Projects - HRM Committee
• Protecting the Barrington Street Heritage Conservation District
• Moving the Former Offices of Charles Morris, Chief Surveyor
• Saving the Morris Building - Fundraising
Posted April 25, 2011
Written submissions received by noon on Friday, May 6 can be circulated to Councillors to be read before a decision is made.
Protecting the Barrington Street Heritage Conservation District
An application has been made to demolish the Roy Building on Barrington Street
and to replace it by a 16-storey office building. This document will test that application
against the policies in the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy (RMPS1) and subsidiary
Strategies.download PDF Re: HTNS response to Proposal to demolish and replace the Roy Building (Case 01172)
This is the east side of the central two blocks of the new Barrington Street Heritage Conservation District. The low scale, of three to six storeys, is the unifying characteristic of the District, which has a 72-foot height limit.
Click on the image to see the elevations of the tower that a developer has applied to build that would involve the complete demolition of the Roy Building. The proposed towers of 14 and 16 storeys (182 and 226 feet high) would completely negate the low scale of the fledgling historic District and would create a canyon on Sackville Street. Heritage conservation districts increase business activity and improve property values. However, heritage conservation districts only work well when the rules are applied firmly. A relevant policy says new buildings should reinforce the proportions of adjacent buildings.
Public hearings will be held by Regional Council on Tuesday, May 10
at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 1841 Argyle Street, Halifax. Written
submissions may be forwarded to the Mayor and Council by e-mail to
email@example.com, or by mail to P.O. Box 1749, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J
3A5, or by fax to 490 4208. Written submissions received by noon on
Friday, May 6, can be circulated to Councillors to be read before a decision
is made. Submissions received before 3 p.m. on May 10 will be placed on
An application has been made to place an 11-storey apartment building on top of the three-storey Zellers Building (Discovery Centre) on Barrington Street. The developer has also requested an option to construct an office tower instead. This document will test the application against the policies in the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy (RMPS1) and subsidiary Strategies. The present analysis is not intended to be complete. download PDF of Case 01231 and the Policies in the Municipal Planning Strategy
download PDF of Keeping the Barrington Heritage District Alive