Detailed Comparison Between Existing Centre Plan Package A and proposed Package B Land Use By-law Requirements

Prepared by Planning & Development, Halifax Regional Municipality July 9, 2021

Centre Plan Package A was approved by Council in September 2019 and is currently controlling the type and scale of development in Package A areas.   Given that Package A was only recently approved, the proposed Package B planning documents generally incorporate the approved Package A policies and regulations concerning key items such as density, building heights, land uses and built form.  However, the proposed Package B documents do include several adjustments to Package A items in response to public and stakeholder feedback, and the Municipality’s experience administering the new policies and regulations.   Please visit the for more information about the Centre Plan Package B planning process and proposed planning documents. 

The following table compares relevant Package A LUB provisions to proposed Package B LUB provisions that are proposed to be adjusted in the general order the provision appear in the proposed Package B LUB. 

  • Sections not highlighted are not changed, are effectively the same or don’t impact development (ex: document organizational changes).
  • Sections highlighted in GREEN are more flexible under the proposed Package B. o Sections highlighted in ORANGE are more stringent, or introduce new requirements, under proposed Package B.
  • Applicable land use by-law section numbers are provided as “S.XX” for easy reference by the reader and, where provisions are repeated in zone chapters, multiple section numbers are provided for clarity.
Site Plan Approval (Part I; Administration, Site Plan Approval) 
RegulationPackage APackage B
Matters Subject to Site Plan Approval   Level I (2,000 sq. m. or less), II (greater than 2,000 but less than 5,000 sq. m.), and III (greater than 5,000 sq. m.) buildings. Design requirements and variations. S. 18              -20Requests for variations to design requirements or other items. Regular development permits are the standard route for developments that are not requesting any variations. This proposed change is intended to further streamline the development review process and ensure the site plan tool is only used for items that benefit from discretionary reviews, public consultations, and Design Advisory Committee (DAC) advice.  S. 15
Public ConsultationPublic engagement requirements are tied to the level of site plan approval application.  A sign at the site, website and public presentation may be required depending on the site plan approval level. S. 21-27Public consultation is required for all applications which proceed via site plan approval and includes a website and notification sign at the site of the proposed development.  Public meetings for site plan approval applications are not required given the limited benefits such meeting provide.  S. 17-19
Design Advisory CommitteeReviews all level II and level III site plan approval applications S. 32Reviews all applications proceeding through site plan approval requesting variations.
  S. 32
Appeal Site plan approval design requirements and variations are appealable to Regional Centre Community Council. Since all level I, level II and level III applications must proceed through site plan approval, they are all subject to appeal. S. 31• • •Site Plan approval applications are appealable to Regional Centre Community Council Only applications requesting variations will go through site plan approval and are therefore subject to appeal. S. 22
Zones and Permitted Uses (Part II, Chapter 2) 
Pedestrian- Oriented Commercial StreetsTo support pedestrian activity and vibrant street life uses on the ground floors of PedestrianOriented Commercial Streets, uses are limited to certain active uses (example: restaurants) This approach has been in place since the adoption of the Downtown Halifax Plan in 2009, in the Downtown Halifax Plan area and in Package A areas since adoption in 2019. S.45• •Some POCs from Package A were extended, and some new ones were added o    the north side of Portland Street POC between Canal Street and Maitland Street;  o         both sides of Wyse Road between Pelzant Street and Thistle Street;  o   Young Street and Kaye Street around the Hydrostone Market;  Office uses are permitted on POCs outside of Downtown Halifax and Downtown Dartmouth to support local business, respond to COVID-19 impacts, and in recognition that office uses can also contribute to the vibrancy of the street.
  Minimum and maximum building setbacks are increased, typically by 0.5 to 2.0 metres, in strategic locations, most often in CEN and COR zones to support pedestrian activity.
  Maximum building setbacks are maintained only on Pedestrian Oriented Commercial Streets.
  The maximum width of any gradeoriented premises is increased to 24 meters to support multiple pedestrianoriented storefronts.
