Small-lot intensification anxiety extends to Orléans as city plans LRT extension

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, March 14, 2018

Intensification on small lots is no longer a concern specific to established urban neighbourhoods. The suburbs are starting to feel the same anxiety with the expansion of LRT.

An application by Danzac Holdings for 840 Balsam Dr., at the corner of Jeanne D’Arc Boulevard in Orléans, was approved by the committee of adjustment last month, even though one resident collected 38 signatures from neighbours opposing the plan, which calls for a second bungalow on the land.

Pat Trites, who has lived around the corner on Fir Street since 1974, said when word spread about construction on the property, she assumed it was small-scale work at the existing house.

(...)Trites was one of four neighbours who appeared at the committee of adjustment hearing and raised concerns about the application. They expressed unease about the increased density, creation of undersized lots compared to other properties, impact of the streetscape and the massing of the buildings. There are additional concerns about the availability of street parking, Trites said.

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