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Thursday, January 21, 2016

January, 2016 Planning and Development E-Newsletter

Thank you  

Michael Mizzi, Acting General Manager of the Planning and Growth Management Department

In 2015, the Planning and Growth Management Department was involved in the approval of many exciting renewal and growth projects that helped to advance the city building agenda, including Rideau/Arts Precinct Public Realm Plan and the Former Canadian Forces Base Rockcliffe. Last summer, Council updated its Strategic Plan and approved over 60 strategic initiatives, and Planning Committee approved a term of Council workplan for our department for matters under its purview.

Standing committees and Council will undoubtedly have some tough decisions before them in 2016. Your input on a project not only helps to shape a proposal, but also assists decision makers and results in better city planning. I would like to thank those of you who participated in a public consultation or helped improve the department's outreach in 2015. I hope that you continue to stay involved in the projects that affect your community in the coming year.

This year, the department will continue to provide residents with opportunities to learn more about planning, for instance, through a primer or wildlife session. The department continues to promote a variety of modern communication tools including project web pages, videos and social media feeds. I am pleased to announce that the City's most watched video of all time was produced by department staff in 2015. If you have not done so already, I encourage you to watch the Minimum Parking Review video.

I am pleased that this e-newsletter, also introduced in 2015, continues to gain subscribers. The goal of the newsletter is to provide readers with an ongoing source of information about the City's planning projects and upcoming public consultations. In closing, I would like to recognize the ongoing efforts made by staff to engage the public. My hope is that we continue to maintain strong lines of communication in 2016.

Planning Committee 2015: A year in review

Councillor Jan Harder, Chair of Planning Committee

With the promise of a new year ahead of us, I would like to take a moment as Chair of the City of Ottawa's Planning Committee to reflect on 2015 and to look back on what we've accomplished together. Some of this year's success can be directly attributed to Planning and Growth Management Department's continued encouragement of developers to consult and work collaboratively with community associations, residents, Councillors and the City's Urban Design Review Panel. The Department has striven to improve external communications, developing simple, clear public documents about proposed projects to better engage the public.

After extensive study and public consultation, the Zoning By-law now recognizes existing small businesses in a residential zone and also permits new small businesses to operate – all of which is beneficial to the small businesses that drive Ottawa's economy. Communities are also being shaped by new rules put in place to guide low-rise infill residential development within the Greenbelt. These rules will guide the largest development within Ottawa's Greenbelt since amalgamation, where about 5,300 residences are to be built in a new community at the former Rockcliffe Air Base.

Some noteworty projects saw progress in 2015:
·        The Innovation Centre project will see the redevelopment of the long-vacant Workshops building at 7 Bayview Road, The building was also granted heritage status earlier this year.
·        The South Keys Shopping Centre will be redeveloped as outlined in the Bank Street Community Design Plan (CDP).
·        A CDP for Stittsville Main Street was developed to allow for the preservation of that community's character while still achieving City intensification targets.
·        The City updated its protocol for wildlife protection in 2015 as well to reduce the impacts of construction on wildlife.
·        At 400 Albert Street, a major developer has expressed interest in building near the Confederation Line, continuing the emphasis on transit-oriented development.
·        The Oblates lands at 175 Main Street were re-zoned to allow for the development of 916 new homes in a project guided by the Old Ottawa East CDP.
·        Rideau Street will continue to be developed as part of the growing Ottawa downtown, a project that will be guided by the updated the CDP for Uptown Rideau.
·        We moved into fast forward mode with Building Better Smarter Suburbs and aligned that work with the very important Infrastructure Standards Review.
I would like to take this opportunity to offer my heartfelt thanks to City staff and to my fellow committee members for their continued hard work in achieving all of these successes, along with many others there is not room to highlight here. The work we do together is ensuring a strong foundation for the future of our beautiful capital city.

Fitting in coach houses in residential communities

picture of coach houseLast year, 436 residents responded to the questionnaire about allowing coach house dwellings to be built around the city. We thank everyone who took the time to answer our questions.