Transportation ReservesPackage A established the Dundas Street extension transportation reserve. Transportation Reserves designate lands for public right of ways and development is prohibited within a Transportation Reserve The reserves are subject to the requirements of the Halifax Charter and will automatically revert to the underlying zoning after 5 years. If a landowner requests that the municipality acquire the lands within the reserve then Municipality must acquire the lands within one year, or the lands revert to the underlying zoning.  S. 39 and schedule 28Package B adds the Proctor Street and Robie Street Transportation Reserves. The Robie Street Transportation reserve is intended to support the Integrated Mobility Plan and the Rapid Transit Plan. A more detailed schedule for the Robie Street Transportation Reserve is expected to be introduced following further Council direction.   S.37, Schedules 4, 5 and 6
General Residential Uses (Part III, Chapter 2: Residential Use Requirements)
Amenity SpaceHigh density dwelling uses must provide 5 sq. m. of amenity space per dwelling. At least 50% must be provided indoors. Some minimum space and dimension requirements. S.58The overall minimum amount of amenity space to be provided is not proposed to change (5 sq. m. per unit) Minimum outdoor space requirement in the HR zones for high density buildings (those with 13 or more units) is specified at 25% and may be located either at-grade or on a rooftop. Previous at-grade open space design requirement clarified as an outdoor amenity space design requirement (see design requirements section below for more detail) S. 65
Dwelling unit mixD, CEN, COR zones require at least 25% of units to be 2 or more bedrooms HR zones require at least 25% of units to be two-bedroom units, and additional 10% must be three-bedroom units. S. 57• •Unit mix requirements clarified to only apply to new additions and new construction of 40 units or more, providing flexibility for additions and smaller developments. The unit mix requirement for 3bedroom units in HR-1 and HR-2 zones is reduced from a minimum of 10% to 5%, and the required twobedroom units are reduced to 20%.
  These adjustments are consistent with requirements found in other Canadian cities and provide more flexibility for projects to respond to changing market conditions. 
Environmental Requirements (Part III, Chapter 4) 
Coastal Areas/Coastal ElevationRequirement that all residential uses must be 3.2 metres above CGVD2013, consistent with Regional Plan policy direction.  S. 64The requirement remains at the same elevation, and is expanded to include commercial and institutional uses, with additional flexibility provided within the Waterfront Special Areas of the Downtown Dartmouth (DD) Zone, and Downtown Halifax (DH) Zone. 
  S. 72
Built Form (Part V: Built Form)  
Document organization – Built form requirements•      Built form requirements are organized by requirement.Requirements are organized by zone in response to stakeholder feedback and due to the increased number of zones.
Prohibited external cladding materialsThe following external cladding materials are prohibited in all Package A zones: vinyl siding; plastic; plywood; unfinished concrete; cinder block; exterior insulation and finish systems where stucco is applied to rigid insulation; darkly tinted or mirrored glass, excepting spandrel glass panels; and vinyl windows on registered heritage buildings or on lots within a heritage conservation district. S. 79• • • •Cinder block is permitted external cladding material in all zones, except on main buildings on a registered heritage property (S. 398) Vinyl siding and stucco applied to rigid insulation are permitted external cladding materials in the CEN-1, COR, HR-2, HR-1, and other Package B zones. Proposed adjustments are intended to provide increased flexibility in cladding material choices and reduce barriers to the expansion of existing buildings.  S. 89
Pedways• •Pedways are prohibited. S. 81Pedways that do not connect buildings over a street are permitted in the DD, DH, CEN-2, and industrial and institutional zones.
   Pedways are exempt from FAR and lot coverage calculations.
Height exemption for pitched rooftopsNo comparable requirement. Uninhabited portions of a pitched rooftop may exceed the maximum permitted height by up to 4.5 metres to support the development of wood constructed buildings.
