Public Meeting Notice: 4 Welland Vale Rd & 179 Ontario St

Notice of Legislated Public Meeting

The Planning and Building Services Department has received applications for Zoning By- law Amendment and Official Plan Amendment for lands located at 4 Welland Vale Road and 179 Ontario Street. The applications were declared complete on March 15, 2024, pursuant to sections 22 (6.1) and 34 (10.4) of the Planning Act, based on the information submitted with the Applications and a preliminary review by staff.

The Applicant proposes to construct a three-storey apartment building containing twelve (12) residential units at 179 Ontario Street. The existing fourplex at 4 Welland Vale Road is proposed to remain. The Applicant is proposing to have the two buildings share one access off Welland Vale Road. The two buildings will also share a parking area, with 4 spaces dedicated to the fourplex and a minimum of 9 spaces dedicated to the apartment building. Other site requirements such as waste collection and bicycle parking will be shared between the two buildings. To facilitate this, the Applicant proposes to register a Common Element Condominium (CEC) for the portion of the lands containing the shared access, parking and other shared site functions. The CEC would be a newly created lot serving two parcels of tied land (POTL): the existing fourplex dwelling and proposed apartment building. The enclosed plan provides a conceptual site layout of the proposed development.

The City’s Official Plan currently designates 4 Welland Vale Road as Low Density Residential and 179 Ontario Street as Mixed Use. The Applicant has requested an Official Plan Amendment to redesignate 4 Welland Vale Road to Mixed Use to match 179 Ontario Street and facilitate the development with shared site functions. The Official Plan Amendment also requests to permit a standalone parking lot for the CEC lot, and to prohibit auto-related uses (e.g., car wash, motor vehicle repair garage, motor vehicle gas station).

The Zoning By-law currently zones 4 Welland Vale Road as Low Density Residential – Suburban Neighbourhood (R1) and 179 Ontario Street as Medium Density Mixed Use (M1). The Applicant has requested to rezone 4 Welland Vale Road and 179 Ontario Street to Medium Density Mixed Use (M1) with a Special Provision. The Special Provision will address site-specific zoning matters as follows:

  • For the proposed apartment building (179 Ontario Street)
    • Reduced parking to 0.75 spaces per dwelling unit
    • Reduced lot area per dwelling unit and frontage
    • Encroachments for exterior staircases and landings
    • Reduced setback for a balcony to the standalone parking lot   
    • Reduced rear yard setback and interior side yard setback to the standalone parking lot  
  • For the existing fourplex (4 Welland Vale Road)
    • Reduced rear yard setback and interior side yard setback to the standalone parking lot
  • For the proposed standalone parking lot
    • To permit a standalone parking lot with a reduced frontage
    • To permit vehicle and bicycle parking on a lot within 100 metres of the residential uses for the fourplex and apartment building
    • Reduced landscape buffer along the western lot line
  • To prohibit the following auto-related uses: car wash, motor vehicle gas station, motor vehicle repair garage

The application materials are available for review and comment and may be found at www.stcatharines.ca/development as well as at the Planning and Building Services Department, City Hall.

Legislated Public Meeting

City Council is hosting a Legislated Public Meeting on June 10, 2024 to receive input and comment on the proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments, after which Council will consider staff’s recommendation on the amendments.  

Date: Monday, April 8, 2024
Time: 6:00 PM.
Location: This meeting will be held at Council Chambers, City Hall, 50 Church Street, St. Catharines. You can also participate electronically. 

Visit www.stcatharines.ca/Council for information on how to access and participate in the meeting, and how to request and make a delegation before Council. Written submissions must be received by noon the Thursday before the public meeting by mailing or delivering them to:

            City of St. Catharines Legal & Clerk Services/City’s Clerks Division, City Hall

            50 Church Street, P.O. Box 3012

            St. Catharines, ON L2R 7C2

            RE:  22 115941 ZA & 23 107428 OP

Email submissions may also be made no later than noon the day of the public meeting and directed to clerks@stcatharines.ca. Both oral and written comments and recommendations received will be taken into account by City Council in making a decision on the subject matter.

Important Public Meeting Information

  1. If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of the Council of the City of St. Catharines to the Ontario Land Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to Council of the City of St. Catharines before the proposed amendments are adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.
  2. If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Council of the City of St Catharines before the proposed amendments are adopted, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Land Tribunal, unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Corporation of the City of St. Catharines on the proposed official plan and zoning by-law amendments, you must make a written request to:

City of St. Catharines Legal & Clerk Services/City’s Clerks Division, City Hall

            50 Church Street, P.O. Box 3012

            St. Catharines, ON L2R 7C2

            RE:  22 115941 ZA & 23 107428 OP

Contact

For more information about this matter, including information about appeal rights, contact:

Natasha MacDonald, Planner
Planning and Building Services Department
nmacdonald@stcatharines.ca
905.688.5601, ext. 1728 or TTY: 905.688.4889

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