City hall will analyze and make recommendations for the future use of small lot subdivision zoning within Nanaimo.
Council endorsed a motion last week to review R2 zoning within the city after hearing concerns from Coun. Bill Bestwick, chairman of the development process review committee.
Bestwick said members on his committee want more information on how the city envisions small lot development taking place, including the number and scope of developments within the city and how the character of the developments blend with the surrounding neighbourhoods and other types of housing.
Small-lot zoning is not new in the city, but it is an emerging issue because of a number of subdivision proposals that have come before the city, Bestwick told his fellow council members.
City planning and design manager Bruce Anderson also said it is likely the city will see an increased number of rezoning applications for R2 lots due to market forces in the housing sector.
Bestwick said it is important to review how the city handles the transition into more small-lot developments, "so as not to give the development community false aspirations of redeveloping what might look like small lot trailer courts, without having comprehensive development and mixed use."
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