845 Dundee Avenue
The Owner wants to construct a semi-detached dwelling with an above-grade secondary dwelling unit located at the rear of each half. The existing dwelling is to be demolished.
The Owner is seeking a minor variance for:
a) To permit a reduced rear yard setback of 7.0 metres, whereas the By-law requires a minimum rear yard setback equal to 28% of the lot depth or, in this case, 8.5 metres.
b) To permit an increased gross floor area for an above-grade secondary dwelling unit of 50% of the principal dwelling, whereas the By-law permits a maximum gross floor area for a secondary dwelling unit of 40% of the principal dwelling
There is a mature cedar hedgerow along the property line in the neighbour’s yard at 851 Dundee. A few of these mature cedars are in the ROW but are well away from the limit of excavation. Also among the hedgerow are two cedars that are protected but their Critical Root Zone’s do not fall within the limit of excavation and are not identified in this report. There are 5 trees to be protected.
The Owners want to subdivide their property into two separate parcels of land to create one new vacant parcel for future development. The existing detached dwelling will remain on the other parcel. The proposed vacant parcel will not be in conformity with the requirements of the Zoning By-law.
No development has been proposed for this site at this time. When development is proposed, grading may make tree retention difficult.
Due to its size and relative uniqueness, Tree 5 in the report (Ginko) is of high value for retention, and, if possible, future development should limit grade changes within its Critical Root Zone. Tree 5 is also close to the zoned building envelope and in order to protect this tree successfully, excavation for the new home should be at least 3 m from the edge of the trunk.
All other trees on this site do not require any action as there is no proposed development on the part of the property with an existing structure. When development on that part is proposed, tree protection should be assessed based on the plans submitted.
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