   S. 101
Balcony Encroachment into setbacks and stepbacks• • •Downtown Halifax Land Use Bylaw: balconies may encroach into required setbacks and stepback provided the aggregate width does not exceed 50% of the horizontal width of a building face Centre Plan Package A: Balconies may encroach into required stepbacks and setbacks by up to 2 metres  S. 76 (d))• •Consistent with the existing Downtown Halifax Plan, balconies may encroach into required setbacks and stepback provided the aggregate width does not exceed 50% of the horizontal width of a building face.  This revision supports the development of balconies while continuing to control the massing and scale of buildings.   S. 93  
Balcony Encroachments Facing Transition Line • •Buildings in any D, CEN-2, CEN1, COR, HR-2, or HR-1 zone that abuts a transition line as shown on Schedule 26, no balcony, unenclosed porch, veranda, canopy, or awning is permitted to project into any required yard, setback, or stepback that faces the transition line. S. 76(3) • •Balconies facing a lot line that abuts an ER-3, ER-2, ER-1, CH, PCF, or RPK zone may project into any required stepback, provided the portion of any main building that is above grade is setback by: 8.5 m for mid-rise buildings; 12.5 m for tall midrise buildings; and  12.5 m for highrise buildings. S. 92(4)   
Land Acquisition by governments and Crown CorporationsNo comparable requirement.Where portions of lands are acquired by the municipality, the provincial government, or a crown corporation, and it results in an undersized lot development may still proceed on the lot, subject to meeting the requirements of the land use by-law. 
   In zones using FAR (DD, CEN-2, CEN-1), where portions of lands are acquired by the Municipality, the provincial government or a crown corporation, development on remaining lands the lands may continue to build to the maximum permitted FAR as if the lands were their original size. 
   S. 106(3), 155(3)  
Streetwall Break DeterminationNo comparable requirement.This section clarifies how a streetwall break (mid-point) is determined for the purposes of identifying streetwall sections.
   It does not add requirements and is meant to clarify where sections of the streetwall begin and end for the purposes of clarifying existing requirements.
   S. 103
Maximum Streetwall Height Exemptions for Sloping Conditions No comparable LUB regulation, but a site plan variation (S. 160) enabled the development officer to consider height increases by up to 5% for sloping conditions.• • •The maximum streetwall height can be exceeded by up to 1.5 metres for railings and parapets. S. 113 (3) A proposed LUB provision permits the streetwall height to be exceeded by:  10%, where any main building is located on a streetline that has a slope that is between 4% and including 8% across the entire width of the streetwall; or 20%, where any main building is located on a streetline that has a slope that exceeds 8% across the entire width of the streetwall.
   S.113, S. 133, S. 162, S.182, S. 200, S.218, S. 263, S.279, S. 296   
Ground Floor Requirements• •Ground floors must extend across the entire width of the streetwall facing a streetline, transportation reserve or waterfront view corridor. S. 90  Ground floors are required along any streetline or transportation reserve but are not required on portions of corner lots where the slope exceeds 8% across the entire width one of the streetlines.
   Ground floor requirements do not apply along waterfront view corridors.
   Ground floors are clarified to commence 0.6 m below or above grade.  
   S. 118, S.139, S.167, S.187, S.205, S.223, S.268, S.301
Ground Floor Requirements for grade-related dwelling units• •Ground floors are required across any streetline S. 90The ground floor of a grade-related dwelling unit is permitted to commence up to 1.5 metres below or above the streetline grade to support the privacy of grade-related dwelling unit. 
   118(6), S. 139 (6), S.167 (6), S.187 (6), S.205 (6), S.223 (6), S.268 (6), S.301 (6)
Grade-oriented premises• •Grade-oriented premises are calculated using a formula that requires a minimum number of premises depending on the results of the formula, which is tied to lot width, generally divided by 12 with a max. width of 24 m on Pedestrian Oriented Commercial Streets.  S. 90(5) • •Requirements for grade-oriented premises requirements are simplified to remove the previous formula and establish a maximum width of 24 metres for each grade-oriented premise. A site plan variation alternative is also included to allow wider gradeoriented premises (see site plan variation section).
   S. 119, S.140, S.168, S.188, S.206
Minimum front and flanking yards and below grade portions of buildings in the required setback• • •Minimum setbacks are established throughout the plan area and are set contextually to support pedestrian activity, provide space for landscaping, to support plan policy and based on the local context. Portions of buildings below grade can extend beyond the minimum required setback up to the property line. S.91, shown on schedule 9  Minimum front setbacks on number of streets are adjusted between 0.5 and 3.0 metres to reflect the existing built form and to support greater front yard landscaping requirements, pedestrian oriented environment, and better align with Nova Scotia Power requirements.  Below grade portions of buildings are not permitted to extend past the minimum required front yard setback to support landscaping and reduce potential conflicts public infrastructure.  S.107, S.128, S.156, S.176, S.196, S.214, S.229, S.241, S.251, S.259, S.275, S.292, S. 309, S.317, S.331 shown on schedule 18 Please see Attachment A for more detailed information on proposed changes to minimum front and flanking setbacks by Package A street. 
