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Council approves grant to clean up prime development site

October 11, 2017
Council Updates

City Council today approved a grant that will help clean up a former industrial site at 900 Albert Street and lead to a major new development.

A Brownfields Rehabilitation Grant and a Development Charge Credit totalling $8.25 million were approved. The proposed mixed-use development is beside Bayview Station, the juncture of the Confederation and Trillium light-rail lines. The developer has applied to the City to build 1,600 residential units at this site, with retail and office spaces in three towers ranging from 50 to 59 storeys. The City’s Planning Committee and Council have yet to consider the Official Plan and rezoning applications for the development.

Council approved two Community Improvement Plan projects in Bells Corners. The redevelopment projects at 2015 Robertson Road and 300 Moodie Drive will bring new commercial and retail businesses to the area, including restaurants and a six-storey hotel. The $2.5-million in grants for these projects will be funded through the expected increase in property taxes resulting from the redevelopment.

Ottawa residents are increasingly going online to get City services, according to a report on ServiceOttawa’s performance measurements approved by Council. The percentage of service requests completed online has risen to 23 per cent, giving the City’s 3-1-1 call centre staff additional time to deal with the more complex matters residents phone about.

Council received the City’s plan for the municipal fleet in 2018. The City plans to spend $25.7 million to replace 97 vehicles and pieces of equipment and to acquire 16 new vehicles. Funding for the new vehicles will be sought in the 2018 Budget.

If electric vehicle technology is ready for purchase, cost effective and able to meet operational needs, the City could begin introducing electric vehicles into its fleet in 2018. The City already owns 72 hybrid vehicles and is exploring the potential of modifying existing vans and pick-up trucks with hybrid technology. 

During the coming winter season, some snow-clearing vehicles will run with broadband back-up alarms, as part of a pilot to address noise complaints about snow-clearing equipment. Council approved $120,000 for the pilot and, if successful, the installation of the alarms on all of the City’s snow-clearing vehicles.

Council approved revised rules for coach houses – small, freestanding residences on lots with a principal dwelling – so that, in the rural area, they will be permitted on lots as small as 0.4 hectares. These secondary dwellings could potentially be permitted on even smaller lots through minor variance applications.

The changes make the process to apply for a coach house less onerous. Coach houses will also be permitted on properties connected to the Carlsbad Trickle Feed System on a first-come first-served basis.

Council today approved a new development on Manotick Main Street that will consist of 45 bungalow townhouses and 37 single-detached houses. Public access to the Rideau River will be maintained through a park.

Council also approved an agreement for managing the boundary roads between the City of Ottawa and its 12 neighbouring municipalities. The agreement defines each municipality’s roles and responsibilities in operating, maintaining and renewing the boundary roads. It will improve consistency in road standards, especially during the winter. The City will enter in an agreement with each neighbouring municipality as negotiations conclude and Council will consider a by-law for each agreement.

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