District 8 Update #20 – Participatory Budget Deadline, O.N.E Northend Community Session, Public hearings, Transit Priority Gottingen St Info session, Community events, +more!

Participatory Budget Deadline Approaching!
I am inviting District 8 residents to give their input on how to spend $56,400 in the community. The funds will be allocated using the Participatory Budgeting model that was used in previous year’s District 8 Participatory Budget vote. The benefits of this process are that it encourages great ideas to come forward from local groups, builds community support and collaboration, and gives local residents a direct say in how they want the District 8 capital funds spent.

Last year, due the number of applications we didn’t hold a vote night. (All applications were still reviewed) To make sure residents have a chance to give their input, please share and APPLY!
Important Dates!

Proposal Submission Deadline 4:00pm | Friday, May 25th, 2018
Please submit proposals to:
Email – Nadine.yuriev@halifax.ca
Mail – Nadine Yuriev, Council Support Office PO Box 1749 Halifax, NS B3J 3A5

District 8 Participatory Budget Community Vote
Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Italian Canadian Cultural Association (Main Hall) | 2629 Agricola Street
District 8 residents of all ages are invited to vote on their favorite projects in person! Residents can drop by anytime between 6:00pm-9:00pm to vote. Successful projects will be announced that evening.
Find more information here: https://lindellsmithhfx.ca/pb/

Community Town Halls!

I am happy to inform you all that I am booking venues in June for community town Halls around the district. This will be an opportunity for residents throughout District 8 to share their feedback, concerns, thanks, etc. At these meetings there will be a short presentation from staff and a very short question period. The rest of the meeting will be spent hearing from you!
Times and dates will be shared once the venues are booked.

List of events and notices – here’s what is included:

  • Last Regional Council Summery May 8th
  • Transit Priority – Gottingen Street Information meeting
  • Public Hearing – Case 21618 – 5511 Bloomfield Street
  • Public Hearing – Case 21076 – 3834 Robie Street
  • Halifax Explosion Commemorative Markers
  • HRM bid for Smart Cities Challenge Posted
  • Halifax Regional Police is looking for Cadets
  • One North End (O.N.E) Community conversation
  • Be A Buddy Not A Bully Celebrity Softball game
  • St. Josephs A McKay Spring Fair

Items of Interest:

  • May North End Community Circle Roundtable Notes
  • Lieutenant Governor 2018 Community Spirit Award Call for Submissions
  • North End Business Association
  • Quinpool Road Business Association looking for Board members
  • Regional Council – Next Meeting: April 24th 10:00 am
  • HRM’s New Litter Campaign
  • Other Committee and Board commitments
  • Regional Council Next Meeting: May 22nd
  • Halifax and West Community Council Next Meeting:  May 15th
  • Community Planning & Economic Development Next Meeting: May 17th
  • Active Transportation Advisory Committee Next Meeting: Thursday May 17th

Contact me:
Phone: 902-579-6975
Email: Lindell.Smith@halifax.ca
Website: www.LindellSmithHfx.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LindellSmithHFX/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindellSmithHFX

Council Coordinator: Nadine Yuriev
Phone: 902.490.1577
Email: Yurievn@halifax.ca

311 – HRM’s Call Centre
HRM’s call centre is open 8am-8pm Mon-Fri, 9am-5:30pm weekends 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/
Please send your feedback on issues before Community Council and Regional Council – and on any municipal issue. If you would like to send your comments to all Regional Councillors please email the Clerk’s Office (clerks@halifax.ca) so that your comments are shared and are part of the public record.

If you would like to send events or information to be possibly included in my e-newsletter, please email with the subject line “E-Newsletter”


Last Regional Council Summery May 8th

Traffic Calming Policy
Regional Council adopted the proposed amendments to the Administrative Order Respecting Traffic Calming. On October 17, 2017 Regional Council directed Staff to remove the requirement for resident polling from the existing Administrative Order (AO).  During their review of the AO, staff proposed the following additional changes:

The proposed changes would remove the requirement for a street not to be a transit route, revise the policy in terms of emergency routes, and instate the minimum length of a street to 150 metres.

Initial Assessment
The proposed changes would add new criteria for school zones to the initial assessment and would add timelines for reassessment requests for those streets that do not pass the 85th percentile speed requirements in the initial assessment. Additionally, the initial assessment would be used strictly to provide clarity for the AO and would no longer have an impact on the final outcome.

Project Ranking
The proposed changes would remove 40% of the 100 locations currently on the list following the initial provisional ranking. The streets that would be removed by this process are those locations that fall below ten point on the assessment list and are subject to low speeds, low volumes, and limited or no collision history. These locations would still have the potential for improvements through the Capital Works Program.

