9. ZONING - 999 PINECREST ROAD
ZONAGE – 999, CHEMIN PINECREST
(This matter is Subject to Bill 51)
That Council approve an amendment to Zoning By‑law 2008-250 to change the zoning of 999 Pinecrest Road from R1O  to R2G as shown in Document 1.
Recommandation DU Comité
(Cette question est assujettie au Règlement 51)
Que le Conseil approuve une modification au Règlement de zonage 2008-250 afin de changer la désignation de zonage du 999, chemin Pinecrest de R1O  à R2G, comme il est indiqué dans le Document 1.
1. Deputy City Manager's report, Infrastructure Services and Community Sustainability, dated 18 November 2011 (ACS2011-ICS-PGM-0233).
That the Planning Committee recommend Council approve an amendment to Zoning By‑law 2008-250 to change the zoning of 999 Pinecrest Road from R1O  to R2G as shown in Document 1.
RECOMMANDATION DU RAPPORT
Que le Comité de l’urbanisme recommande au Conseil d’approuver une modification au Règlement de zonage 2008-250 afin de changer la désignation de zonage du 999, chemin Pinecrest de R1O  à R2G, comme il est indiqué dans le Document 1.
The subject property is located in the neighbourhood of Queensway Terrace North, which originally consisted of modern detached dwellings that are now being replaced with infill and redeveloped houses, mainly along Pinecrest Road. The property’s south and east edges abut residential uses. Its west edge fronts onto Pinecrest Road, including a bus stop and sidewalk. Its north edge abuts an institutional use, Britannia United Church.
The area of the subject property is approximately 0.05 hectares. The lot sits on relatively flat terrain consisting of shrubs, grass, and trees. The property is currently vacant. Access is off Pinecrest Road (see Document 1).
Purpose of Zoning Amendment
The Zoning By-law amendment proposes to rezone the subject lands to establish a residential zone that permits a variety of residential uses including duplex dwelling, semi-detached dwelling and linked-detached dwelling.
The subject property is located within the R1O – Residential First Density Subzone O Special Exception 1564. This zone is prevalent throughout the surrounding neighbourhood. A range of residential uses are permitted within the R1 zone. The 1564 exception specifically speaks to parking requirements restrictions. A semi-detached dwelling is not permitted within the existing zone.
It is proposed that the property be zoned R2G, which will permit the construction of a semi‑detached dwelling.
Planning Act and Provincial Policy Statement
Section 2 of the Planning Act outlines those land use matters that are of provincial interest, to which all City planning decisions shall have regard. The provincial interests that apply to this site include the appropriate location of growth and development and the promotion of development that is designed to be sustainable to support public transit and to be oriented to pedestrians. In addition, the Planning Act requires that all City planning decisions be consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS), a document that provides further policies on matters of provincial interest related to land use development. PPS policies indicate that there should be an appropriate mix of uses and range of housing types and densities which efficiently use land, resources, infrastructure and public service facilities, and support the use of alternative transportation modes and public transit.
The proposed zoning allows for a mix of residential uses, which will efficiently use land and contribute to a balanced community. The site is conveniently located nearby residential and commercial areas to allow for access by pedestrians. The density of the proposal makes good use of existing urban lands, services, and infrastructure. Staff conclude that the proposal is consistent with the matters of provincial interest as outlined in the Planning Act and PPS.
Section 2 of the Official Plan sets broad strategic directions to meet the challenge of managing growth, providing infrastructure, maintaining environmental integrity and creating liveable communities within Ottawa. To meet these challenges, polices are set out to pursue a mix of land uses, housing types and compact forms of development which in turn will enable the City to support a high-quality transit system and make better use of existing infrastructure and roads. The proposed development provides a density that will support this overall goal.
Land Use Designation (Section 3.6.1)
The subject property is designated “General Urban Area” on Schedule B of the Official Plan. The proposed use complies fully with the General Urban area guidelines and requirements.
Compatibility (Section 2.5.1 and 4.11)
Section 2.5.1 of the Official Plan establishes design objectives which describe the vision for the form of the City’s built environment. These objectives are broadly stated and are applicable to all land use designations either at the city-wide level or on a site-specific basis. Design principles are further set out to describe how the City intends to achieve the design objectives, with acknowledgment that all the design objectives may not be achieved or be achievable in all cases.
The proposed development is consistent with and implements the design objectives which speak to enhancing the sense of community, defining public and private spaces through development, and having new development respect the character of existing areas. An enhanced sense of community is being achieved by infilling an underdeveloped site and strengthening the urban fabric of the street physically and practically. Public and private spaces are being defined through the establishment of a strong street edge and pedestrian environment. The proposed new development respects the character of the existing area by complementing the massing pattern, height, and character of the surrounding context.
Details of Proposed Zoning
The Zoning By-law Amendment proposes to rezone the subject property Residential Second Density Subzone G (R2G), which would permit the proposed residential use. The details of the zoning amendment are contained in Document 3.
The proposed development supports the direction of the Planning Act and Provincial Policy Statement by creating new development at densities and locations that efficiently uses land, existing infrastructure and supports alternative transportation. It represents an appropriate form of intensification, and is in conformity with the policies in the Official Plan. Staff are satisfied that suitability and compatibility of the proposed use and site have been adequately considered in light of the relevant Official Plan policies.
The proposed Zoning By-law amendment conforms with the general intent of the Official Plan and is compatible with the surrounding existing uses, and as such, staff recommend its approval.
The Ward Councillor is aware of this application and the staff recommendation.
There are no legal implications associated with this report.
RISK MANAGEMENT IMPLICATIONS
The application is consistent with the Planning and Growth Management priority which
Document 1 Location Map
Document 2 Proposed Site Plan
City Clerk and Solicitor Department, Legislative Services to notify the owner, applicant, OttawaScene Canada Signs, 1565 Chatelain Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1Z 8B5, Ghislain Lamarche, Program Manager, Assessment, Financial Services Branch (Mail Code: 26-76) of City Council’s decision.
Planning and Growth Management to prepare the implementing by-law, forward to Legal Services and undertake the statutory notification.
Legal Services to forward the implementing by-law to City Council.
PROPOSED SITE PLAN DOCUMENT 2