City of Regina
Saskatchewan CA

RPC Public Report
RPC19-30

Zoning Bylaw Amendment Application (19-Z-06) - The Towns, Phase 2, Stage 1G/A

Information

Department:Office of the City ClerkSponsors:
Category:Not Applicable

Recommendation

1.      That the application to rezone the lands within the Towns Concept Plan area, as shown in Appendix A-3, be approved as follows:

 

Proposed Lots 1 to 12 in Block 34 from UH- Urban Holding to R5-Medium Density Residential Zone.

 

2.       That the City Solicitor be directed to prepare the necessary bylaw to authorize the respective Regina Zoning Bylaw No. 9250 amendment.

 

3.      That this report be forwarded to the September 30, 2019 meeting of City Council for approval, to allow sufficient time for advertising of the required public notice for the respective bylaws.

 

Report Body

CONCLUSION

 

The applicant, Terra Developments, on behalf of the landowners, City of Regina (City), proposes to rezone the lands within Phase 2, Stage 1G/A, Block 34 of Towns Concept Plan area. The proposed amendments would allow for the development of medium density residential on a portion of Block 34.

 

The proposed rezoning of the subject land is consistent with the policies in Design Regina: The Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2013-48 (OCP), including Part B.16, which is the Southeast Regina Neighbourhood Plan (SENP). The proposed amendments also comply with The Towns Concept Plan and the development standards and regulations contained in Regina Zoning Bylaw No. 9250 (Zoning Bylaw). Accordingly, Administration recommends approval.

 

BACKGROUND

 

The Towns Concept Plan (Appendix A-3) establishes a framework for directing land use, development and servicing for a new neighbourhood located in the Southeast Regina Neighbourhood Plan Area. The rezoning of this land complies with the Towns Concept Plan approved by City Council in April 2016 (CR16-36) and was last amended in April 2019 (CR19-33).

 

This application is being considered pursuant to the Zoning Bylaw, OCP and The Planning and Development Act, 2007 (Act).

 

The related subdivision application is being considered concurrently in accordance with Bylaw No. 2003-3, by which subdivision approval authority has been delegated to Administration. A copy of the plan of proposed subdivision is attached for reference purposes only as Appendix A-3.3.

 

DISCUSSION

 

Zoning Bylaw Amendment

 

The applicant, Terra Developments Inc., representing the landowners, the City of Regina, proposes to rezone the land within Phase 2 Stage 1G/A of the Towns neighbourhood. The proposed Zoning Bylaw amendment aligns with the approved Towns Concept Plan as R5 –Medium Density Residential Zone (Appendix A-3). A summary of the proposed amendments is provided below:

 

Rezoning Summary

 

 

Existing

Proposed

Land Use in Concept Plan

Medium Density Residential

Medium Density Residential

Zoning Designation

UH- Urban Holding

R5 - Residential Medium Density

No. of Lots

Vacant Land

12 lots – (25-50 Units per Ha)

 

The applicant intends to accommodate medium density residential building on each proposed lot. The proposed development is consistent with the purpose and intent of the R5 – Residential Medium Density Zone with respect to permitting medium density residential development in suburban areas of the city with net density between 25 to 50 units per hectare. The properties north and east of the subject property are undeveloped, similarly properties to the west and south are intended for low and medium density residential.

 

RECOMMENDATION IMPLICATIONS

 

Financial Implications

 

Capital funding to provide municipal infrastructure that is required for subdivision and development in the concept plan area will be the sole responsibility of the developer. The municipal infrastructure that is built and funded by the developer will become the City’s responsibility to operate and maintain through future budgets.

 

Environmental Implications

 

None with respect to this report.

 

Policy/Strategic Implications

 

The proposal is consistent with the policies contained within Part A of the OCP with respect to:

 

Section C: Growth Plan

 

Goal 1- Long-Term Growth: Ensure that sufficient developable land is protected for future city growth.

 

2.2              Direct future growth as either intensification on or expansion into lands designated to accommodate a population of approximately 300,000, in accordance with Map 1 – Growth Plan

 

Goal 2- Efficient Servicing: Maximize the efficient use of existing and new infrastructure.

 

2.4               Make use of residual capacity of infrastructure in existing urban areas.

 

2.5               Develop compact and contiguous neighbourhoods.

 

Goal 4 New Neighbourhoods and Employment Areas: Ensure that new neighbourhoods and employment areas maximize infrastructure investments and quality of life though a compact and integrated built form.

 

2.11               Require new neighbourhoods and new mixed-use neighbourhoods, as identified on Map 1 – Growth Plan, to:

 

2.11.2               Achieve a minimum gross population density of 50 persons per hectare (pph)

 

Section D5: Land Use and Built Environment

 

Goal 1 – Complete Neighbourhoods: Enable the development of complete neighbourhoods

 

7.1               Require that new neighbourhoods, new mixed-use neighbourhoods, intensification areas and built or approved neighbourhoods are planned and developed to include the following:

 

7.1.5               A diversity of housing types to support residents from a wide range of economic levels, backgrounds and stages of life, including those with specific needs;

 

The proposal is also consistent with the policies contained in Part B.16 of the OCP, being the Southeast Regina Neighbourhood Plan (SENP), with respect to:

 

4.1.1 Communities & Neighbourhoods

 

4.1.1(b)               The SENP community should provide the following: a broad range of housing choices, commercial uses, school facilities, open space and parks, accessible transit, and distinctive and attractive neighbourhoods.

 

Other Implications

 

None with respect to this report.

 

Accessibility Implications

 

None with respect to this report.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

Communication with the public is summarized below:

 

Public notification signage posted on:

June 26, 2019

Will be published in the Leader Post on:

Sep 14, 2019

Sep 21, 2019

Letter sent to immediate property owners

June 14, 2019

Public Open House Held

N/A

Number of Public Comments Sheets Received

0

 

No comments were received on this application. The application was circulated to the Arcola East Community Association and East Zone Board. Following circulation, Administration attempted follow-up contact with the Community Association but did not receive a response prior to the deadline for submission of this report.

 

The applicant and other interested parties will receive a copy of the report and notification of the meeting to appear as a delegation in addition to receiving a written notification of City Council’s decision.

 

DELEGATED AUTHORITY

 

City Council’s approval is required, pursuant to Part V of The Planning and Development Act, 2007.

 

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Respectfully submitted,

Laurie Shalley

Fred Searle, Director

Planning & Development Services

Laurie Shalley, A/Executive Director

City Planning & Community Development

 

Prepared by: Binod Poudyal, City Planner II