Zoning change aims to reduce paving at warehouses, industrial sites

CITY HALL – The city’s Planning committee has approved a zoning amendment to reduce the amount of parking required at warehouses and industrial buildings. 

“The city calculates parking rates for this type of building assuming that greater floor area will also mean more employees,” city staff released in a statement today (Oct. 8). “A trend toward automated technologies, however, means warehouses and industrial buildings do not necessarily need more employee parking just because they require more floor space to house automated systems.”

The amendment would permit unused parking areas to be used for trees or amenities, rather than unnecessarily covering the land with asphalt.  

The committee also approved a zoning amendment to permit a nine-storey, mixed-use building at the corner of Teron and March roads, on the edge of Kanata’s Beaverbrook community. The applicant also plans a three-storey apartment building. Taken together, the buildings would add 139 residential units to the site. 

“Along with residences, the development would add ground-floor commercial space to this underused location in an area with ample neighbourhood services,” staff said. “A future transit station is also planned for the same intersection.”

Recommendations from today’s (Oct. 8) Planning committee meeting will rise to Council on Wednesday, Oct. 14. 

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