Beaconsfield has a few days left to choose or deny four stories

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On Monday, September 26, 2016, the process for the City of Beaconsfield to rezone the lot located at 205 Alton Drive, a.k.a The Club West Island to a four-story structure without changing the height requirement of the zone which would remain as it is currently at 13 meters.

K.F. Construction, owners of the property would like to change the project to include a flat roof which would allow for a fourth story, penthouse level while remaining within the 13 meters.

The City held the required consultations that allow the residents to remain informed and free to voice their concerns to council. Many concerns were voiced over the past several months both for and against the changes.

“The people of Beaconsfield do not want four-stories,” explained resident Lorne Smith at the last public meeting. “We are concerned it would set a precedent for development in the future.”

According to the legal clerk for Beaconsfield, the steps to complete the process include a public notice giving information on the possibility of making an application to participate in a referendum, meaning a petition of 12 signatures or more in the four zones that touch the zone of the property. Receipt of said applications can be received between November 3 and 10, 2016.

Robert Mercuri, resident of the area feels the project would be a good addition to the community.

“This project is a good thing because seniors who have lived here all their lives can downsize and remain in the city they have always lived in,” Mercuri said.

Council will decide whether to adopt the by-law at the regular scheduled public meeting on November 21, 2016.

According to a recent article in the citie’s monthly magazine to residents, City Councillor for the zone, Wade Staddon, the project has undergone changes to the initial proposal through information sessions with residents and negotiations with the City. By building the structures of steel and concrete, the project enables four floors to be built at the same building height now permitted for three floors. The top floor would be set back from the lower floors, and the project would maintain 65% of the lot as green space as all parking would be underground.

Staddon explained at the October public meeting that should the project be voted down the process will begin again.

“The project is one of high quality, one which I support,” he stated, “there are no guarantees what will be presented to us the next time around.”

Staddon went on to say that the project would satisfy a lack of housing that exists in Beaconsfield with regards to residents who wish to downsize and remain in the city.

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  1. I am a Beaconsfield resident and Lorne Smith does not speak for me when he says that “the people of Beaconsfield” don’t want four stories. He is most certainly entitled to his opinion but it is his.
    Burlington, Ontario is a lot like Beaconsfield. There are beautiful waterfront homes, a lakeshore road and lovely homes on both sides of a major highway that runs through the city. There is one major difference, though. There are also a number of high rise apartment buildings. They fit in quite nicely and their residents get to live in a lovely city by the lake instead of being jammed into some less desirable area set aside for highrises.
    I fail to understand what all the fuss is about. None of the arguments against 4 stories holds water, in my opinion and it seems to come down to a sort of elitism that I personally find quite distasteful.

  2. In a day and age where the world is struggling climate change and making every effort to consolidate housing close to train stations, the people of Beaconsfield choose to revolt against densification in their city like they are not impacted by the effects of a global struggle.

    Each month in the news we read that it will be a travesty for four stories to be built in Beaconsfield right up against a train station. Why is that even an issue? Why do the people of Beaconsfield see themselves as exempt from this environmental crisis? We all need to buckle down and make changes. Change is hard. For all of us. But this new condo project will have the EXACT height as the proposed three-story version of the project that is currently accepted, 13 meters. The way the structure will be divided regarding stories is the issue at hand not a change in size nor a change in the quality of the structure.

    Why? Because there has never been a four-story structure in Beaconsfield before. So?

    There is not much left to build in Beaconsfield anyway. What makes Beaconsfield exempt from the need to be responsible for our environment? Residents don’t want change and fight it every chance they get by forcing the municipal government to go to a vote everytime they don’t like a project. But only a small number of residents are against this project and will speak for all of us.

    We criticize politicians for pushing their own agendas, but these residents are left loose to decide the future of our planet based on the simple fact that they don’t want to set the horrible precedent of four stories in their own neighborhood while the rest of the world builds up not out. Get real. Beaconsfield needs to get with the program.

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