The units are proposed to be 4 bedrooms, with a $1.4 to $1.5 million price tag.
The applicant intends to replant trees lost due to redevelopment. Permission from neighbouring residents is required to damage or remove co-owned or neighbouring trees (trees on a defined shared boundary line) because they are protected by the Forestry Act of Ontario (Section 10).
Below is a table of the existing and proposed regulations:
Table 2 – Overview of Existing and Proposed R5 Zoning
|R5 Regulations||Proposed R5-490||Staff Comment.|
|Lot width||12 m||49.5 m||Meets regulation.|
|Lot area||2000 m2||2647.2 m2||Meets regulation.|
|Maximum density||25 units/ha||22.7 units/ha||Meets regulation.|
|Maximum height||2 storeys to|
|2 storeys to|
|Yard abutting a street (New Street)||7.5 m||Unit 1: 3 m|
Unit 6: 4.7 m
|Support. The proposed reduced yard abutting New Street would allow the proposed buildings to be aligned to the neighbouring property to the east at 440 Swanson Court and create a consistent street edge on this section of New Street.|
|Maximum projection of roofed over unenclosed 1-storey porch into a required yard||65 cm||Porches for Unit 1 and Unit 6 are shown to be 1.9 m and 2.8 m from front lot line (encroaching approximately 1.7 m into required yard abutting New Street).||Support. The increased porch encroachment will add visual interest and contribute to a pedestrian oriented streetscape.|
|Yard abutting a rear building elevation||9 m abutting R3 zone||6 m||Support. The requested yard will be able to accommodate the required 3 m landscape buffer and will be compatible with the existing neighbourhood.|
|Yard abutting a side building elevation||4.5 m abutting R3 zone|
(Unit 3: 3 m;
Unit 4: 4.5 m)
|3 m||Support. The reduced side yard for Unit 4 will provide sufficient space for the required landscape buffer. Access to the amenity space for Unit 4 is proposed on the other side of the building.|
|Landscape area abutting a street||4.5 m||1.9 m||Support. The proposed reduction in landscape area abutting street is a result of the proposed reduced the yard abutting New Street and increased porch encroachment.|
|Landscape buffer abutting R1, R2, R3 zones||3 m||3 m, but:|
Snow storage is shown to be 2 m from rear lot line;
Chimney for Unit 4 is 2.6 m from rear lot line; and
Privacy fences separating the amenity areas of each unit are shown to be 1.2 m from side lot lines.
|Support. The Zoning By-law does not allow chimneys, snow storage areas, or privacy fences to encroach into landscape buffers. Staff support the reduced buffer along the rear lot line because no amenity area is proposed along that side of the property, and a double board fence will be required at the end of the private road to mitigate light trespass. Staff support the encroachment of the individual privacy fences, because they will help establish the amenity areas for each unit.|
for cluster homes
|2 occupant spaces and 0.5 visitor spaces per unit||3 occupant spaces and 0 visitor spaces||Support with 3 occupant spaces per unit. Staff are satisfied that visitor parking can be adequately accommodated because the proposed number of occupant spaces and total spaces per unit exceed requirements.|
|Separation between dwellings||No regulations||2.4 m||Support and include as a regulation in the by-law.|
The proposed separation is adequate for drainage, privacy and access to the rear amenity space for each dwelling.
The recommendation heads to City Council Sept. 24 for a decision. Residents can attend, watch the webcast of the meeting online (also carried on Cogeco TV), or Register as a Delegation to speak to the item.
My Take: I’m generally supportive of the project given the compatibility with the neighbourhood in built form, the change in plans so the height of the property isn’t elevated, and the fact the back decks are now only one step off the ground. I’m concerned about the loss of 5 rental units in the home, but new information provided by staff is that the Municipal Act doesn’t allow a municipality to prevent demolition/conversion of less than six units. The relevant information from the act is below:
I also plan to bring a motion to council to “undelegate” the site plan application, so residents can have input on fencing, perimeter tree planting and other matters. Undelegation brings the decision back to council (rather than staff) and provides for public input.