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120-unit housing development in Fall River can proceed after decision by province

Similar project was rejected by Halifax Regional Municipality in 2022

The Nova Scotia government has cleared the way for a 120-unit housing development in Fall River — where a similar proposed project was turned down by Halifax Regional Municipality in 2022.

On Friday, the province announced the eleventh special planning area in Halifax Regional Municipality. The designation allows Housing Minister John Lohr to make decisions on developments in the area.

Municipal planning staff recommended a proposed development on the site at the end of Ingram Drive in 2022, but there was opposition in the community.

The special planning area is 12 hectares owned by Perry Lake Developments.

“They had submitted a proposal and went through the HRM process, ultimately coming up with a proposal that was recommended by staff,” said Jarrod Baboushkin with the province’s Housing Department.

“When the developer submitted a request for designation to the panel, it was something that weighed into the decision for the panel to consider.”

Baboushkin said the developer will now work with municipal staff to move the project forward.

Cathy Deagle Gammon, the councillor for the Fall River area, said the development is not the right fit for the area — which has no wastewater services so a septic system would be needed. …[Continue Reading]