Below are the Excerpts of the Halifax City Charter pertaining to young ave. a note indicates that “Digital Copy of 351.716225 H 1931 Halifax City Charter provided by Halifax Municipal Archives Amendments to 1994 handwritten, or taped over amended section – scanned on subsequent page”. the only amendments i see are handwritten notes increasing the cost of housing. also note that the document only includes instructions for amending to 1953
The city charter was in effect until amalgamation, when it was replaced by the Halifax Regional Municipality act in 1996. that act was then replaced by the Municipal Government Act in 1999. the HRM Charter was then enacted in 2008 to give the city more flexibility then it had under the MGA.
This may suggest that the protections for young Ave were left out at amalgamation, Not in the 70’s as suggested.
I will attempt to verify by locating a 1996 copy of the city charter for reference.
YOUNG AVENUE AND THE MILLER PROPERTY
816 Except as herein otherwise provided no Young Avenue – only residential premises situated on any part of young Avenue or in the Miller property as hereinafter defined, shall be used for any purpose other than a private residence but any building now erected on Young Avenue or in the Miller property as hereinafter defined may be altered for use as an apartment house, and, when so altered, used for that purpose, provided that such building when so altered shall not contain more than four apartments exclusive of caretaker’s quarters. 1938, c. 58, s. 25; 1939, c. 65, s. 22.
817 No person shall erect any building on Young Avenue, or within one hundred and eighty feet thereof,without first submitting to the inspector the plans and specifications thereof in duplicate, including a statement of the materials of which it is proposed to construct such building, together with an estimate of the cost of the building and a declaration of the purpose for which the building is intended to be used, and the inspector shall refuse to approve of such building if the same does not conform to the requirements of a building on Young Avenue as herein specified. C. C., s. 836.
818 (1)which-No such building shall be approved of which –
(a) the estimated cost, if a wooden building, is less than seven thousand dollars; or [amended to 18000]
(b) the estimated cost, if a single brick or stone building is less than eight thousand dollars; or [amended to 18000]
(c) the design and appearance is not in the opinion of the inspector suitable to a building to be erected on the said avenue.buildings.
( d) Notwithstanding the provisions of the preceding clauses of this section, the Inspector may permit the wooden building situated in the rear of the dwelling now known as Number 153 Young Avenue and upon the same lot of land partially occupied by such dwelling to be converted into a private residence,provided that such building when so converted shall not be of less value than Four Thousand Dollars, that the plans for such conversion be approved by the Inspector and that any alteration to such building shall be done in accordance with the provisions of the Charter relating thereto. When such building is so converted the Inspector may approve of the same.
( 2) If the inspector refuses to approve of any building which otherwise conforms to the requirements of this Act in respect to a building on Young Avenue solely on the ground that it is not suitable in design and appearance, an appeal shall lie from his refusal to the Council,which may approve of the building.
(3) The approval of the inspector shall be endorsed upon the plans and specifications, and a copy of the same shall be retained by him.
(4) If a proposed building is approved by the Council on appeal from the refusal of the inspector to approve of the same, a memorandum of such approval shall be endorsed on the plans and specifications, and a copy of the plans and specifications retained by the inspector.C. C., S.S. 837, 838, 839; 1943, C. 48, S. 1.
819 In that part of the City known as the “Miller property”, lying in the southern part of the City, and bounded as follows, viz: on the west by Tower Road,on the south by Miller Street, on the east by View Street and Barrington Street,and on the north by a line running parallel to Owen Street, and one hundred and eighty-nine feet northwardly therefrom, other than so much thereof as is situated on Young Avenue, no building shall be erected which-
(a) if of wood is of less cost than three thousand [amended to 12000] dollars if a single dwelling-house, or if containing more than one dwelling, at a less cost than two thousand[amended to 7000] dollars for each dwelling so contained; or
(b) if of brick or stone, is of a less cost than four thousand dollars for a single dwelling, or if containing more than one dwelling at the rate of three thousand dollars for each/ dwelling so contained. C. C., s. 840.[amended to 12000]
820 No building at any time erected on Young Avenue, within one hundred and eighty feet thereof, shall be used as a shop, hotel, house of entertainment, boarding-house, livery stable, garage, or for any purpose other than a private dwelling house, or private stable or garage in connection therewith but any building now erected on Young Avenue or within one hundred and eighty feet thereof, may be altered for use as an apartment house, and, when so altered, used for that purpose, provided that such building, when so altered, shall not contain more than four apartments, exclusive of caretaker’s quarters.c. c., s. 841; 1938, c. 58, s. 26; 1949, c. 70, $. 27; 1950, c. 66, s.39.
821 (1.) On the part of Young Avenue lying to the south of a point on the east side of said avenue one hundred and sixty-nine feet south of Inglis Street, and of a point on the west side of said avenue four hundred and three feet six inches south of Inglis Street, no building shall be erected the main portion of which is nearer to the side line of the avenue than forty feet, and no veranda, portico, porch, stoop steps or other appurtenances to any such building shall be at a less distance from such side line than twenty-five feet.
(2.) On the remaining portion of the said avenue, no building shall be erected any part of which is at a less distance than twelve feet from the side line of such avenue. C. C., s.842.
822 No building shall at any time be erected on any lot having a frontage on any street, other than young Avenue, extending through the said Miller property at a less distance than ten feet from the street. C. C., s. 843.