Former Liberal cabinet minister to chair HRM housing panel

Minister Geoff MacLellan

Former Liberal cabinet minister Geoff MacLellan will chair the panel on housing in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM).

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing says the new planning task force is part of the Province's plan to increase housing supply, and will focus on faster planning and development approvals for large residential projects.

The task force, which will have its first meeting next month, will remain in place for three years, and will review projects that have already gone through HRM's public planning process and undergone a public hearing.

Government says MacLellan's remuneration will be shared publicly when it is set, and the other panelists will perform this role as part of their regular duties.