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UPDATE: Rezoning of 48-50 Sambro Road Appeal

Upcoming Appeal of Rezoning Application
for 48 – 50 Old Sambro Road
Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board #M10373

The application to rezone 48 – 50 Old Sambro Road from R-2P to R-3 was defeated by Halifax and West Community Council at its meeting on November 16, 2021. The developer has appealed that decision.

The appeal will be heard by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (the Board). The public will have the opportunity to speak at the hearing and/or make written submissions.

Here is the Board’s Amended Notice of Public Hearing.

Requests to speak at the hearing or submissions to the Board are to be made to

Chief Clerk Bruce Kiley
at
[email protected] or
Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board,
3rd Floor, 1601 Lower Water Street,
Halifax, NS B3J 3P6

If you wish to speak at the hearing (March 30, 2022) you must notify the Board by 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 4, 2022.

If you wish to make written comments these must be received by the Board by 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 4, 2022.

The Williams Lake Conservation Company sees four primary issues significant to this appeal. Which are you concerned about? Please feel free to use or reference these issues in any submission you make.

Wetland: The Catamaran Ponds are located at the top of the Williams Lake watershed. The development will have a major negative impact on the function of the wetlands surrounding Catamaran Ponds, and ultimately on the water quality of Governors Brook, Colpitt Lake and Williams Lake. The wetlands provide a breeding ground and resting spot for birds, and a home to amphibians and mammals.

Density: The developer proposes a building that is too large for the two small lots at 48 – 50 Old Sambro Road, and will therefore be accommodating underground parking for 13 vehicles. Construction of the building in order to accommodate parking will entail blasting, creating run off of sediment into the Catamaran Ponds, and will negatively impact those living in the neighbourhood.

Wildlife Corridor: Residents in the area report regular sightings of animals such as deer, fox, and rabbits. The building will block the corridor. The steep slope behind the building will necessitate a fence, further blocking wildlife.

Traffic: The developer downplays the impact the development will have on the traffic on Old Sambro Road. Did you know that the solution proposed is to restrict traffic to right-in/right-out? This means that traffic entering the development will be by a right hand turn only, and traffic leaving the development will be by right hand turn only. This is an inadequate solution to the traffic in the vicinity of the intersection of Old Sambro Road and Dunbrack Street.

This is your community! It is important to support your Community Council which voted against this development!

Questions? Use the Contact Us button on the Williams Lake Conservation Company website at williamslakecc.org.


WLCC Intervenor Request to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board

[The following pdf document can be downloaded here]

WLCC-Intervenor-Request-2022-redacted-small


Catamaran Ponds
Catamaran Ponds adjacent to 48-50 Sambro Rd (in red)

WLCC-Water-Flow-Report-Nov-2020

UPDATE: Rezoning of 48-50 Sambro Road Appeal
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