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Kanata North Community Design Plan

Overview

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 Kanata North Urban Expansion Area is one such area. Before the lands can be developed as part of the urban area, a comprehensive study is required in the form of a Community Design Plan (CDP). The CDP implements the policies of the Official Plan to the specific area and will be the result of the collected efforts of the stakeholders. General information regarding a CDP may be found in Section 2.5.6 of the Official Plan.

The CDP process will be integrated with the Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process. EA approval 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. Requirements of both the Environmental Assessment Act and the Planning Act will be satisfied.

The Planning and Growth Management Department began working with the consultant representing the major landowners in May 2013.

Goals

  • Create a plan which will implement the Official Plan policies
  • Illustrate the arrangements for all types of land uses and transportation corridors
  • Provide a land use summary table that sets out land areas, number of units, jobs and densities as well as phasing
  • Direct the area's design and land use policies to create an appropriate transition between the existing communities and the new development
  • Establish a comprehensive framework to manage future development in the study area
  • 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

Community Design Plan Area

  • CDP area is irregularly shaped, extending along both sides of March Road from the existing urban area of Kanata and excludes existing subdivisions. It is generally bounded by Old Carp Road, Murphy Court, Nadia Court and the rail corridor (Figure 1)
  • The Study Area for various supporting studies to the CDP extends into the urban and rural areas beyond the limits of the CDP Area to provide for a more comprehensive analysis of the influences in the CDP

Map [ PDF 73 KB ]

Figure 1-CDP area extends along both sides of March Road from the existing urban area of Kanata. It is generally bounded by Old Carp Road, Murphy Court, Nadia Court and the rail corridor. The existing subdivisions are excluded.

Study Process

Stage 1-Existing Conditions

  1. Inventory existing conditions
  2. Identify opportunities and constraints
  3. Develop guiding principles and design framework
  4. Develop and select alternative solutions for servicing and transportation
  5. Public Meeting/Open House #1: provide information and solicit public input

Stage 2-Develop Planning and Design Options

  1. Develop servicing and transportation alternatives based on technical studies and fieldwork
  2. Develop alternative land use concepts
  3. Public meeting/Open House #2: present draft land use concepts, gather stakeholder feedback and solicit public input

Stage 3-Preparation of CDP

  1. Based on feedback, refine technical studies as required
  2. Draft CDP, Master Servicing Plan, Master Transportation Plan and Environmental Management Plan. Include land use plan, built form policies, design guidelines and phasing strategy
  3. Begin processing Official Plan Amendment
  4. Public meeting/Open House #3-present preferred land use concept, servicing and transportation designs, draft studies and solicit public input
  5. Finalize CDP and Master Plans

Stage 4-Implementation

  1. Public meeting #4-present CDP, Official Plan Amendment and Master Plans to Planning Committee
  2. Appeal periods for Official Plan Amendment and Environmental Assessment to coincide

Public Consultation

The preparation of the CDP will be carried out in collaboration with affected stakeholders in the area 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.

A minimum of three public meetings/open houses will be held during the study. One public meeting will occur when the CDP and Official Plan amendment is presented to Planning Committee. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this project or have comments or requests, you may contact us at any time by email: kanatacdp-pcc@ottawa.ca.

Community Meeting #1/Notice of Commencement - June 26, 2013

Wednesday June 26, 2013, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
St. John's Anglican Church, 325 Sandhill Road

Approximately 90 members of the public attended the first open house which provided the opportunity to meet with City Staff and the consulting team working behalf of the major landowners and review the existing conditions and background information. After introductory remarks by Councillors Wilkinson and El-Chantiry, presentations were given by City Staff outlining the Community Design Plan and parallel Environmental Assessment process. The consultant then reviewed the work completed to date. This was followed by a question and answer period.

When the City's 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 Kanata North Urban Expansion Area is one such area. Before its development, a comprehensive study is required in the form of a Community Design Plan (CDP). The CDP implements the policies of the Official Plan in the specific area and will result from the collective efforts of the stakeholders.

The integrated Planning Act and Environmental Assessment Act process is being initiated for the Kanata North Community Design Plan. The study area is shown on the attached map.

The purpose of the project is to detail the land uses, including the natural heritage system, transportation and servicing infrastructure for the expansion to the community north of Kanata.

Map [ 73 KB ]

The following plans will be developed through three concurrent and integrated Class Environmental Assessment Studies / Master Plans:

  • An Environmental Management Plan (EMP) will identify significant natural features to be protected and will establish the required infrastructure and remedial measures for mitigation, rehabilitation and enhancement of the significant natural features.
  • A Transportation Master Plan (TMP) will provide for a comprehensive transportation network
  • A Master Servicing Study (MSS) will provide for water, storm drainage and sanitary services

The EMP, TMP and MSS 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, EMP, TMP, and MSS 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.

The first Open House will present the study process and schedule, guiding principles, background information, and preliminary design alternatives and will provide the public and interested stakeholders an opportunity to discuss the study with the project team.

Open House Display Boards

Public consultation is an important part of the process. We are interested in hearing your comments and feedback. 

