New Housing Types for the Timber Ridge Neighborhood
“If the pandemic has taught us anything over the past two years, it’s the need to be nimble and flexible, especially on the housing side of our business and on the housing development side of the city,” said said Mayor Ken Johnston.
The most significant change is the removal of 65 medium density lots (R2 residential) and their replacement with 80 small lots (R1G residential).
Small lots are designated for detached dwellings with mandatory attached garages at the front. They have a reduced minimum lot width of 10.5m and a minimum lot area of 336.0m2. With the potential for more efficient land use, two-story or two-story houses can be built.
Medium density areas are larger and have more freedom in the type of properties to build, their densities and price points.
Both residential neighborhoods are said to offer affordable housing.
As a result of this change, the original goal of building 1,093 units is now set at 1,020 units in Timber Ridge. In terms of housing types, fewer low-density housing types will be built and more emphasis will be placed on the development of semi-detached houses, narrow lots, multi-family residential lots and a larger commercial area for a neighborhood shopping mall.
The landscaping changes move the roads and move the park site east next to the already zoned multi-family (R3 residential) site.
In addition, Timber Ridge has set aside a site for a place of worship and a development for temporary care purposes, such as an assisted living facility, adult daycare or youth daycare. If the sites are not purchased after a defined announcement period, the sites will be rezoned into residential lots or merged with the commercial site.
The second and third readings are to be scheduled as well as a public hearing on Monday April 11.