Recessed portions within streetwalls• • • •Limits the area of recesses and projections to a maximum of 30% of the width of the streetwall Excludes recessed pedestrian entrances 100% of the ground floor may be recessed by up to 0.5 metres and not count towards the 30% maximum S. 80Continued exclusion for recessed pedestrian entrances from the 30% Clarifies that balconies are not considered projections within the meaning of this section- balconies are regulated by another section Clarifies that portals are counted in this provision  Ground floor portions of a building can be recessed up to 2.0 metres without counting towards the 30% maximum S.116, S.137, S.165, S.185, S.203, S.221, S.266, S.282, S.299
Separation distances• • • •Above the streetwall height all buildings on the same lot are required to be separated by between 6 and 25 metres, depending on building typology  95 (1) Where more than one main building is permitted on a lot, the same section also provides a minimum separation at grade of 4.0 metres  S.95 (2)Where more than one main building is located on a lot, all buildings must be separated at grade by at least 6.0 metres, an increase of 2.0 metres compared to the Package A requirement. • High-rise buildings must be separated by 25 metres, the same in Package A • The above-streetwall separation distances for mid-rise and tall midrise buildings on the same lot are removed (increased flexibility) S. 122, S.142, S.152, S. 171, S.191, S.209, S.255, S.270, S.304 
Maximum Building Dimensions – Maximum High- rise tower floor plateThe maximum high-rise floor plate area is 750 square metres The policy intent was for this maximum to apply to all storeys above the height of the streetwall and was clearly communicated to the public, design professionals, development community and Regional Council through numerous engagement materials and events. A drafting error of the land use by-law inadvertently permits the floors below a height of 26 metres to exceed this requirement. S.96, definition of “tower portion”The drafting error is addressed, and the original intent is carried out The corrected sections now clearly indicate that the maximum tower floor plate is 750 square metres above the height of the streetwall. This is not a change in the intended requirement and is considered a housekeeping amendment to clarify the requirement. S. 172, S.210, S. 271, S. 305, and definition of “tower portion” 
Building Design (Part VII, General Design Requirements)  
At-grade open spaces  Multiple requirements for seating, weather protection and pathways. Different requirements for different sizes of at-grade open spaces. S. 113 – 120The design requirements related to at-grade-open space are clarified to focus on the design of amenity space, with landscaping related items continuing to be controlled by general landscaping provisions. Overall, the requirements have been simplified to achieve the same objective. S. 367, S. 430 for landscaping standards, S. 455 for pedestrian pathways   
TransparencyFor commercial uses, 50-80% of the ground floor must be clear glass glazing S. 127   • The requirement is increase to 60% on pedestrian-oriented commercial streets. 
Elsewhere the requirement for commercial uses is simplified to 50%, with no maximum. • A new requirement of 25% is proposed for all others uses. S.377
Pedestrian ConnectionsDescribed requirements for connections between private and public spaces. S. 135   •     Removed given the duplication and potential conflicts with other requirements.  
Pedestrian Connections through accessory surface parking lots• •Requirements for pedestrian paths through surface parking lots including widths of paths, material types and where the connection must go. S. 136The requirement remains mainly the same with a slight reduction in the required width of the pathways to 1.8 metres instead of 2.0 metres. This is in line with accessibility requirements for two-way access for wheelchair users. 
Access, utility, and heat pumps design requirements• •Required screening for utilities, heat pumps and service access. S. 137, S. 139, and S. 140Removed due to duplication and potential conflicts with other LUB requirements and plan objectives.  
Parking internal to a building• •Parking located inside a streetwall must be screened from view. S. 138• •Other than minor changes to the wording, this requirement has not changed. S. 382 
Corner treatmentNo comparable design requirement. New design requirement is introduced related to architectural treatment of corners.  
   The intent is to create opportunities for consistent architectural treatment on both sides of the streetwall, and at least one other method.   
   There are several options for the designer to choose from and they are intended to be minimally prescriptive to enable a range of design choices. 
