Reduce the Density of the Kensington Square development in the Village of Erin!

Reduce the Density of the Kensington Square development in the Village of Erin!

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Evan Sepa started this petition to Erin Town Council

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PEOPLE OF ERIN
Something is fishy with the Kensington Square development

Why? Cause the Density is Too Damn High!

PRECURSOR
I am not against the Kensington Square development in Erin, I am excited to see the site developed into a useful space after many years of stagnation. My initial thought that led to all of this below was simply “WOW that seems like A LOT of units you got in thar?!”

BACKGROUND
The Kensington Square development is proposing 70 units on a 1.02 hectare plot of land in the Village of Erin. This equates to a 68 units per hectare density of townhouses. I thought it would be prudent to compare this proposed density to that of other similar developments throughout Guelph / Wellington. Using social housing statistics is a fair comparator with the assumption that social townhousing is on the more modest side of size and cost and freehold townhousing are likely a bit more luxurious.
So generally speaking I would expect...

Social Townhousing = higher density, modest cost

AND

Freehold Townhousing = lower density, higher cost

This is an important distinction to remember, because we are using very conservative numbers when comparing to SOCIAL townhousing.

THE DATA
I am a data professional and very capable of making a fair quantitative assessment of the data. I believe it is clear what my opinion is of the situation, however this has no bearing on the data assessment herein. Questions or comments? Please contact me.

Data was collected from the Wellington Social Housing site and the Guelph Open Data site.

Included below are 12 of the 14 social townhousing developments throughout Guelph / Wellington. The land areas of the other 2 developments could not be determined. 9 townhousing developments are in Guelph, and 3 are in Wellington.

SEE THE CHARTS

THE BIG REVEAL
Kensington Square is proposed in 2 phases, first 54 units and 16 to follow (70 Total). Even with just 54 units in the first phase, this development would have a higher density of units than any other SOCIAL townhousing development in Guelph / Wellington. The second phase would increase that density to almost double that of the average SOCIAL townhousing development in Guelph / Wellington.

A COUNTER OFFER
I personally do not see it reasonable to create a development in the Village of Erin that is almost twice the density of most other similar SOCIAL townhousing developments in GUELPH!... and Wellington. This simple analysis suggests that the average of ~36 units per hectare is perhaps a good number to begin with, probably as a ceiling considering the comparators are mostly SOCIAL townhousing from the CITY OF GUELPH.

MY SOLUTION
This petition is to garner support for reducing the development density of Kensington Square to a Town-Appropriate level. With the average SOCIAL townhousing development throughout Guelph Wellington being < 36 units per hectare, this seems a reasonable place to start… for social housing.

Let's keep our
“small town charm”
and grow intelligently
not just rapidly.

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
Sign the Petition, if you agree that the proposed density at Kensington Square in the Village of Erin is just too damn high!

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