On Feb. 3, Harbour East – Marine Drive Community Council approved a plan to build 3,000 housing units in Dartmouth’s Shannon Park. 

This approval comes after almost a decade of planning, with the hope of seeing the empty former military housing site finally re-developed.

Owner of 34 hectares of the land, the Canada Lands Company (CLC) said it will partner with Millbrook First Nation, which was given 3.98 hectares from Indigenous Services Canada — the result of a longstanding land claim Millbrook had on adjacent Turtle Grove.

Millbrook First Nation announced in 2021 it plans to establish a reserve on its parcel.

According to an HRM staff report, the new development will include 23 city blocks, about three hectares of public parkland, and a transit hub, among other additions.  

For further historical information, see The Signal’s 2017 feature on Turtle Grove and CLC’s 2019 Shannon Park Development Application.

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