A rezoning request involving a proposed 70 unit apartment building on Bain Drive has been approved by a council committee.
However, there is more work to do before the project can actually be built.
Peter Carello, Senior Planner for the City of North Bay, says requirements include traffic and servicing studies.
He says several area residents cited traffic as a concern.
“Specifically they identified the volume of traffic that the apartment building would generate, as well as concerns with the proximity of the proposed entranceway to the intersection of Golf Club Road and Bain Drive. Generally speaking, staff agrees that the traffic issue should be examined in greater detail,” he says.
Another concern cited by the public was the incompatibility with the neighbourhood, which is low-density residential to the north.
Carello says a 60-metre setback from the property line on Bain Drive would limit the ‘overshadowing or intrusion’ on neighbouring uses.
There were also concerns about an undersized culvert at front of the property.
Along with a stormwater management plan, several civil plans and drawings would also be required, including site servicing, grading plan, drainage plans and erosion and sediment control.
Candice Micucci, the agent for the developer, says the owner has no problem with doing the traffic study as well as the holding zone for landscaping and stormwater.
Councillor Scott Robertson asked if the building would be rental units or condominiums.
Micucci says the ownership has yet to be decided.
“Either way it is meant to be what is designed, it’s not meant to be a geared-to-income building at this time,” she says. “It’s meant to be an apartment with full amenities, green space, parking and beautiful views.”
Full council still needs to approve the rezoning request.