Development proposed for site in Aldershot where Meed Ward announced her decision to run for the office of Mayor.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

February 19th, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The site is just yards away from where Marianne Meed Ward officially threw her hat into the ring for the office of Mayor. Months later she sits in an office on the eight floor of city hall.

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Meed Ward supporters indicating which ward they lived in – representatives from every ward were there.

Her campaign was about sensible, responsible development. She spoke to a small, enthusiastic audience at the top of Clearview Avenue overlooking the site on which the ADI Development Group is building what will amount to a new neighbourhood that will align with the mobility hub, the plans for which have yet to be finalized.

An application has been made to change the Official Plan designation to High Density Residential to allow the development of a mid-rise, 6-storey apartment building, with 160 dwelling units at a density of 258 units per hectare. A rezoning application has also been made to change the corresponding zoning to a site specific Residential High Density RH1.

Clearview renderingClearview mapThe lands are currently designated as low density residential in the City’s Official Plan which allows for detached and semi-detached dwellings, and other forms of ground oriented housing not exceeding 25 units per hectare. The lands are zoned R2.1 in the City’s Zoning By-law which allows for detached dwellings and an accessory dwelling unit within a detached dwelling.

A date for the first public meeting has not yet been set.

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3 comments to Development proposed for site in Aldershot where Meed Ward announced her decision to run for the office of Mayor.

  • Keith

    This area should be zoned RH1. There is plenty of opportunity to build infrastructure to make access to and from the area for a population well above the 258 units per hectare easy, with minimal impact to the existing population.

    • Tom Muir

      Keith needs to go and visit the area, which is currently a long established single family low density neighborhood known as Clearview – St. Mathews – Queen Mary. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Aldershot, first built for returning veterans.

      The OP and zoning recognizes this, and for sure the 6 story proposal is totally intrusive and not compatible. It’s just another greed driven assault with no merit in this space.

      It needs no infrastructure for access to and from. More will just destroy the place.

      The idea that allowing more than 258 units per hectare will have minimal impact on the existing population shows that Keith doesn’t know what he is talking about.

      He needs to go down there and ask the existing population what they think, and report back here.

      Get serious.

      • Keith

        Hi Tom,
        Thanks for replying to my comment. Good to see the opportunity for debate exists on this forum.
        I’ve walked to every home in this area many times. And I think you’re right, it is a beautiful spot that’s faced some significant changes in the past.
        My take is this; the moment hwy access and a go station was built within 200m of this location its future was forever changed. The value of real estate immediately increased because of its proximity to this highly sought-after infrastructure. And this is now a double-edged sword for its existing residents. Just like those faced by the folks who live in Glenwood Park near the Burlington Go station. This is a part of growth. The easier it is to move people in, out and around a place the more people will want to live there which fits perfectly into the metrics of any developer.
        There are local families right now that are priced out of buying a residence anywhere in Burlington. Gentrification has hit the children of first\second generation Burlingtonians incredibly hard. I know many that have moved to Binbrook and beyond due to a lack of any type of family accommodation here or being out bid by a home flipper on older homes. So as far as I can tell there are two futures for our beautiful streets. One, we successfully lobby against intensification and the homes we all know and cherish slowly get bulldozed as our “oversized” lots are prime for mcmansion building and add nothing to community building. Or two, we start to take better control of the intensification guidelines of our city to make whats being built more compatible with what we feel creates a healthier community for all residents. Insist on increased volume of three-bedroom units. And main floor community common area’s with shopping. Why is there no grocery shopping or LCBO in Aldershot? Can’t that be resolved with a larger multilevel development?
        Change will come regardless of how hard you fight it. Its just a matter of taking advantage of the opportunity that this change can offer.
        Thanks again!

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