Summary of comments

Responses to specific questions on comment sheets

Guiding principles of the CDP respond to the policies of the Official Plan. When asked to rank the guiding principles presented from most to least important, the result was as follows:

  1. Respect existing adjacent community and neighbourhood
  2. Create an environmentally sustainable community that respects existing significant natural heritage features
  3. Provide for a connected network of community facilities including parks, schools, walkways and open spaces
  4. Promote a development pattern that encourages walking, cycling, and transit over automobile use
  5. Ensure timely and efficient phasing of future infrastructure
  6. Provide an efficient transportation system that accommodates all modes of transportation and integrates these systems with the land uses
  7. Create distinct liveable neighbourhoods within Kanata North
  8. Provide an opportunity for a mix of residential housing types and densities

The evaluation criteria will be used as a basis of evaluating alternatives as they are developed and considers the biological conditions, social conditions, geotechnical conditions and transportation and infrastructure. When asked to rank the most important considerations in each of these areas, the impact on wildlife/woodlots, noise, groundwater and the integration of the transportation and infrastructure network were identified as the most important.

Consolidation of General Comments received from Open House, comment sheets and e-mails

A general and recurring comment provided was that the CDP create the framework for a liveable community that will be walkable, have appropriate tree cover and provide for a transition between pathways and roads. Consideration is to be given to developing a community which will be interesting and unique, rather than continuing the existing type of community development.

Providing for an appropriate transition between the new and existing development was consistently raised as a concern. Further, comments were made that the proposed density and housing type abutting existing development is to be appropriate to the existing density and housing. It was suggested that large buffers, fencing and the retention of existing trees be used to minimize the impact of the new development. The height of the new development as it impacts the existing development is to be considered as it relates to privacy and sun shadow effects.

The appropriate placement of proposed non-residential uses such as commercial areas and the park and ride are to be considered and be located away from existing or proposed residential development. It was suggested that lower density development be considered at the perimeter of the CDP area, gradually increasing in density as it approaches the core(s) of the CDP area. If March Road is to be the core, it would be the appropriate location for multiple unit dwellings and commercial development.

Residents also expressed concerns with the provision of services within the CDP area. A wide range of new commercial development should be considered in order to provide services and employment opportunities to the existing and new residents. It was suggested that the use of the railway line be investigated as an amenity to the community. Many recommended the early discussion with the school boards to identify the location and timely development of schools. Schools, parks and other community spaces are to be the appropriate size.
The protection of the natural environment and avoiding the disturbance of habitats and wildlife corridors, topography, watercourse, aquifers and drainage patterns were identified as concerns and as much as possible, the natural environment be integrated into the development. Design criteria should be implemented which will minimize light pollution.

The protection of existing on-site services of the abutting developments is to be considered before, during and after development. Traffic signals are to be installed at high traffic areas. The new infrastructure should be designed to allow for the existing homes easily connect to them, if appropriate.

Next Steps

Over the next few months, the consulting team will be working on the technical studies to support the CDP and develop servicing and transportation alternatives. The technical advisory committee will be working with the consulting team as these progress. Both the technical and public advisory committee will be considering the comments received from the public and determine the parameters of the community design plan.

The next public session is expected to be held in the fall to provide an opportunity to discuss and seek feedback on the work as it has progressed.

Community Meeting #2 - October 24, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013
St. Isidore Roman Catholic Parish, Main Hall
1135 March Road
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

Join us to learn about the ongoing development of the Kanata North CDP and participate by providing your ideas for the concept plan.

Interactive Session

Facilitated groups will take a hands-on approach to developing a concept plan for the community. We will provide a base map and general requirements for the future community including site considerations, policies and open house comments. At the end of the evening each group will share their ideas.

Your ideas and suggestions will make a difference.

Your participation and feedback are integral components in the development of the CDP and will provide the project team with information to further develop the vision for the Kanata North CDP.

Take this opportunity to help plan the community!

Community meeting #3 - February 26, 2014

Wednesday February 26, 2014
6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Presentation at 7 p.m.
Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata
4101 Innovation Drive

The integrated Planning Act and Environmental Assessment Act process is continuing for the Kanata North Community Design Plan (CDP).

Open House Display Boards

Panel 1 [ PDF 1.9 MB ]
Panel 2 [ PDF 2.1 MB ]
Panel 3 [ PDF 1.9 MB ]
Panel 4 [ PDF 2 MB ]
Panel 5 [ PDF 2.1 MB ]
Panel 6 [ PDF 3.5 MB ]
Panel 7 [ PDF 3.1 MB ]
Panel 8 [ PDF 3.1 MB ]
Panel 9 [ PDF 1.8 MB ]
Panel 10 [ PDF 4 MB ]
Panel 11 [ PDF 4 MB ]
Comment Sheet [ PDF 645 KB ]

The comment period extended to March 24.

The CDP will detail the land uses, including the natural heritage system, transportation and servicing infrastructure and will be supported by Master Planning studies completed in accordance with the Planning Act provisions of the Municipal Engineers Association Environmental Assessment Process.

