It will likely be a first for Huntsville’s planning committee. At its upcoming August 11 meeting, it will be asked to approve a site plan for a Hindu temple at the former Capitol Theatre location.
According to planning documents, the site at 8 Main Street West would be redeveloped to include a place of worship, a restaurant, a tourist commercial use, and 14 apartments. While the footprint of the building would remain the same, an additional storey is being proposed.
The property is about 1,012m² with 15.8m of road frontage on Main Street West. The comprehensive zoning bylaw provides relief for existing buildings on the main street “to not conform to parking provisions if the building was in existence prior to the date of passage of the Zoning By-Law. However, in instances where the floor area is proposed to change, parking spaces shall be provided, for the proposed change only. In this instance, the applicant is proposing an additional storey containing 7 residential units. As the Zoning By-law requires 1 space per unit, the proposed development is deficient for 7 new spaces,” according to the Town’s planning department.
As a result of the parking deficiency, staff are recommending that the approval of the application be conditional on the cash-in-lieu for parking provisions in Huntsville’s Official Plan, at a rate of $3,000 per parking spot.
Fees collected for cash-in-lieu of parking are placed in a special account to be used to address parking in the Central Business District “in a more comprehensive manner,” states the planning report.
While a lighting plan has not yet been submitted in support of the redevelopment, planning staff have noted that they will ensure that the site plan drawings state all lighting will be dark-sky friendly.
Staff are recommending approval of the application. You can find the full document here (pdf). Huntsville’s planning committee meets at 1 p.m. this Wednesday, August 11. You can watch the live webcast here.
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