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RFD- 3465 Bylaws   Item #   9. c.    
Regular Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting Date: 12/10/2018  
Title:    C-1060-18 - First Reading - Land Use Bylaw Text Amendment - R1 District - Levasseur
Department: Planning & Infrastructure  
Strategic Vision Element: Where People Choose to Live - A dynamic city with an exceptional quality of life Related Goal: n/a

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Request for Decision Summary
 
This Request for Decision seeks Council's first reading of Bylaw C-1060-18, a Land Use Bylaw text amendment to Section 115 - R1 - Low to Medium Density Residental District, proposing to reduce the minimum lot width for single detached dwellings with lane access from 9.0 m to 8.5 m.
Proposed Motion
That first reading be given to Bylaw C-1060-18 - Land Use Bylaw Text Amendment - R1 District - Low to Medium Density Residential District respecting "All Other Uses" Minimum Site Width.
Background/Analysis
The Spruce Grove Regional Committee of the Urban Development Institute (UDI) has applied for a Land Use Bylaw text amendment to Section 115 - Low to Medium Density Residential District to reduce the minimum lot width for single detached dwellings with lane access from 9.0 m to 8.5 m.  The amendment would result in more efficient use of land by reducing any excess side yard.

The City's Land Use Bylaw sets the minimum site width for single detached dwellings in the R1 District to 9.0 m.  After applying the District's 1.2 m required side yard setbacks, the site is left with a 6.6 m wide building pocket.  A narrow single detached housing product requires a maximum 6.1 m wide building pocket, resulting in 0.5 m of side yard that UDI is considering as excess space - land that is required for neither setback purposes nor the building pocket.  Therefore, the proposed amendment decreases the minimum site width, only for single detached dwellings with lane access, by 0.5 m.  

The amendment only proposes to decrease the minimum site width for single detached dwellings accessed by lanes.  In the R1 District Regulations, these are considered "All Other Uses".  If this amendment is approved, the minimum site width regulations for "All Other Uses" in the R1 District will be separated into two categories - "All Other Uses without Alley access" to remain at 9.0 m and "All Other Uses with Alley access" reduced to 8.5 m.  The amendment differentiates between sites with and without alley access to ensure adequate on-street parking is provided for both product types.  Applying the amendment to sites proposing front garages would decrease the space between driveways and impact the amount of on-street parking.  When sites are accessed by alleys, on-street parking is maximized since the block face along the street is not interrupted by driveways.
 
The same application was made in 2016 (Bylaw C-949-16) but was defeated by Council at second reading.

Additional analysis will be provided at the public hearing.
Options/Alternatives
N/A
Consultation/Engagement
A statutory public hearing will be held prior to second reading. The public hearing notification will be placed in the Spruce Grove Examiner as per the requirements of the Municipal Government Act.  Any questions or comments regarding the amendment will be considered at the public hearing.
Implementation/Communication
If approved, administration will update the Land Use Bylaw and post it on the City's website.
Impacts
Decreasing the minimum site width for single detached dwellings with alley access allows for more efficient building patterns where 20-foot (6.1 m) housing products are developed.
Attachments
Bylaw C-1060-18 First Reading

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