Huntsville’s Official Plan recognizes the need for medium and higher density development, particularly in the town’s urban core, “in order to assist in the provision of housing for an ageing population, entry-level housing and affordable housing.”
A proposed development on Silver Street will contribute to that goal.
Local planner John Gallagher shared details about the project on behalf of the proponent with Huntsville’s Planning Committee on July 11.
There is currently a single-family dwelling on the property at 2 Silver Street which the proponent has proposed demolishing and replacing with a four-plex, and has requested a zoning bylaw amendment to change the zoning from a Residential Two (R2) Zone to a Residential Three (R3) Zone. Included in the amendment are exceptions to reduce the required lot area per unit from 250 sq.m. to 202 sq.m.; reduce the required landscape buffer along a parking lot from 1.0 m to 0 m along the interior side lot line; and reduce the required landscape buffer along a parking lot from 3.0 m to 1.5 m along the exterior side lot line.
Gallagher noted that there is an existing six-plex to the west of the property and other existing duplexes in the area. Across the road to the east is the Hydro substation, and a main arterial road, West Road, is adjacent to the property. The lot abuts a right-of-way that accesses the building to the west.
“It’s a reuse of older housing stock. The building is built in compact form, the footprint is about 1,700 sq. ft,” said Gallagher.
The staff report presented to committee notes that the Official Plan “states that residential development shall be designed in such a manner as to minimize land consumption and efficiently use infrastructure and public service facilities by encouraging cost effective development at appropriate densities and in appropriate locations. The proposed development would see the creation of four additional dwelling units in the area, while providing a development compatible with the neighbourhood.”
Gallagher added that the proposed location of the building on the lot will “allow for some larger amenity areas in the rear of the building.”
The District of Muskoka advised that the applicant will need to verify that existing water and sewer services are adequate for the proposed development.
Committee approved the bylaw amendment, which will go to Council for ratification at the end of the month.
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