   •  S. 372 
Side wall articulation• • • • •Where a building faces a side yard the façade treatment on the wall facing the side yard must be continued for a depth equal to or greater than the side yard setback. CEN, COR, and D zones usually require no side setbacks. HR zones have setbacks that are contextual but are usually 3.0 metres. In most cases, this means that only HR buildings would be subject to this requirement, or in cases where a development intentionally creates a side yard.  S.123   Buildings with side setbacks 2.0 metres or greater must provide façade treatment double the side setback distance.  
• • • •No side wall articulation is required for buildings with side setbacks less than 2.0 metres  As with Package A, few buildings are required to have a side yard in most zones The side yards in the HR zones and most other zones are 3.0 metres or 6.0 metres when beside an ER zone S.373
Building top distinctionThe building top must be distinguished using two of three methods. S. 132•  Building top distinction design requirement is removed given the challenges with regulating an objective that is inherently subjective in nature and due to concerns that prescriptive building top distinction requirements may limit creative design.     
View Terminus SitesView terminus sites are required to provide one of the following to enhance the view of the development from the public realm: o       Extending the height of a portion of the streetwall; Locating a block tower, bell tower, rooftop cupola, spire, steeple, or minaret on top of the building Providing an at-grade open space Or locating public art or a cultural artifact within an at-grade open space S. 155, schedule 5• •The option to provide an at-grade open space is removed since an atgrade open space with public art or a cultural artifact is a similar option. S.384, schedule 25 
Heritage Design Requirements  A variety of design requirements related to heritage buildings and new development abutting heritage buildings. S. 141- 153Many heritage design requirements are removed to reduce potential conflict with the Heritage Property Bylaw, and because the design of registered heritage buildings will continue to be controlled through the substantial alteration review process. 
  The remaining heritage requirements mostly address built form controls such as materials, stepbacks from abutting heritage buildings, stepbacks for new portions of existing buildings, and alignment with heritage building cornice lines. 
  S. 391 -399  
Design Requirements ExemptionsNo comparable requirement Clarification of exemptions to certain design requirements for specific uses, such as arenas. 
  See footnotes under Table 11 and Table 12 
Site Plan Approval Variations (Part IX, Chapter 1, General Variation Criteria)
 Package A VariationsPackage B Built-in Flexibilities or variation change
Roof Edge Setbacks for Height Exempted Features  Permits setbacks from the roof edge for rooftop edges to be varied when against an interior lot line S. 157The variation remains materially the same with some changes in language to clarify the variation. S. 401
Maximum Front YardsAbility to vary the maximum front yards for an open space in front of a public building, or to meet the requirements of a utility easement. S.158The variation is replaced with a general requirement. The maximum front yard may be exceeded in cases of easements, on registered heritage properties, and for an at-grade open space. S. 109. S.110, S.130, S.158, S.159, S.178, S.179
Minimum Streetwall HeightAbility to vary the streetwall height to 3.5 metres in conditions of excessive slope S.159The variation is replaced with a general requirement. The minimum streetwall heights remain the same at 8 metres, but a streetwall may be reduced to 3.5 metres for up to 20% of the streetwall to a maximum of 8 metres. A streetwall may also be reduced to 3.5 metres in cases where slope exceeds 4% across the width of the streetwall. S.114, S. 134, S.163, S.183, S.201, S.219, S.263, S.280, S.297
Maximum Streetwall HeightStreetwall height may be varied by 5% to account for sloping conditions S. 160The variation is replaced with a general requirement. Streetwall height may be exceeded by up to 10% in cases where the slope exceeds 4% across the entire width of the streetwall and may be exceeded by up to 20% when the slope exceeds 8% Clear glass guard and railing systems and parapets may exceed the streetwall height by up to 1.5 metres No streetwall setback continues to be permitted for up to 20% of a main building faces, effectively enabling this portion of the streetwall to be the maximum building height.  S. 113, S.133, S.162, S.182, S.200, S. 218, S.263, S.279, S.296
Side and Rear setbacks for a high-rise buildingPermits high rise buildings to vary the required side or rear setbacks where view planes would prevent abutting development to take place S. 161The variation is replaced with a general requirement. The minimum required side or rear setback for high-rise towers can be reduced to 6.0 metres when a view plane would not permit its development S.111, S. 112, S. 131, S. 132, S. 160, S.161, S.277, S.278, S.294, S.295
