One thing that I have tried to emphasize throughout the #365ofgoodWR project, is that strong, healthy communities require each of us to take action to help make that happen. One way you can do that is by sharing your vision for what our neighbourhoods actually look like, by filling in this survey from the City of Kitchener. Have your say on garages and driveways, height transitions, and additional dwellings. It's that last item that particularly interests me. You can provide feedback on the city allowing more dwellings such as duplexes, triplexes, secondary suites, and tiny houses. I think strong neighbourhoods need a wide variety of housing so I shared those thoughts in the survey. Take a moment to add your thoughts too. The survey closes Aug 9th.
8/9/2019 12:40:59 pm
I did the survey and made several comments about stressing affordability, while increasing density. I also mentioned I thought the height restrictions for secondary dwelling were too low. regarding green space for developers and affordability in big projects, I stressed the lack of affordable space and difficulty in accessing green spaces for most low income dwellers. Said it should be a requirement that developers INCREASE green space for several reasons...not least of which is environmental. Finally, I mentioned that not enough attention is being paid to avoiding air pollution when laundry gases are sent out at ground level horizontal dryer vents. Those are noxious and toxic vapours...so I suggested requiring venting UPWARDS similar to what is required of plumbing systems to account for sewer gas. I suggested that 1 parking space per unit is too low, it should be 1.5 AVERAGE per unit or more based on the mixture of number of bedrooms in each unit. I said make it 1.5 per unit and let the surplus be rented out to others who try to find parking in areas that allow increased density.
8/9/2019 12:45:25 pm
Thanks for taking the time to fill out the survey John. It seems like you had a lot of important comments to address. I agree that green space is such an important consideration in all of this, and will only continue to be so. It looks like we have different thoughts about parking (that's okay though!) as I think minimums tend to be high, especially if housing is near transit options such as the ion. So glad to hear that folks are providing feedback on this though as I think it really can shape our neighbourhood design.
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