Green light for projects appealed 

North-end housing developments ‘out of scale’ with neighbourhood BRETT BUNDALE CITY HALL REPORTER bbundale@herald.ca @CH_bbundale A group of north-end residents, developers and business owners is appealing changes to Halifax’s planning rules that would open the do or to two mixed-us e build­ings proposed for Gottingen Street. The Halifax & West community council approved amendments to the city’s land-use bylaws after holding a public hearing last month. The changes will help pave the way for the Housing Trust of Nova Scotia develop­ments. But the north-end group ap­p ealed the decision to the provin­cial Utility and Review Board on Friday. They are claiming that…

Audit opens door on NSP’s natural gas aspirations

ROGER TAYLOR BUSINESS COLUMNIST  r taylor@herald.ca @CH-RogerTaylor Emera Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Nova Scotia Power Inc., continue to make noises about expanding into the natural gas business. The consultant that works for the provincial Utility and Review Board has endorsed Nova Scotia Power’s participation with other major natural gas users in the region to secure the supply of gas for the Maritimes. In its most recent audit of the power utility’s fuel purchases, Liberty Consulting Group informed the board that it regards the formation of the “shippers group” as a hopeful sign for im­proving the region’s access to natural gas.

Thinking small is no way to build a vibrant city

MARILLA STEPHENSON mstephenson@herald.ca @CH_Marilla A strange thing happened this week in Halifax: A relatively silent group pulled itself together and fired back. A full-page ad appeared in The Chronicle Herald calling for an end to what is described as the “continued obstruction” of vari­ous development projects, includ­ing the Nova Centre, which is under constru ction in downtown Halifax. “Groups like the Heritage Trust must focus on their own mandate and leave the business of economic development to thos e who step up to advance our city,” reads the ad. Talk about a shot across the bow. The advertisement sparked significant discussion…

Turf Nova Centre case — N.S. 

Province asks court to reject bid targeting developer’s exemption from planning rules BRUCE ERSKINE BUSINESS REPORTER berskine@herald.ca @CH_Br uceErskine The province wants the Nova Scotia Supreme Court to dismiss an application for a declaration that the government broke its own laws by granting the developer of the $500-million Nova Centre an exemption from municipal plan­ning ru les. The province alleged in a re­cently filed notice of motion that BM Holdings Ltd. , TDB Hold­ings Ltd. and Robin Halifax Holdings Ltd. are prevented from starting and/ or maintaining their application given a lack of standing in the matter. The province’s motion for a dismissal order will be…