Traffic Calming Plan Development
The proposed changes would also add information to outline expectations for those streets that meet all the requirements for traffic calming implementations, as it may be discovered that there are locations at which there are no options to install physical traffic calming measures due to site specific constraints or operational requirements from other stakeholders.

Regional Council also requested a supplementary staff report regarding the Traffic Calming Administrative Order to consider the following additional amendments:
• Reduce the length of the streets owned by the Municipality to 100 metres that are eligible for traffic Calming;
• Reduce 85th percentile speed to 30 km/h during arrival & dismissal times;
• Reduce 85th percentile speed to 40 km/hr for residential streets; and
•Publicly post on the HRM website all of the traffic calming reviews that have taken place over the
past 5 years

HRM Asset Names April 19, 2017 – October 17, 2017

Halifax Regional Council approved the addition of the names Grand Chief Gabriel Sylliboy and Port Wallace to the existing Commemorative Names List. Regional Council also approved the renaming of Admirals Cove Park to Admiral Cove Park, Mainland Commons to Mainland Common, Pleasant Junior High School Park to Petpeswick Lake Park, Prince Arthur Junior High School Park to Dartmouth South Academy Park, Terence Bay Road Park to Terence Bay River Park, and Village Plaza – Musquodoboit Harbour Fitness Lifestyle Centre to Musquodoboit Harbour Recreation Centre and Library. Council further approved the naming of the playfield at 857 Upper Governor Street, North Preston to Arnold D Johnson Playfield and the naming of the trail in the Dartmouth Harbour East Recreation Campus, 30 Spectacle Lake Drive, Dartmouth to the Spectacle Lake Trail.

Implementation of Local Street Bikeways on Vernon-Seymour and Allan-Oak Corridors

Halifax Regional Council approved the implementation of Local Street Bikeways on Vernon-Seymour and Allan-Oak Street corridors as described in the February 13, 2018 staff report. The staff report can be viewed here: https://www.halifax.ca/sites/default/files/documents/city-hall/regional-council/14.4.1%20-%20Implementation%20of%20Local%20Street%20Bikeways%20on%20Vernon-Seymour%20and%20Allan-Oak%20Corridors.pdf.

2018-2019 Heritage Incentives Program

Halifax Regional Council approved the recommended grants to the properties listed in attachment A of the staff report dated March 20, 2018 and approved as “standby” the recommended properties listed in Attachment B, conditional upon the applicants’ compliance with the administrative order respecting the Heritage Incentives Program. The staff report can be viewed here: https://www.halifax.ca/sites/default/files/documents/city-hall/regional-council/14.5.1%20-%20H00458%20-%202018-2019%20Heritage%20Incentives%20Program.pdf.

Licensing Option for Dogs Under the Age of Six Months

Halifax Regional Council approved a request for staff report with respect to creating a licensing option for dogs under the age of six months. Currently, the Administrative Order Respecting the Animal By-Law states that a dog must be spayed/neutered to receive the discounted license fee. However; a puppy cannot be spayed/neutered until at least 6 months old and thus the owners of puppies do not qualify for the discounted rate that is designed to help promote an increase in the number of licensed dogs in HRM.

HRM Meetings/Updates

Transit Priority – Gottingen Street Information meeting
Based on your feedback and the direction of Regional Council, the municipality is designing a dedicated northbound bus lane on Gottingen Street. This will give buses an advantage during morning and afternoon rush hour periods.
Thursday, May 17th, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
North End Public Library, 2285 Gottingen Street, Halifax

Public Hearings

Case 21618 – 5511 Bloomfield Street
10.1.1  Case 21618: Substantive Amendments to an Existing Development Agreement for 5511 Bloomfield Street, Halifax

That Halifax and West Community Council:
1. Approve the proposed amending development agreement, which shall be substantially of the
same form as set out in Attachment A of the report dated March 28, 2018; and
2. Require the amending development agreement be signed by the property owner within 120 days, or any extension thereof granted by Council on request of the property owner, from the date of final approval by Council and any other bodies as necessary, including applicable appeal periods, whichever is later; otherwise this approval will be void and obligations arising hereunder shall be at an end.

Case 21076 – 3834 Robie Street
10.1.2 Case 21076: Halifax Peninsula LUB Amendment (Rezoning) for 3834 Robie Street, Halifax, Peninsula 

That Halifax and West Community Council adopt the amendment to Map ZM-1 of the Land Use By-law for Halifax Mainland, as set out in Attachment A of the staff report dated March 7, 2018.

