Sunday, March 6, 2016

Sun/Shade & Urban Development – February 2016

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

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87% of the GTA condo units under construction in Q3-2015 had already sold - via @buzzbuzzhome

Top floors set back to reduce shadowing >

Mixed-use 6-story building approved on Addison Street | Berkeleyside

1935 Addison Street, Avi Nevo

A new 69-unit building, with 7,240 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, has been approved by the city’s zoning board for construction on Addison Street.

The six-story 60-foot-tall building is the latest development by property owner Avi Nevo, who has developed numerous projects in Berkeley over the last 17 years, including Telegraph Gardens across from Whole Foods…

Local leasing agent John Gordon, who owns the property directly north of the 1931-1935 Addison, wrote a letter in support of the project, noting that he’d met multiple times with Nevo and his architect, and that they had made changes to the project that would lessen the impact on his property.

“Under our agreement the building’s northwest corner and the top level which presented the biggest shadow impact was set back approx. 14 feet from the property line for the top two levels which would reduce the project shadow impact on my property,” he wrote. “In addition the roof parapet was removed and revised to an eave to further reduce the impact.”

During the public comment period at the June 27 zoning board meeting, three residents who work near the proposed project site raised concerns about the project’s potential impacts on sunlight, noise and parking. Two of them asked the zoning board to slow down the process and allow more time for review and mediation…

An appeal dated July 16 and signed by 29 people has been filed, which would require City Council review of the Addison Street project. The appellants — including the East Bay Media Center — have asked for a traffic analysis and more information about future shadowing impacts, as well as for the project height to be dropped to four stories.

RT Scott Dippel ‏@CBCScott Farrell says terracing of the condo building is expensive and that's a nod to minimizing the shadow impact of this 8 story bldg.

Wow, a proposed 5,577-foot-tall tower >

Come 2045, this is what the Tokyo skyline will look like:

Congrats to my 6 clients on list >

The top 10 Toronto developments on BuzzBuzzHome in January 2016 - via @buzzbuzzhome

10. Briar Hill City Towns by Madison Homes
9. Pier 27 Tower by Cityzen Development Group and Fernbrook Homes
8. Eau Du Soleil by Empire Communities
7. The Diamond Condominiums on Yonge by Diamante Development Corporation
6. The Brownstones at Westown by Lindvest
5. Canary Park Condos by Dundee Kilmer Developments Limited
4. The LakeShore Condos by Concord Adex
3. Enigma on the Park by Aragon
2. FIVE Condos at 5 St. Joseph by Greywood Developments Ltd. and MOD Developments Inc.
1. HighPark Condominiums by The Daniels Corporation

Shadow study not completed yet >

Residents pack JET to hear about downtown Georgetown condo proposal - via @ifp_11

McGibbon redevelopment

With every seat taken and spectators lining the walls of the John Elliott Theatre Thursday night, SilverCreek Commercial Builders Inc. updated residents on the condominium project to sit on the McGibbon Hotel site...

Because the team is still in the process of sketching and planning, some studies hadn’t yet been completed, including sun/shadow study and traffic statement study…

Shadows will be cast over church >

Study details impacts of East New York rezoning

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to rezone East New York would leave the neighborhood with a temporary shortage of public school seats and child care facilities, insufficient open space and a prolonged shadow cast over a church, according to a study the city recently released…

The proposed rezoning could also cast a pall, literally, over an historic building in the area, according to the study.

New development could have a “significant adverse shadow impact” on the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, casting shadows for periods of 36 minutes to nearly three hours. The shadows “may have the potential to affect the enjoyment of [sunlight-sensitive features] from the interior of the church,” the study states. The city determined there were no feasible ways to eliminate the threat…

Concerns rise over Five Points condo | Barrie Examiner

 A public meeting was held Monday for a rezoning application for a 20-storey, 203-unit residential, high-density, mixed-use project with ground-floor commercial and parking at the Five Points in Downtown Barrie.
Contributed: Kirkor Architects and Planners

Neighbours to a proposed high-rise development at Barrie's Five Points haven't exactly warmed to the project.

More than eight years after a massive fire destroyed buildings at the downtown corner, a 20-storey, 203-unit residential, high-density, mixed-use project with ground-floor commercial and parking is being proposed.

A public meeting for the needed rezoning application takes place Monday, and neighbours are already making noise about the development and the variances being requested.

They include an increase to the maximum building height that's currently allowed and a decrease in the required building stepping setback provisions from the lot line...

“This development would give residents on the upper floors of Advance Tech's tower beautiful views and sunlight at the expense of property owners, commercial businesses and residents along Clapperton and Bayfield streets,” she said in a letter to the city.

“Why should neighbouring property owners, residents and businesses be expected to experience undue shade for the benefit of a single developer or their new neighbours? A building of this height would be better suited elsewhere.”…

Not that kind of shadow >

Arizona Daily Wildcat: New high rises cast long shadow - via @dailywildcat


For businesses and community centers on the northwest corner of campus, the addition of new high-rise apartment complexes to their immediate skyline has been a less-than-welcome one...

Interesting piece >

RT @PlanGinerd: Development Permit System: Transformative Change for Planning via @Urban_Toronto

Brampton's 'Main Street North' corridor, image courtesy of the City of Brampton

In 2007, the Province of Ontario amended the Planning Act to allow municipalities the ability to implement a streamlined development approval framework. The new Development Permit By-Law System (DPS) effectively combines zoning, site plan, and minor variance approvals into a single regulatory process. Passed by City Council in 2014—and currently in the midst a lengthy OMB appeal—the DPS is intended to replace Toronto's current site-specific zoning with an area-based approvals process in select areas. Already formally adopted by several municipalities across Ontario, the framework is designed to ensure that each development is in keeping with the planning objectives—and community vision—for its area…

Despite Toronto's stalled progress in implementing the DPS, Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat has remained a strong advocate. Writing in her personal blog, Keesmaat calls the system "a significant and potentially transformative change," citing the more community-oriented structure of the system—and its greater transparency and predictability—as improvements over the status quo...

Cheers, Ralph

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