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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Birch Cove Lakes-Blue Mountain Wilderness development proposal subject of meeting

Posted By on Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Huge tracts of land now protected by the city's regional plan will be turned into sprawling subdivisions, if Nova Scotia's largest development companies get their way. The land in question comes in two chunks. The first is identified in the plan as part of the future Birch Cove Lakes-Blue Mountain Wilderness Park, consisting of about 400 hectares of now privately held land. The second is about 600 hectares in the Port Wallis area off the 107 connector highway in Dartmouth. Both are designated "urban reserve" in the plan, which means city services required for development would not be extended to those areas for the 25-year lifetime of the plan.

The developers, however, have asked for that designation to be changed and, despite opposition from both environmentalists and downtown business groups, the city's Regional Plan Advisory Committee has been favourably processing the request all summer.

The committee will likely approve a recommendation at its meeting this Wednesday, 3-6pm in the Helen Creighton room of the Alderney Library in Dartmouth. That recommendation is to be forwarded to the full Halifax council.

When it's completed, the agenda for the meeting will be placed here.

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