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Community benefits anticipated as Council approves mixed-use development in Elmvale Acres

July 12, 2017
Council Updates

City Council today approved amendments to the Official Plan and Zoning By-law needed to allow for the mixed-use redevelopment of the Elmvale Acres Shopping Centre at 1910 St. Laurent Boulevard. The proposed development by RioCan would offer 570 residential units and approximately 13,410 square metres of retail space, as well as pedestrian-friendly access to green space and connections to transit. Construction of the first phase could begin in 2018.

The City of Ottawa supported a wide range of capital projects in 2016 by spending $127.6 million of development charge funds, according to the Treasurer’s Report on Growth Related Revenues. Council received the report today and it shows that revenue from development charges for the year totalled $168.7 million.

Council approved an Interim Control By-law to limit the number and size of bedrooms that can be built in new developments within Sandy Hill, Heron Park and portions of Old Ottawa East, Old Ottawa South, Centretown and Overbrook. The by-law will be in place until Thursday, July 12, 2018, to provide City staff time to complete an ongoing study of planning policies in the Zoning By-law associated with low-rise single detached and multi-unit dwellings.

A zoning amendment approved by Council today will permit construction of a 24-storey, mixed-use development at 809 Richmond Road, currently home to Kristy’s Family Restaurant. The plan calls for retail space on the ground floor and approximately 240 residential units above. The site is located close to Cleary Avenue, the future home of the Cleary light rail transit station.

City Council also approved a zoning amendment to allow construction of a three-storey, mixed-use building at the intersection of Manotick Main Street and Maple Avenue. The applicant has worked closely with the community, the Ward Councillor and City Planning staff to ensure the building will complement Manotick’s heritage character while incorporating modern design.

The number of visitors to Lansdowne is on the rise, according to the annual report on the Lansdowne Partnership Plan, received by Council today. In 2016, 3.4 million people visited the site, a 41-per-cent increase over 2015. Ottawa is expected to welcome more than 200,000 visitors this November, when the Grey Cup Festival kicks off at Lansdowne. This event will generate an anticipated $100 million in economic activity, making it one of Ottawa’s largest events of the year.

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