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Residents suggest greater setbacks, fewer units, for proposed development at 2360-2368 New Street

dawn-vic-render (1)Residents attending a Statutory Public Meeting  on a proposed development at 2360-2368 New Street suggested increased setbacks and greenspace, and fewer units. A rezoning to permit 12 3-storey townhomes where three single family homes currently sit is required for increased height and density, and reduced setbacks, among other changes.

Concern was also expressed about visitor parking and potential elevation of the site by half metre to hook into shallow underground pipes. Visitor parking will be provided in private double driveways, with two resident spaces (in a double garage) and two visitor spaces on the driveway.

The Public Meeting was embedded in the July 12 Development & Infrastructure Committee. No decisions were made; the meeting was an opportunity for residents to provide input to staff and members of council. The applicant advised committee they had an option on the property that expires in August. A decision on the file won’t be made till the fall, likely October at the earliest, so it is unclear what the status of this application will be at that time.

My Take: I support redevelopment of this site for townhomes, and also share residents concerns about the overall density, lot coverage and loss of trees and greenspace, as well as the increase in elevation. An increase in setbacks around the property would help preserve boundary trees and greenspace, with minimal loss of units (for example going from 12 to the permitted 9 under the bylaw).

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

What's your take?