KBCA seeks public input on Teron proposal.
The Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association is looking for comments from residents on a proposed 15-storey building at 1131 Teron Rd. The diagram shows the relative heights of the proposed building with the nearest two-storey homes on Varley Lane and Bethune Court, along with the distances separating existing buildings from the 15-storey structure.
Now that a decision has been made regarding one Beaverbrook midrise, the community association is looking for input on the next proposal.
The Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association is collecting comments from residents on a proposed 15-storey building by developer Phil Bottriell at 1131 Teron Rd.
“As an individual citizen, your input, especially if it’s well articulated, (makes a difference). It does have an impact on the city,” said Neil Thomson, planning and legal executive member for the KBCA. “We’re looking for people in direct proximity (to) give their personal perspective on how this will affect them.”
Community comments helped in the city’s decision on the proposal for 2 The Parkway. It saw the development lowered to seven-storeys from the original 16.
“We know the (Official) Plan well now,” said Thomson. “We know how to make a case. We know it’s essential people continue to come forward.”
Residents in Bethune and Jackson courts, as well as on Varley Lane, are the closest to the proposed development.
“It’s about compatibility and transition and appropriate height for a low-scale community,” said Thomson.
Phone calls requesting comment from the developer were not returned as of press time.
OUT OF LINE
The building proposal has changed since the last meeting, held in August 2012. The plan put forward at that time asked for a two-tiered, 10- and 15-storey apartment building, coupled with six three-storey townhouses.
The newest development calls for a 15-storey apartment building with 190 units, and six three-storey townhomes.
A mechanical room on top of the complex puts the full height closer to 17 storeys, said Thomson.
“It’s more outrageous than what we already commented to,” he said. “It’s (almost) the size of the Brookstreet Hotel.”
The Brookstreet, located in the high-tech sector of north Kanata, is 18 floors with 276 hotel rooms.
He added the three-storey townhomes are “fully compatible with what is across the street,” adding many residents would rather see more townhouses as opposed to an apartment complex.
The city agrees with Thomson, saying a 15-storey building is too high for the area.
“The feedback we’re getting from the city is that they believe it’s way out of line,” said Thomson.
Marc Magierowicz, city planner, told Thomson the city wants modifications to the current proposal.
“He responded that the city does not support the current proposal and has asked for a revision,” said Thomson.
Magierowicz said the city is still accepting public comments on the application.
When asked if the city plans to host another public meeting, Magierowicz said in an email “The city is waiting for additional information from the applicant.”
Comments on the proposal can be sent to Magierowicz by email at email@example.com or by phone at 613-580-2424 ext. 27820.