000 residential units combined.


How can I participate in the planning process?

You are invited to help shape the Southdale Future Growth Node neighbourhood planning process.

Phase 1 of engagement has concluded, and a what we heard summary is available on this webpage, in the document library. We thank everyone who provided feedback. The public is invited to share their feedback on the draft policies, development agreement and submitted plans posted on this site by email. Feedback provided will be reviewed and considered by staff when finalizing the proposed planning documents and will be shared with the Executive Panel on Housing and the Minister.

The public will be notified when the draft policies and development agreement is available here for review through the following methods:

  • Direct mailouts to the same notification area as the phase 1 engagement;
  • Email sent to the email updates sign-up list; and
  • Updates on the municipality’s social media

Introduction
On January 11, 2021 Regional Council initiated a process to amend the Regional Centre Secondary Planning Strategy (RCSMPS), the Regional Centre Land Use By-law (RCLUB), and a concurrent development agreement process to develop a master neighbourhood plan for the Southdale Future Growth Node (FGN). The FGN designation under the Regional Centre Plan is intended to support a comprehensive planning process needed to effectively guide the development of mixed-use communities with supporting public infrastructure.

The FGN is composed of four separate lots. Three of the four lots are held by one landowner and are undeveloped, including a large wetland. The fourth lot is under separate ownership and is occupied by an office building, located on Research Drive.

The Southdale Future Growth Node was designated a “Special Planning Area” by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on the recommendation of the Executive Panel on Housing of the Province of Nova Scotia to address housing challenges in the Capital Region. The Special Planning Area delegates development approval authority to the Minister of Housing and Municipal Affairs as outlined in the Housing the Halifax Regional Municipality Act.

Given the area’s Special Area status, draft policies, development agreements and other documents will be shared on this page for public comment before their submission to the Executive Panel on Housing for review. The panel will provide a recommendation to the Minister who will then make a decision.

View the staff initiation report.


What is the proposed planning process?

The planning process will address what is needed for a new complete community through a neighbourhood plan for the entire area. This will include new roads, parks, pathways, housing mix, and any other amenities. Policies will be drafted for the municipal plan to guide development by development agreement.

So far, the following concept plans have been submitted for the lands:

  • Clayton Developments, on behalf of the landowner A.J. Legrow Limited, is proposing to develop 875 residential units in the form of multi-unit dwellings, four-unit dwellings, townhomes, and single-unit dwellings. This includes new roads, buildings, paths, and parks. View the site in Google Maps.
  • A.J. Legrow Limited is proposing to develop 3 multi-unit dwellings between 4 and 8-storeys at the end of Fenwick Drive. View the site in Google Maps.
  • Portucana Holdings Limited is proposing to develop 9 multi-unit dwellings between 4 and 8 storeys each. View the site on Google Maps.
  • The A.J. Legrow and Portucana Holdings proposals are approximately 1,000 residential units combined.


How can I participate in the planning process?

You are invited to help shape the Southdale Future Growth Node neighbourhood planning process.

Phase 1 of engagement has concluded, and a what we heard summary is available on this webpage, in the document library. We thank everyone who provided feedback. The public is invited to share their feedback on the draft policies, development agreement and submitted plans posted on this site by email. Feedback provided will be reviewed and considered by staff when finalizing the proposed planning documents and will be shared with the Executive Panel on Housing and the Minister.

The public will be notified when the draft policies and development agreement is available here for review through the following methods:

  • Direct mailouts to the same notification area as the phase 1 engagement;
  • Email sent to the email updates sign-up list; and
  • Updates on the municipality’s social media
Page last updated: 11 Jul 2022, 10:44 AM