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Comment on Development Application DP-2017-01210
under RT-11 Zoning




1 March 2018


The massing of the buildings fits in well with the neighbouring single family houses on the street. However, the outside appearance needs to be simpler and less confusing. Too many different colours and materials are used. The appearance of the windows need to be well-defined. Solid infill panels should not be included within the same frame as the windows. The roofs over the front doors facing the street are unsupported and look tacked on.


Considerable effort has gone into the landscape design. The arbor over the entrance to the walkway is attractive. Most open space is private, so that it would be clear who is responsible for maintenance. An irrigation system is being installed. Storage for garden tools is provided.

However, some areas of lawn are small and irregularly shaped, making them difficult to mow. Lawn borders should be made more regular and very small areas of grass should be replaced by groundcovers. Plantings block access to some of the space between the buildings and the fences.

Given the level of landscape maintenance that is apparent so far in most occupied RT-11 projects, it seems a good idea to keep landscaping plans basic. Where most of the open space is private, residents can always reconfigure their gardens to make them more elaborate. Most who choose to engage in active gardening are likely to do this in any case.

The landscape plan fails to indicate how the boulevard will be landscaped.

Please send a copy of the prior-to letter when issued.

Jeanette and Joseph Jones


Written by eyeonnorquay

1 March 2018 at 4:46 pm

Posted in RT-11 Comment

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