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20 Jan 2020

  Construction Mitigation Plan (CMP) Followup. 


Park to Park received a copy of the presentation presented to Business Improvement District’s  interests in December .  

Peter Duncan Manager Infrastructure and Development noted the need to clarify community engagement – both for businesses as well as residents. The necessary  "Housekeeping amendments" referenced in the document include the following:


A CMP must be prepared by a Professional Engineer;

"F-type" concrete barriers are required to separate a temporary sidewalk from traffic;

For greater certainty, a copy of the Traffic Control Plan must be kept on site at all times;

A CMP must indicate where contractors will park;

Where parking is removed, information signage directing motorists to alternative parking locations;

Solid Hoarding must be designed by a professional engineer;

The location of the nearest hydrant or sprinkler location will be added to the CMP; and,

More clarity is provided regarding snow removal obligations.

It is anticipated that the final Version will go to Council for approval in 2020. 

1 Dec 2018

Construction Noise

N-200 Noise By-law!


Dear Councillor Mason, 


Park to Park Community Association would like to draw your attention to HRM's existing Noise Bylaw N-200.  As currently structured, the By-law is both outdated and confusing to many.  We request that you bring our request for modifications to the By-Law to the Community Planning and Economic Development standing Committee (CPED) at their October meeting.

Many urban centres in Canada and abroad, including Halifax Regional Municipality, intend to intensify urban development by combining residential and commercial land-use types. The objective is to promote mixed-use neighborhoods.   Under the HRM Centre Plan, development is directed to core areas on the Peninsula. As a result, more and more high density development is moving from the traditional downtown commercial  areas into what were formerly low rise residential neighbourhoods. Our South End neighbourhood being one of them.


We recognize that under this planning model, Halifax is now growing, quickly changing and getting to be a more vibrant city.   However, residents make up our city and expect to enjoy a certain quality of life.  With the intense development the Halifax Peninsula is experiencing comes the downside - the noise.  Excessive noise in residential communities, particularly for the long hours now permitted, can have a huge impact on how they enjoy their homes and neighbourhoods.

In researching noise By-laws in other jurisdictions it quickly became apparent that progressive cities such as Toronto and Vancouver to name just two, have taken this factor into consideration and have reduced the hours for permitted construction.  In Toronto for instance construction is only permitted between 7am and 7pm on weekdays and between 9am and 7:00 pm on Saturday and not at all on Sunday or Statutory Holidays.  N-200, the Halifax By-Law Respecting Noise, has not been updated since 1999, long before the current development boom HRM is experiencing. We question why Halifax has been so remiss in this area of planning, in not protecting the quality of life of its neighbourhoods experiencing this unprecedented development boom. 


We see any proposed changes for By-law N-200 as having to strike a balance between HRM's economic and infrastructure development and ensuring that residents are able to enjoy their homes and neighbourhoods.

In light of the above, we, Park to Park Community Association, request that you bring forward to CPED a recommendation that By-Law N-200 concerning Noise be reviewed immediately with the intent to modify the hours during which construction noise is permitted in the densely populated areas of HRM, similar to Toronto or Vancouver and within a defined distance of a major construction site.  We would further recommend that changes to By-Law N-200 be easily administered and enforced by the Municipality.

 

Sincerely 

Pat Whitman and Chris Annand 

Park to Park Community Association
12 Jan 2018

Construction Mitigation and Rat Control 


1841 Argyle Street, Main Floor 
PO Box 1749
Halifax, NS B3J 3A5

Sent via Email: Clerks@halifax.ca

 

Re: Upcoming Recommendation of Halifax & West Community Council to Regional Council concerning Inclusion of Rodent Control in Construction Site Management Administrative Order

 

Councillors,

 

During the past year Park to Park Community Association, a neighbourhood group in the South End of the Peninsula attended consultations related to construction mitigation initiatives.  With the amount of major construction currently underway or planned for Halifax we felt changes were long overdue and appreciated that the city was proactive in working with the construction industry to ensure that mitigation measures were improved, implemented and enforced. 

 

In discussions with Urban Capital, the developer of Gorsebrook Park Condos soon to be constructed on Wellington Street, we raised the issue of construction inconvenience and mitigation and also discussed our concerns about rodent control once excavation begins later this year. We were pleased then to see that the Halifax and West Community Council reviewed at their recent meeting a staff report dated December 21, 2016 on rodent control and that construction disruption and excavation was also recognized as a source of rodent problems infiltrating neighbourhoods.

We fully support all the recommendations in the report dealing with improvements to current municipal practices related to rat remediation.  Of particular interest to us is their alternate recommendation that would direct the development community to include rodent control in their Construction Mitigation Plans (CMP).  

 

Regional Council could direct staff to amend Administrative Order 2016-003-ADM, Respecting Construction Site Management to include rodent control in the form of pre-baiting for a period of 10-14 days prior to demolition or major construction.  Given the ongoing major construction in HRM and on the peninsula in particular, we feel this would be an important step forward in controlling rodents in the city.  


We are encouraged by the proactive position taken by Community Council on this growing issue and ask that Regional Council fully support the recommendations put forward in the Staff report and strongly recommend that an amendment of Administrative Order 2016-003-ADM  be approved as quickly as possible.

 

 

Pat Whitman Chair 

Chris Annand Vice Chair