Here is the official public version of the city planning dept draft CDP for the Carling end of the Bayview-Carling CDP. You can read it at the same time as the developers !
Lots of good words. It remains to be seen what good deeds remain once everyone has a kick at making changes.
For a start, I’m not fan of the mews proposed along the east side of the OTRAIN cut and bike path, or the proposed nine storey height limit. All of the little side streets of preston should remain at 4 stories, with maybe a bonus fifth facing the bike path, provided the design is good and fits within some specific criteria. The portion of the lot facing the bike path could be considered front, with the new building taking up all that space. But not 9 or 19 stories, which then requires the “mews” or street along the bike path which inevitably will impair the green space.
I am unconvinced that a long line of 18 storey buildings along the west side of Rochester will “knit together” the low rise residential community of the side streets with the lowish-rise government NRCan buildings. What would the city call for if the goal had been to build a dividing barrier between the two land uses — a row of 18 storey towers, maybe?
We also need a LOT of detail to flesh out the character areas and streetscaping amenities to make this new vital urban pseudo-downtown area into the vibrant livable area the city claims it wants it to be.
And for god’s sake, to propose that the just-approved-for-March-construction Hickory ped-cyclist bridge be replaced by a wider car bridge — that is downright embarassing in this day and age to suggest that what Preston needs to improve its retail environment is more cars.
Yes, to additional e-w ped crossings, no to cutting up the brand-new n-s ped-cycling otrain path into dozens of 100′ short segments.