Davis – Poplar Rezoning 2020

Figure 1

On September 15, 2020, Council gave OCP Amendment Bylaw 985-25, 2020 (to change the Land Use Designation and Development Permit Area for the Davis Road and Poplar Lane area) and Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1065-54, 2020 (to rezone the Davis Road and Poplar Lane area to a new RM-7 zone to allow for a three-family dwelling and extend the Garden Suite area to this ares) a second reading. Read related staff report, which includes the resident survey results and the proposed bylaws, here.

An electronic Public Hearing on the two bylaws has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 5:30pm. To register for the Public Hearing, and learn more about how you can participate in the hearing, either via the Zoom meeting or by written submission, please go to our Virtual Public Hearings webpage.

Background Information

The Town has initiated an Official Community Plan and Zoning amendment for the properties along Davis Road and Poplar Lane, as outlined in bold in Figure 1 (right).

This initiative is intended to provide gentle infill density on the properties in a single-detached building form, while maintaining the character of the existing neighbourhood.

The OCP Amendment is proposing to alter:

  • the OCP’s land use designation from the existing “Medium Density Residential” to “Multi-Unit Residential Special Character”, and increase the Multi-Unit Residential Special Character density to 60 units per hectare to allow up to 4 units (in the form of a three-family dwelling and a garden suite) on each property; and
  • the form and character Development Permit Area from the existing “Multi-Family Residential Development Permit Area No. 4” to “Intensive Residential Development Permit Area No. 8”.

Similarly, the Zoning Amendment is proposing to alter the zoning from the existing “Single-Family Residential Zone 2 (R-2)” to “Multi-family Residential Zone 7 (RM-7)”, and expand the Garden Suite Area to these lots for the purpose of allowing each property to have up to three units within a single-family dwelling as well as a Garden Suite.

Read related Staff Report dated March 3, 2020 here.

Community Consultation

Initially, the Town had intended to host an Open House for this initiative, to share the proposed bylaw changes and to answer any questions pertaining to the proposed changes.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, a public gathering was not possible.

Instead, we asked residents who may be affected by the proposed amendments to complete a short survey. (The survey was mailed to all residents of the Davis Road – Poplar Lane neighbourhood and was also available online, via this web page).

The survey closed on July 8, 2020, with 23 responses received.

Survey results were presented to Council on September 15, 2020, in this Staff Report.