Multi-Storey Affordable Housing at 681 Monaghan Road

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What's happening?

A new multi-storey affordable housing development is proposed to be built at 681 Monaghan Rd. The property location is between Gillespie Avenue and McKellar Street on the west side of Monaghan Road.

Preliminary plans are for a 42,328 square foot building up to 6 stories high that would include 53 units including 37 one-bedroom, 11 two-bedroom and 5 three-bedroom units with amenity space and utilities on the ground floor. The site plan design proposes to align the building to front Monaghan Road with the relocation of a driveway entry off McKellar Street and new driveway entry off Gillespie Avenue. The property will have 29 parking spaces including 4 accessible spaces. There will be landscape buffers on either side.

The project is in the preliminary design stage and has undertaken initial compliance reviews in regard to zoning and planning requirements. A shadow study has been completed to measure the impact of the height of the building on the amount of sunlight neighboring properties receive.

The design and construction documentation will be designed to comply with Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) requirements, and as such, exceed the minimum threshold required for accessibility and energy efficiency. The City is planning to apply for funding through the CMHC Rapid Housing Initiatives round 3 with the project schedule set up to meet the funding requirements timeline. It is anticipated that construction on site would begin in July 2023 and be completed in mid-2024. The overall project is contingent on funding applications.

How can you be heard?

As part of the project process, feedback from the community was collected to ensure the project is meeting the community's needs. The Questions section is now closed but the results of the Q&A process can be found at the bottom of this page. We value your feedback, and though we will review and consider all input we receive, changes to the project based on community input will only be made where deemed feasible by the project team.

Drop-in Session

A drop-in session was held on February 7, 2023 to learn more about the multi-storey affordable housing project at 681 Monaghan Rd. The displays boards presented with preliminary site plan, floor and unit plans as well as the render are available in the document section of this page.

* Design rendering prepared by Lett Architects - view from Monaghan Road.

What's happening?

A new multi-storey affordable housing development is proposed to be built at 681 Monaghan Rd. The property location is between Gillespie Avenue and McKellar Street on the west side of Monaghan Road.

Preliminary plans are for a 42,328 square foot building up to 6 stories high that would include 53 units including 37 one-bedroom, 11 two-bedroom and 5 three-bedroom units with amenity space and utilities on the ground floor. The site plan design proposes to align the building to front Monaghan Road with the relocation of a driveway entry off McKellar Street and new driveway entry off Gillespie Avenue. The property will have 29 parking spaces including 4 accessible spaces. There will be landscape buffers on either side.

The project is in the preliminary design stage and has undertaken initial compliance reviews in regard to zoning and planning requirements. A shadow study has been completed to measure the impact of the height of the building on the amount of sunlight neighboring properties receive.

The design and construction documentation will be designed to comply with Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) requirements, and as such, exceed the minimum threshold required for accessibility and energy efficiency. The City is planning to apply for funding through the CMHC Rapid Housing Initiatives round 3 with the project schedule set up to meet the funding requirements timeline. It is anticipated that construction on site would begin in July 2023 and be completed in mid-2024. The overall project is contingent on funding applications.

How can you be heard?

As part of the project process, feedback from the community was collected to ensure the project is meeting the community's needs. The Questions section is now closed but the results of the Q&A process can be found at the bottom of this page. We value your feedback, and though we will review and consider all input we receive, changes to the project based on community input will only be made where deemed feasible by the project team.

Drop-in Session

A drop-in session was held on February 7, 2023 to learn more about the multi-storey affordable housing project at 681 Monaghan Rd. The displays boards presented with preliminary site plan, floor and unit plans as well as the render are available in the document section of this page.

* Design rendering prepared by Lett Architects - view from Monaghan Road.

The question period for this project has concluded.

Please review the Q&A on the Multi-Storey Affordable House located 681 Monaghan Road.


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    I was out of town for the meeting so unfortunately could not attend to show my support for this project. This is an ideal location for such a development, my only criticism is that there is so much of the property dedicated to parking. As this is affordable housing in an area with ample access to transit, bike lanes etc, I'd rather see more of the property dedicated to housing. Overall great project and very excited to see it come to the neighborhood. Don't let the nimby's alter the course of this new project. Please push forward.

