There will be a City sponsored Open House for the rezoning of 2290 Main Street (Main & 7th) to 99 feet (10 storeys) and a density of 4.92 Floor Space Ratio.
The date, time and location are:
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
4:30 – 7:30 p.m. (drop-in)
NEC Native Education College, 285 East 5th Avenue
FILL OUT THE OPEN HOUSE FORM – READ BELOW FIRST
Here is a summary of why RAMP doesn’t think the proposal works on this corner of Main Street:
Current zoning allows a 4 storey (12.2 m) podium at the street-front with an additional 2 storeys set back from the street for a total building height of 18 meters and 6 storeys.
This building should not be taller than 6 storeys with a density in line with current zoning of 3.0 FSR. When additional height and density goes up on one property it forces the price of land up on properties around it and the taxes increase. Land goes up, taxes go up and rents go up.
The Mount Pleasant Community Plan says, Section 5.2 says, “Allow up to 6 storeys for mixed use developments along Main Street from 2nd to 7th Avenues; investigate permitting additional height during plan implementation (see Section 6.1 c)”
Section 6.1 says, “They also expressed concerns about allowing buildings above 6 storeys at the intersections of Main Street with 2nd Avenue and with 7th Avenue.”
The Rezoning Policy for Main 2nd to 7th Avenues is the Industrial Lands Policies and it states:
For any rezoning applications, the following conditions will be considered before land is released from industrial uses:
(a) Compatibility of Proposed Land Uses with Existing Industrial Activity
The proposed development should not affect the operations of adjacent existing and potential future industrial activity in the area. The proposed development should not increase land values of surrounding industrial land.
(b) Land Use Suitability for Alternate Land Uses
The proposed development should comply with relevant planning policies such as Central Area Plan, Artist “live/work” Studio Policy, etc.
(c) Environmental Impacts
The proposed development should comply with relevant legislation concerning environmental impacts and mitigation measures.