Residents are invited to participate in the development of this Community Design Plan in the Barrhaven South Urban Expansion Area.
The purpose of the Community Design Plan (CDP) is to guide the future land use, urban design and infrastructure of the CDP area, while fulfilling policy directions established in the City's Official Plan. The CDP lands are generally undeveloped with some of the lands used for agricultural uses and mineral resource extraction.
In 2016, three open house events are planned. One public meeting will occur when the CDP and Official Plan Amendment are presented to Planning Committee in 2017.
Landowners within the Barrhaven South Urban Expansion Study Area have initiated a Community Design Plan (CDP) study as required by Section 3.11, and as described in Section 2.5.6 of the City of Ottawa Official Plan. The development of this CDP will be led by the FOTENN Planning + Design, acting on behalf of the participating landowners / developers. As part of their duties, FOTENN will oversee a consortium of consultants to complete several supporting studies to inform the development of the CDP.
The City of Ottawa's role is to interact with the consulting team and coordinate meetings with city departments, agencies and residents. The Planning and Growth Management Department staff will provide guidance to ensure that the CDP and study process complies with City policies, procedures and other related guidelines.
The Expansion Area boundaries were established by the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) as part of the 2009 Official Plan review to accommodate projected future population growth in the community. Section 3.11 of the Official Plan requires a comprehensive study, in this case, in the form of a CDP prior to bringing expansion lands into the urban area.
The CDP process will be integrated with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process. EA approval for Phases 1 and 2 is required for municipal infrastructure such as water, sanitary and storm sewers, roads and transit. The integrated process allows approvals, reviews and public consultations to be co-ordinated and to meet the requirements of the EA Act and of the Planning Act.
The CDP study area aligns with the Urban Expansion Study Area (UESA) designation on Schedule B - Urban Policy of the Official Plan.
The area is approximately 122 hectares in size. The area is irregularly shaped and generally is located east of Cedarview Road, north of Barnsdale Road, south of the urban area, and west of Greenbank Road.
Factors such as transportation, watershed boundaries, and servicing on adjacent lands require supporting studies that look well beyond the boundaries of the UESA.
The process will be a collaborative undertaking with area residents, area community association members, and key property owners to explore, develop and recommend a vision and design concept to guide private development and public works projects over the next 20 years. School boards and other government agencies will also be consulted throughout the process.
Stage 1: Study commencement and presentation of Existing Conditions
- Field studies, inventories, assessments, investigations and desktop reviews will provide information on existing conditions relative to the biological and physical natural environment (natural heritage, flora, fauna, drainage and hydrology, geology, etc.), municipal land use planning and servicing and transportation infrastructure .
The existing conditions, together with the study's preliminary guiding principles and the study process, will be presented to the general public at Open House #1.
Stage 2: Establish development opportunities and constraints and establish CDP Vision, Objectives, and Targets
- Existing Conditions Reports will be prepared by the consultant team and reviewed by City staff and other commenting agencies. The approval of the Existing Condition Reports will culminate in establishing constraints mapping and development opportunities to guide the future development of conceptual land use plans for the CDP study area. An Environmental Management Plan, consolidating the natural heritage conditions, will be developed and approved as part of this process.
- Set targets to align with the Official Plan, including housing intensification, housing mix and affordability, other non-residential uses including employment opportunities, schools and parks, greenspace and natural areas, on-site stormwater management and transit ridership.
Stage 3: Concept Plan Development, Preliminary Design Guidelines, and Preparation of the Draft CDP
- Open House #2 will be held in the form of a public workshop to present the development constraints and opportunities, as well as the preliminary land use concepts and the basis for their selection. The public's input on and /or confirmation of the Vision, Objectives and Targets for the CDP will be sought.
- Each Concept Plan will identify land use, building heights and densities, open space network (woodlots, recreation pathways, parks and schools), transportation systems, and major infrastructure facilities.
- Urban Design Guidelines will address land use structure, landscape elements, open space systems, built form, and streetscapes.
- Concept plans and urban design guidelines will be in keeping with the City's Building Better and Smarter Suburbs: Strategic Directions and Action Plan (BBSS) Building Better Smarter Suburbs; with the City's initiative for Complete Streets; and will investigate the feasibility of employing other City initiatives such as Low Impact Development.
- Additional Land Use Concept Plans may be developed / refined during the public workshop at Open House #2.
- Alternative Land Use Concepts and infrastructure facilities will be evaluated and a preliminary preferred concept will be selected as Draft Final Land Use Concept Plan.
- Draft the CDP, Master Servicing Plan and Community Transportation Study and begin processing the Official Plan Amendment.
- Draft an Area Parks Plan taking into account the entire study area for parks and pathway location and integration, parks design and programming needs. The Area Parks Plan includes Facility Fit Plans for each park represented in the draft Final Land Use Concept Plan.
Stage 4: Final Community Design Plan
- Open House #3 will present the Preferred Concept Plan and associated preliminary servicing and transportation infrastructure plans and supporting material for parks and open space, etc.
- Finalize all supporting studies.
- CDP, Official Plan Amendment and Master Plans to Planning Committee and City Council.
- Appeal periods for Official Plan Amendment and Environmental Assessment to coincide.
City Staff anticipate that final recommendations will be presented to Planning Committee and City Council for approval, including a CDP document and Official Plan Amendment, in spring 2017.