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East Urban Community Mixed Use Centre Community Design Plan

Overview

The East Urban Community (EUC) Mixed Use Centre is identified in the Official Plan as lands requiring a Community Design Plan (CDP) prior to development. The CDP is intended to implement the policies of the Official Plan to this specific area, as described in Section 2.5.6. This CDP presents an opportunity to guide future development in a way that meets the policy directions with regards to land use, intensification, planned transit infrastructure and employment targets.

The EUC Mixed Use Centre CDP is a landowner initiated project, supported by the City of Ottawa, which started in September 2013 and is expected to take 12-18 months to complete.

CDP Area

  • EUC Mixed Use Centre is an irregularly shaped parcel in south Orleans that straddles Mer Bleue Road, the hydro corridor and the future extension of Brian Coburn Boulevard
  • The mixed use centre is anchored by future rapid transit stations where the Cumberland Transitway will intersect with the extension of Belcourt Boulevard and Mer Bleue Road
  • The CDP study area generally includes the mixed use centre, plus additional industrial lands to the north that could eventually be within walking distance of the future transit stations.

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Study Process

  1. Existing Conditions and Constraints

  • Includes land use policy framework, market study, employment strategy, community resources, environmental features, transportation and infrastructure
  1. Vision, Objectives and Targets

  • Set targets to align with the Official Plan, including employment and housing intensification, housing mix, affordability, greenspace and natural areas, on-site stormwater retention and transit ridership
  1. Concept Plans and Preliminary Design Guidelines

  • The Concept Plan will include land use, building heights and densities, open space structure, transportation systems, and major infrastructure facilities
  • Urban Design Guidelines will address land use structure, landscape elements, open space systems, built form, and streetscapes
  1. Final Community Design Plan

  • Planning Committee and City Council meetings

Public Consultation

  • Public meetings will be held after study process steps 2 and 3 above
  • The CDP will be carried out in collaboration with affected stakeholders, community associations, residents, property owners and businesses
  • Public participation is encouraged throughout the study process – to be added to the project mailing list or to submit comments or requests, please email  cheryl.brouillard@ottawa.ca

Open house #1 - June 26, 2014

Notice of commencement

Integrated Planning Act and Environmental Assessment Act Process

Thursday, June 26, 2014
4 to 8 p.m.
Notre Dame des Champs Community Hall
3659 Navan Road

The integrated Planning Act and Environmental Assessment Act process is being initiated for the East Urban Community Mixed Use Centre Community Design Plan (CDP). The study area generally includes lands in the mixed use centre located north and south of the Hydro Corridor between Mer Bleue Road and Pagé Road, and industrial lands south of the existing commercial uses along Innes Road.

East Urban Community Mixed Use Centre Community Design Plan Study Area

The purpose of the project is to detail the land uses (including the natural heritage system), transportation and servicing infrastructure for these lands.

This first Open House will introduce the project to the public, explain the process and timelines, and obtain community input on existing conditions and a guiding vision for the study area. The Open House will provide the public and interested stakeholders an opportunity to discuss the study with the project team.

A Master Servicing Study (MSS) and Environmental Management Plan (EMP) will be developed with the CDP through a concurrent and integrated Class Environmental Assessment process. The MSS will provide for water, stormwater drainage and sanitary services; the EMP will identify significant natural features to be protected and will establish any required infrastructure and remedial measures for mitigation, rehabilitation and enhancement of the significant natural features. Other studies including a Community Transportation Study will also be undertaken concurrently with this project.

The MSS and EMP will be prepared in accordance with the Planning Act provision of the Municipal Engineers Association Environmental Assessment Process.

A Community Design Plan (CDP) will be prepared to detail land uses and will be implemented through an Official Plan amendment (OPA).

The OPA, MSS and EMP are subject to all normal notice requirements and rights of appeal by any person or public body to the Ontario Municipal Board under the provisions of the Planning Act.

As we heard it 

Open House Display Boards

Comment Sheets

Number of attendees: 38

Transportation
  • Concerned with the proposal to dead-end both Renaud and Page Roads at Navan Road. Concerned these changes would eliminate direct access from Bradley Estates to the Mixed Use Centre and existing retail along Innes Road. Would like the Brian Coburn extension to continue west of Navan Road and connect to Bradley Estates.
  • Concerned with the traffic counts for Navan and Renaud Roads. Would like safe and convenient pedestrian/bicycle access from the East Urban Community- Phase 1 to the commercial area.
  • Concerned with the existing condition of Mer Bleue and Renaud Roads and the traffic associated with construction. Would like the Brian Coburn extension to Page/Navan Roads to be completed sooner rather than later in order to alleviate traffic.
  • Would like a new park and ride in the area in order to alleviate the need to take express bus routes.
Parks and Greenspace
  • Would like some green space to be left; it is the reason a lot of people chose to live in the area.
Commercial
  • Would like a farmer's market or more local store-type area (as opposed to big box stores), similar to Manotick/Merrickville or what they are developing at Lansdowne. This would add personality and create a "town within a town".

