Reference Notes
2. Quantitative Guidelines: For each seniors' residential development containing more than either, 20 residents or 20 dwelling units, 2.0m2 (21 sq.ft.) of common outdoor amenity space shall be provided at ground level for either, each resident or each dwelling unit, but in no instance shall any seniors' residential development have less than 40m2 (430 sq.ft.) of amenity area. 3. Qualitative Guidelines: Close proximity and visual and physical access to interior common room for easy access, safety and security is to be provided; Where appropriate, amenity areas are to be provided adjacent to a street (if not adjacent to major road) for viewing of street activities within reasonable noise levels and natural surveillance of amenity area; A balance of sun and shade and shelter from the wind in the amenity area is to be provided; Amenity areas are to be located away from loading or service areas of the building; Barrier-free walkway connection to the building entrance is to be provided; A variety of seating arrangements and activities in the amenity area is to be provided; Adequate site lighting is to be provided; A usable configuration of required open space for the amenity area is to be provided; A defined pedestrian access to amenity area is to be provided to promote safety from vehicular traffic.

The Standards For Senior's Amenity Areas have been established in order to ensure that there is adequate provision in senior's residential housing development proposals for senior's outdoor amenity areas. This reference note is organized as a set of quantitative and qualitative guidelines. 1. Definitions: Seniors' residential development is defined as a Nursing Home, Home for the Aged, Retirement House, Retirement Dwelling Unit or Assisted Seniors' Residence as set out in By-law Number 705-89; For purposes of this reference note, a seniors' outdoor amenity area is defined as an outdoor seating or activity area for socialization at ground level. It could include tables for games or provisions for other sports such as horse shoes or shuffleboard.

For additional information please contact the City of Mississauga Planning and Building Department, Design Team, 11th floor, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, Ontario 896 - 5522
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