To the editor,
The new thinking by Halifax planners is to increase the height limit for building in downtown Halifax and curtail public participation in decisions.
I am involved with Nova Scotia Heritage Trust and believe these buildings, as the oldest in English Canada, mark Halifax as unique.
There are many options for high-rises not in the midst of heritage---north of the core, on approved sites, on vacant land.
HRM planning is trying to attract developers with choice locations on or near the water, where heritage properties are located.
Are there credible studies indicating destroying heritage will attract businesses, or that new buildings attract new businesses?
Are there people, other than staff planners and developers, who think this move is absolutely necessary? Have outside consultants been extensively consulted? The people I have heard from so far are largely spin doctors with packaged messages that are slick, but not very convincing.
Halifax planners are playing with our future. HRM by Design is taking a major gamble with our commitment to this city.
By ---Peter McCurdy