Side and rear setbacks for tall mid-rise buildingsAllows the required side and rear setbacks above the streetwall to be varied if the application is being developed across multiple sites and can demonstrate that it could meet the requirements if the lots were consolidated, and that the building width above the streetwall does not exceed 52 metres. S.162The variation is replaced with a general requirement. Tall-mid rise buildings may reduce the required rear or side setback to 0m if the building is developed on a common foundation across abutting lots in common ownership. S. 112, S.132, S.161, S.278, S.295
Maximum width of a building below the streetwallAllowed for a building up to 88 metres along one streetline to permit two towers on one podium Required an at-grade open space to be provided at grade. S.163A new variation allows the maximum building dimensions below the height of the streetwall to be varied in the CEN-2, COR, and HR-2 zone.  There is no limit to the variation. The building must be broken up to appear as two buildings by providing an at grade open space and, for midrise buildings, separating portions above the streetwall by 10 metres. S.404
Side yard setback for pedestrian accessVariation for side yards to allow access to the rear of a site  S.164Maximum side yards are removed. S.111, S. 131, S.160, S.180, S. 198, S.216, S.231, S.244, S.253, S.261, S.277, S.294, S.311, S. 319, S.326, S.333, S.358
New Variations – Package B
Streetwall Articulation – S. 402Enables alternative forms of streetwall articulation than required by the design requirements. Alternative forms must include public art and one of either wider and more dramatic projections than would normally be required or sculpted walls.
Grade-oriented Premises – S. 403•      Allows the maximum width of grade-oriented premises to be varied provided that at least two pedestrian entrances are provided at least 12 metres apart, articulation around the pedestrian entrances is provided, and the appearance of multiple storefronts must be made in the façade.
Unique Building Functionality – S. 405•      Buildings with 80% or more of floor area dedicated to specific uses (ex: library use, university use) can vary land use by-law requirements if they conflict with the intended use and there are no blank walls facing a street or park.
Unique Building Use – S. 406Buildings with 80% or more of the floor area dedicated to specific uses  (ex: library use, university use) can vary land use by-law requirements to support unique designs if they can demonstrate that the design is more innovative and emphasises the site more than the typical requirements.  There can be no blank walls facing a street or park. An at-grade open space is required along a streetline and must be at least 5% of the total lot size in area.
Cornice line height abutting registered heritage properties – S. 407•      A variation is provided to waive heritage design requirements if they conflict with the requirements of a heritage by-law.
Applicability of design requirements in registered heritage properties S. 408•      A variation is provided to permit changes in the height of a cornice line on a non-heritage building abutting a registered heritage building.  
View Planes, Halifax Citadel Rampart Sight Lines, and Waterfront View Corridors (Part X)
View CorridorsThe view corridors in the approved Package A carried forward the view corridors from the Downtown Dartmouth Plan, in effect since 2000. Development may not protrude into the view corridors except for public art, landscaping and fountains and outdoor cafes, and shipping containers are permitted in the portion that overlaps with the Downtown Dartmouth Waterfront Special Area. S.168The view corridors in Downtown Halifax are the existing view corridors from the Downtown Halifax Plan Area (S. 21-22 in LUB, and SMPS Section 7.7 and Map 11 of the SMPS), in effect since 2009. The Downtown Halifax View Corridors were mentioned in text only and were not mapped. The Centre Plan versions are surveyed and shown on Schedules 29-34.   Ground floor uses are no longer restricted along View Corridor Streets (S. 22 of the DH LUB).  Additional items are permitted in the view corridors such as patios, planters, temporary construction uses, shipping containers, monuments and additional structures in the portions that overlap with the Downtown Halifax Waterfront Special Area. S. 412, Schedules 29-34
Halifax Citadel Sight Lines• •Consistent with the Halifax Peninsula LUB, the Halifax Citadel sight lines are protected to preserve the historical views from Halifax Citadel Parade Square as it would have been experienced by soldiers and visitors in the 19th Century. S. 167In addition to the survey information of view position included in Package A, Package B proposes to include survey information for the Cavalier building to ensure this permanent building is considered when determining sigh lines impacts.  This may allow for minor increases in maximum building height in some areas.  
   Survey information for the Cavalier building will be included prior to First Reading.
   S. 411
Landscaping (Part XII)  
Rooftop Landscaping for Underground Parking StructuresNo requirementRoof slabs of underground parking levels that protrude above grade are required to have soft or hard landscaping.
