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Kim Arnott

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Kim Arnott is a graduate of McMaster University and Sheridan College’s journalism program, her reporting has appeared in dozens of daily and community newspapers, magazines and specialty publications over the last two decades.

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A developer is taking a second shot at convincing town council to allow a new hotel in the Dorval Crossing commercial area.

A seven-storey Avid Hotel is proposed for the south side of North Service Road West, immediately west of the Kerr Street QEW off-ramp.

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In October 2018, town council deferred a request from Empress Capital Group for official plan and zoning changes to allow the 114-room hotel, mainly due to concerns over insufficient on-site parking.

The developer is proposing only 95 parking spots, down from the 134 required by town rules.

Councillors expressed concern that too few on-site parking spots would lead hotel guests and staff to park in the lots of nearby commercial businesses.

The project was put on hold, with the developer directed to seek an agreement with adjacent businesses to allow shared parking and property access.

The hotel proposal is back for consideration by the town’s planning and development council on July 6 at 6:30 pm.

While a parking and access agreement has not been reached, town planning staff is recommending that the hotel be permitted.

In a report, town staff say the developer has made minor modifications to the plan and commissioned an additional parking survey to justify the request for reduced parking requirements.

That survey looked at the parking demand at the Fairfield Inn and the Hilton Garden Inn during August and September, Oakville’s two busiest months for hotel occupancy.

“Both sites feature shared parking lots that serve overnight guests, hotel staff, and conference visitors, all of which are included in the surveyed parking rate,” says the staff report.

The parking survey found that “the average parking rate across the two hotels at 100 per cent assumed occupancy was 0.80, meaning 0.8 parking spaces were used per occupied room at peak parking demand.”

Applying that rate to the 114 rooms proposed for the Avid Hotel suggests a demand of 92 spaces, the report notes.

Proposed to have a gross floor area of 5,146 square metres, the new hotel would include such guest amenities as a lobby, fitness centre, breakfast area, outdoor patio, indoor pool and meeting facilities.

It will not have any rentable conference space or public use areas that would generate additional parking demand, adds the report from planning staff.

The Avid Hotel brand is a budget offering from the Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), which operates Regent, Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites and other properties. Introduced to Canada in 2018, IHG says the property will offer rooms at a price point 10-15 per cent lower than Holiday Inn Express properties.

The applicant has suggested the hotel will create about 25 full-time jobs and bring new customers to the Dorval Crossing commercial area.

Its 2018 development application also touts the potential of a new hotel to contribute to Oakville’s tourism potential.

Documents related to the application can be found here.

The planning and development meeting will be live-streamed and can be watched here. There will be an opportunity for public comment on the proposal.

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