Originally Posted by O-Town Hockey
The same carbon-copy 3 and 4 storey condos have been built in Kanata, Orleans, and Barhaven. People in the suburbs are very house-centric and don't really care what goes on outside their little single family home and its lawns. It's the people in older, established neighbourhoods who seem to get all caught up with the height of new developments. One of the big reasons is that these areas are much more dense and the shadow cast by the 3 storey building can (potentially) have a significant impact.
I think that's a key point. Do we know how deep/far back on the lot these townhouses will extend? It often seems that developers go out of their way to build as large a footprint structure as they can get away with, or indeed "overshoot" and "compromise" to something semi-reasonable. From walking around in Westboro, there's a big difference between a house than extends 60' on the lot and one that extends only 30-40'. A two-storey that extends 60' can look (and indeed, probably is) more massive than a three-storey that extends only 30-40'. There are a few three-storey houses around here (even beside one-storey bungalows) but you don't notice them because they aren't oversized, yet a lot of the more recent two-storey infills (especially the semis) stick out like sore thumbs because of their footprint (even from a vantage point directly in front of them on the street because their depth contributes to a much higher roof). And the three-storey large footprint infills are just plain awful.
The purpose of intensification and densification is supposed to be to cut down on sprawl and reduce our environmental footprint; it's not supposed to be an excuse to build 2500+ sqft McMansion wannabes on small urban lots. Unfortunately, a lot of infill projects seem to meet the letter of the intensification policies without meeting the spirit of them.
The facades of this proposed townhouse block are fine, but without seeing massing diagrams or a site plan it's hard to say whether this is a good infill or not.