A four-hour public hearing was held at City Hall on January 16, 2018 to discuss whether to amend municipal regulations to permit the development proposed by APL Properties. A petition with 850 signed postcards opposing APL’s development was submitted to the Mayor and Councillors. After the hearing, HRM Council voted 16:1 to ask the Planning staff to negotiate with APL on how much public benefit (e.g., affordable housing) the developer will offer in exchange for increasing the height of the building to 25 storeys.
On November 14, 2017, Councillor Shawn Cleary moved to amend Council’s earlier decision to limit APL’s development to 20 storeys. He proposed increasing the limit to 25 storeys. Nine voted in favour of this motion: Mayor Mike Savage, Steve Streatch, David Hendsbee, Bill Karsten, Shawn Cleary, Russell Walker, Steve Adams, Matt Whitman, and Steve Craig. Eight voted against it: Lorelei Nicoll, Sam Austin, Tony Mancini, Waye Mason, Lindell Smith, Richard Zurawski, and Lisa Blackburn. Amending the previous decision would have required a two-thirds majority, so the motion was defeated.
A public hearing had been scheduled at City Hall on May 23, 2017 to discuss whether to amend municipal regulations to permit the development proposed by APL Properties. On May 19, 2017 this public hearing was postponed at the request of the developer, who asked for additional time to revise its proposal. If APL submits a revised proposal, a public hearing will be scheduled at a later date.
The proposed 29-storey development by APL Properties Ltd. (George Armoyan) in the Robie-Quinpool-Parker neighbourhood was discussed by Regional Council on March 21, 2017. The Planning and Development staff report is posted HERE. The Willow Tree Group’s submission is posted HERE. The open letter from the Coalition for Responsible Development in HRM is posted HERE. Regional Council voted to limit the building to 62 metres (20 storeys) but did not consider the ten development regulations that the proposed building disregards.
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.
Development Agreement Process
A development agreement application must go through twelve 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.
- Complete application received (April 2014)
- Preliminary review of proposal, by HRM staff (June 2014)
- Public information meeting (May 2015 and September 2015)
- Recommendation from Planning Advisory Committee (following PAC meeting on 25 January 2016)
- Detailed review of proposal, by HRM staff
- Staff report
- First reading at Community Council
- Public hearing at Community Council
- Decision by Community Council on development agreement
- 14-day appeal period for development agreement
- Development agreement signed and registered
- Subdivision or building permit applications