Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – September 2014

The following relate to urban development and urban design in general, and to specific projects with sun/shade issues in particular. They were derived from our twitter feed @SunPosition

New plans for Edmonton skyline revealed; 62-storey Stantec Tower | Construction Canada

The new Stantec Tower in Edmonton will become the tallest structure in the city, standing 227 m (735 ft) tall. Image courtesy Stantec

EDMONTON, AB - Last week, plans to change Edmonton’s skyline with a new 62-storey tower were announced.

The future home to the headquarters of engineering and consulting firm Stantec, it will stand 227 m (735 ft) tall—soaring above the 149-m (489-ft) Epcor Tower, and the 146-m (479-ft) Manulife Tower. Plans for the structure came about following the closure of the City Centre Airport and the restrictions on surrounding building heights.

The 92,903-m2 (1 million-sf) tower is part of the overarching Edmonton Arena District development project led by the Katz Group and WAM Development Group. The high-rise will feature office space, retail areas, as well as residential units…

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4-storey high rise?? > Mount Annan residents angry about high rise development | via @camdenadvertisr

MOUNT ANNAN, AUSTRALIA - A four storey development proposed for Mount Annan has been described as a ‘‘catastrophe’’ for the area.

Residents have taken to Facebook to oppose the almost $57 million development — nine, four storey precincts that would house 256 units. The development also includes a 550 space car park and some off street parking.

Residents have objected to the height of the development — 12.5 metres (or 14 metres from natural ground) because it doesn’t meet Camden Council’s guidelines.

The applicant, Dickson Rothchild, lodged a variation to the height restriction saying ‘‘the additional height sought allows the building to achieve more generous floor to floor heights’’ and that it would have ‘‘negligible shadow impact’’ on neighbouring properties…

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NIMBYs Cast Long Shadow Over Cathedral Hill Condo Hearing | via @CurbedSF


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Tomorrow the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the proposed condo tower at 1481 Post Street. As you recall, the 36-story project by SLCE Architects and MWA Architects would bring 262 housing units to Cathedral Hill, but neighbors are none too happy about shadows, views, traffic, and the changes that the tower may bring to the neighborhood…

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"Standards for Shadow Studies, June 2014" on Sep 8 agenda at Mississauga Planning & Development Committee meeting.

City park approved, but developer still fighting to build mega tower that will cast shadow on Southbank | Herald Sun

The tower would cast a shadow over south bank.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - A new city square and park has been given the green light by the city council.

Developers must now convince Planning Minister Matthew Guy to allow a three-section mega tower with apartments, hotel and office block to be built next to the park.

Controversially, the tower would overshadow part of the Yarra’s south bank, contrary to planning rules, but developer CBUS is seeking an amendment to allow the development to go ahead.

Councillors voted 6-3 in support of the application on Tuesday night, which would see CBUS donate $500,000 towards building the green square.

Southbank Residents Group, Residents of Freshwater Place and the Yarra River Business Association all objected to the application, saying it would create a dangerous precedent allowing further buildings to cast shadows over the Yarra…

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A Development Permit System For The City Of Toronto |

TORONTO, ON - A Development Permit System (DPS) is a land use regulatory tool that is an alternative to zoning for the purposes of implementing the Official Plan. The DPS can be understood as a cross between a secondary plan and the zoning by-law. It applies on an area basis, typically at the scale an individual neighbourhood. A comprehensive plan for the future development of the neighbourhood area is prepared based on background planning studies and community input. The vision for the area is distilled into a thorough list of development criteria in the DPB. The appropriateness of a development proposal would be determined based on development criteria in the DPB. To ensure sure the intent of the development criteria are met, the DP may attach conditions to the approval of plans. A DP must be obtained before a building permit may be issued…

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Concerns re shadow impact on Riverwalk > Plan Commission discusses changes in Water Street plan | Naperville Sun

NAPERVILLE, IL - The Naperville Planning and Zoning Commission approved of several changes to the Water Street development Wednesday night, but only after grilling developer Marquette Properties over potential parking problems.

“I still believe the intensity and density of this project in this limited area is not the best use,” Commissioner Patricia Meyer said before casting the lone dissenting vote.

Planned for a 2.4-acre site just south of the Riverwalk between Main and Webster streets in downtown Naperville, the project will include a hotel, restaurants, stores, offices and meeting space.

Among the adjustments proposed is an 18 percent increase in the size of the Theatre Building, planned for the area immediately east of the existing Naperville Township offices at Webster and Water Street. The additional area, which would bring the structure to 26,992 square feet, is being requested “so as to accommodate a more usable floor plate,” the petition states…

Other changes to the development are expanding slightly the footprint of the Theatre building, increasing restaurant space from 23,000 square feet to 28,200, modifying the design of the pedestrian bridge and increasing the height of three buildings.

Marquette indicated that the buildings’ actual height was remaining the same, but that additional screening for mechanical equipment on the roofs made the increases necessary.

“Here again, we’ve had another increase in height,” resident Dick Galitz said during the public comment portion of the meeting, stressing that he was worried about a “shadow impact” on the Riverwalk…

Attorney Kathy West said that the developer’s intention is to bring the revised plans to City Council in early November.

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