Contact me at:
Phone: 902-240-0441
E-mail: paul.russell@halifax.ca

 

Constituency Coordinator:
Vicki Palmeter
Phone: 902-490-2012
E-mail: victoria.palmeter@halifax.ca

 

Lower Sackville Developments

Lower Sackville has a housing shortage. At this point we have about a 0% vacancy rate. One of the solutions for this is to build more places for people to live, and that’s exactly what’s happening in Lower Sackville. I talk more about this here: http://www.paulrussell.ca/housing/

I have put this post together in response to numerous questions. I intend to keep this post updated the significant developments that I know of.

The development that has captured the most attention recently is 70-80 First Lake Drive. The HRM web site for this is here: https://www.halifax.ca/business/planning-development/applications/case-24508-70-80-first-lake-drive-lower-sackville As of October 2022 it is still in the very early stages of this application. HRM planning is working with the developer. We can expect a public meeting early in 2023, but at this point it is too early to know when or where that will be.

The full list is here: http://www.paulrussell.ca/lower-sackville-developments/

First Lake Water Quality

First Lake is one of the gems of Lower Sackville. Due to construction, and the unchecked silt flowing in to it 40 years ago, it had suffered greatly. It had been an aerial landmark because it was an orange lake.

There has been an ongoing bacteria issue with the lake at Kinsmen Beach. This is what prompted the construction of the Kinsmen splash pad. The beach went from being a supervised and tested beach, to just being tested, and in 2020 no testing was done. We had been moving backwards, and I started addressing this as soon as I was elected.

I’ve been working with the Friends of First Lake to get First Lake tested in the areas that are pinpointed above. These locations are a) where the storm drains flow in by Glendale, b) by the Sackville Sports Stadium, c) by Kinsmen Beach, d) by the Sack-a-wa canoe club, and e) where the water exits the lake at Sucker Brook.

I was able to get HRM Council to approve spending up to $150K get these areas of the lake tested for the source of the e.coli. This is a huge step to help forward to help restore First Lake to a healthy state.

Read more about this by clicking here

Neighbourhood Speeding

We had one election in 2019 and another in 2020.

In both of these elections the number one issue that you talked about was speeding on neighbourhood streets. This problem has been described as a problem all around Lower Sackville, and also in many areas around HRM.

There are two general ways to slow traffic down. The first is to change the streets to make it more difficult to speed. The second is to encourage and remind drivers to respect the posted speed limit.

We use both methods to help reduce the speeding on our streets.

Please click here to read the full post.

Lower Sackville Developments

Lower Sackville has a housing shortage. At this point we have about a 0% vacancy rate. One of the solutions for this is to build more places for people to live, and that’s exactly what’s happening in Lower Sackville. I talk more about this here: http://www.paulrussell.ca/housing/

I have put this post together in response to numerous questions. I intend to keep this post updated the significant developments that I know of.

The development that has captured the most attention recently is 70-80 First Lake Drive. The HRM web site for this is here: https://www.halifax.ca/business/planning-development/applications/case-24508-70-80-first-lake-drive-lower-sackville As of October 2022 it is still in the very early stages of this application. HRM planning is working with the developer. We can expect a public meeting early in 2023, but at this point it is too early to know when or where that will be.

The full list is here: http://www.paulrussell.ca/lower-sackville-developments/

First Lake Water Quality

First Lake is one of the gems of Lower Sackville. Due to construction, and the unchecked silt flowing in to it 40 years ago, it had suffered greatly. It had been an aerial landmark because it was an orange lake.

There has been an ongoing bacteria issue with the lake at Kinsmen Beach. This is what prompted the construction of the Kinsmen splash pad. The beach went from being a supervised and tested beach, to just being tested, and in 2020 no testing was done. We had been moving backwards, and I started addressing this as soon as I was elected.

I’ve been working with the Friends of First Lake to get First Lake tested in the areas that are pinpointed above. These locations are a) where the storm drains flow in by Glendale, b) by the Sackville Sports Stadium, c) by Kinsmen Beach, d) by the Sack-a-wa canoe club, and e) where the water exits the lake at Sucker Brook.

I was able to get HRM Council to approve spending up to $150K get these areas of the lake tested for the source of the e.coli. This is a huge step to help forward to help restore First Lake to a healthy state.

Read more about this by clicking here

Neighbourhood Speeding

We went through one election in 2019 and another in 2020. In both of these elections the number one issue that you talked about was speeding on neighbourhood streets. This problem has been described as a problem all around Lower Sackville, and also in many areas around HRM.

There are two general ways to slow traffic down. The first is to change the streets to make it more difficult to speed. The second is to encourage and remind drivers to respect the posted speed limit.

We use both methods to help reduce the speeding on our streets.

Please click here to read the full post.

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  • Working for our community – making Sackville an even better place to live
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  • Collaborating with others to ensure that the load is shared and that we get the job done.

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  • What is best for our community and our country
  • Fiscal accountability, balanced with progressive social policy and individual freedoms
  • Respect for all Canadians equally and supporting Canadians first
  • Personal and corporate responsibility and accountability
  • Evidence based decision making
  • Support for sustainable development
  • A balance between environmental and economic issues

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