Amendment to Halifax Land Use Bylaw for Young Avenue
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Recent and pending developments on Young Avenue are resulting in the subdivision and infilling (with tract style houses on narrow 40 foot lots) the historically wide properties which were originally designed to complement and enhance the design of Young Avenue as the main entrance to Point Pleasant Park. The defining character of the avenue was originally conceived with Young Avenue being the first “City Beautiful” initiative in Nova Scotia, an important international planning movement of the late 19th century, soon thereafter further strengthened with provincial legislation in 1896 (The Young Avenue Act). The infill is contrary to the provincial legislation, and endangers the character of the avenue, which is an important and historic streetscape in the city to residents and tourists. To preserve the remaining character of Young Avenue, the minimum lot frontage on Young Avenue should be 80 feet, which is the current average lot width on the avenue, excluding the 5 recent 40 foot lots on the former Brookfield Stanbury estate, and which is the current LUB lot width for 3 unit and 4 unit apartments in R-2 zones. Many of the larger remaining homes on the avenue are 3 or 4 unit apartment buildings. Existing narrower lots in existence on Feb 26, 2016 would be excepted. Furthermore, to conserve the composition of the avenue, and in a manner similar to the Northwest Arm Sub-A 34F(1) area, which requires a minimum distance between main buildings to be 30 feet, the minimum side yard should be 10 feet.
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