Planning staff wrestles with rural development woes

AMANDA PANACCI STAFF REPORTER apanacci@herald.ca @AmandaPanacci The Chronicle Herald – August 18, 2016 Edition After receiving several complaints from rural Halifax residents, the planning department is speaking out on a bylaw causing development woes. “There is a sense out there that there has been something new introduced,” said Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) planner Bob Bjerke on Wednesday. “It actually isn’t the case.” For some Eastern Shore residents, the issue began with the purchase of a lot more than 10 hectares in size. Their plan was to build their dream home among other houses already in the area.

Affordable housing gets $42.8m cash boost

The Chronicle Herald – August 18, 2016 Edition Seniors and those needing shelter and transition housing in Nova Scotia will benefit from almost $75 million in funding announced today. Nova Scotia is matching a new federal investment of $21.4 million for a total of $42.8 million in addition to the existing federal contribution of $32 million. It’s part of a new social infrastructure agreement signed by the federal government and Nova Scotia, the new federal 2016 Social Infrastructure Fund Agreement. The new agreement was announced in Cambridge, Kings County by Premier Stephen McNeil and Joanne Bernard, Minister Responsible for Housing…

HALIFAX CONSTRUCTION

Westhill on Duke further delayed Crombie REIT development up against more red tape than originally anticipated The Chronicle Herald – August 17, 2016 Edition JAMES RISDON newsroom@herald.ca @chronicleherald Haligonians likely will need to wait at least a couple of years before they can move into the proposed shiny glass-and-steel Westhill on Duke apartment building at Scotia Square. Municipal staff say it’ll take at least a year to get through the required planning and design, public consultation and development processes before the developer can even start construction. “We’re talking a year or more just to break ground,” city planner Paul Sampson…

Nova Centre changes headed to design committee

THE CHRONICLE HERALD – August 17, 2016 Edition newsroom@herald.ca @chronicleherald A proposed set of changes to the Nova Centre is going before Halifax’s design review committee for approval this week. The committee approved the original plans for the project in June 2014 with several conditions. In a report going before the committee Thursday, developer Joe Ramia is proposing changes with a focus on the Market Street side of the development. Some of the changes include the introduction of brick on the Market Street hotel tower, an addition of two overhead doors on the street, more louvres at the corner of…