Interactive boards

1. Hydro One Corridor

What do you see?

  • Pretty open space that's not being used.
  • Good spot for recreational paths, walkways.
  • Bicycle paths, ponds, paths

Would you change anything? How?

  • Park & Ride x2
2. Retail Along Innes Road

What do you see?

  • The back of big-box retail stores
  • Useful and convenient box stores with ugly backs!
  • Useful and necessary services close by, terrible design, very difficult to walk from place to place.

Would you change anything? How?

  • A short cut for pedestrians from the RTS to store fronts.
  • Add a "small town" area with a market, smaller/local stores, walking-only streets. "A town within a town"Community should be anchored by signature community buildings, not just retail (ex. educational facilities, arena)
  • More walkable, family and community friendly; Make the area into a destination in itself, not only a stop on route to somewhere else (i.e. square with fountain, park)
3. Innes Park Woods & Snowmobiling Trail

What do you see?

  • Trail for snowmobiles

Would you change anything? How?

  • Get rid of it
  • It brings money!
4. Snow Disposal Facility

What do you see?

  • Snow dump
  • Circle by trees

Would you change anything? How?

  • Remove it
  • Plant trees around
5. Existing Conditions (Hydro Corridor, houses, trees)

What do you see?

  • Vacant land
  • Save some farmland, if not, at least a park

Would you change anything? How?

  • Montfort is going there
  • Add a multi-use pathway- connect to old railway track along the northern edge of Mer Bleue Bog
6. Belcourt Boulevard

What do you see?

  • Street that goes nowhere!

Would you change anything? How?

  • Extend Belcourt ASAP and ensure there are proper sidewalks and cross walks, bike lanes so people can get to shopping without cars
  • Roads:
    • upgrade Mer Bleue; Renaud Road
    • extend Brian Coburn now
    • build Belcourt from water tower to Renaud Rd.
    • primary school, secondary French school on Renaud? (timing for upgrades?)
  • Bike lanes

Verbal Comments

  • Concerned with the cut through traffic along Renaud Road.
  • Would like Brian Coburn to be extended west of Navan Road to connect with Renaud Road rather than connecting north to Blackburn Hamlet Bypass.

Open House #2 - October 14, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Real Canadian Superstore, Community Room, 4270 Innes Road
6:30 to 9 p.m.  Workshop begins at 7:30 p.m.

Open House Display Boards

The integrated Planning Act and Environmental Assessment Act process has been initiated for the East Urban Community Mixed Use Centre Community Design Plan (CDP). The study area generally includes lands in the mixed use centre located north and south of the Hydro Corridor between Mer Bleue Road and Pagé Road, and industrial lands south of the existing commercial uses along Innes Road.

The purpose of the project is to detail the land uses (including the natural heritage system), transportation and servicing infrastructure for these lands. A Community Design Plan is being prepared to detail land uses and will be implemented through an Official Plan amendment (OPA).

This second Open House and Workshop will provide an overview of progress to date and present the Existing Conditions Report and the draft preliminary Vision and Objectives of the CDP to the public for feedback. The workshop portion of the event will seek community input on developing preliminary concept plans for the area.

A Master Servicing Study (MSS) and Environmental Management Plan (EMP) are being developed with the CDP through a concurrent and integrated Class Environmental Assessment process. The MSS will provide for water, stormwater drainage and sanitary services; the EMP will identify significant natural features to be protected and will establish any required infrastructure and remedial measures for mitigation, rehabilitation and enhancement of the significant natural features. Other studies including a Community Transportation Study are also being undertaken concurrently with this project.

The MSS and EMP will be prepared in accordance with the Planning Act provision of the Municipal Engineers Association Environmental Assessment Process.

The OPA, MSS and EMP are subject to all normal notice requirements and rights of appeal by any person or public body to the Ontario Municipal Board under the provisions of the Planning Act.

As We Heard It

The second Open House was held on October 14, 2014. The first part of the open house was a drop-in format with display panels showing information on the draft existing conditions report and the draft vision and goals.

The second part of the open house was organized into a workshop format with the purpose being to solicit feedback on the draft vision and goals, and to discuss preliminary land use concept ideas for the study area. Thirteen people attended.

Here is the outcome from the workshop.

