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RFD- 3823 Public Hearings   Item #   4. a.    
Regular Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting Date: 05/25/2020  
Title:    C-1096-19 - Public Hearing - Land Use Bylaw Amendment - Text Amendment R2 District - Fee Simple Row Housing - Levasseur
Department: Planning & Infrastructure  
Strategic Vision Element: This topic relates to all three of the City’s strategic vision elements contained in Council’s Strategic Plan Related Goal: The City maintains a constant inventory of available land, both developed and developable, to ensure businesses can find properties that meet their needs.

Information
Request for Decision Summary
The purpose of this report is to provide and present information to both Council and the public, in order to facilitate a public hearing for Bylaw C-1096-19.

Bylaw C-1096-19, is a Land Use Bylaw text amendment to the R2 - Mixed Medium to High Density Residential District, to allow Row Housing, Street Oriented with rear attached Garage, on fee simple parcels.

Since the First Reading, administration has amended the Bylaw by retaining Section 116 (3) (c) (ii) to ensure needed regulation of other Row Housing types.

Proposed Motion
That those in attendance be thanked for their input.
Background/Analysis
Select Engineering Consultants on behalf of the Urban Development Institute (UDI) - Spruce Grove Regional Committee, has made an application to amend the R2 - Mixed Medium to High Density Residential District (R2 District) of the Land Use Bylaw. The amendment proposes changes to allow the development of Row Housing, Street Oriented with rear attached Garages on narrow lots that are 4.2 m (14 feet) wide. This width is 23% smaller than the current minimum standard of 5.5 m (18 feet) for existing Row Housing, Street Oriented parcels.
 
The proposed row housing will be developed on narrow fee simple, individually titled lots, as opposed to a condominium development where owners would have to pay condominium fees, which makes it a sought after product in the marketplace.
 
For additional background information, please consult the Request for Decision for this Bylaw's second reading that is included within the May 25, 2020 Council agenda package.
Options/Alternatives
Bylaw C-1096-19 is being presented for Council's consideration of second reading later on this same Council agenda. Should Council feel they need further information to make a decision they may choose to adjourn the public hearing for continuance at a later date. If Council chooses this option, second reading of this bylaw will be re-scheduled to a later date.
Consultation/Engagement
This public hearing was advertised in the May 8, 2020, and the May 15, 2020 editions of the Spruce Grove Examiner in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Government Act.

The proposed bylaw amendment incorporates comments resulting from consultation with other city departments, including Engineering and Public Works, and has received support for the amendment.
Implementation/Communication
If approved, the Land Use Bylaw and the website will be updated to reflect the proposed text amendment.
Impacts
The proposed bylaw amendment will allow row housing on narrow fee simple lots without condominium fees. It will provide for increased choice and affordability in the city-wide housing market.
Attachments
Public Hearing Notice
Presentation
Developer Presentation - Select Engineering

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