- The Coast
- City hall remains underused because of the pandemic.
- Councillor Sam Austin
The report, which starts on page five of this link here, is required reading for anyone living in Halifax wondering what reconciliation can and should look like.
In other news from the November 17 meeting of Halifax Regional Council…
- Council approved a motion to make changes to the cafe patio rules, allowing businesses to operate year-round if they meet the requirements. This will leave snow clearing up to the businesses, and loosen some of the restrictions that would otherwise disqualify a business from setting up a patio. Businesses have to apply before December 31 to be considered.
- A pre-2016 motion to consider giving not-for-profit daycare centres access to less-than-market-value leases (which is necessary to see daycares and early childhood learning centres in HRM rec centres) was moved forward, and staff will return to council with a report at some point.
- Council accepted the public benefit density bonusing offer from Killam Apartment REIT and Architecture 49 for this building at the corner of Hollis and Bishop Streets:
What the developer offered as a public benefit, in order to get permission to build a little bigger than the rules normally allow, was to put the wiring around the building underground. The report on the deal says it'll come at a cost of $72,000.
You may be thinking, "but I thought they set up that special account so the public benefit could be cash that ends up in the hands of non-profits providing housing?" And that account does exist, but it's just one of many options a developer can choose as its public benefit in exchange for more square footage.
- Councillor Becky Kent
- Councillor Tony Mancini
- Council voted to sell HRM land in Dartmouth to the affordable housing association of Nova Scotia at a public hearing after the regional council meeting.
- Next week, regional council will have a special meeting on Tuesday to decide what to do with the $8.6 million from CMHC for the creation of 28 affordable housing units.