City staff will present a report at the July 12 Development & Infrastructure Committee recommending approval in principle of an application to amend the City’s Official Plan and Zoning By-law for the properties at 2051-2067 and 2069-2085 Prospect St. to permit 96 stacked townhouses.
Two apartment buildings currently sit on the south end of the site along Prospect Street and are zoned residential high-density. Four fourplexes with 16 units sit at the north end of the site and are zoned residential-medium density. The applicant, Starlight Investments, has applied to rezone the entire site residential high-density, retain the two apartment buildings, and replace the 4 fourplexes with the 96 stacked townhouses.
Date: July 12, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Council Chambers, 2nd Floor City Hall, 426 Brant St.
For background information and the applicant’s technical reports, visit the city webpage dedicated to this project: Starlight on Prospect
The staff report will be available on the city’s website after June 30, 2016 at www.burlington.ca/agendasandminutes. Scroll down to the Development & Infrastructure Committee meeting of July 12 and select the agenda. If you prefer a hardcopy of the report, it can be picked up at the City Clerk’s Office on the main level of City Hall.
Speak at the meeting:
Residents may attend the July 12 meeting to share their views about the project with council by registering as a delegation online at www.burlington.ca/delegation or by contacting the Committee Clerk, Amber LaPointe, at 905-335-7600, ext. 7862 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The maximum time limit to speak is 10 minutes.
Questions about the application can be emailed to the planner for the file, Silvina Kade, at email@example.com or by calling 905-335-7600, ext. 7871.
My Take:The project brings much-needed additional rental units to Burlington, which is a plus. However the design – stacked townhouses with stairs – does not provide for accessibility. In addition, the project decreases greenspace on the property dramatically, replacing it with buildings and parking areas. That loss of greenspace impacts natural storm water management, snow storage, shading and cooling from trees (instead there’s an asphalt heat island called a parking lot) as well as reducing passive green amenity areas for residents.Protecting urban greenspace is just as important as protecting rural greenspace, and we must keep that in mind when evaluating any infill redevelopment project. I look forward to hearing from residents and reviewing the staff report in detail before making a final decision about the project.
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