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On May 19, 2017, APL Properties asked for the May 23 public hearing at City Hall to be postponed.


On March 21, 2017, Regional Council reviewed the March 13 staff report on APL’s proposed 29-storey development at Robie and Quinpool. It voted to accept the staff report, which included a recommendation to limit the building to 20 storeys. It did not consider the ten by-laws that the proposed building disregards.


On February 28, 2017, Halifax and West Community Council reviewed the January 20 staff report on APL’s proposed 29-storey development at Robie and Quinpool. It voted to accept the staff report, which included a recommendation to limit the building to 20 storeys. It did not consider the ten by-laws that the proposed building disregards.


On September 6, 2016, Regional Council voted:

  • to consider the APL and Westwood proposals separately, so that APL’s proposal can proceed without waiting for Westwood
  • to direct the Planning staff to proceed with a report on rezoning the property for APL’s 29-storey development

This decision was made by ten HRM councillors, all from districts outside the Halifax peninsula (in red on the map below):

  • District 1: Barry Dalrymple
  • District 2: David Hendsbee
  • District 3: Bill Karsten
  • District 5: Gloria McCluskey
  • District 9: Linda Mosher
  • District 10: Russell Walker
  • District 11: Stephen Adams
  • District 12: Reg Rankin
  • District 15: Steve Craig
  • District 16: Tim Outhit

The motion was opposed by four councillors in the more central districts (in green on the map below):

  • District 4: Lorelei Nicoll
  • District 6: Tony Mancini
  • District 7: Waye Mason
  • District 8 (where the proposals are located): Jennifer Watts

Two councillors (District 13: Matt Whitman; and District 14: Brad Johns) were absent for the vote.

This map shows the voting pattern, with the proposed developments in the middle.

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Development Agreement Process

A development agreement application must go through fifteen steps to be approved. APL’s  29-storey development for the Robie-Quinpool-Parker neighbourhood has reached step 7, despite widespread citizen opposition (99% of the 120 written submissions to city hall). We’re now approaching step 8, the final public consultation.

  1. Complete applications received (April 2014)
  2. Preliminary review of proposals, by HRM staff (June 2014)
  3. Public information meeting (May 2015 and September 2015)
  4. Recommendation from Planning Advisory Committee (following PAC meeting on 25 January 2016)
  5. Detailed review of proposal, by HRM staff
  6. Staff report
  7. First reading at Community Council
  8. Public hearing at Community Council
  9. Decision by Community Council on Land Use By-law amendment only
  10. 14-day appeal period for LUB amendment
  11. Supplementary staff report to Community Council
  12. Decision by Community Council on development agreement
  13. 14-day appeal period for development agreement
  14. Development agreement signed and registered
  15. Building permit applications