4787 Slocan Street

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Comment on Development Application DP-2017-00412
under RM-7 Zoning




31 May 2017


1.  Siting of Buildings and Parking Spaces.  This application is similar to the completed development at 4571 Slocan Street, designed by the same architect in a sixplex building form. The stairs to the two-level units on the upper storeys are a straight run from a small landing just inside the 2nd-level front door to a small landing on the 3rd level. The stairs then continue in a straight run from that landing on up to the 4th floor. This long, narrow, and dark stairway provides an uninviting entrance to the units. If possible, the stairs between the 3rd and 4th levels should be relocated. The front doors should have large windows so that natural light can reach the stairs. This development appears to have windows on the 4th level near the head of the stairs, which should make the interior stairways somewhat less dark than those at 4571 Slocan Street.

2.  Parking Spaces.  Individual parking spaces should be accessed directly from the lane, as has been done in all previous RM-7 applications. The current configuration paves valuable open space which could otherwise be used for plantings.


1.  Back Yard Open Space.  Reconfiguration of the parking spaces would free up open space for more plantings in the back yard. The currently proposed small area of lawn in the back corner behind Building 2 seems dysfunctional. It should be replaced by plantings unless it can be enlarged and relocated.

1.  Watering System.  A watering system for the plantings should be required if it is not already specified.

Jeanette and Joseph Jones


Written by eyeonnorquay

31 May 2017 at 11:00 am

Posted in RM-7 Comment

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