Years in the making, a development agreement for Shannon Park is due before councillors this week.
The Harbour East Marine Drive Community Council, comprising Dartmouth-side councillors, meets Thursday. The development agreement for the long-vacant Dartmouth property is on the agenda, with a recommendation to schedule a public hearing.
Canada Lands Company Ltd. (CLC), a federal Crown corporation, has proposed, via consultants WSP, 3,000 residential units on the 34-hectare site.
As Tim Bousquet highlighted in a Morning File last year, the process has been slow, having started in 2016 with a detour to consider a CFL stadium.
CLC estimates the full build-out, over four phases, will take 10 to 15 years.
The company doesn’t typically build anything itself, but according to its website, it will build the road network and then sell off the building lots to developers.
When complete, the development would create 23 new city blocks, with a new street grid.
The development agreement would require “a collector road between Windmill Road and Princess Margaret Boulevard designed to accommodate transit service and AAA bike lanes.” And it would require “Pedestrian walkways and trails throughout the site that connect to surrounding neighbourhoods.”
Maximum building heights range from 23 metres to 90 metres along the outside perimeter. That’s about 28 storeys.
While mostly residential, the development is proposed to include 13,470 square metres of commercial space.
In his report to the community council, planner Dean MacDougall summed up the findings from public consultation:
• The paramount need for affordable housing and seniors housing;
• Type of park space desired and importance of having public access to the harbour;
• Desire to see commemoration of the history of the site (First Nation and Military); and
• Importance of active transportation and transit infrastructure. A desire to see a development less dependent on cars.
There don’t appear to be plans for affordable housing on site, with the development agreement following the Centre Plan density bonus formula. That means the future developers will pay into HRM’s affordable housing fund at a to-be-determined rate.
That doesn’t mean there won’t be affordable housing on site, but it is not a requirement.
If the community council votes in favour of the motion on Thursday, the municipality will schedule a public hearing and final vote on the development agreement.