   See definitions for “hard landscaping” and “soft landscaping”
Parking and Off-Street Loading (Part XIII) 
Parking Exemptions for the HR-1 and HR-2 zones          •      None included• •In the HR-1 and HR-2 zones, no parking is required for the first 12 units.    Table 15
Off-Street Loading (Curbside management)Multi unit buildings with more than 40 units must provide 30 sq. m. of loading area. Depending on the size of the use, commercial buildings must provide between 30 and 60 sq. m. of loading area. The spaces must be internal to a building, in a parking structure or located on an accessory parking lot. S. 214• • •Creates definitions for “Type A” and “Type B” loading spaces to recognize different loading needs. Depending on the use, Type A or Type B loading spaces may be required to a maximum of 2 type A spaces, and 1 type B space. The dimensional requirements of the required spaces are similar to Package A requirements, but a minimum clearance (height) is also provided.
  The threshold for the first required loading space in multi-unit buildings is lowered from 40 units to 30 units.
  These changes are intended to support curbside management as the municipality expands its AAA bike network and transit infrastructure which will place higher demand on curbside space.
  S. 464, S. 465, S. 466

Attachment A:  Centre Plan Package B Proposed Adjustments to Minimum Front and Flanking Setbacks 

Proposed Centre Plan Package B contains a number of minor increases to minimum front and flanking setback requirements applicable to Package A areas.   While the specific changes are tailored to individual streets, these adjustments are generally intended to:

  • more closely reflect existing conditions and local character;
  • support landscaping and a pedestrian oriented environment; 
  • provide greater consistency between different portions of some streets; 
  • support viewing triangles and pedestrian safety at some intersections; and •         better align with Nova Scotia Power setback requirements from power poles.  

Proposed minimum front and flanking setbacks are mapped in Schedule 18 of the proposed Package B LUB and outlined below for easy comparison to existing Package A LUB requirements.   Please note that:

  • the following table identifies the general location of street portions and that Schedule 18 should be referenced for more detailed information; and
  • proposed Package B removes maximum front and flanking setbacks from many Package A streets, with the exception of Pedestrian Oriented Commercial Streets, where they have been generally increased to provide greater flexibility (LUB Schedule 19). 
Halifax StreetsCurrent Min. Front yard Setback (Draft Centre Plan)Proposed New Min. Setback
Joseph Howe Drive (Fairview overpass to Rotary)1.5m to 2.0m2.5m
Quinpool Road (Rotary to Armview Dr)1.5m3.5m
Dartmouth StreetsPackage A Minimum Front and Flanking SetbacksProposed Package B Minimum Front and Flanking Setbacks
Wyse Road COR Zones (Pelzant to Albro Lake Road)  1.5 metres3.0 metres
Highfield Park Drive  1.5m to 3m3.0m
Windmill Road (Jamieson St to Centre Plan boundary)  1.5m to 3m2.5m 
Boland Road1.5m to 3m2.5m
Alderney Drive (Portland to Portland- the section along the harbour)1.5m to 3m3.0m
Portland Street (At 5 point intersection to Pleasant St)1.5m to 3m3.0m
Portland Street (Old Ferry Road to Joffre)1.5m2.5m
Pleasant Street (Newcastle st to Centre Plan Boundary)1.5m2.5m
Prince Albert Road (Rixdale Dr to Glenwood Ave)1.5m2.0m
Quinpool Road (Armview Drive to Robie Street)  1.5m to 3.5m2.5 m
Downtown Halifax Streets  0m1.0m
Lower Water St.0m1.0m
Halifax Shopping Centre entrance on Bayers Road1.5m4.0m
Barrington St (MacDonald Bridge to Cogswell st)1.5m2.0m
Windsor Street (Cunard to Young St)1.5m2.5m
Windsor Street (Quinpool to Cunard)0.52.5m
North Street (Chebucto to MacDonald Bridge)1 to 2.0 m2.0m
Almon Street (Robie to Gottingen)1m1.5m
Almon Street (Robie to Windsor- North Side only)1.5m3.0m
Young St (Robie to Isleville)1.5m and 2.5m2.5m
Robie Street (Young St to Livinginstone St)1.5m3.0m
Lady Hammond Road1.5m2.0m