The Formal Public Meeting for 355 Lexington Road is Scheduled for April 11, 2016. Council Chambers Starting at 6:30 pm.  Details regarding providing a delegation on the matter can be found at: http://www.waterloo.ca/en/government/delegationregistration.asp
The Applicant is proposing to rezone the subject lands from Single Residence Three (SR3) to Medium Density Three (MD3) with site specific provisions. The site specific provisions include:
  • A reduction in the flankage yard setback from 6.0 metres to 3.0 metres,
  • A reduction in the minimum required landscape open space from 50% to 44%,
  • An increase in the maximum permitted density from 36 units/ha to 63 units/ha
Purpose: This application is being advanced to permit the development of the lands with 8 terrace dwelling units, each with two bedrooms.
All supporting documentation can be reviewed at the following link: http://www.waterloo.ca/en/business/355-lexington-rd.asp

 

At a Neighbourhood Meeting on November 10th, 2015. The applicant presented a new proposal which would place three single family dwellings on the property and request a rezoning to SR1-10.  
 

I recently received information about renovation work taking place on Forwell Trail and Creek in three sections between King Street and Blue Springs Drive. This work is being done in order to reduce erosion and flooding; improve vegetation conditions along the creek to improve water quality, fish and wildlife habitat; improve trail accessibility and the connections to adjacent lands and existing trail; and perform necessary maintenance to the Forwell Sanitary Sewer Trunk that runs beside the trail.


Unfortunately, in preparation for the above work to begin July 1, 2015, some trees along the trail had to be removed. In order to be in compliance with the migratory birds convention act, these trees needed to be cut down before nesting season occurred in order to avoid harm to nesting birds and to visually determine if nests were in the trees. The downed trees need to remain down due to restrictions by the Grand River Conservation Authority regarding a fisheries timing window which is in effect. All clearing of this downed wood will occur after the fisheries timing window is over after July 1, 2015.


Staff will be hosting public information centre in May for residents interested in learning more about this project. I'll post information on my website when the date and location are confirmed. In the meantime, if you would like more information, visit our Forwell Trail page.

 

 
The City of Waterloo undertakes Street Tree pruning and elevating on an on-going basis we do this because: 

The City has requirements on Clearance standards:
1)       Lowest branch must clear public sidewalk by at least 2.7 meters
2)       The lowest branch reaching over the roadway must have no less than 3.7 meters of clearance measured at the curb line
 
Small trees are often not at a stage to be elevated to the heights noted above, however by pruning at an earlier stage the tree is able to recover quicker and not go into stress compared to pruning larger branches at a later developmental stage of the tree. Also the Cityuses structural pruning techniques to correct any growth defects, co-dominant leaders,  crossing branches, V-attachments to trunk which will eventually become a very weak branch and could result in branch failure. Correction in form at an early stage results in a healthier more structurally sound tree as the tree matures and less corrective pruning when tree is mature.
 
The primary reason for elevating over sidewalk/roadway is to prevent obstructions to people (eg. poking them in eyes) and vehicles striking and breaking branches, but while staff are elevating they also are there to prune the trees so we can attain a structurally sound tree which will aid in future maintenance and reduce branch failures. It should be noted as well that it takes at least 4-5 years before we complete the pruning cycle around the city so staff prune accordingly to this to attain proper clearance and any correctional pruning required at the time of pruning.
 
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