The purpose of a secondary plan is to adapt land use planning policies provided by an Official Plan to address a local context. As a result, the new Official Plan sets the stage for the Pinecrest and Queensview Stations Secondary Plan Study and any subsequent policy direction that may be required in order to achieve the study objectives.
The following provides a brief summary of draft Official Plan policies (as of November 2020) that are relevant to the Pinecrest and Queensview Stations study area. Stakeholders and study participants are encouraged to review the new Official Plan in detail in order to help identify any gaps and opportunities to improve outcomes in the study area.
The study area is predominantly located within the Inner Urban Transect Area, which can be found in Schedules A and B2. This area surrounds the downtown core and is characterized by its mix of urban and suburban built form. The Inner Urban area is intended to become more urbanized while prioritizing active transportation and public transit. Infill, or regeneration, provides important opportunities for creating 15-minute neighbourhoods and expanding housing choices.
A small portion of the study area, west of Greenbank Rd and south of Iris St, is in the Outer Urban Transect Area (see Schedules A and B3). This area will see a more gradual urbanization, with policies that recognize its dominant suburban pattern but adds flexibility in terms of dwelling types and support for active transportation and public transit.
Hubs generally replace the former Mixed-Use Centre designations and tend to be located at important destinations on the rapid transit network. They are the focus for density and urban development, which may include major employment and high-rise residential, and are intended introduce land use flexibility in order to contribute to 15-mintue neighbourhoods.
In the Inner Urban Transect Area, buildings within 400 metres walking distance of a rapid transit station shall have a minimum height of three storeys and a maximum height of twelve storeys – unless otherwise specified in a secondary plan. In other words, the Hub policies establish baseline building heights around O-Train stations and this study will determine where and by how much those minimum and maximum heights should be adjusted.
The new Official Plan designates lands around Pinecrest and Queensview Stations as a Hub (see Schedule B2). This Hub replaces the urban employment area around Queensview Drive and extends slightly west of Pinecrest and south of Highway 417 to Iris St and Baxter Rd.
Protected Major Transit Station Area
Protected Major Transit Station Areas (PMTSAs) are a discretionary tool that municipalities may use in order to establish transit-supportive densities within a designated area that surrounds a rapid transit station area. The new Official Plan designates lands within the Hub surrounding Pinecrest and Queensview Stations as a PMTSA (see Schedule C1).
The new Offical Plan includes policies that require a minimum density target of 200 people/jobs per gross hectare in the Pinecrest-Queensview PMTSA, as well as inclusionary zoning policies that will require the provision of affordable housing as part of new developments.
The new Official Plan includes designations for Mainstreet Corridors and Minor Corridors. Mainstreet Corridors include the former Traditional and Arterial Mainstreets, while Minor Corridors are new designations. They are intended to allow for slightly more intensive development and more flexibility in terms of land uses (such as small retail spaces) to support 15-minute neighbourhoods.
There are no Mainstreet Corridors in the study area, but new Minor Corridors are proposed for Pinecrest Rd and Iris St (see Schedule B2). Queensview Drive is being reviewed for potential designation as a Minor Corridor.
Minor Corridor policies indicate that built form is intended to be low mid-rise (generally four to six storeys) but given the shallow lot depths on Pinecrest Rd and Iris St, this study is likely to propose maximum building heights of four storeys in these locations.
The new Official Plan includes built form overlays which provide additional direction (over and above Transect policies) to guide the changing character of neighbourhoods through regeneration. Those designated as Transforming Neighbourhood are experiencing rapid change in urbanization from low to mid- or high density. The intention of the policies is to limit low density built form and car-oriented development, for example by prohibiting new private approaches (i.e. driveways), as well as ensuring positive contributions to the public realm. The Evolving Overlay, on the other hand, recognizes a more gentle evolution from suburban to urban built form.
Schedules B2 and B3 identify the Hub and built form overlays in the study area. The vast majority of the study area is designated as an Evolving Overlay. The only exceptions are Foster Farm, around Dumaurier Ave, which has a Transforming Overlay, and the lands south of Highway 417 and west of Greenbank, which do not have an overlay.