We are getting more and more applications for mixed use developments. Usually, based on the demographics of the town, these are aimed at retirees so include apartments/townhouses and commercial uses such as convenience stores, drug stores, doctors offices, restaurants (where residents may get some or all of their meals) hairdressers/barbers....
As part of our strategy and by-law review we are looking at allowing these through development agreement (a contract between the Town and the developer) in commercial and residential designations.
The question which has been raised is how to limit the amount of commercial space in mixed use developments in residential areas, where, ideally we woud prefer more residential and only a little commercial. ....a certain square footage per unit?? if so how much?