    Abushell asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. The City of Peterborough is committed to increase the number of affordable housing units throughout the entire boundary limits. The property being located in within the parameters of the policy for the Mid-Rise Residential outlined in the 2021 Official Plan which permits a 6 Storey high building and as such provide 53 net new affordable units.

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    Can the sewage system in the south end handle the sewage from 53 units? 27 parking spots for 53 units? Where will the residents park who don't have parking spots? I can see there will be an issue with residents parking in the Kenner parking lot if there are not enough parking spots for tenants - or parking on the roads which is already a problem in the south end? What about the houses on the streets behind the proposed building? They will have no privacy at all. And, there's the question of having sunlight blocked. I cannot believe the City is even considering this location for this size building - maybe 3 floors max. The south end is an established older home community with lots of trees and wartime housing, and low level apartment buildings. Throwing a building like this right in the middle will be a huge eyesore.

    South Ender asked 11 months ago

    Through the process of preparing a Site Plan Application, several reports are being completed as part of due diligence. Reports specific to your question will be:  functional service report, storm water management report and shadow study. The parking ratio provided on this project is in line and typical of other affordable housing developments. The property is located in within the parameters of the policy for the Mid-Rise Residential outlined in the 2021 Official Plan.

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    I would like to add input into this project before it starts. I think it is too expensive and we can save more money building it..

    Jen Sipila asked 11 months ago

    Please join us on February 07, 2023 between 5:30pm and 7:30pm at the Healthy Planet Arena Banquet Hall for the drop-in meeting. We look forward for your input.

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    Is there any idea what rent will be? And, can you apply now for an apartment now?

    Melissa72 asked 11 months ago

    Rents will be at 80% of Average Market Rent, and households will be offered a Canada-Ontario Housing Benefit (COHB) to help them pay their rent. The COHB can help bridge the gap between 80% of Average Market Rent and 30% of their monthly income, or maximum shelter allowance, whichever applies. 

    In 2022, 80% of Average Market Rent for a one bedroom apartment was $839. The amount of assistance provided through the COHB will vary based on household income. Community members will be able to apply for the waiting list for these units through Housing Access Peterborough at the City of Peterborough Social Services office. The City will communicate when the waiting list is open for applications.

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    Just dropping a note here to say how pleased I am to learn about this project. Affordable housing is urgently needed and I strongly support the project.

    aepasek asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. The City of Peterborough is committed to increase the number of affordable housing units. 

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    Why doesn’t peterborough (like many other communities) have a homelessness priority for its RGI and affordable housing units?

    Works in the field asked 11 months ago

    The majority of vacancies that are filled in the City of Peterborough are filled by households who have Special Priority status on the waiting list, which is a provincially-mandated requirement for Rent-Geared to Income housing. If we had a priority for homelessness on the waiting list, households with that priority would only be offered a unit after all Special Priority Policy applicants had refused.

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    Hello. I note that the property is not zoned for this use. Please explain why the property is not being subject to a Zoning By-law Amendment. Additionally, Planning staff have advised that the site plan approval process takes approximately 8 months from start to finish. If that is the case, how can construction be anticipated to start this July? Thank you

    Brian Buchardt asked 11 months ago

    The City, through its Comprehensive Zoning By-law, 1997-123 intends to use the provision of Section 6.1, that states “None of the provisions of this by-law shall apply to prevent the use of any land or the erection, alteration or use of any building or part thereof for the lawful purposes of The Corporation of The City of Peterborough or The Peterborough Utilities Commission”. 

    With the use of Section 6.1 of the zoning by-law the project can proceed to pursue Site Plan Approval. The project will be subject to the full requirements of Municipal standards through the process of Site Plan Approval. The Pre-consultation for Site Plan Application has been completed and City staff are committed to ensuring the project meets the approval timelines to be able to be successful for current funding opportunities.

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