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New Chair of HRM Housing Task Force Named

By Caitlin Snow Jan 20, 2023 | 3:26 PM

Scazon / CC

The Province has a new Chair of the HRM Housing Task Force.

Fred Crooks will replace Geoff McLellan who announced in November that he’d be stepping down.

The Housing Task Force is part of the province’s plan to increase housing supply. It has been successful in reducing barriers to housing development through changes to legislation, responding to the Deloitte report, and approving nine special planning areas that could result in more than 22,500 new housing units.

“The housing task force has been doing important work in helping eliminate red tape and move development approvals along in an effort to build more housing, sooner,” said Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister John Lohr. “Mr. Crooks is familiar with the work of the task force and is well-positioned to take over and continue implementing the key actions brought forward thus far.”

It focuses on faster planning and development approval for large residential projects in HRM.

“It is an honour to be asked by the Minister to expand my role with the task force. My task force colleagues and I recognize the absolute urgency of the need for more housing of all types in HRM. This requires continued action on many fronts, and we are looking forward to the work ahead.”
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ – Fred Crooks, Chair, HRM Housing Task Force

Quick Facts:
— the chair of the task force is appointed by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; HRM appointed two members and the Province appointed the remaining two
— by law, the task force will only remain in place for three years

The task force was created in November 2021


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