3.44 BMR - Blatchford Medium Rise Residential Zone

To allow for medium rise residential development, with the potential for limited Ground Floor Commercial Uses along Retail and Active Streets, developed in a manner sensitive to the Street environment and adjacent residential areas.

Residential Uses
4.1. Home Based Businesses must comply with Section 6.60, except that storefronts may only be located along Primary Active Streets and Secondary Active Streets.
Commercial Uses
4.2. Body Rub Centres must comply with Section 6.20.
4.3. Cannabis Retail Stores must comply with Section 6.30.
4.4. Liquor Stores must comply with Section 6.70.
4.5. The maximum Floor Area is 275 m2 for each individual establishment.
4.6. Must be in a building with a Residential Use.
4.7. Uses with Drive-through Services are not permitted in this Zone.
4.8. Bars and Food and Drink Services
 
4.8.1. The maximum Public Space is 120 m2 for each individual establishment.
4.8.2. The maximum capacity is 100 occupants for each individual establishment. 
Community Uses
4.9. Child Care Services must comply with Section 6.40.
4.10. Special Events must comply with Section 6.100.
Agricultural Uses
4.11. Urban Agriculture is not permitted in a standalone principal building.
Sign Uses
4.12. Sign Uses must comply with Subsections 3 and 4 of Section 6.90.
Floor Area, Public Space and Capacity Exceptions
4.13. The Development Planner may consider a variance to the maximum Floor Area, Public Space or capacity of a Use if adequate mitigation measures are used to reduce negative impacts to on-Site or Abutting Uses, including:
 
4.13.1. measures specified in Subsection 2 of Section 5.120
4.13.2. modification of Site plans to locate Uses or activities in a location to minimize noise, lighting, odour or other similar Nuisances; or
4.13.3. other similar measures.

 

5.1. Development must comply with Table 5.1:
Table 5.1. Density and Height Regulations
Subsection Regulation Value
Density
5.1.1. Minimum Density 75 Dwelling units/ha
5.1.2. Maximum Density  425 Dwelling units/ha
Height
5.1.3. Minimum Height 21.0 m
5.1.4. Maximum Height 45.0 m
5.2. Development must comply with Table 5.2: 
Table 5.2. Site and Setback Regulations
Subsection Regulation Value
Site Coverage
5.2.1. Maximum Site Coverage 65%
Setbacks
5.2.2. Minimum Setback 2.0 m
5.2.3. Maximum Setback 4.0 m
Unless one or more of the following applies:
5.2.4. Minimum Setback from an Alley 1.2 m
5.2.5. Maximum Setback where an outdoor Amenity Area is provided adjacent to the Lot line that Abuts a Site in the BP Zone 6.0 m
5.2.6.
 
Minimum Setback for mixed use buildings with Commercial Uses on the Ground Floor fronting a Street or Pathway 1.0 m
5.2.7.
 
Maximum Setback for mixed use buildings with Commercial Uses on the Ground Floor fronting a Street or Pathway 3.0 m
5.2.8. Maximum Setback to accommodate an outdoor Common Amenity Area or Park, where the portion of the building that is set back more than 4.0 m is a maximum of 20% of the total Facade length. 9.0 m
 
Diagram for Subsection 5.2.8
Diagram for 3.44.5.2.8
5.3. For the purposes of determining Side and Rear Lot Lines, the Front Lot Line mustshall be determined on a hierarchy based on the Lot Line firstly Abutting:
 
5.3.1. a Retail Street;
5.3.2. a Primary Active Street;
5.3.3. a Secondary Active Street;
5.3.4. a Site in the BP Zone;
5.3.5. a Primary Quiet Street; and finally
5.3.6. a Secondary Quiet Street
5.4.  Development must comply with Table 5.4:
Table 5.4. Tower Regulations
Subsection Regulation Value
5.4.1. All buildings must have a Tower and Podium configuration -
5.4.2. Minimum Street Wall Height 6.0 m
5.4.3. Maximum Street Wall Height 14.0 m
5.4.4. Minimum Tower Stepback from the Street Wall, excluding the Street Wall Abutting an Alley 2.5 m
 
Diagram for Subsection 5.4.4
Diagram for 3.44.5.4.4
6.1. Each individual non-residential establishment on the Ground Floor that fronts onto a Street or a Site in the BP Zone must have:
 
6.1.1. a minimum of 70% of the Facade must be clear, transparent, and non-reflective; and
6.1.2. an individual entrance at ground level that is universally accessible. 
6.2. Building Facades that Abut a Site in the BP Zone or a Street must:
 
6.2.1. be articulated by a combination of recesses, entrances, windows, projections, change in building materials, colours, or physical breaks in building mass; and
6.2.2. a continuous building Facade without recesses, balconies, or other forms of articulation must not exceed 18.0 m
 
Interpretive Diagram for Subsection 6.2.2
Diagram for 3.44.6.2.2
6.3. Sites that Abut a Primary Active Street, Secondary Active Street, Retail Street, or a Site in the BP Zone must provide active residential, commercial, or Amenity Area Frontages.
6.4. Parking and circulation areas must not be located along or be visible from Abutting Primary Active Streets, Secondary Active Streets, Retail Streets, or Sites in the BP Zone
6.5. For any Dwelling fronting a Street or a Site zoned BP:
 
