Follow up news article from OBJ:
Developer drops density in Baseline Road redevelopment proposal
By Peter Kovessy, Ottawa Business Journal Staff
Tue, Sep 1, 2009 4:00 PM EST
After a public outcry over the heights of several Nepean condominiums proposed last year, a developer has returned with a rezoning application that dramatically reduces the density of the residential project.
The property, owned by Redwood Residences Ltd. and managed by The Regional Group, is bounded by Baseline Road, Morrison Drive and Draper Avenue. The 2.2-acre site currently contains seven townhouse buildings with 12 units each, which would be demolished if the development proceeds.
Last year, the developer proposed a 537-unit development that included a 20-storey tower and a pair of 14-storey high-rises. The new plans call for 334 units and buildings no higher than 12 storeys. (See table below)
"As a result of the public consultation process and staff negotiations with the applicant, building heights and number of units were reduced," city staff say in a report being tabled at the Sept. 8 planning and environment committee meeting.
The city received "extensive comments" when the initial proposal was circulated. Staff say fewer public comments were received when the revised proposal was distributed, but common concerns persisted.
Specifically, residents said there was too much density being proposed for the site, which is currently zoned to allow apartments of up to four storeys.
In response, staff say the proposal conforms with the city's official plan.
"Given the property's location on the edge of a neighbourhood and adjacent to an arterial and a collector road, the level of intensification is seen as appropriate."