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Mar 05, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Huron Street residents concerned about impact from proposed triplex

Stratford Gazette

Jeff Heuchert editor@stratfordgazette.com

Plans for a triplex on a vacant property along Huron Street have drawn the ire of at least four residents who live in the vicinity of the proposed development.

In a letter to the city circulated during Monday’s council meeting, Huron Street resident Amy Brodhagen said it’s unnecessary to build a triplex instead of a duplex, and noted that along that stretch of road there is mainly single family homes with the exception of a few duplexes.

She said she and her husband are concerned about the value of their property decreasing, as well as the type of tenants a triplex might attract.

“We want to see a more family style housing in our neighborhood,” she wrote.

An application has been filed with the city to rezone 312 Huron St. with a special provision to allow for a triplex dwelling in addition to the existing permitted uses. A single detached dwelling on the land was recently demolished.

According to Trevor McNeil of surveying company MTE, who spoke on behalf of the applicant, the plan is for a two-storey building with the three required parking spaces at the back of the building in order to increase compatibility of the development with the surrounding landscape.

A concept drawing shows the building off to the west side of the property, with driveway access to the back parking provided on the east side. McNeil noted the building would have a setback distance slightly greater than the neighbouring dwellings.

In another letter to the city from Jeanne King of Huron Street, concern was expressed about the amount of traffic and noise the development will cause. Huron Street is busy enough, she said.

King also noted with a triplex the entire lot will be taken up with asphalt – “not an appealing sight in my view as one of the gateways to the city for our tourists.”

Responding to those concerns, city planner Jeff Bannon noted that, according to the current transportation master plan, Huron Street is “well under capacity” and wouldn’t be affected by a triplex.

In a presentation to members of council Monday evening, local builder, Paul MacDonald, who owns a property across the street, questioned whether a triplex would meet the standards laid out in the city’s urban design and landscape guidelines.

The document says gateway entrances should “create a sense of entrance and arrival, contributing to community image and identity and providing a higher order of streetscaping.”

The city will consider the application at a future planning and heritage subcommittee meeting.

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