Here are some highlights of what’s on the September 12th Planning & Development Committee agenda:
8 Lake Street – Public Meeting – Zoning Amendment and Draft Plan of Subdivision
To convert the existing building into two semi-detached units and adding 4 new semi-detached units behind it (abutting the Robinson Street road allowance).
387 Mud Street
Removal of holding provision.
Redevelopment of the existing chiropractor clinic and exterior updates to the barber shop building.
PROPOSED FILL BY-LAW
Read our previous report here on this HOT ISSUE
Section 37 Review
We first raised this issue back in the fall of 2016 when LJM’s Waterview proposed additional height to 15 storeys came ashore. Planning did not have a transparent policy or framework to negotiate height or density increases above what is in the Official Plan. This report confirms this gap and that changes need to be made – finally.
Mayor Bentley acknowledged the lack of a proper policy in this Niagara this Week article:
Responsible growth means having these tools and policies in place BEFORE approving new developments. Learning from other municipalities … it would be prudent to also see proper shadow study protocols using industry accepted standards, “tall building” urban guidelines and other considerations to be in place before entertaining larger scale proposals.
As always Committee and Council meetings are open to the public at Town Hall, 160 Livingston Avenue.