Statutory Public Meeting, Sept. 29, 6:30, City Hall
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:
More information about the development, including a planning justification report and various technical studies, is available here.
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.
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