CK council to consider new developments for affordable living

Looking west at the subject lands from Park Avenue West. (Photo courtesy of Chatham-Kent)

More affordable living may be on the horizon for residents of Chatham-Kent as the city looks into new developments.

In a report to be presented to council on Monday, municipal planning officials are recommending council approve the rezoning of some land along Grand Avenue East for a multi-story residential apartment building.

The subject property is located on the south side of Grand Avenue East between Taylor Avenue and Kingsway Drive in Chatham.

“The building is planned to have up to six stories and contain up to 81 units with surface parking at ground level,” the report read.

According to the report, the new proposal seeks to amend the zoning regulations to the apartment building’s height, density, and parking ratio.

“The proposed development is within close proximity to community services,” the report stated. “Adequate landscape strips, privacy fencing, and shrubs will be provided as per the site plan process.”

A second report to be presented to council proposes plans for a private development consisting of 113 single detached dwellings and 48 townhouse units.

The subject property is a vacant piece of land located on the north side of Park Avenue West, west of Howard Road in Chatham. Each unit will have one dedicated spot for off-street parking, as well as additional parking for visitors.

According to the report, the land is bound by a developed residential subdivision known as Oriole Parkway subdivision to the west and a developing subdivision to the south known as The Meadows subdivision.

“To implement the proposal, a zoning by-law amendment is required to rezone the lands to an appropriate residential zone to permit single-detached and row house dwellings and one ancillary building,” the report read.