Table 1

Facilitators: Julie Carrara (Urban Planner, FOTENN), Cheryl Brouillard (Urban Planner, City of Ottawa), Steve Pichette (Servicing Engineer, DSEL), Chris Ellingwood (Biologist, Niblett Environmental), Phil Castro (Richcraft)
Members of public: representative from Bradley Estates and a resident of Chapel Hill South

Comments on Vision/Goals:
  • Would like vehicular access acknowledged more, particularly in the last sentence of the vision
Concerns:
  • Too much traffic currently
  • Want access to Innes Road (which will be difficult if Page Road is dead-ended)
  • Concerned Brian Coburn will act as a funnel, directing traffic problems to Chapel Hill South
Suggestions/Comments:
  • Do not expand roads, focus on transit instead
  • Recognize that some people need cars, for such means as taking children to day care
  • Do not permit development until infrastructure is in place
  • Orléans should grow like Kanata did
  • Orléans is bigger than just this study area
  • No more retail is needed
  • A grid road system makes sense
  • Make Vanguard a curvy (non-direct) road so that it is less convenient for cut through traffic (direct traffic to Brian Coburn and Innes). Questioned whether Vanguard needs to extend west of Mer Bleue Road.
  • Proposed Land Uses:
  • Employment uses: mental health network, tourism, agri business (sales, manufacturing, distribution), third hotel for Orléans, seniors complex, environmental research centre
  • Community centre with ice rinks and a library
  • Entertainment- places to socialize which complement the Shenkman Arts Centre. Nightclub.
  • Skateboard park (there is already one in Blackburn and one by Highway 417/Jeanne D'Arc)
  • Bike path along hydro corridor or the BRT corridor
  • One central trail through Innes Park Woods. The City will have to do an Environmental Management Plan since the lands are owned by the City
  • Parks are good
  • There are already enough soccer fields in Orléans
  • Tennis centre
  • Off-leash dog park (like the Conroy example)
  • Day care centres
Other Information:

Phil said that a multi-use pathway will be constructed through the southern Urban Natural Feature, crossing a creek and continuing east
The Belcourt crossing over the BRT corridor will be at-grade
The community association representative noted that residents would probably be ok with high rise buildings.

 East Urban Community- Mixed Use Centre- Community Design Plan Second Open House Workshop – Table 1 map

Table 2

Facilitators: Pamela Sweet (Urban Planner, FOTENN), Arman Matti (Transportation Engineer, Castleglenn), Kevin Murphy (Servicing Engineer, DSEL)
Members of the public: two land owners within the study area and an agent for a land owner immediately outside of the study area.

Comments on Vision/Goals:

There were no specific comments on the vision

  • It was suggested that a goal be added that "builds on the Montfort Health Hub"
  • It was suggested that a goal be added which emphasizes linkages to existing communities
  • It was suggested that a goal be added on providing a community facility such as a library or community centre as a focal point.
Suggestions/Comments:
  • It was suggested that two connections be made to the Gib Paterson lands to the west, outside of the study area. There is no available concept plan for the Gib Paterson lands.
  • With the auto dominance and Arterial Mainstreet on Innes, there should be greater consideration in the CDP area for walking and transit.
  • There is a need to establish all of the potential connection points for roads and pathways early on.
  • The extension of Belcourt Boulevard should be a curve so that it does not directly connect through the site. Instead there could be a major connection from Vanguard. This would direct cars to the major connection from Vanguard and keep Belcourt as a main street geared to pedestrians.
  • It was suggested that the study area boundary be changed in the northeast corner as there is a property on the east side of Mer Bleue Road that is partially within the study area and partially outside of the study area.
  • All of the lands in the study area should be considered for the Mixed Use Centre designation.
Proposed Land Uses:
  • Because of the amount of land occupied by the snow disposal facility, higher densities should be focused around the western transit station.
  • A mixed of uses should be proposed at both transit stations.
  • Primarily employment uses should be located between the eastern edge of the snow disposal facility and Mer Bleue Road and in the areas outside of the 600 metre transit ring on the west side of the study area.
  • Retail/commercial is proposed at the north end, along the west side of Mer Bleue Road, and along the curvy Belcourt Boulevard main street.
  • Residential uses and a mix of uses are proposed on the northeast side of the eastern transit station, outside of the 200 metre buffer from the snow disposal facility.
  • Some pedestrian/cycle connections are proposed through the hydro corridor and north-south through the study area, connecting to the retail/commercial along Innes Road.
  • An additional environmental/park area is proposed in the southwest corner, near the permanent stormwater pond.

