The amendments approved by Council on March 14, 2016 (Item 5.2) establish the following:
Section 140 – (RF3) Small Scale Infill Development Zone
- An increase in the minimum interior side setback from 1.2 to 3.0 metres to allow additional area for at-grade amenity areas and enhanced landscaping. This helps provide better transition and screening between the row housing structure and the neighbouring properties.
- A reduction to the flanking side setback from 2.5 to 2.0 metres to create a more urban row housing form, while preserving sufficient yard space to accommodate landscaping and design elements such as verandas, porches and stairways.
- Allowing front yard amenity areas and replacing existing rigid dimensional requirements for private outdoor amenity area with a more flexible at grade amenity area requirement of 15 metres squared. This helps increase the opportunity for usable amenity area space, which adds to the livability and quality of life of residents.
- Requiring greater landscaping and exterior architectural treatments, such as unique facades and a minimum of one entrance door facing each public roadway. This helps create a pedestrian-friendly environment and reduce the appearance of massing from all vantage points.
Section 814 – Mature Neighbourhood Overlay
A graduated contextual front setback for row housing on corner lots within the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay to:
- help ensure reasonable blockface alignment and street presence for neighbouring properties is preserved, and
- counteract the impact of a reduced building pocket created by the changes to the interior and flanking side setbacks.
- Requiring a step back when rooftop terraces are incorporated into the design of a structure to alleviate privacy and overlook concerns between neighbouring properties.
- Reducing the flanking side setbacks for all listed uses in the (RF3) Small Scale Infill Development Zone to encourage a pedestrian friendly and consistent urban streetscape
- Applying regulations specific to row housing on corner sites to apartment and stacked row housing to help manage common impacts on neighbouring properties.