4981 Moss Street
Comment on Development Application DE419700 under RT-11 Zoning
17 November 2015
Our main concern with this application is the design of the enhanced side yards.
1. Most importantly, they are far smaller than what is specified in the RT-11 guidelines (Section 4.5). Each enhanced side yard is to be 4.9 metres wide in addition to the standard side yard width of 1.2 metres (see figure 9 on page 10). The side yards shown on the site plan have a total width of only 2.4 metres. Although the guidelines allow for a reduction in the size of side yards on short sites like this one, the excessive proposed reduction results in side yards that are less than half the specified width.
2. The location of the enhanced side yards (between the garage and the fence) makes them almost unusable. To designate that space as “usable vegetable gardens” is fantasy. Few if any vegetables will grow in shady locations like this one, especially on the north side of the garage. Planting western red cedar trees “nearby” (a tree that grows to a height of 50 to 70 ft. and a width of 25 ft. even under cultivation, with branches to the ground) would make it unlikely that anything at all would grow between the houses and the lane.
The side yards of this development should be completely redesigned
in accordance with the RT-11 guidelines.
Jeanette and Joseph Jones