The City of Ottawa has received a Zoning By-law Amendment application for 75 Granton Ave. to rezone the property from Residential First Density Subzone FF Exception 632 (R1FF ) to Residential Second Density Subzone E (R2E) to permit two pairs of semi-detached dwellings.
The proposal is to demolish the existing house and redevelop the site with two pairs of 2-storey semi-detached dwellings. Each principal dwelling unit would have a secondary dwelling unit in the basement for a total of eight units with parking for only four of those units.
This is the first project of its kind for City View and if it goes ahead, it will set a precedent and open the neighbourhood to similar development.
The concerns are as follows:
- City View’s aging infrastructure cannot handle intensification (ie. no storm sewers). Any further development must include plans to upgrade the current infrastructure.
- Dangerous Precedent: If this is approved, this would encourage more developers to build multi-dwellings without any consideration to how this is changing the community: the loss of the tree canopy, increased traffic in a community without existing traffic calming.
- No green space for increased population. City View has one of the lowest park ratios in the city, this will only increase this issue as there is a lack of yard space in the proposal.
- Property has a tree of distinction that provides character to the neighbourhood. The proposal seeks to remove it and does not include replanting measures.
- Parking is an issue. City View is not a walkable neighbourhood as there are no sidewalks, paths or well maintained streets.
- Not allocating enough parking affects the entire neighbourhood as it will choke up streets with parked cars.
- Intensification does not equate to affordable housing. There are no measures in place to ensure that this development will be affordable.
- This proposal is connected to Jack Stirling who is involved in the integrity commissioner’s findings of Councillor Jan Harder.
The CVCA is currently working with the Councillor Chiarelli on hosting a public consultation session, date to be communicated shortly. In the meantime, we highly encourage you to share your thoughts by emailing or sending a letter to the address below.
All information and supporting documents for this proposal can be found on the City of Ottawa website here: https://devapps.ottawa.ca/en/applications/D02-02-21-0048/details
The deadline to provide comments or concerns is July 16, 2021.
Address your comments to:
Kathy Rygus, Development Review Planner
Mailing Address: Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Ave. West, 4th Floor, Ottawa ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424 ext. 28318
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