Virtual Public Hearings, Coronavirus Update #31 and eviction resources

Hi all,

Quick update today, I had thought I would start doing these every two weeks but last Friday’s was too long, and some important updates around eviction and slow streets and a ton of public hearings coming up.

Also some more Coronavirus updates below.

First, though I had a number of emails saying “why isn’t X street on the list for traffic calming”. I’d ask you to go to the page below and consider applying.  Councillors can ask, but I feel the neighbours need to decide if they want it, and as I have said, I think all most residential streets should have calming and have been working that angle at Council and in the budget.

Given finite resources, and the fact that each speed hump is actually 5-9 grand to install, the work is going to take years and years to complete. I feel the work needs to be prioritized by the volume of cars and the speed of cars, so low traffic streets will come after the more dangerous streets.

More on applying for traffic calming here: https://www.halifax.ca/transportation/streets-sidewalks/road-safety/traffic-calming-for-safer-streets

Public Hearings and Meetings

Joint Public Hearing – Case 21916 Dutch Village Road
Tuesday July 7, 2020 6pm | Online

Request by Zwicker Zareski Architecture & Planning, on behalf of BANC Investments Ltd., to amend the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy and Halifax Mainland Land Use By-law to allow for a minor increase in the building height allowances in Area A of the Plan Dutch Village Road area and to consider a 12-storey, mixed-use building at 3514 Joseph Howe Drive, Halifax by development agreement. A virtual joint public hearing will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Link below.

Halifax & West Community Council Public Hearing – Case 22462 6583 Quinpool Road
Wednesday July 8 2020 | Online

Application by Shawn and Michelle Cleary requesting to enter into a development agreement on lands at 6583 Quinpool Road, Halifax to allow for the expansion of an existing day care from 14 to 20 children under care. A virtual public hearing will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Link below

Joint Public Hearing – Case 22682 5558 Bilby Street
Tuesday July 21, 2020 6pm | Online

Application by Lindsay Construction requesting amendments to the Halifax Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and Halifax Peninsula Land Use By-law (LUB) and non-substantive amendments to an existing development agreement on lands at 5558 Bilby Street to allow an extension to the date of commencement of construction by one (1) year. A virtual joint public hearing will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.  Link below

Halifax & West Community Council Public Hearing – – Case 22640 1686 Prospect Bay Road and area
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 6pm | Online

Application by Brighter Community Planning & Consulting, on behalf of Chris MacDonald, to rezone 1686 Prospect Bay Road, 1688 Prospect Bay Road, and Lot 4RC, Prospect from the P-2 (Community Facility) Zone to the RRB-1 (Rural Residential B-1) Zone under the Land Use By-law for Planning District 4 to permit the renovation of the former church building for use as a single unit dwelling, and the replacement of the former church hall building with a single unit dwelling. A virtual public hearing will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Link below.

For more information on each case, link to watch or participate, please visit https://www.halifax.ca/business/planning-development/public-hearings

Halifax Water Annual General Meeting
July 16, 2020 | Online

Welcome! For those who cannot attend our virtual live session, this meeting will be recorded and posted to the Halifax Water YouTube Channel.
Details:
– You can join the meeting by using a Mac, PC or mobile device. Anyone who registers is encouraged to check their device’s compatibility and install GoToWebinar in advance.
– Download and install GoToWebinar: https://support.goto.com/webinar/help/download-now-g2w010002
Members of the public who wish to speak at the virtual AGM must register and use the “Raise Hand” function during the meeting to be given the opportunity to speak during the final portion of the Annual General Meeting. Speaking time may be limited to 10 minutes per speaker.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Register now! https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1776296626742405389

CENTRE Plan Package B Surveys
Until August 31st | Online

The surveys are still online! Have your say about the farthest-reaching changes to how our community will grow and change in over 50 years.  The surveys represent the key themes in Centre Plan Package B.  Members of the public can complete all surveys, or select those of greatest interest to them.  Each survey contains some background information, but for those who wish to dig-in deeper, we also included links to an introductory video, additional summary fact sheets, presentations, an interactive map, and the full planning documents.

The surveys can be accessed from the Centre Plan webpage at www.centreplan.ca.  Any questions can be directed to planhrm@halifax.ca or 311. The surveys will be open until August 31st.

Coronavirus Update #31 – Masks, Washrooms and Rec Centres, Eviction help and update on that process

Today Dr Strang said he’s “extremely worried” that people are becoming complacent. Seeing lots of examples of people not physically distancing, and not wearing masks when physical distancing isn’t possible. “They’re extremely important,” he says of public health directives.

