A proposal to loosen parking requirements for infill developments in older neighbourhoods was scrapped by the property and development committee.
The proposal was one of several put forward Tuesday by the planning department as part of a comprehensive revamp of the city’s zoning bylaw.
Developers were finding it difficult to provide the required amount of parking spaces for infill properties, which often are smaller lots than others in mature neighbourhoods, according to an administrative report.
The report said that led to developers applying for variances.
Armstrong’s Point resident Thomas McLeod opposed the proposal. He said the provision would only add more stress to older neighbourhoods that don’t have enough on-street parking as it is.
"A blanket parking reduction for new development in all mature neighbourhoods across the city makes no sense and is anti-democratic," McLeod told the committee. "These decisions need to remain in the hands of the local community."
The other zoning bylaw changes include: allowing multi-family housing above the ground floor in commercial districts; improvements to bicycle parking requirements at major buildings; accessible pedestrian access from the public sidewalk for all commercial, multi-family, and industrial developments; improved landscaping requirements for building redevelopments; restricting the variety of permitted uses on agricultural land and requiring van-accessible parking stalls in smaller parking lots.
The changes will be forwarded to council for approval and then back to the committee for a public hearing.