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Oshawa Reviewing Private Road Widths and Car Lifts

October 13, 2021 10:39 AM | Durham Region Home Builders' Association (Administrator)

The City of Oshawa's Development Services Committee passed the following two motions on October 4, 2021, requiring a report by staff in consultation with the building industry:

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DS-21-182

Whereas the narrower streets in the new developments are causing safety concerns;

Therefore staff report back on measures for the City to approve the same minimum 8.5 metre street width in all new subdivision plans, including 8.5 metre width on private roads for new block developments in consultation with BILT.

DS-21-189

That Report DS-21-189 from the Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee requesting the City of Oshawa develop standards for car lifts (stacked parking) be referred to staff for a report and including consultation with BILT.

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Regarding DS-21-182, the City's current practice is to require minimum widths of 6.5m for private roads (curb-to-curb, not including sidewalks).  This is based on three key factors:

  1. requirements for a minimum 6.0m wide fire route,
  2. waste collection requirements for minimum 6.5m wide collection routes on private property, and
  3. Section 39.4.1 of the City's Zoning By-law 60-94 which requires a minimum width of 6.5m for two-way drive aisles for vehicle maneuvering.

Through motion DS-21-182, the Development Services Committee has asked staff to investigate private road widths and a draft new policy has not been drafted at this time.

Regarding DS-21-189, the City is currently processing a Zoning By-law Amendment application for stacked townhouses which includes a car lift for vehicular access to an underground parking garage.  The Oshawa Accessibility Advisory Committee and Development Services Committee has requested that staff develop accessibility standards for car lifts.  Staff are currently analyzing the issue and draft standards have not been prepared at this time.  The Oshawa Accessibility Design Standards contain standards for standard elevators but not for car lifts.

If you have feedback on either of these items, please contact Stacey no later than Wednesday, October 20, 2021.


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