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Revised development proposal received for 1085 Clearview Ave.; have your say

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Coletara Development, the new developers for a proposed six story building at 1085 Clearview Avenue, have submitted a revised proposal to the city, incorporating a number of changes requested from the public and staff.

Residents will have an opportunity to provide their input to council on the revisions at the Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility Committee meeting Tuesday, August 11 beginning at 9:30 am. You can register as a delegation to speak here: Register as a Delegation

In 2019, staff had recommended refusal of the previous application, which council supported. The applicant appealed, and the proposal now sits at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) for a decision. A hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Normally, any revised proposal would be submitted directly to the LPAT during the hearing. However, through discussions with my office, city staff, and the applicant’s team, Coletara has agreed to share the revisions with the public in advance of the hearing.

Although the LPAT hearings are open to the public, the early release of the proposed revisions gives residents an opportunity to share their input to council at the CPRM meeting before council sends any feedback to the LPAT.

Some background on the file is below, including a summary of the proposed revisions.

My Take:

The release of the revised proposal to the public is a welcome and unprecedented step in the interest of public transparency, for a file that is at the LPAT. I’m grateful to the applicant’s team and to our staff for working with me to find a way to get additional information to the public, without impacting the eventual LPAT hearing. I encourage residents to share their views with council on the revisions so we can provide our input through staff at the LPAT hearing. You can do this in writing to clerks@burlington.ca or by delegation at the committee meeting in August.

Summary of Revisions:

  1. Building length reduced from 113 metres to two 51 metre buildings with a connecting element;
  2. Increased front yard setback (from Masonry Court) from 3 metres to 5 metres;
  3. Increased rear yard landscape buffer from 1.51 metres to 5.25 metres;
  4. Reduction in surface parking from 49 to 29 parking stalls;
  5. Elimination of one driveway entrance/exit from the Subject Lands;
  6. The addition of townhouse facade to the St. Matthews elevation to ensure appropriate transition to the homes along St. Matthews;
  7. Setback of building along St. Matthews of 4.5 metres as requested by staff, which will align with the setback of the homes to the south;
  8. 45 degree angular plane achieved to ensure no adverse privacy or overlook impacts;
  9. Improved building articulation, landscape and amenity areas;
  10. increased suite mix from 22% two bedroom units to 35% two bedroom units.

To read the full letter and a summary of the changes in the revised plan, please click this link: Letter to Mayor and Members of Council July 23.20_Clearview St Matthews Avenues Revised Submission.

Background:

Last year, the City received a development application for 1085 Clearview Ave., and 1082, 1086 & 1090 St. Matthews Ave. for a 6 storey, 160 unit residential apartment building.

The plan included 203 parking spaces, with 154 spaces located in a below-grade parking structure, and 49 spaces provided at grade. Two vehicle entrances were also proposed for the site, located on the east and west sides of the proposed residential building. The building was proposed to have two main resident entrances, one fronting onto Masonry Court, and the other from the rear of the building.

On May 27, 2019, the applicant (MHBC Planning Ltd. On behalf of LIV Communities) resubmitted plans for the development. The revised proposal included 162 apartment units, 204 parking spaces, re-located at-grade amenity area, increased 2-storey building form on the east side, and a terrace on the 5th storey on the west side. The number of driveways has been reduced to one access off of Masonry Court. The rear yard landscape buffer has been increased to 2.5 metres.

At the July 15, 2019 Council meeting, Council voted to approve the staff recommendation to refuse the application. Please click this link for the minutes from that meeting: Post-Meeting Minutes – Regular Meeting of Council_Jul15_2019.

Council’s decision was appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) and the case management hearing was held in January 2020. More information on the application is available on the City’s dedicated webpage here. The staff presentation on this to Council and other related documents are also available online on the City’s website.

On July 23, 2020 City Council received a letter from Coletara Development letting us know that after discussions with City staff and legal counsel, the design for the subject lands at 1085 Clearview have been revised to address the feedback received from City staff.

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Marianne Meed Ward

Marianne Meed Ward

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