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CONFIRMED — ZONE CHANGES WILL SET PRECEDENT

On Saturday May 11 Marianne Meed-Ward hosted a meeting with St. Luke’s Precinct residents, City Planning and the Cameryn Lanes developer Maurice Desrochers as an opportunity for residents to review Desrochers’ revised townhouse development plans and express their opinions. A fantastic neighbourhood turnout was audience to two great questions and answers:

1. Planning was asked if a change to zoning on even a single lot or group of lots would cause a precedent of change, influencing future zone change decisions with city staff and council — the answer was YES.

2. Ward 2 Councillor Marianne Meed-Ward was asked directly if she would defend her council’s 2008 decision to protect St. Luke’s Precinct from zone changes — to stick with the Official Plan and protect the precinct from development that applies to change the zoning.

Marianne answered emphatically YES.

What does this mean?

This means that if residents and council allow the developer — or any future developer — to change zoning once, on any lot, of any rezoning type — the precedent will be set that zoning CAN be changed in the St. Luke’s Precinct. And once changed, it is done and gone forever opening up the area to all kinds of zone change requests for various densities, heights, building types or forms. This will change the character of the area forever.

What is Next?

Please be sure to voice your opinion — here in comments and to council. If you’d like to be kept in the loop, email us. Also be vocal in social media and with your neighbours. The more people are informed, the better.

We are awaiting confirmation of when the developer submits a formal application. We hope that the developer will reconsider their proposal and look for alternatives to changing the zoning and altering the character of the area we love. We hope the developer will consider either:

1. propose a development of single family homes that fits the community form, befitting the character of the neighbourhood

2. sell the properties to individuals who can carry on with the natural evolution of building and renovating single family homes one at a time

3. continue to rent them as part of the developer’s Downtown Executive Rentals’ rental pool

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Update – Jan 25, 2016
Public Meeting: January 25 on proposed redevelopment of 546 Burlington at Caroline Street Date: January 25, 6:30pm Room 247 2nd Floor ------ Resident's of St. Luke's Precinct, please support your neighbourhood by attending this meeting and voice your opinion about this proposed project that threatens to shrink house side yards, back yards and setbacks in order to fit 3 houses on a current single home lot. This is a precedent setting set of amendments for the St. Luke's Precinct. Hang on to reasonable amendments and use of your by-laws and protect your hood.
Update – Oct 20, 2014

Public meeting Nov 13 on proposed redevelopment of Locust/Elgin
Date: Nov 13, 7pm, Rm 305, City Hall
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Residents of St. Luke's Precinct, please attend this meeting and voice your opinion on this development that so far proposes to require zoning changes. Zone changes anywhere within the precinct will cause a precedent of further zone change as stated by planning. Hang on to your zoning and protect your hood.

Stay tuned for more info.

Update – Sept 26, 2014

A neighbour of the St. Luke's Precinct has informed us that surveyors have been measuring the Dalewood Apartments property at 1367 Elgin Street.

Part or all if this property is owned by Maurice Desrochers development group / Executive Furnished Rentals. Desrochers has previously indicated a desire to rezone this property for 8 story condominiums.

A site rezone of this nature would mean a precedent rezone for the whole precinct.

Stay tuned for more information.

Update – Sept 12, 2014
510 Hager Avenue / New Home Build — Late summer, the city received the site plan application/plans for the second Mattwood house on Hager Ave. This is the lot(s) originally proposed as townhomes/semis by Mattwood but the Neighbours of St. Luke's expressed discomfort for the zone change and appealed to the builder to do single detached builds.
Update – June 4, 2014

Confirmation from the city is that the developer is intending on building 2 detached single family homes. They have begun the first on the south most lot but have yet to propose a plan for the 2nd. This first house will conform to the current zoning and needs only minor variance approval.