The Lépine Corporation have submitted to the City a Zoning By-law Amendment Application for 1000 Robert Grant Avenue for a proposed new development in the Fernbank Lands neighbourhood.
The 2009 Fernbank Community Design Plan allows for commercial use and apartments up to nine storeys in the existing zoning along Robert Grant. The neighbouring Livery Street allows buildings up to six storeys under the design plan.
This new development proposes three residential apartment buildings in height from 5 storeys to 15 storeys, with a two-level parking garage providing 615 parking spaces and a surface parking lot with six parking spaces. Also included in the underground parking are spaces for 283 bicycles. There would be a total of 566 one-bedroom and two-bedroom rental units. A one storey community clubhouse with a pool, gym, meeting rooms and social areas is proposed for the centre of the site.
The applicant is requesting high-rise apartments be permitted with a maximum height of 15 storeys (54 metres) for the portion of the site fronting on Robert Grant Avenue. For the portion of the site abutting the R4Z Zone on Livery Street, an increase in height from 15 and 20 metres to 21 metres is requested. For the remainder of the Livery Street frontage, the height limit is currently 30 metres and is not proposed to change.
The applicant is also requesting an increase in the minimum interior side yard setback from 0 metres to 7.5 metres on the south side of the property to provide a larger buffer between the development and the abutting property. The proposed amendment includes a request to reduce the minimum required resident parking rate from 1.2 spaces per dwelling unit to 1.0 space per dwelling unit and to reduce the minimum required visitor parking rate from 0.2 spaces per dwelling unit to 0.1 spaces per dwelling unit.
You can see additional documents related to this proposal here.
Councillor Gower has commented and is troubled by this proposal — “Lépine is asking for a considerable increase to the allowable height. I am concerned that the overloaded infrastructure in the area – roads and transit – cannot currently support this development. We’re seeing massive growth in the Fernbank area and adjacent communities, but transportation projects like Robert Grant Avenue are still lagging years behind”.
The Stittsville Village Association (SVA) “opposes the proposed amendment, which seeks a significant adjustment of allowable height along with reduced parking. The extension of Robert Grant to Hazeldean and eventually to Palladium is many years away under current council priorities, as is rapid transit. The infrastructure is simply not in place to support the kind of density this development will bring, as well as others if we allow this to become the new benchmark for building height in that neighbourhood”.
Councillor Gower strongly encourages residents to make their comments and concerns known by sending feedback to Kathy.Rygus@ottawa.ca, the Development Review Planner on this proposal, and he would like you to copy him – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments must be submitted by November 5th. From the feedback received, the developer will be asked by the City to make changes to address community concerns.
A public meeting will be held in November with the date and details to be confirmed.
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