Mosque on Palladium Way recommended with reduced office space, increased parking; to council Sept. 24

Approval for a new mosque at 4721 Palladium Way has cleared the Planning & Development Committee (Sept. 17) and heads to council Sept. 24 for a final vote.

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The application from the Halton Islamic Association seeks to rezone the lands at 4721 Palladium Way to permit a two storey place of worship.

The original application was for a two-storey, 3,817 m2 place of worship (mosque), comprising a prayer hall, gymnasium, classrooms, board rooms, banquet room, administrative offices, and library/computer lab. The applicant also proposed a second two-storey building with a floor area of 1,909 m2 that would contain a mix of office, retail, and medical office uses.

The facility would be available for rental by anyone in the community, on a first-come, first-served basis, when not in use by the mosque.

On parking, 261 surface vehicle parking spaces were provided, along with 16 bicycle parking spaces.

In light of public and staff feedback, the application was revised to increase parking, reduce the size of the proposed mosque building and remove the office component. The city’s parking bylaw requires 6 spaces per 100msq but the observed need for parking at the mosque on Fairview Street is 18 spaces per 100msq. As such, the applicant is providing 18 spaces per 100msq.

At a future date, staff will also consider a pedestrian crossing across Palladium Way to access the site.

My Take: I support the revised application which addresses the parking concerns and will provide for a much-needed new mosque (the Fairview mosque is at capacity). Prayers are currently being held at Haber Recreation Centre, with a number of residents from Alton walking over. When complete, they will be able to use a purpose-built mosque. The facility will also be available for community use.

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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