1421 31st Street
The Director of Planning and Development Services approved this environmental development permit on March 4, 2021.
The District has received an Environmental Development Permit application for alterations to an existing single-family dwelling requiring zoning variances at 1421 31st Street.
An Environmental Development Permit is required if an individual is doing any work within 15 metres (m) of the top of a watercourse bank. Under the Official Community Plan, the development permit guidelines NE 13 for watercourse protection allow staff to consider zoning bylaw variances in order to prevent or reduce loss of habitat within 15 m of the top of the watercourse bank.
The proposal would allow for renovation to the existing home including adding a second storey addition with a carport expansion underneath, expanding the asphalt driveway (east), expanding the main floor living space and deck area, and adding a new concrete stairwell on the west side of the dwelling. The proposed development is predominantly located on the existing footprint and does not encroach into the 5 m setback for the permanent portion of the watercourse.
The combination of watercourse setbacks and zoning bylaw setback requirements restrict the building envelope. Further, the existing dwelling is non-conforming to current zoning setbacks regulations.
Zoning Bylaw variances are requested as follows to accommodate retention and upgrading of the existing dwelling:
- Front yard setback reduced from 9.1 m to 6.4 m: 2.7 m variance
- Rear yard setback reduced from 9.1 m to 6.5 m: 2.6 m variance
- Side yard setback reduced from 3.0 m to 2.4 m: 0.6 m variance
- Building height increased from 7.62 m to 8.08 m: 0.46 m variance
- Highest Building face envelope from 33% to 47%: 14% variance
As part of the consideration process, neighbours within 50 metres of 1421 31st Street will receive written notice about the application and will be given two weeks to provide comments to staff on the proposal. The deadline for comments is February 22, 2021.