5473 Wales Street
Comments on Development Application DE418514 under RT-11 Zoning
3 February 2015
I would like to express a couple of concerns with regard to this application.
1. Sidewalks. There is no existing sidewalk on the west side of Wales Street in the block where this site is located. The Norquay Plan identifies missing sidewalks as a priority, especially where redevelopment is occurring. It states that “new, wider sidewalks will be sought, and boulevards of adequate width will be requested to support street trees” (5.2 Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements, p. 63). The sidewalk with boulevard and trees should be created at this site and extended either north to East 39th Avenue or south to the nearest lane (or both).
2. Landscaping. I am pleased to see the landscaping plan included with the material posted on the City’s web site for this application.
(a) I question whether coniferous trees should be planted in a front yard of this size. Even though the species suggested are relatively slow growing, they will reach a mature height of 30 to 50 feet. They will shade not only the residences on this site, but also neighbouring residences, and prevent winter sun from reaching the front windows. It will be difficult to grown a lawn underneath these trees.
(b) The many small patches of lawn will be difficult to maintain, and some of them could be paved or planted. There seems to be no access to the front lawns from the paved areas.
(c) The stepping stones in the back yard are also time-consuming to maintain. A solid sidewalk would be better.