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. Before the lands are 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 in the specific area, will be supported by a number of comprehensive studies and will be the result of the collective 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 for the co-ordination of approvals, reviews and public consultations and the requirements of both the Environmental Assessment Act and the Planning Act will be met.
This project began when the City had discussions with the major landowners in June 2013.
- Create a CDP for the Mer Bleue Expansion Area which will implement the Official Plan
- Illustrate the arrangement for various land uses and transportation corridors
- Provide a land use summary table that sets out land areas, number of residential units, jobs and densities as well as phasing
- Establish a framework to manage the future development of the area as well as provide a guide to the character and form of development to provide the basis in the consideration of future planning applications
- 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
- The CDP area is generally bounded to the north by the south limit of the developing community of Avalon West, Mer Bleue Road to the west and Tenth Line Road to the east. The southern limit consists of two components: The western component is along Wall Road through the community of Notre Dame Des Champs and the eastern component begins east of Notre Dame Des Champs extending to Tenth Line Road at approximately the mid-way point between Wall Road and Navan Road. (Figure 1)
- The Study Area for the supporting studies to the CDP may extend beyond the limits of the CDP Area to provide for a more comprehensive analysis of the influences in the CDP.
Figure 1- The CDP area is generally bounded to the north by the south limit of the developing community of Avalon West, Mer Bleue Road to the west and Tenth Line Road to the east. The southern limit consists of two components: The western component is along Wall Road through the community of Notre Dame Des Champs and the eastern component begins east of Notre Dame Des Champs extending to Tenth Line Road at approximately the mid-way point between Wall Road and Navan Road.
Phase 1-Existing Conditions (Fall 2013-Winter 2014)
- Inventory existing conditions
- Identify opportunities and constraints
- Develop guiding principles and design framework
- Public Meeting/Open House #1: provide information and gather public input
Phase 2-Develop Planning and Design Options (Winter 2014)
- Develop alternative land use, servicing and transportation concepts based on technical studies, fieldwork and public input
- Public meeting/Open House #2: present draft land use concepts, gather stakeholder feedback and seek public input
Phase 3-Preferred Land Use (Spring 2014)
- Draft CDP, Master Servicing Plan, Master Transportation Plan and Environmental Management Plan.
- Select and refine preferred land use alternative
- Begin processing Official Plan Amendment
Phase 4-Community Design Plan (Spring 2014-Summer 2014)
- Public meeting/Open House #3-present preferred land use concept, servicing and transportation designs, draft studies and obtain public input
- Finalize CDP and Master Plans
Phase 5-Implementation (Fall 2014)
- Public meeting #4-present CDP, Official Plan Amendment and Master Plans to Planning Committee
- Appeal periods for Official Plan Amendment and Environmental Assessment to coincide
The CDP will be 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.A minimum of four public meetings will be held during the study, one of which will occur when the CDP and Official Plan amendment are presented to Planning Committee.