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Imagine Merivale Road (North) Community Design Plan

Project Information

A community is made up of lots of things – people, streets, buildings, parks, businesses and so much more. There’s always room to make communities better over time, with careful planning and participation from people who live there.

You are invited to participate in two studies happening in your community in 2017. The outcomes of both will affect how Merivale Road looks and functions in the future.

  • The Community Design Plan will review the current zoning of land, consider a range of economic development incentives and create a complete street design to improve walking, cycling and streetscape.
  • The Transit Priority Measures study will review ways to improve bus transit services.

The CDP study area map focuses on the street and properties that front Merivale Road, as well as some properties that are on adjacent side streets.

What is a Community Design Plan (CDP)?

Generally speaking, Community Design Plans are approved by City Council as a guide for city planning, builders, developers and residents for future land use, development, urban design initiatives and infrastructure renewal.  They help shape physical changes on public and private land.  CDPs are:

  • Created with help from people in the community
  • Result in guidelines that help to create attractive, comfortable and safe public spaces and streetscapes (“complete streets”), how buildings should look, heritage preservation, well-connected walking and cycling routes all helping to create an  environmentally sustainable community
  • Made to respond over approximately a 20 year timeframe as market demand for development occurs, and to guide major infrastructure renewal projects by the City

Once in place, the Merivale Road (North) CDP may result in:

  • Opportunities for infill development, housing affordability and employment
  • Options for the future for a complete street design approach, making travelling on the street better for everyone who walks, cycles or takes the bus
  • Improvements to the design quality of the street and its visual effect, otherwise known as the streetscape, and walking and cycling connections within and to the outside the community, and
  • Economic development projects and investments to attract new businesses and jobs

What are economic development incentives?

  • Opportunities that could stimulate private sector interest and investment, including:
  • Increasing options for businesses to establish
  • Promoting development industry interest
  • Encouraging residents to live and shop along Merivale Road
  • Considering implementation of a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) along Merivale Road to help guide and stimulate economic activity. You can get an idea of what this looks like by reading other CIP documents.

What are complete street design options?

When the road undergoes a major infrastructure upgrade, complete street options consider how the street, sidewalks, cycling facilities and boulevard landscape elements may be rebuilt in an improved way creating an attractive “mainstreet” feel for the area.  Complete streets are:

  • Designed and operated for everyone -  pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders & motorists
  • Safe, convenient and comfortable to use - easy to cross the street, walk to shops, cycle to work
  • Places where people want to be - attractive and coordinated street boulevard design elements

Transit Priority Measures Study

Learn more about the Transit Priority Measures Study here.  Transportation Services staff are working on this study at the same time as the CDP.

Project timelines

January – March:        Launch the project and invite feedback from the community

April-August:                Develop the first draft of the CDP

September:                  Present the draft CDP for community review and comment

October:                      Revise the draft and finalize the CDP            

November:                  Present the CDP to City Planning Committee for review

December:                  Approval of the CDP by City Council

Stay in touch

Sign up to receive regular updates along the way in 2017. Register online, or contact the project lead:

Questions? Contact:    

Chris Brouwer, MCIP, RPP Community Planning
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor
Ottawa, ON    K1P1J1
613-580-2424 ext. 27813

Information Session 

On March 22, approximately 130 people participated in an information session and viewed numerous display boards describing the project.  Participants were asked to give their comments on a range of preliminary ideas for the Community Design Plan including areas proposed to be rezoned, economic development initiatives and four demonstration plan options for complete street design:

Demonstration plan 1 – 22.6 m Right of Way

  • Two lanes with parking both sides

Demonstration plan 2 – 24.2m Right of Way

  • Two lanes with two transit priority lanes/off-peak parking

Demonstration plan 3 – 20.1m Right of Way

  • Two lanes with parking one side

Demonstration plan 4 – 23.35m Right of Way

  • Two lanes with parking one side and middle turning lane 

Review the display boards [ PDF 12 MB ] from the March 22 information meeting and send any comments to

Transit Priority Measures Study Open House Display Boards [ PDF 2.783 MB ]

Need more information?

Community Design Plan
Chris Brouwer, MCIP, RPP
Senior Planner
Community Planning
110 Laurier Avenue West
613-580-2424 ext. 27813

Transit Priority Measures
Jabbar Siddique, P. Eng.
Senior Project Engineer
Environmental Assessment
110 Laurier Avenue West
613-580-2424 ext. 13914



As We Heard It Report

As We Heard It Report

From January to April 2017 residents were asked to provide input through an online questionnaire about preliminary ideas to improve Merivale Road (north).  The As We Heard It Report includes the questions and comments received through the questionnaire, and includes comments received from the Information Session held on March 22, 2017.