The City of Cambridge has received a development application to rezone more than 96 acres of farmland north of South Dundas Street to accommodate a new subdivision featuring single-family homes, street-facing townhomes and apartment complexes with more than 750 units.
A draft subdivision application plan from Treasure Hill Home Corp.’s Powerplay Equity Capital Inc. will be discussed at a public meeting scheduled for Dec. 12.
The applicant proposes to amend the zoning bylaw to rezone 65 Ribblewood Road into a combination of residential and open space.
The rezoning will also propose site-specific provisions to provide relief from certain requirements regarding lot size and yard setbacks.
The rezoning will facilitate the development of a subdivision containing 278 lots of single detached dwellings, five blocks of 82 street-level townhomes, four blocks of a cluster development of approximately 392 condominium townhomes comprising a mix of standard townhomes, duplex-front townhomes, and townhouses with back lanes.
The proposal includes two blocks of parks, five open blocks, and five blocks of stormwater management facilities.
A 1.13-hectare park is located in the central part of the subdivision adjacent to a stormwater management facility and an open block, and another 0.82-hectare park is located in the northeastern part of the site between two open blocks.
The subdivision will create new access to Ripplewood Road via a new street which will form a north-south link through the site.
There will be two future connections to the west via New Street and Wesley Street.
A new street along the southern part of the site has the potential to extend into the lands to the south, eventually forming a connection with Ripplewood Road, the proposal reads.
A series of local streets in the subdivision will form a grid and a series of private residential roads will be routed within the townhome complexes to allow homes to be built in close relationship to the adjacent public road.
The plan includes potential modifications to existing roads adjacent to the subject lands through the addition of sidewalks, sidewalk modifications, and designating curbs to widen the road when needed.
The land was previously used for agricultural purposes and contains wetlands on the eastern, western and northern parts of the site.
The proposal would remove “the majority of existing vegetation outside designated wetlands and open areas” to facilitate the proposed development in accordance with the Tree Conservation Plan.
The application says the site’s topography has gentle to moderate slopes that pose no restrictions on the proposed development.
The full application notice and general meeting have been circulated to property owners within a 120 meter radius of the property in question.
The application includes a cover letter, a planning justification report and various studies, including an archaeological, environmental and traffic impact assessment.
Anyone with questions about the application is invited to contact Senior Planner Jacqueline Hanneman at (email protected).