Yorkton Council gave first readings to amend the City’s Municipal Development Plan Bylaw and its Zoning Bylaw to make way for a major new residential complex on Morrison Drive.
“The reason for the amendment is to accommodate residential development, consisting of a three phase, four storey apartment complex. The building, once complete, would provide 62 apartment-style condominium units and 17 townhouse units,” detailed a report circulated at the regular meeting of Council Monday.
The development will be known as Adriatic Gardens.
Gord Shaw, Director of Planning and Engineering with the City said the development would address needs in the community.
The city “is faced with a lack of housing availability and affordability as it continues to grow. This is exacerbated by forecasted economic growth in the region and a shortage of readily serviced residential lands. A high density development can mitigate housing shortages and keep prices from escalating too quickly. It is also more efficient for the municipality to make use of existing water, sanitary and storm sewer utilities. As such, policies in the Municipal Development Plan support higher density residential development in accordance with Smart Growth initiatives,” he said.
While Council unanimously passed the first reading Monday, second and third reading will need to wait.
“Given the scale and potential impact of the proposed development, Administration is of the opinion that additional public consultation should take place prior to any bylaws being passed. As such, with approval from the Planning and Infrastructure Commission and Council, we recommend that an “open house” information session be coordinated so that members of the surrounding neighbourhood (and the general public) can learn more about the proposed development. This will give residents an opportunity to develop an informed opinion before any bylaw amendments are considered for final approval,” said Shaw.