Applications have been received for an official plan amendment and zoning bylaw amendment to permit an apartment building containing 41 residential units with a height of 18 metres (59 feet) at 223-227 Mary St.
This would allow the construction of a four-storey apartment literally in the backyards of single-family dwellings. Many of the homes are bungalows.
We’ve been here before with a public meeting held on July 18, 2016, with most people voicing their objections. Subsequently, the amendment was refused by council on Sept. 19, 2016.
I believe the area is zoned for single-family dwellings. The high density of 41 residential units is unsuitable for the block and the height will result in a lack of privacy for the surrounding homes, especially the ones whose backyards will be directly affected.
In my opinion, the location is inappropriate and, if approved, will be the beginning of the end of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s heritage and historical community.
If this plan is approved, it could set a precedent for developers inserting apartment complexes in the midst of single-family homes throughout Niagara-on-the-Lake.