Fence along street frontage of Busby Centre a step closer to installation

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If it’s true that fences do indeed lead to good neighbours, then a step towards building one along the McDonald Street frontage of the Busby Street Centre may help ease tensions with residents living in close proximity to the centre.
Last May a group of residents living near the centre raised noise and behaviour concerns in a delegation before the City’s building committee. As well as concerns, they listed a number of potential solutions, including the construction of a fence along the McDonald Street frontage, a move supported by Ward 2 councillor Keenan Aylwin.
Monday night, general committee adopted a motion to construct a fence.
The motion reads that the mayor and city clerk “be authorized to execute an Agreement with the Canadian Mental Health Association, owner of 88 Mulcaster Street, for the use of City-owned lands to construct a fence along the McDonald Street frontage of the property and for the Agreement to contain details such as the responsibility for design, cost, installation and maintenance (the “Agreement”), subject to the satisfaction of the General Manager of Infrastructure and Growth Management and the Director of Legal Services.”
Any fencing along McDonald Street would have to be on City-owned land, according to the staff report, and staff are required to obtain council’s authorization for the fence.
“A fence that is located 0.3 m from the street, is no greater than 1.8 m in height and maintains a 5.0 m daylight triangle (i.e. stops 5.0 m from the front lot line of the property along Mulcaster Street) would meet all standards in the City’s zoning by-law,” reads the report.
“There are parking meters located in this area of McDonald Street, however it is possible to locate the fence on the north side of the parking meters at an appropriate distance to allow for their continued operation.”
The report continues that a fence “at this location would alter the interface along this property boundary and that may respond to some of the matters raised by the residents. A fence will not resolve all of the concerns of the residents, however it is one option that can alter the interface of the property from the residential uses along McDonald Street.”
The report continues that the Canadian Mental Health Association isn’t “opposed to installing the fence but was unsure how to do so based on the configuration of the site. Therefore putting the fence on City-owned property is the only viable solution otherwise no one would be able to enter or exit 88 Mulcaster Street from the side door as the fence would be on the door step.”
Committee’s decision will now go to council for ratification.

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