Nova Centre changes approved

THE CHRONICLE HERALD – August 20, 2016 Edition Some last-minute changes to the Nova Centre have been approved — but with conditions. The changes proposed by developer Joe Ramia for the $500-million downtown Halifax development went before the municipal Design Review Committee Thursday. The committee approved the motion for the changes, but replaced the original conditions suggested by municipal staff to require brick walls on the Prince Street and Market Street elevations be made of design elements which reduce the scale of the walls. Staff added that these changes at the corner of Prince Street could “include changes in relief,…

City updates will require bylaw changes

  THE CHRONICLE HERALD – August 19, 2016 Edition The introduction of pay stations to replace parking meters will require changes to the relevant bylaws, officials say. Halifax Regional Municipality staff told the Chronicle Herald Wednesday that they are abandoning parking meters for pay stations similar to those found in many parking lots in a major upgrade that could cost about $4.5 million. David McCusker, parking strategy co-ordinator, said residents will soon be able to pay for parking with credit cards and top up their meters from their smartphones. But right now, the current parking bylaw doesn’t include any of…

Ontario to standardize home inspectors

The Chronicle Herald – August 18, 2016 Edition TORONTO (CP) — Home inspectors in Ontario could soon be regulated under legislation the Liberal government says it intends to introduce this fall. Consumer Services Minister Marie-France Lalonde is announcing today that the bill would require home inspectors to be licensed and set minimum standards for contracts and home inspection reports. It would also establish a body to administer and enforce the licensing and regulations. Lalonde says the legislation would protect consumers by ensuring they benefit from quality advice and are aware of safety issues before buying a home. The government estimates…

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.