In preparation for an application to appear before Council in mid-December, the Western Canadian Properties Group hosted an open house last night to gather public comments about their request.
Their request is to change land use designation of subject parcels in Garrison Landing from Low Density Residential to Medium Density Residential. The shift into higher density homes is to make homes more affordable and use space for living efficiently.
This request went before Council in August, but was ultimately turned down because their request involved 9-metre wide streets in higher density areas.
With more residents in the higher density areas, Council said the space in driveways and on the street for parking don’t last long – between a personal vehicle, a work vehicle, and assets such as RVs and boats, the streets fill up quickly.
The 9-metre streets also presented other concerns about street-parked vehicles blocking the view of drivers and slowing emergency vehicles.
“The main takeaway I had from that was obviously spillover parking into the street, and if you’ve got a 9-metre road with people parking on either side, you sometimes have difficulties with getting the traffic flow through and visibility,” said Trevor Doyle, Planning and Development Coordinator with WCGP.
Doyle said they have remedied the issue of narrow streets with a plan to make the streets 11-metres where R2 (Single-Family Houses with Suites and/or Duplexes) are built, while the Single-Family homes will remain on 9-metre streets.
“The big concern people have is with parking, and rightfully so,” he stated. “You look at some subdivisions in town that have a lot of duplexes with suites in them and the parking in front of those homes is significant.”
Early into the open house, no curious residents came to offer their opinion to WCGP – which Doyle guessed was because there were already a few open houses to answer questions before this one.
Anyone who is curious about the request, or want to direct their input, can do so by contacting Doyle by phone (778-256-9274), fax (604.990.4604), or email (email@example.com)
He will be accepting those comments and incorporating them into a new application for Council in December.