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Proposed Changes to Zoning in Dovercourt: For December 10, 2018
The City of Edmonton is proposing a change to the RF1 zoning that makes up the majority of the Dovercourt neighbourhood, as well as the majority of "mature" residential neighbourhoods constructed between 1950 and 1990. This proposed change would allow new opportunities for Semi-Detached Housing (what most in Edmonton would refer to as a 'duplex', these can be arranged side-by-side or front-to-back), and Duplex Housing (a stacked two-family dwelling).
Currently, semi-detached and duplex housing types are considered a "discretionary use" which means that any application to build this housing type would require notification to neighbours and the community league so that feedback can be provided back to the City for review and consideration.
Additionally, this housing type is currently only allowed on:
The proposed changes would allow for semi-detached or duplex housing on any min. 50' wide lot, and duplex housing on any min. 33' wide lot without requiring any notification to the neighbours or community league.
A few addition items to note:
The stated intent of these changes is to promote infill that contributes to the livability of existing neighbourhoods, provides additional choice and affordability in housing, and optimizes use of existing infrastructure.
For additional information (such as City of Edmonton documents or links to the zoning bylaw & maps) or if you have any questions about the proposed changes "in plain english", please contact:
Eric Klatt (Dovercourt resident) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-668-1364 (emails preferred!).
These proposed changes are scheduled to be presented at the December 10, 2018 City Council Public Hearing meeting. We would encourage Dovercourt residents to consider the impacts of these proposed changes on the Dovercourt neighbourhood as well as Edmonton as a whole, and submit their feedback prior to that date (whether in support or non-support of the changes) to Councilor Bev Esslinger, at email@example.com
- Semi-detached and duplex housing allows opportunities for more affordable infill without significantly impacting the allowable density or parking requirements - this may allow more families with young children to live in the community, supporting local schools and parks.
- Semi-detached and duplex housing can be more energy efficient than two single family homes, with less heat loss through shared walls and/or roof.
- Semi-detached or duplex housing may not fit within the existing architectural fabric of the neighbourhood when located mid-block - although this may also be true of new single-family development on split lots that is currently allowed.
- Allowing duplex housing on mid-block lots less than 50' in width will increase the allowable density above what is currently allowed, with the possibility of parking concerns or loss of privacy.
The Woodcroft Community League Civics Committee has raised these points:
1. There is no mention in this proposed bylaw of the already approved bylaw allowing secondary suites (https://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/urban_planning_and_design/zoning-for-suites.aspx); and the potential cumulative impact. If this new bylaw is passed (which would be not just doubling but quadrupling of housing units). Therefore, residents are not being provided with all the information needed to make an informed decision.
2. This bylaw could allow for duplex and semi-detached housing anywhere in the community.
3. A bylaw has already been passed stipulating that each residence is required to have one parking stall. There could be a further impact on parking community wide if this bylaw facilitates a significant increase in density.
4. Impact on existing infrastructure and existing infrastructure issues (flood plain).