By the end of January, we will release a second discussion paper. In it, readers will find five guiding principles that describe the appropriate conditions for permitting coach houses to be built and the draft recommendations for new Official Plan policies and Zoning By-law regulations.

Stay tuned! You can find out more at ottawa.ca/coachhouses later this month. 

Deadline to apply for streetside spots approaching

Local businesses and community organizations have until 5 p.m. on February 15 to apply for the Streetside Spots pilot program.

Streetside spots are small outdoor spaces created by temporarily repurposing and converting on-street parking spaces into creative places where people can connect on the street. Typically, these spaces serve as restaurant patios or vending stalls for local retailers, but they can also be parklets that are open to everyone as a public space, and they can be initiated by local retailers or by neighbourhood organizations.

The City will grant up to 25 permits to allow on-street parking spaces to be converted to one of three forms:
·        Streetside parklet – a public space that may contain seating, shading, bike parking or a games table
·        Streetside patio – a private space reserved for patrons of a café or restaurant that does not have an existing patio
·        Streetside vending stall – an outdoor business space for the sale of merchandise 

The City will be granting permits for the spring-to-fall season of 2016. For more details about the Streetside Spots pilot, including applications and eligibility and design criteria, visit ottawa.ca/streetsidespots or call 3-1-1.

Mer Bleue Expansion Area Community Design Plan

When the Official Plan was reviewed in 2009, City Council and the Ontario Municipal Board approved a number of urban expansion areas to support the population projected in 2031. The Mer Bleue Expansion Area was one such area.

What are some of the goals of the Mer Bleue Expansion Area CDP?
·        Illustrate the arrangement for various land uses and transportation corridors
·        Establish a guide for future public works projects to support the movement and connectivity of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists within the study area and the wider community
The CDP is being prepared in collaboration with interested stakeholders including community organizations, residents, property owners and businesses. Public participation is encouraged throughout the process to develop a vision and plan which reflects and balances the desires of the stakeholders.

For more information, contact:

Taavi Siitam, Planner, MCIP, RPP
Planning and Growth Management Department
tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 27788
Email: taavi.siitam@ottawa.ca


Have your say! Public engagement opportunities

Flood plain mapping – phase 1

The City of Ottawa partnered with the three Conservation Authorities in the city to update the flood plain mapping in the Official Plan and Zoning By-law..

Mapping is based on the most accurate information available regarding the elevation of lands adjacent to watercourses and helps determine where development can occur.

A detailed map showing the current and proposed boundaries of the flood plain overlay in the Zoning By-law is now available and individual properties are searchable.

The proposed boundaries for the flood plain will be presented in a report to Planning Committee, Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and City Council in April 2016.

For more information contact:

Carol Ruddy, Planner II
Planning and Growth Management Department
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 28457
Email: carol.ruddy@ottawa.ca

Permanent signs of all kinds 

The City is reviewing the Permanent Signs on Private Property By-law 2005-439.

Permanent signs identify buildings or properties, provide information on occupants or services offered at particular locations, advertise goods or services, or provide directional information.

The current By-law dates back to 2005 when the sign by-laws of the eleven pre-amalgamation municipalities, townships and villages that comprise the new City of Ottawa were consolidated.

Although there have been tweaks and technical amendments to the By-law since then, it is now time to take a broader view to make sure that signs in Ottawa meet key objectives for signage and that the By-law reflects emerging technologies and trends.

For more information, contact:

Sarah Newell, Project Coordinator
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext.12448
Email: sarah.newell@ottawa.ca

What's trending

How engaged are you?

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Please take a few minutes to write to planning@ottawa.ca and let us know how we can help residents understand the planning process, get involved and see the impact of their contributions in planning matters.


Postponed open house

Please note that the South Urban Community Water Upgrades open house that was scheduled for January 28, 2016 has been postponed to April 2016. Residents in the immediate vicinity of the project will received further information at a later date.

For more information contact:

tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 25095