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Old Posted Feb 10, 2021, 10:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Doady View Post
Oakville is one of the better-planned suburbs, incorporating many New Urbanist principles, thinking a lot ahead, a strong and cohesive top-down approach, but it's nice to see some individualism and bottom-up approach to design as well, which is also lacking in suburbs.
I think that having larger lots to work with does give more flexibility in designs/lay-outs. When all you had to work with is a 30-45 ft wide lot like with a lot of North Toronto/Willowdale, you're more likely to just build the house to the minimum setback lines and max height and end up with a bunch of boxes that try to look like they're not boxes. Having the zoning allow different ways to achieve the maximum square footage on a standard lot size could lead to more varied designs. Toronto would probably also benefit from combining lots to allow side-loaded parking so that the street frontage isn't as garage dominated.
Side-loaded parking in Montreal:
https://www.google.ca/maps/@45.50029...7i16384!8i8192
Or you could have stuff like in Seattle:
https://www.google.ca/maps/@47.67164...7i16384!8i8192
Vs Fully front-loaded parking in Toronto:
https://www.google.ca/maps/@43.72454...7i16384!8i8192
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