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by Doug Harvey

Central Elgin Planning Applications for Monday, January 13th, 2020

Zoning By-law Amendments

1. 6:50 p.m. - Gensens, 494 Lower Spring Street

Background - The applicants are proposing to rezone the subject lands to permit the construction of a new residential use. Specifically, the applicants are seeking to sever the subject lands to build a two storey residential dwelling that will front on to West Edith Cavell Boulevard. (County of Elgin Land Division Committee File No. E70/19)

The lands are currently zoned Residential (R1) and Open Space 3 (OS3) zone which is facilitating the need for a zoning by-law amendment application. The northern portion of the lands are zoned R1 and require a change to address a reduction in setbacks for the existing residential dwelling. A detached garage also currently exists on the northern property and partially on the municipality's right of way. The applicant has advised that prior the municipality issuing any building permits, that they will remove the garage. Further, the newly created southern lot will be rezoned from the current OS3 zone to a site-specific R1 zone to allow for a reduction in side-yard setbacks.

No written submissions were received and there were no questions from the public. Councillor Crevits asked why would the report indicate that a building permit not be issued until the zoning by-law changes when there already seems to be a building permit issued. Council conversation indicated that ongoing construction was on the adjacent lot and that there was no construction taking place yet on the property in question. The Public Meeting was then concluded, and the actions of Council on the Proposed Zoning Amendment will be considered at a future meeting of Council.

2. 7:00 p.m. - Wilson, 6016 Fairveiw Road

Background - The purpose of the application is to rezone the subject lands to permit a 95.13 square metre (1024 square foot) additional dwelling unit on the property. The current Open Space 1 (OS1) Zone only permits one dwelling on the subject lands which is facilitating the need for the amendment.

No written submissions were received and there were no questions from Council or the public. The Public Meeting was then concluded, and the actions of Council on the Proposed Zoning Amendment will be considered at a future meeting of Council.

3. 7:10 p.m. - Shinde, 226 Colborne Street

Background - The applicants are proposing to rezone the subject lands to permit a clinic use and residential uses below the main floor. Specifically, the applicants are looking to develop a three-storey mixed use building that will contain a dental clinic on the main floor with two apartment units each on the second and third floors and an additional apartment in the basement of the building for a total of five apartment units. Further, a reduction in the parking requirements for the clinic use has also been requested. The lands are currently zoned Business (B1) which is facilitating the need for a zoning by-law amendment application.

There was several written submissions received concerning lack of parking, design of building not keeping with adjacent structures or local heritage guidelines, opposed to a three-story building as it is an eyesore, and would compound the issue of insufficient parking in the area. There was also several submissions from the public concerning the lack of parking in the area and of the problems area residents currently face such as:

  • Illegal parking;
  • People blocking access to driveways;
  • Not a fit for the neighbourhood when compared to other buildings;
  • Cash in lieu of parking does not solve the lack of parking in the area;
  • A 3-story is not appropriate for the area;
  • Does not maintain the character or heritage of the village;
  • Not sure that allowing a 3-story will not result in another local example of a 3-story becoming an overwhelming 5 1/2-story building;
  • Would become most unacceptably adverse to the adjacent properties;
  • A 3-story would result in a loss of privacy for area residents;
  • Already too much competition for too little parking;
  • Lack of infrastructure to properly serve the area.

Councillor Roberts also had concerns about the insufficient site parking that would place more demand for parking that doesn't exist in the area. The planner indicated that there was also concerns about exterior building maintenance because the planned walls were up to the lot line which then could not be accessed from the property for any building maintenance other than from an adjacent property. The Public Meeting was then concluded, and the actions of Council on the Proposed Zoning Amendment will be considered at a future meeting of Council.

4. 7:20 p.m. - Southern, 42575 Dexter Line

Background - The purpose of the application is to rezone the lands from a site-specific Open Space 2 (OS2-77) Zone to allow for the construction of a 9.75 metre (32 foot) x 12.19 metre (40 ft.) pole barn as an accessory use to the existing residential dwelling. The current zone on the subject lands only permits a health spa, meeting rooms, and accessory uses as part of a redevelopment proposal. An amendment has been sought to repeal the existing zoning and to rezone the lands to permit the development of the pole barn adjacent to a natural heritage feature and natural hazard and to recognize the existing rural residential use.

No written submissions were received and there were no questions from Council or the public. The Public Meeting was then concluded, and the actions of Council on the Proposed Zoning Amendment will be considered at a future meeting of Council.

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