CPAC meeting July 30, 2018 — two proposals in Moody Centre on the agenda: one 6-plex; the other 46 townhomes on 6 single-family lots (2800 block St. George)

CPAC meeting July 30, 2018 — two proposals in Moody Centre on the agenda: one 6-plex; the other 46 townhomes on 6 single-family lots (2800 block St. George)

Item 1: OCP Amendment, Rezoning and Development Permit Application – 2625 Henry Street

Item 2: Heritage Revitalization Agreement and Development Permit Application – 2801-2831 St. George Street

Both of these proposals are located with the Moody Centre Heritage Character Area. The image below is from Map 3 of the Official Community Plan. Not shown below is the Ioco townsite heritage area on the north shore.

 

CPAC materials can be accessed at city link here. The committee used to allow for residents to speak at the meetings, but no longer does. People can attend the meeting but not speak.

The meeting will start at 7:00 pm on Monday, July 30, 2018, taking place at council chambers. Meetings are typically live-streamed, and video is also archived for later viewing. See links at top of our site.

Item 1: OCP Amendment, Rezoning and Development Permit Application – 2625 Henry Street

Excerpt:
“OCP Amendment:
The proposal includes an OCP amendment to amend the land-use designation from Single Family Low Density to Multi-Family Residential. Staff are generally supportive of the OCP amendment for the following reasons:

  • The development proposes six purpose-built rental townhouse units. OCP policy references the use of density bonus provision, to allow owners to develop at a higher density in return for the provision of community amenities, such as affordable housing. Though the policy specifically addresses “affordable” rental and this proposal is for market rental, staff acknowledge that market rental also forms part of the wider housing continuum and provides for greater variety within the City’s housing stock.
  • The proposal is a ground oriented form of rental, which is a form that is generally lacking in Moody Centre, and is particularly suitable for families.
  • The form of development is consistent with other development in the neighbourhood, given that there are multi-family housing developments in proximity to the site, including a 6 unit townhouse development at 2611 Jane Street, 123 Mary Street (townhouses) and 195 Mary Street (4 storey apartment).”

We encourage people to have a look at the complete package of materials here. Verbal input at the meeting is no longer permitted as per the new CPAC rules.

Related post on this site:
Henry Street, development application for two triplexes (6 units)

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Item 2: Heritage Revitalization Agreement and Development Permit Application – 2801-2831 St. George Street

Marcon is proposing 46 townhomes and the preservation of one existing character home (western corner) on the south side of 2800 block St. George St (total of 47 units).

The block currently has 7 single-family homes, meaning 6 of the existing homes would be replaced with 46 townhomes, far above the existing density, about 7.5 units per existing lot.

So far there has been no opportunity for the public to comment, and as we have noted elsewhere verbal input is not part of the new rules for CPAC meetings.

(Marcon is currently working on its development two blocks east on St. George, in which council granted approval for 252 units to replace 22 single family homes, most of which are in the form of condo units in 6-storey buildings, twice the storey height that the OCP originally envisioned.)

MCCA is on record as supporting sensitive infill. We wish to note, however, this is in our heritage character area and from many comments we’ve heard over several years this may be considered as too aggressive for the area, and beyond sensitive infill.

Another item to consider with intense infill is the “urban heat island” effect, which can heat up the surrounding environment when more ground is covered with buildings, and the cumulative effects if this type of infill continues in the area, with the loss of green space. In the image below, not shown is the “Sutherland” townhomes now completed on the north side of the block (Hugh/St. George/St. Andrews), but they are indicated in the image above (12 townhomes in place of two former single family lots).

Related:
Marcon development, St. George, model representation [east of Williams Street]

Much more information on the two items above is available for review in the agenda package.

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