6.5.1. all principal Dwellings along this Facade with Floor Area at ground level must have an individually articulated entrance at ground level that faces the Street or Site in the BP Zone;
6.5.2. sliding patio doors must not serve as this entrance; and
6.5.3. features such as porches, stoops, landscaped terraces, pedestrian lighting and patios, decks or gardens must be provided. 
6.6. Buildings located at the intersection of two Active Streets must provide courtyards or plazas, main entrances, or distinctive architectural features consistent with the style of the building or other buildings at the intersection to enhance pedestrian circulation and, where applicable, enhance axial views.
6.7. All mechanical equipment, except Solar Collectors, on a roof of any building must be concealed from view from the Abutting Streets by screening in a manner compatible with the architectural character of the building, or concealed by incorporating it within the building.
6.8. The roof design of a building may include a combination of Green Roofs, Solar Collectors, and/or Amenity Area for residents of the building.
6.9. Decorative and security lighting must be designed and finished in a manner consistent with the architectural theme of the development and will be provided to ensure a well-lit environment for pedestrians, and to accentuate Architectural Elements and public art.

 

Amenity Area
7.1. Despite Section 5.20, Amenity Area must be provided in compliance with the following:
 
7.1.1. The minimum length and width of a Private Outdoor Amenity Area is 2.0 m;
7.1.2. Dwellings with individual access at ground level and no outdoor Common Amenity Area must provide a minimum of 30.0 m2 of Private Outdoor Amenity Area, which may be located in Front Yards with a minimum depth of 2.0 m
7.1.3. Dwellings with individual access at ground level that provide outdoor Common Amenity Area must provide a minimum of 15.0 m2 of Private Outdoor Amenity Area, which may be located in Front Yards with a minimum depth of 2.0 m;
7.1.4. Dwellings located above the Ground Floor must provide a minimum Amenity Area of 7.5 m2 per Dwelling
7.1.5. Developments with 20 or more Dwellings must provide a minimum of 2.5 m2 of outdoor Common Amenity Area per Dwelling, which may not be located in any required Setback unless the Setback Abuts a Site in the BP Zone and the Common Amenity Area is greater than or equal to 50.0 m2; and 
7.1.6. Amenity Area may be provided on Rooftop Terraces in the form of gardens or patios.
7.2. Despite Subsection 7.1.5, Multi-unit Housing with 20 or more Dwellings and Commercial Uses on the Ground Floor must provide a minimum of 2.5 m2 per Dwelling of indoor or outdoor Common Amenity Area. Any provided outdoor Common Amenity Area must not be located in any required Setback unless the Setback Abuts a Site in the BP Zone and the Common Amenity Area is greater than or equal to 50.0 m2
Parking, Loading, Storage and Access
7.3. Despite Section 5.80, the maximum number of parking spaces per Dwelling is 3 for Sites outside of the defined radius of a Mass Transit Station or the Parking Maximums Map.
7.4. Despite Section 5.80, visitor bicycle parking for Residential Uses must be provided in an amount equal to at least 10% of the number of Dwelling units located on the Site, to a maximum of 50 bicycle parking spaces, with 5 bicycle parking spaces being the minimum to be provided. Visitor bicycle parking must be located adjacent to a high-traffic area such as a building entrance.
7.5. Where provided, vehicle access must be from an Alley
7.6. Despite Subsection 7.5, where there is no Abutting Alley, vehicle access must only be provided through one shared access per block face from the firstly Abutting Street from the following list: 
 
7.6.1. Secondary Quiet Street;
7.6.2. Primary Quiet Street; 
7.6.3. Secondary Active Street;
7.6.4. Primary Active Street; and finally
7.6.5. Retail Street.
7.7. Provided parking for Multi-unit Housing and mixed use developments must be provided in an underground Parkade.
7.8. Despite Subsection 7.7, non-resident and visitor parking may be located on a Surface Parking Lot provided it is located such that it is not seen from the Street and is accessed from an Abutting Alley or a private on-site roadway. Surface parking must not comprise more than 15% of the total Site area.
7.9. Parking which Abuts a public Pathway must be screened from view from the adjacent Pathway.
7.10. No parking, loading, storage, or waste collection area is permitted within any Setback other than the Rear Setback.
7.11. Despite Subsection 7.10, no parking, loading, storage, or waste collection area is permitted within any Site Setback Abutting a Site zoned BP.
Other Regulations
7.1.2. Where any Site has a length or width of 160 m or greater, a pedestrian connection must be provided through the Site, perpendicular to the 160 m or greater length or width, which must:
 
7.12.1. be publicly accessible at all times;
7.12.2. be generally located at the middle of the block and connect to public sidewalks adjacent to the Site;
7.12.3. be a minimum 6.0 m in width;
7.12.4. provide a minimum 2.5 m wide Hard Surfaced Pathway;
7.12.5. provide soft Landscaping such as shrub planting, ornamental grasses and tree plantings; and
7.12.6. provide pedestrian scaled lighting.
7.13. In addition to Subsection 7.12
 
7.13.1. the pedestrian connection may be included as part of the required Amenity Area when it is 10.0 m or greater in width;
7.13.2. Facades of Ground Floor Dwellings that Abut the pedestrian connection must be articulated by a combination of recesses, windows, projections, change in building materials, colours, and physical breaks in building mass; 
7.13.3. Ground Floor Dwellings that Abut the pedestrian connection that do not front onto a Street or a Site zoned BP must provide an entrance facing the pedestrian connection; and
7.13.4. the owners of impacted Lots must register a Public Access Easement for the pedestrian connection, that ensures the owners are responsible for maintenance and liability, as a condition of the Development Permit