Public meeting on 4-unit development at 2267 Lakeshore Sept. 29

Public meeting on 4-unit development at 2267 Lakeshore Sept. 29

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Statutory Public Meeting, Sept. 29, 6:30, City Hall

Site plan of revised 4-home proposal.

Site plan of revised 4-home proposal.

City staff have prepared an information report regarding an application to rezone 2267 Lakeshore Road to permit the development of four single family homes. The site currently has a one single family home.

The current zoning, R3.2, permits single detached dwelling, with an accessory dwelling unit.

The proposal has been modified from the original plan for five homes. The four home proposal includes increased side and backyard setbacks and greenspace; and visitor parking/asphalt has been eliminated. The driveway has been relocated to preserve a large city tree.

The report will be discussed by the Development & Infrastructure Committee, Sept. 29. Part of that committee meeting will include a statutory public meeting on this development. Residents can attend to speak – you do not need to register in advance.

The staff report and agenda for the meeting are available online:

staff report

agenda

More information about the development, including a planning justification report and various technical studies, is available here.

My Take:

The four-unit development is an improvement over the 5-unit original proposal, given the increase in greenspace and preservation of the city tree. However, the site is still very crowded, leaving little room for internal tree plantings or landscaping. There are also concerns about the impact of a rezoning in this area. Each rezoning changes the character of the neighbourhood, and future developers will look to this development to justify more of the same. Over time, the character of Lakeshore can be dramatically altered. Our existing Official Plan and Zoning already take into account our requirements under provincial Places to Grow for intensification, and lay out where intensification is appropriate, or not. Council’s responsibility when planning growth and intensification is to protect neighbourhood character. A further reduction in units so that a rezoning is not required would help to preserve neighbourhood character, provide more opportunity for tree plantings and respect our own planning documents.

Your Take:

What are your views of this modified proposal? Let me know by leaving a comment here or via email at <mariannemeedward@bell.net>

4 Comments
  • John Morden | Sep 24, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Who determines and who drives the official plan/official dream? Clearly not the citizens! Every time our elected representatives cave in to developers greed, another piece of our neighbourhood and another piece of our freedom is trampled on. Keep fighting the abuse, Marianne!

  • Bob Marson | Sep 24, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    anything that will preserve the Lakeshore and this neighbourhood should come first. Tired of outsiders determining what goes in this neighbourhood. Time to stop this nonsense is now!!!!!!if not will open up the area to more developers making a quick buck at the expense of everyone who lives in this neighbourhood

  • Chris Ariens | Sep 24, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    This development will not impact current residents, is far more appealing than the alternative – letting it go to rot or having a giant ‘Garage Mahal’ on the land, will not alter the character of Lakeshore Road any more than it already has been with all the monstrous homes, will keep the area exclusive, and will add tax revenues to the City. I see no reason to reject this.

  • Ricki Andersen | Sep 27, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Marianne – Completly and solidly with your take on this – what we don’t need is the “Highrise Hell” that is ‘Tornna’ – we are so much BETTER than that!

    Cheers! Ricki

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