Halifax Explosion Commemorative Markers
12 commemorative markers will be installed this year at significantly relevant locations throughout the municipality.
Three of these iconic sculptural markers were installed this week in Fort Needham Park.
The three markers that were installed this week collectively tell the story of commemoration and the city’s resiliency and rebirth:

  • ‘Bearing Witness’ – Offers the context for the Needham Interpretive Program and tells the 100th Anniversary story, located at the Needham Street Entrance
  • ‘The Will to Rebuild’ – sited at the Novalea entrance and references the importance of the Halifax Relief Commission; placed in proximity of the Relief Commission’s marker
  • ‘Toward the Future’ – Situated at the Union Street entrance and references the Bell Tower and its significance both as memorial to the event and a call to a brighter future

The markers are designed by Rayleen Hill Architecture and Design of Dartmouth, and are key components of the Fort Needham Memorial Park Master Plan implementation.
More information related to the commemorative markers can be found on the Halifax Explosion companion website https://intothedebrisfield.ca/markers

HRM bid for Smart Cities Challenge Posted
On April 24th, 2018, the Halifax Regional Municipality submitted its application to Infrastructure Canada for the Smart Cities Challenge. You can now view our proposal online. https://www.smartcitieshfx.ca/ More information can be found on the site.

Halifax Regional Police is looking for Cadets
Halifax Regional Police is looking for Cadets for the class of 2019. If you want to consider a career in policing visit www.Halifax.ca/HRP-Cadet-Recruit

Upcoming information sessions:

  • May 10th 7:00 p.m. Halifax North Mem. Library 2285 Gottingen St.
  • May 14th 7:00 p.m. St. Andrew’s Comm. Ctr. 3380 Barnstead Ln.
  • May 15th 7:00 p.m. Upper Hammonds Plains Comm. Ctr. 711 Pockwock Rd.

Community Events/Meetings

One North End (O.N.E) Community conversation
Rooted in the conversations with youth around Justice, Employment, and Education – The One North End (The O.N.E.) team has reached out to engage parents, and now to be in conversations with seniors and Northwood staff who have lived much of their lives in the North End.

Please join us to hear about the conversations so far, and to contribute your stories and experiences happening Monday May 14th 6:00p.m – 8:30p.m at the NSCC Institute of Technology Campus located at 5685 Leeds Street
Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/OneNorthEnd/

Be A Buddy Not A Bully Celebrity Softball game
Join me and the community for the 2nd Annual Celebrity Softball Game Fundraiser. With Bouncy castles, face painting, a pie eating contest, food, music, and more! Don’t miss this great community event! Taking place Sunday, May 20th 2:00 p.m at the Halifax Common

St. Josephs A McKay Spring Fair
Fun for the whole family!
Saturday, May 26th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Items of Interest:

May North End Community Circle Roundtable Notes:

Lieutenant Governor 2018 Community Spirit Award Call for Submissions
Nova Scotians are being asked to show their pride in their communities by submitting a nomination for the 2018 Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award. The award, established by then Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis in 2007, celebrates the power, strength and diversity of communities across Nova Scotia.

The deadline to submit applications is Thursday, May 31.  Applications can be found online at:

North End Business Association
For an update on what is happening with businesses in the north end please visit the North End Business Association http://gonorthhalifax.ca/  and sign up for their monthly email.

Quinpool Road Business Association
For an update on what is happening with businesses on Quinpool Road please visit their website: www.quinpoolroad.ca/
Quinpool Road Mainstreet District Association is looking for Board members. If you would like to put your name forward to join their board, please contact Karla Nicholson karla@quinpoolroad.ca for the application form. Applications due no later than May 31st.
The board terms are two years, with an option to renew. They generally have about seven or eight board meetings a year from September to May. Board meetings usually run from 12:30 to 2:00 pm on Thursday’s. Contact Karla for more information.

HRM’s New Litter Campaign
Everyone knows they shouldn’t litter, but there are still some who ignore the message or overlook the impact of what may seem like small or unnoticeable actions. View the ad here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y68ptUvFTz8
Learn more: https://www.halifax.ca/litter

My other Committee and Board commitments:

Regional Council
Next Meeting: May 22nd 10:00 am | Council Chambers, City Hall

Halifax and West Community Council
Next Meeting:  May 15th 6:00 pm | Council Chambers, City Hall
Agenda for next meeting: https://www.halifax.ca/city-hall/community-councils/may-15-2018-halifax-west-community-council

Community Planning & Economic Development
Next Meeting: May 17th 10:00 am | Council Chambers, City Hall

Halifax Peninsula Planning Advisory Committee (Formally District 7 and 8 Planning Advisory Committee)

Community Design Advisory Committee

Halifax Explosion 100th Anniversary Advisory Committee

Active Transportation Advisory Committee
Next Meeting: Thursday May 17th at 4:00 p.m.

Transportation Standing Committee
HRM Grants Committee
Halifax Forum
(CACE) The Council on African Canadian Education