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Bedford Waterfront Lands at Mill Cove


January 2017 Update:

Waterfront Development will begin work at the Bedford Waterfront Phase II lands (Mill Cove) shortly and we wanted to provide you with information about this work.

Beginning in the coming weeks, and continuing through spring 2017, the site will be fenced, material will be brought in to raise and smooth the site elevation, and the site will be stabilized including perimeter armour stone. In spring 2017, the road will be paved.

Click here for a detailed map of the Bedford site.

Click here for a full update

Summer 2016 Update: 

Waterfront Development suspended infilling operation for Phase II in 2013 and has been working with the community on a mixed-use plan for the existing site. Further formal planning for the future of the site was suspended when the Halifax Regional Municipality put consideration of new development along Bedford Highway on hold until transportation and servicing infrastructure studies could be completed.

We recognize the importance and value of these studies and continues to hold our development plans for Bedford waterfront lands pending their completion. This is because the outcome of Halifax’s analysis and decision ultimately inform what is possible on the Bedford waterfront.

In the interim, we are exploring options to stabilize the infill material and slopes at the water’s edge, including stabilizing the outer edge of the site with large rock to protect against tidal and wave action, and regrading of the site to even out the existing material on site. This project will ultimately contribute to the safety of the site. We will provide further updates if this project moves forward.

Rock Formations:
Rock formations were removed from the infill site on the Bedford waterfront because they pose a risk to the public if they were to fall or be interacted with. Our team at Waterfront Development met with the gentleman who created the formations. He understood, and was supportive of the plan to remove the structures because they are unsafe. We worked with him during the week of June 27/2016 to photograph/chronicle the formations which we will share on our website.

We encourage people to use and enjoy the public spaces and amenities created on the Bedford waterfront such as the boardwalk, marina, volleyball courts, BBQ and picnic areas. The infill site is not an area suitable for public access. We have signage and security on site to help ensure the public does not access the area, for their safety.

Click here for Councillor Tim Outhit’s Spring 2016 Newsletter

Spring 2015 Update: 

Please click here for the Spring 2015 Update on the Bedford waterfront. Feedback welcome at bedford@developns.ca and through our current online feedback form.

Currently, Halifax is in the process of undertaking studies regarding infrastructure capacity and transportation implications of future development along the Bedford Highway. In 2012, Regional Council passed a motion to cease consideration of any new development proposals along the Bedford Highway, requiring plan amendments, until HRM completed several transportation and infrastructure studies regarding future development.  This motion directed staff to report back to Council once the studies were completed, or within 2 years, whichever came sooner. On December 1, 2015, Regional Council reconsidered this motion, and a new motion was passed to continue the hold on public consultation and development applications for new projects requiring plan amendments, including the Bedford waterfront, until the completion of these studies.

Staff Report Presented to Regional Council on December 1, 2015
(December 1, 2015  Regional Council Meeting Minutes)

As Waterfront Development continues to recognize the value and importance of these studies, development plans for the Bedford waterfront have been places on hold until the study results are known. This is because the outcome of the City’s studies will ultimately inform and determine what is possible for future development on the Bedford waterfront. Waterfront Development has met with Halifax staff to understand what, if any, projects can be undertaken in advance of the completion of these studies, including development of public space infrastructure.

We will continue these discussions with our partners at Halifax, and will keep the community updated. During this time, Waterfront Development will also:

• Record and review comments on The 6 Big Moves document as they are received, and incorporate them into the evolving concept plan.
• Work to secure a second access to the waterfront, which is required to enable any future development on the Bedford waterfront.
• Work with the City of Halifax to facilitate their creation of new development, transit and transportation policy to enable the project to proceed. Halifax’s policy writing work will include additional public engagement opportunities.
• Engage consultants in the areas of district energy, green site and building design, transportation, and geo-technical engineering, in support of the The 6 Big Moves and the evolving concept plan.
• Regularly update the community on project progress via our website.