A developer is asking the city to rezone seven blocks of land within the Kanata Town Centre.
Urbandale Corporation is looking for a mixture of residential, mixed-use and open space on currently undeveloped land. The construction company submitted its proposal in August.
Calls to the company went unreturned as of press time.
The blocks of land, located on Canadian Shield Avenue and Maritime Way, are boarded by Highway 417, Campeau Drive, Gray Crescent and lands owned by the city.
The Urbandale submission was the main topic at Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson’s ward meeting on Oct. 22. More than 80 people packed themselves into the program room in the Kanata Seniors Centre to hear about the proposal.
“The zoning is just the framework; what really matters is the site plan,” said Wilkinson.
Faith Blacquiere, a Glen Cairn resident, said even though she lives in south Kanata, the rezoning proposal is of concern to her.
She said the developers should be building more high-density residential units. The west end will have to grow to at least 120,000 people to get light rail – once the city builds the transit system.
“I want all the density in that place,” she said, adding it’s the perfect location for highrise apartments. “They should put higher density in the Town Centre.”
When the south Nepean Town Centre lands were being built, the community had a chance to rework the official plan to suit the area, she said.
“We need a new official plan exercise,” said Blacquiere.
Plans have been in place to develop the Town Centre as a mixture of business and residential properties for years, said Wilkinson, adding no detailed site plans have been submitted.
Other residents were concerned with how the proposed development would fit in with the existing buildings.
One said she might look at selling her house, located along Campeau Road, before the development gets under way. She added she was worried about how many storeys could be looking down on her front yard.
Another resident said he was apprehensive about the potential streetscape and neon signs on Campeau if commercial buildings are built.
A third mentioned his concern for the added pressure on traffic and public transit if a large number of residential units are built.
However, others said the Town Centre is exactly where high density apartments should be located. The lands don’t back directly onto lowrise homes such as in Beaverbrook, where two midrise buildings have been proposed.
Mario Poirier said people need to make up their minds when it comes to development. “We can’t say ‘No, we don’t want this at 2 The Parkway (in Beaverbrook), put it in the Town Centre,’” he said. “Then when it comes to the Town Centre, ‘No, we don’t want it there any more.’
“You can’t have it both ways.”
Residents are encouraged to submit comments to city planner Marc Magierowicz through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 613-580-2424 ext. 27820.