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Old Posted Apr 19, 2020, 9:27 PM
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Hants County Development & Discussion Thread

Over the last few months I've stumbled across a few large proposals that are planned for East Hants. These are hard to categorize into any existing threads because they are suburban in nature, and mixed-use with varying densities. I'd hate to clog up the Atlantic forum with what are projects built for Halifax commuters but at the same time East Hants is now in the Halifax CMA but not part of the municipality. This thread is probably the best way to treat these projects.

So to start off this thread I'd like to bring to the forefront the small community of Lantz, NS. Home to 2'200 residents in 2016 it is now the focus of the Highway 102 growth corridor. NSTIR is building a highway interchange for the community approximately 1km north of the Elmsdale exit. This will connect to Trunk 2 at the East Hants Sportsplex. To the north of this connector is a sprawling subdivision under construction.

Approximately 1km north of the connector is 523 acres of land owned by Armo Capital. This area will be home to their newest master planned community Wickwire Station. The development agreement application shows up to 2'200 new residential units which would easily double the population of Lantz.
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Old Posted Apr 19, 2020, 10:10 PM
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This is metro Halifax talk but this shows how silly HRM's boundaries are. They include a bunch of land in the east that is not in the commutershed but miss a bunch of land to the north and maybe some in the west that is. They were crafted partly based on existing municipal borders rather than with an eye to covering the commutershed.

People are mistaken when they argue that Halifax looks more populous than it is because of the expansive boundaries. Many other Canadian metros similarly have thousands of square kilometers of nothingness, and as of the 2016 census Halifax still had lots of commuters not living in the CMA. It population is underestimated and land footprint on the east is too large.
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Clayton Developments and Shaw Communities are now selling lots for the first phase at Kiln Creek in Lantz. The full build out will have approximately 1'500 residential units. The subdivision will connect directly to the Lantz Connector and new interchange on Highway 102. It will also feature high density residential and highway commercial uses.

Concept Plan (Municipality of East Hants)

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With HRM growing and the 100 series highways being upgraded with new exits (East Hants) and twinning as in West Hants, Hants County is opening up for development.
In years gone by, living outside of HRM and commuting into work seemed like an insane idea.
Co-workers would look bewildered if you lived 60 km away from work and it took you 30 mins to get in....yet it was fine if you lived 20km away as the crow flies and took 30 minutes to get in.
I am can't say what the housing start numbers are for West Hants to compare with East Hants, but with the highway twinning happening, developers have started seeking and purchasing land for future consideration.
I think it is only a matter of time and West Hants will start feeling the surge of growth that East Hants has been caught up in.
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