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‘This is not appropriate’: Mayor Savage calls provincial legislation ‘dangerous’

On Friday, the province introduced amendments to the HRM Charter that would allow it to nullify bylaws to ‘encourage faster housing construction’

Halifax’s mayor says he was caught off guard by what he’s calling “dangerous” legislation that would let the province to override some municipal bylaws in the name of development.

On Friday, Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister John Lohr introduced amendments to the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter that would allow the province to nullify bylaws to “encourage faster housing construction.”

That nullification would need to come within six months of second reading of the bylaw.

“While we hope there will not be a situation where we have to use this authority, these amendments will allow the minister to intervene on behalf of Nova Scotians when bylaws are impeding housing development and construction,” Lohr said. …[Read More]