The purpose of this meeting is for:

  • City Staff to provide information with respect to the work completed to date and the process moving forward
  • The consultants to present the preliminary land use concepts and alternative infrastructure projects
  • The public to ask questions, discuss the project and provide comments

The CDP Area extends along both sides of March Road from the existing urban area of Kanata. It is generally bounded by Old Carp Road, Murphy Court, Nadia Court and the rail corridor and excludes the existing subdivisions.

Project Update – March 2015

The study is currently in Steps 1 and 2 of Stage 3-Preparation of CDP (for full process, please refer to Overview):

  1. Based on feedback, refine technical studies as required.
  2. Draft CDP, Master Servicing Plan, Master Transportation Plan and Environmental Management Plan. Include land use plan, built form policies, design guidelines and phasing strategy.
  3. Begin processing Official Plan Amendment.
  4. Public meeting/Open House #3-present preferred land use concept, servicing and transportation designs, draft studies and solicit public input.
  5. Finalize CDP and Master Plans.

The project team continues to meet on a regular basis to work through a number of issues. We have also been meeting with the Public Advisory Committee on a periodic basis. Issues being addressed, including the following will influence the draft land use concept:

  • The significance of woodlot S20-this is the woodlot located on the east side of March Road, west of the rail line.
  • The significance of a small portion of woodlot S12 located within the urban area-this is a woodlot in the southwest quadrant of the CDP area, abutting Marchbrook Circle.
  • Requirements to protect or compensate for species at risk habitat.
  • The number and location of storm water ponds and other infrastructure to service the proposed development.
  • The location, type and configuration of park facilities.
  • The road cross section design of March Road as well as the proposed collectors within the CDP area.
  • The details for specific options related to transitions to adjacent existing residential development.

The draft land use concept and studies will be presented at the next public meeting for discussion and your comments. If the issues are resolved over the next number of months, we hope to be able to schedule the next public meeting before the end of June.

Project Update - July 2015

Work is continuing on this project and the study is in Steps 1 and 2 of Stage 3-Preparation of CDP (for full process, please refer to Overview):

  1. Based on feedback, refine technical studies as required.
  2. Draft CDP, Master Servicing Plan, Master Transportation Plan and Environmental Management Plan. Include land use plan, built form policies, design guidelines and phasing strategy.
  3. Begin processing Official Plan Amendment.
  4. Public meeting/Open House #3-present preferred land use concept, servicing and transportation designs, draft studies and solicit public input.
  5. Finalize CDP and Master Plans.

The project team continues to meet to work through a number of issues and have periodic meetings with the Public Advisory Committee. Issues being addressed, including the following will influence the draft land use concept:

  • Requirements to protect or compensate for species at risk habitat.
  • The location of storm water ponds and other infrastructure to service the proposed development.
  • The location, type and configuration of park facilities.
  • The road cross section design for the proposed collectors within the CDP area.
  • The details for specific options related to transitions to adjacent existing residential development.

The major conclusions reached within the last four months are the following:

  • Woodlot S20, located on the east side of March Road, west of the rail line is not a significant woodlot and therefore not considered part of the natural heritage system. Development can take place on these lands, however, park facilities are proposed in this vicinity and there may be opportunity to retain a limited amount of the trees.
  • A small portion of woodlot S12 (in the southwest quadrant of the CDP area, north of Marchbrook Circle) has been deemed to be significant and therefore to be conveyed to the City as part of the natural heritage system. The project team is working to incorporate this as a potential amenity into the plan.

The draft land use concept and studies will be presented at the next public meeting for discussion and your comments.

Community meeting #4 - March 30, 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Presentation at 7 p.m.
St. Isidore Roman Catholic Parish, main hall
1135 March Road

Open House Display Boards

The integrated Planning Act and Environmental Assessment Act process for the Kanata North Community Design Plan is progressing.

The CDP area extends along both sides of March Road from the existing urban area of Kanata. It is generally bounded by Old Carp Road, Murphy Court, Nadia Court and the rail corridor and excludes the existing subdivisions.

The CDP will detail the land uses, the natural heritage system, transportation, and servicing infrastructure for Kanata North. It will be supported by master plans completed in accordance with the Planning Act provisions and the Environmental Assessment Act. Comments received will be collected under the Environmental Assessment Act and, with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record.

At this final community meeting, participants will be presented a project update, the preferred land use concept and recommended infrastructure projects, learn of the next steps in the process, and will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments to the project team.

Approvals

The Official Plan amendments related to the Community Design Plan are currently being processed. To obtain further information relating to this proposal including drafts of the Community Design Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Master Servicing Plan, Environment Master Plan, and maps go to Development Application Search Tool and input the File Number D01-01-16-0007 in the “Search” criteria.

Contact

Your participation and feedback is an important component of this study. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this project or have comments or requests, please contact:

Murray Chown, MCIP, RPP
Senior Project Manager
Novatech Engineering Consultants Ltd.
240 Michael Cowpland Drive, Suite 200
Kanata, ON K2M 1P6
Tel.: 613-254-9643 
Fax. 613-254-5867
Email: m.chown@novatech-eng.com
Wendy Tse, MCIP, RPP, LEED Green Associate
Planner
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development 
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 12585 
Fax: 613-580-2459
Email: kanatacdp-pcc@ottawa.ca