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Planning Committee approves use of sump pumps in new subdivisions

December 12, 2017
Council Updates

The City’s Planning Committee today approved screening criteria and requirements that would permit sump pumps within new subdivisions, under some circumstances. This direction aligns with the Building Better and Smarter Suburbs – Infrastructure Standards Review.

The City’s preference is for foundation drains that flow by gravity to a storm sewer, but sump pumps provide an alternative for drainage in instances where site constraints make gravity drainage impractical. The change would allow for the development of more lands within the existing urban boundary.

The Committee also approved an application to rebuild a house within the Sweetland Avenue Heritage Conservation District in Sandy Hill. The house at 51 Sweetland Avenue collapsed in July when heavy rains caused unstable conditions while the house was undergoing renovations and foundation repair. The house would be rebuilt according to its previous character, using reclaimed materials salvaged during the demolition process.

The City may soon install metered parking beside the outdoor rink at Lansdowne Park, after the Committee approved a zoning amendment to permit it. The affected area would be along the south side of Princess Patricia Way, immediately next to the rink.

The existing area is signed as "no parking" but it is regularly used as free parking with no time limit, which prevents it from being used as intended: for pick-up and drop-off. Metered parking would help Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services regulate the spaces through pricing and time limits.

Items approved at today’s Planning Committee meeting will go to City Council on Wednesday, December 13.

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