East Urban Community- Mixed Use Centre- Community Design Plan Second Open House Workshop – Table 2 map

Table 3

Facilitators: Julie Lebrun (Urban Planner, City of Ottawa), Evode Rwagasore (Urban Planner, City of Ottawa), Sarah Button (Urban Planner, FOTENN), Arthur Gordon (Transportation Engineer, Castleglenn), Steve Grandmont (Richcraft)
Members of the public: A landowner from outside of the study area and a representative for a land owner.

Comments on Vision/Goals:

None

Suggestions/Comments:
  • Prioritise cycle and pedestrian connections – these should be direct and quick
  • Begin the design of the alternative concept plans by drawing locations around the study area boundary where connections should occur (only locations, not actual connections)
  • Vanguard should be extended from its current end point, west to Mer Bleue, along the northern boundary of the snow disposal facility, to connect with Belcourt.
  • Vanguard should be a main east-west line
  • Do NOT directly connect Belcourt at the two end points as this cuts through what could be a major residential node west of the snow disposal facility. Instead, create a new north-south road which intersects with Innes in between the BMR and the RioTrin development and has a direct connection to the western BRT station. The part of this new road north of Vanguard would be a major employment corridor whereas south would tend more residential.
  • Three possible routes for "Belcourt connection":
  • Direct from western BRT station to current northern terminus (water tower)
  • Straight up to meet future Vanguard
  • Recommended: slightly to the west to meet future Vanguard. This option allows the greatest amount of "residential" in possible future grid road pattern between there and the snow disposal facility to maximize pedestrian connections from the north to the BRT stations.
Proposed Land Uses:
  • In brief: two employment corridors into the study area – one in the northeast corner and one in the northwest corner. Residential node in the centre. Residential/employment wedge near the eastern BRT station. Library at the western BRT station. South of Brian Coburn, mainly residential with some commercial along Brian Coburn, and some employment uses at the BRT stations. Employment/commercial around the snow disposal facility. New storm pond (expanded) with parkland buffer into residential and parkland buffer from Innes Park Woods into residential as well.
  • Multi-use pathway along the hydro corridor
  • Pedestrian connections through Innes Park Woods, a parkland buffer to the south of Innes Park Woods, and then higher density residential along Vanguard with some smaller commercial uses.
  • Vanguard should bend south after the snow disposal facility to allow for enough space for this development north of the roadway.
  • Employment and commercial uses within the snow disposal facility buffer.
  • Maintain the 'temporary' stormwater pond and develop employment towers around it. Keep it as a node.
  • Have employment lands in the northeast corner of the study area, north of the Montfort Lands. Vanguard would bisect that area as a main road. Pedestrian connections from existing development south of this area into the study area via the multi-use pathway in the hydro corridor.
  • Existing stormwater pond should be extended to provide additional parkland/water feature. The lowest residential densities should be in this area, with higher densities as you move away, near the main roads.
  • A new Community Centre on the proposed north-south road to Innes, south of the Vanguard extension, which has direct pedestrian/cycling connections to green space and to the western BRT station.
  • A new library could provide an anchor at the western BRT station, with some high density residential. This would support two schools in the area and civic uses.
  • The intersection of Brian Coburn and Belcourt should have employment/commercial on the two south corners. Proceeding to the east along the Brian Coburn extension, there should be pedestrian connections between the subdivision to the south and Brian Coburn. The land use in this area should be mainly residential with some commercial along Brian Coburn. The land adjacent to Mer Bleue, south of Brian Coburn, should all be commercial.
  • The wedge-shaped block, bound by Mer Bleue to the east, the BRT corridor to the north and the Brian Coburn extension to the south, is bisected by the snow disposal facility buffer and is located within 600m walking radius to the eastern BRT station. Populate this area with high-density residential above employment uses, with some commercial along Mer Bleue. Have employment uses along BRT corridor inside the snow disposal facility buffer.
Other Information:

With regards to the marked up plan, where dotted lines have "P" that indicates pedestrian/cyclist connection. Solid lines (generally) represent major roadways. Minor road network would be determined later. Dotted lines that cross the study area boundary show connection locations. Blue circles with 'E' show employment uses.  

East Urban Community- Mixed Use Centre- Community Design Plan Second Open House Workshop – Table 3 map

Contact

Public consultation is an important part of the process. We are interested in hearing your comments and feedback. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this project or have comments or requests, please contact the Project Lead:

Robin van de Lande, Planner II
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor
Ottawa ON K1P 1J1
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 43011
Email: robin.vandelande@ottawa.ca
Julie Carrara, MCIP, RPP
Planner
FOTENN Consultants Inc.
223 McLeod Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 0Z8
Tel.: 613-730-5709, ext. 226
Email: carrara@fotenn.com