A plan to develop the Kanata Town Centre lands should call for a terraced approach, said Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson.
Wilkinson said she is hoping the developer will agree to build on a lower scale closer to Campeau Drive, gradually increasing in size as the buildings get further from the residential area and closer to the highway.
“Having buildings that are terraced instead of one big building,” would be beneficial, said Wilkinson.
“The developers seem to be open to discussions.”
A public meeting on the initial zoning of the Kanata Town Centre lands will be held at the Mlacak Centre on Thursday, Dec. 13.
Urbandale Corp. is asking the city to rezone seven blocks of land located on Canadian Shield Avenue and Maritime Way. The area is bounded by Highway 417, Campeau Drive, Gray Crescent and lands owned by the city.
The developer is looking for a mixture of residential, mixed-use and open space on currently undeveloped land. The construction company submitted its proposal in August.
The submission is scheduled to go to the planning committee on Jan. 14.
The third Groupe Lepine apartment building in Kanata Lakes is set to begin construction. One building is already constructed while the second is in the process of being built.
City staff are looking at adding retail shops in the lobby to provide more mixed-use buildings in the area, said Wilkinson.
The builder isn’t keen on the idea, she said, but are still in talks with city staff.
“There’s a lot of activity happening in that area,” said Wilkinson.