Residents living near Elm Plaza had a final chance during a consultation meeting Monday to give council an earful regarding densification measures being proposed as part of revised regulations governing land control and construction measures that will be part of Beaconsfield’s planning tools.
Council is proposing to allow high-density residential development in four locations. The new zoning would allow buildings up to four storeys at Elm Plaza and up to three storeys at three other locations; namely the Elm Ave. location of the Portage centre (this property is actually owned by Batshaw Youth and Family Services), the former Esso station lot on St. Charles Blvd. near Highway 20 as well as the gardening centre area along Beaurepaire Blvd.
Residents living near Elm Plaza have denounced the height increase allowance being proposed for the strip mall location. They have handed in a petition and have voiced their objections during several meetings hosted by the city in the past month.
Residents opposed to the four-storey rezoning have cited everything from traffic, loss of privacy and the building blocking sunlight.
The city-wide new zoning rules being considered are to be voted on by council next Monday, though some provisions, like changes in building height could be the subject of a register following the publication of notices at the end of the month.