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COMING TO COUNCIL: Marijuana growing public hearing, Events East Budget, Burnside Transit roofing work

A public hearing on new land-use limitations regarding marijuana will be held at Tuesday’s meeting of Regional Council 
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Halifax City Hall (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

HALIFAX – The public is set to have their say on new a new by-law meant to address where cannabis can be grown within the municipality. 

A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday ahead of recreational marijuana becoming legal Oct. 17, looking for feedback on proposed changes to land-use by-laws to deal with cannabis production facilities, retail sales and consumption venues.

If passed, the proposed changes would allow production facilities within industrial and mixed-use zones in HRM and also where ‘intensive agricultural uses’ are permitted.

The facilities, though, would need to be a minimum of 70 metres away from residential and other ‘sensitive-use’ areas, with a maximum size of 5,000 sq. ft.

With the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation set to be the only legal supply of recreational marijuana come the fall, all private retail outlets selling cannabis are banned under the by-law changes.

Council is set to meet Tuesday at 10 a.m. and a full agenda can be found here.

This coming Tuesday’s meeting will begin at 10 a.m. but the public hearing portion dealing with the by-law will be open to residents to speak at 6 p.m.

A sign-up sheet will be available beginning 30 minutes before the start of the meeting and anyone who would like to speak can add their name to the list as long as they add their name to the list in-person and not add the name of another person.

Events East Budget, Halifax Convention Centre shortfall

After Council voted to defer its presentation last week, representatives from Events East, operators of the Halifax Convention Centre, will be on hand at Tuesday’s meeting to present their annual business plan.

Questions are expected to be asked about the operating budget for the new convention centre, which updated documents released last week showed it was running at a loss of just over $4.1 million.

Events East said in a statement the deficit was driven by building costs and property taxes that will eventually be cost-shared equally among the municipality and the province.

The group said the deficit figure would be “closely monitored and updated routinely throughout the year as operations normalize."

Award $1.3 million contract for Burnside Transit Centre roof replacement

Council will vote on a staff recommendation at its meeting this Tuesday to award a $1.3 million contract to replace the roof on the Burnside Transit Centre, the main storage and maintenance facility for Halifax Transit.

Staff recommend in their report to Council that the first-phase of the work be awarded to Evolution Roofing Ltd., the lowest of the five bidders on the project, for a total cost of $1,336,947 with HST included.

The roof is believed to be the original installed on the building when it was first constructed in 1981 and staff note it is well beyond its 25-year life expectancy and has had extensive leaking issues.

The roof's replacement, roughly 163,800 sq. ft. in total, will be completed in two-phases, with phase one encompassing about two-thirds of the total work.

If approved Tuesday, it's not clear when work would begin but a tender for the second phase of the project is expected to be issued early next year.

 

Editors note: A previous version of this story indicated that Tuesday's public hearing would be getting residents feedback on smoking restrictions that passed council last week, but this is incorrect, it is dealing with by-laws for growing marijuana. HalifaxToday apologizes for the error. 




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