March and Teron beside the Hydro Line.
To rezone the subject property from DR (Development Reserve) and R1M (Residential First Density, Subzone M, Urban Exception 773) to R5A[XXXX] (Residential Fifth Density, Urban Exception XXX) to accommodate a building with a 10 and 15 apartment storey tower and six three-storey townhomes for a total of 179 units. Underground parking is proposed for the apartment units and at grade parking will be provided for the visitors and townhome units. The exception would be to reduce the corner side yard from 4.5 to 3.0 metres; reduce the interior side yard setback from 7.5 metres to 1.0 metre; reduce the rear yard setback from 6.0 metres to 2.5 metres and to permit a maximum building height of 53.8 metres with a residential penthouse.
Residents oppose proposed Teron Road highrise
July 4, 2012
Around 60 people turned out for a public meeting on a proposed development to build a two-tiered highrise in Beaverbrook, on Monday, June 25.
Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson and the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association (KBCA) hosted the meeting to inform the community about an application to rezone the property and to find out what people would like to see at the location.
“We wanted to ask you to give us ideas,” she said. “Keeping everything exactly as is, is not going to work.”
Developer Phil Bottriell owns about 1.6 hectares of land at 1131 Teron Rd., where his current house sits, backing onto March Road. He issued a request to the city to rezone the land to allow for a 10- and 15-storey, two-tiered building, as well as six three-storey townhouses.
Beaverbrook residents at the meeting felt this proposal doesn’t fit in with the community.
“The proposal of this 15- and 10-storey (building) is way too much for this area,” said Andrew Crain, who lives in the area.
“I just feel it’s so inappropriate for the whole community,” said Beth Mlacak.
Colin Billowes a Beaverbrook resident since the 1960s, echoed the statements.
“It’s ridiculous – highly out of character and proportion for the community,” he said. “I think anything more than two storeys is inappropriate.”
Residents recently went to bat against another rezoning application to allow for a 16-storey residential building at 2 The Parkway. The final report on that request was slated to be released on June 29, but has been postponed until mid-August.
“Beaverbrook is recognized as a garden city,” said KBCA president Gary Sealey. “We should say no to developments that don’t fit.”
Wilkinson said she wanted to hold the meeting to brainstorm alternatives for the site. Although the city can’t tell a developer what to put on his or her land, comments from the community can help shape the final report and whether or not the re-zoning application is approved.
“Beaverbrook has a very distinct character,” she said. “We want to know what residents think should go there.”
When it came to arguments against the 2 The Parkway proposal, residents weren’t specific enough in their comments on how it would affect them, Wilkinson said.
“What we really need to do is focus on Beaverbrook and what it means to you,” she told the crowd, adding it makes a difference if every person submits an individual comment. “The input from the community is very, very important.”
Neil Thomson, KBCA director of planning, said the proposed 197-unit building would have site lines into the backyards of neighbouring houses.
Privacy, “it’s critical to people of Bethune,” he said, adding people should focus their comments on how the building could impact them.
He said complaints about the strain on traffic, sewers and transportation wouldn’t be taken into account.
“If we want to be effective…we have to play the game,” he said. “Arguing it’s going to decrease the property value is not going to be effective.”
Bethune resident Gail White said she was worried about the amount of foot-traffic that could result from the number of proposed units.
“We can’t fence ourselves off,” she said.
A number of people at the meeting said the 10- and 15-storey, two-tiered highrise would fit better in the town centre, located near the Kanata Centrum, where higher density buildings have already been built.
“We care about the fabric of this community as a whole,” said KBCA member Gerry Holt. “It belongs just down the road in the Kanata Town Centre.”
Some of the alternatives proposed for the Teron Road site included:
* Seniors bungalows.
* Two- or three-storey offices.
* Two-storey townhomes.
* Medical centre.
* Maintain the status quo.
“The report should include comments from the community saying what they think will better fit,” said Wilkinson.
Bill Teron, known as the “Father of Kanata,” has pledged to help bankroll any legal fights that might ensue because of this proposed development, and the one at 2 The Parkway.
A committee has put together a “war chest” to help cover any legal costs that might arise.
“In a few months you can destroy 50 years of planning,” he said about spot re-zoning. “We will fight this until the end. If we lose, we will appeal.
“This will not happen except over our dead bodies.”
Comments on the proposal can be sent to city planner Marc Magierowicz through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone at 613-580-2424 ext. 27820. The deadline is July 6, but comments will still be accepted after that time.