Devel­op­ers on dead­line

Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Kristie Lim

THE Metro Cen­tral Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel has given a de­vel­oper 60 days to work with the City of Bayswa­ter’s De­sign Re­view Panel to ad­dress con­cerns over a pro­posed 10-unit two-storey de­vel­op­ment op­po­site The Rise in May­lands.

At its Au­gust 7 meet­ing, the panel voted against a City of­fi­cer’s rec­om­mended re­fusal.

It de­ferred its de­ci­sion on Ur­ban­ista Town Plan­ning’s proposal, a red brick-themed de­vel­op­ment worth $2.1 million at a 1012sq m sin­gle-storey site at Lot 180, 25 Eighth Av­enue.

The de­fer­ral will also en­able the City to do a close anal­y­sis of the pre­ferred size and scale of de­vel­op­ments in the lo­cal­ity.

The proposal was amended from its ini­tial ap­pli­ca­tion in May.

More land­scap­ing was in­cluded at the back of the site, street frontage and within the ground floor court­yards.

The amend­ments also in­cluded a re­design of the front build­ing, the re­moval of a unit on the lower floor and two ex­tra units.

This brought the to­tal in line with the per­mit­ted num­ber.

There were seven pro­posed units with two bed­rooms and two bath­rooms and three units with two bed­rooms and one bath­room.

Of­fi­cers be­lieved the de­vel­op­ment was of ex­ces­sive bulk and scale and not com­pli­ant with the guide­lines for build­ing size, open space and lot bound­ary set­backs.

The DRP, which did not sup­port the proposal, said the num­ber of units limited the abil­ity to pro­vide amenity to fu­ture res­i­dents and a third storey would en­able more space and bet­ter ac­cess to nat­u­ral light and ven­ti­la­tion.

In its con­sid­er­a­tion, it was also noted de­sign should fo­cus on solv­ing the streetscape and drive­way width and scale to im­prove amenity.

Ur­ban­ista Town Plan­ning di­rec­tor Bianca San­dri, who is also a Stir­ling coun­cil­lor, said the ad­di­tional land­scap­ing would soften the over­all de­vel­op­ment and res­i­dents could have ac­cess to nearby pub­lic open spa­ces at The Rise and River­side Gar­dens.

JDAP spe­cial­ist mem­ber Michael Hardy, who moved the de­fer­ral, said the ap­pli­ca­tion seemed to be head­ing in the right di­rec­tion but was not there yet and needed to ad­dress the DRP’s con­cerns.

Pre­sid­ing mem­ber Me­gan Adair said her big­gest con­cern was the open space as the de­vel­op­ment needed to con­trib­ute to the streetscape. She said the City needed to de­velop a hous­ing vi­sion for the area.

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