Dr Strang also said making masks mandatory in spaces where physical distancing isn’t possible isn’t off the table, but he thinks there are a number of things we can do that are “less intrusive,” and it’s a balance of individual rights.

(Above was sourced from Michael Gorman (CBC) and Nicole Munro (Herald) twitter today)

The Public Health guidelines at a glance can be read here:  https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/staying-healthy/

Recreation Facilities and public washrooms

Staff are hoping to announce a plan for public washrooms and more recreation facilities opening over the next few weeks. Obviously keeping high use public washrooms safe and clean is non-trivial work, and the level of cleaning and other considerations is different from normal. Should have updates next week.

Grafton Street One Way
As part of the Halifax Mobility Response Plan, Grafton Street, between Carmichael and Prince streets, will be temporarily converted into a one-way, southbound street to allow for additional patio space.

This change will be implemented on Friday, July 3 and will be in place until the end of September.

Sidewalks will remain open on both sides of the road. Parking and loading spaces will not be impacted while this adjustment is in place.

As part of the municipality’s ongoing engagement efforts for the Halifax Mobility Response plan, a Shape Your City Halifax project page has been created to provide an opportunity to share suggestions on where additional actions would be helpful to help residents move safely. The feedback will be valuable in helping municipal staff determine the next steps for making temporary changes to streets as a result of COVID-19.

As public health restrictions and recommendations change throughout the recovery phases, the municipality will continue to modify adaptations to the use of its streets, sidewalks and bike lanes.

More information will continue to be shared as adjustments are made to the Halifax Mobility Response: Streets and Spaces plan. Updates will be shared via @hfxgov on Twitter and at Halifax.ca.

For more information on municipal services during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit halifax.ca/coronavirus.

Eviction Update from Service Nova Scotia

Service Nova Scotia is responsible for administering Nova Scotia’s Residential Tenancy Legislation.

Effective immediately, the Director of Residential Tenancies will be accepting application forms for hearing beyond emergency issues; this includes Eviction Notices.

For many of the individuals we connect with, this is sure to cause significant stress.  Please note that a Notice to Quit is the first step in the eviction process, and if the tenant does not agree with the notice, they have 15 days to respond to it using Form J.  More info here: https://www.rentersed.ca/blog/2020/7/2/important-update-from-nova-scotias-director-of-residential-tenancies-application-procedure

Update from NS Legal Aid On Evictions

[The Provincial update is] a reminder that a positive landlord-tenant relationship, build on trust and good faith, will likely be a good predictor of whether the landlord will seek an eviction.  If tenants are making good-faith payments (even below the rent due) and open up communication with the landlord about the repayment plan, that will be much better for the tenant.

Tenants also need to be diligent about any documents they might get – delaying only makes things worse.  And an eviction for arrears can actually take place without a hearing (through the serving of a Form D and Form K process).  That had been suspended previously, but I presume it’s now in place.

Please feel free to put in your newsletter that we are here to help – tenants can apply online at www.nslegalaid.org and as well, we have our private one-on-one online chat at the website every Wednesday from 3-5.

http://www.nslegalaid.org/

How can we help?

Call my office
Call my office for assistance with your municipal issues.  You can reach my Coordinator Liam MacSween during the business day, his phone number is 902-490-2012 and his email is macswel@Halifax.CA

311 – HRM’s Call Centre
HRM’s call centre is open 7 days a week, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to respond to routine inquiries and complaints from HRM residents. Please use this service since it helps HRM keep track of issues that are of concern for residents (missed solid waste pickup, sidewalks not cleared, transit info or complaints, etc.) For more information please visit http://www.halifax.ca/311/

Regional Council Reports and Agendas
If you want to read reports coming to Regional Council (posted mid-day Friday prior to the Tuesday meeting) or to check the agenda please go to: https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/regional-council

Halifax and West Community Council Reports and Agendas
Community Council meets on Tuesday evenings that alternate with Regional Council. Please check the webpage here for agendas (usually available a week before the meeting), locations and times. https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/community-councils/halifax-west-community-council

Peninsula Planning Advisory Council Reports and Agendas
Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee meets once a month to discuss and provide feedback to council on planning proposals for the three districts on the peninsula. Please check the webpage for agendas (usually available a week before the meeting), locations and times: https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/boards-committees-commissions/h/halifax-peninsula-planning-advisory-committee