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Development 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.

508 Hager Avenue – Development

Last year builder developer Mattwood Homes announced their intention to sever the property at 508 Hager Avenue in the St. Luke’s Precinct and build 3 homes. (Map)

Neighbours rejected zone change

This proposal would have forced a zone change in the precinct and many neighbours voiced their objection for this type of development including a neighbour that happens to be a city planner.

Since then no formal proposals have been given to the city but the property has been cleared and equipment is on site presumably to begin services.

Marianne Meed Ward says the property may have already been severed but that there is still no formal application; plans or submission for a building permit.

Towns or semis mean a zone change

A number of people have intimated that the property owner intended on severing to build 2 homes — and possibly town houses such as their last build at the corner of Caroline and Pearl Streets. If the form turns out to be towns, this will mean a zone change.

City says — a site zone change means entire precinct

The city planners and staff have stated previously that any zone change will set a precedent that will compromise the St. Luke’s Precinct’s status as a protected zone. This will make it impossible for neighbours or the city to protect the precinct from further zone change toward more intensified building of structures such as townhouse developments and apartment buildings throughout the precinct.

If you wish to protect the precinct — the way you live here — from constant commercial pressure, please be diligent and get involved. Contact us at protect@stlukesprecinct.com and watch for and attend the city meetings.

 

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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.