Comment 90409

By jason (registered) | Posted July 23, 2013 at 21:17:10 in reply to Comment 90405

I'm not aware of the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. I'll look it up. I was merely referring to the fact that those aforementioned cities get urban-designed 'box' stores in their cities, and amazing urban development through many neighbourhoods. Here we get the worst form of bland box stores, and our zoning code actually tries to force urban development to take on a suburban nature. Look at how many new homes in Strathcona and the North End are set way back in and break up the natural street wall. In most cases, the owners didn't want to do that, but that's the way city hall approves new homes - as though they are all in Binbrook. The odd urban builder will go through all the hassle, headache and added cost necessary to be granted permission to simply build the new house in line with all the other houses, but most don't and probably can't afford it. We should be encouraging good form, not punishing those who attempt to build it. A restaurant owner in a century old building on James North should NEVER have to appear before some committee and ask to be exempted from providing 19 parking spots. It's mind-boggling.

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