Staff determined that there is merit to the applicant’s request; however, concerns about the R-4 zoning regulations are not unique to these two properties, but general to the larger neighbourhood. For example, there are numerous R-4 zoned properties within the vicinity of Willett Street and Dunbrack Street that contain aging apartment buildings, have similar site characteristics, and are subject to identical zoning regulations.
With these considerations in mind, staff recommended an amendment process that reviews the MPS policies and LUB regulations pertaining to all R-4 Zoned properties within close proximity of Willet and Dunbrack Street. Specifically, the following R-4 Zone regulations will be reviewed:
• Population density;
• Angle controls;
• Open Space;
• Parking standards; and
• Other regulations pertaining to site, building, and pedestrian-oriented design.
Staff’s recommendation does not permit new land uses in the R-4 Zone, but it will consider: if the neighbourhood is better served by apartment buildings that adhere to modern-day regulations or the current regulations (which were adopted in the 1970s); and whether the Regional Plan’s direction for Clayton Park West is being achieved by the current planning framework.