- Community level features shall be installed on arterial road rights of way at the discretion of the City.
- Location shall be determined by the City’s Signs on City Road By-law No 2003-520 as amended, Tourism and Public Service Signs Policy and Encroachments on City Highways By-law No. 2003-446 as amended.
- Installed on arterial road intersections only.
- Items that require re-application or frequent maintenance are not permitted.
- An emphasis on natural materials (trees, rocks, landform, berming etc….) is encouraged. Vandal resistant materials are also recommended.
- Ensure plant material is installed to the sides and rear of gateway features to avoid obscuring the feature over time.
- Certified professionals in design and engineering are required to design and review the plans.
- It is recommended that all stone products (natural or engineered) must be properly designed and installed to reduce deterioration due to water infiltration into the mortar or behind the stones.
- Materials shall be long lasting with limited requirement for ongoing maintenance activities.
- The size of gateway features should be in proportion to the scale of the surrounding landscape and adjacent buildings.
- Natural features (trees, stones, berming etc…) shall not obscure a majority of the facade of adjacent buildings when they are at mature height / width.
- Each feature in the proposed hierarchy shall have a maximum and minimum size.
- The feature should not obscure traffic signs and must not obscure the sightline of a motorist, pedestrian or cyclist.
- The type of font used is the most important factor for legibility. Designers should consult any appropriate federal and provincial legislation for signage legibility.
- Corporate or marketing text / logos are not permitted. Community logos are permitted at the discretion of the City.
- The use of brush or script type fonts that are difficult to read at long distances is not permitted.
- Block style fonts or variations shall be permitted.
- Lettering should be wide enough to be seen in contrast with the background material
- Avoid use of shadow lines that may detract from the primary text.
- Ensure the material that the text / logo is made out of is not highly reflective.
- Ensure high contrast between the text / logo and background material is achieved.
Materials that shall not be permitted are:
- Wood (with or without painting),
- Mechanical, electrical, lighting or water components,
- Painted metal fencing,
- Painted signage (any material),
- Clay bricks,
- Plant material and planting beds that require frequent watering, weeding and / or pruning.
Materials that shall be permitted are:
- Natural stone (must be a dense stone that does not spall, chip or shatter easily),
- Engineered stone.
All stone products (natural or engineered) must be properly installed and “capped” to reduce deterioration due to water infiltration into the mortar or behind the stones. One method of performing this would be to apply copper sheathing over the wall prior to installing the coping or pillar cap.
- Natural vegetative materials (long lived trees, shrubs that do not require annual pruning, plants with winter interest i.e. conifers). Plant material must be installed to the sides and rear of gateway features to avoid obscuring the feature over time.
- Landform and berming that provides a unique identity,
- Galvanized metal elements that have been proven to resist deterioration.
- Non-painted steel (that will naturally oxidize) is an option but must be approved for aesthetic purposes and must be installed away from salt spray.
- A built form Community gateway feature must be a maximum of 3.0 metres in height and 10.0 metres in width, subject to other design criteria noted herein.
- A built form Community gateway feature should be a minimum of 1.0 metres in height and 3.0 metres in width, subject to other design criteria noted herein.
- Text shall be minimum 300mm height.
- Community logos shall be a minimum 600mm height and 900mm width.
- Site lines (i.e. the daylight triangle) as per City of Ottawa Traffic & Parking Operations (TPO) Branch, Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and Transportation Association of Canada (T.A.C.) guidelines shall be respected and consulted when designing and placing gateway features.
- he daylight triangle shall be at the size recommended by City standards, MTO requirements and T.A.C standards where applicable. Typically the daylight triangle defines the ROW limits, however, additional land may be added to the ROW by conveyance (without expanding the daylight triangle) if necessary to provide room for a gateway feature.
- The design shall avoid conflicts with utilities by being prepared in conjunction with the Composite Utility Plan where possible.
- Any gateway feature design that is proposed as part of a development application shall be submitted for review and approval to the General Manager of Planning and Growth Management under the Delegation of Authority Bylaw.
- Features must also be aesthetically designed by a design professional, certified by the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA) or the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) in addition to the internal City design reviews. Design plans must be certified by one of these professionals at the design, installation and end of warranty stages.
- Construction techniques and design plans must be certified by a professional engineer at the design, installation and end of warranty stages.
- An upset limit of two (2) community gateway features per community OR
- 1 community gateway feature per 800 hectares, whichever is less
- The actual number of features permitted may be restricted to less than the above at the discretion of the General Manager of Planning and Growth Management.
- Developers shall be required to submit cost estimates for construction and maintenance at the time of development application. This will assist in determining quantities for securities and the Maintenance Fund.
- The features shall be warranted for 1 year following receipt of the Preliminary Approval.
- City may fund installation of community level features subject to Council approved funding.
- City funds ongoing maintenance.
- City may form partnerships with developers or community associations but shall retain control of installation / removal / maintenance of gateway features.
- On occasion the Developer may become involved with the design and construction of these features (at the discretion of the City). If this situation occurs the guidelines and standards for Primary Neighbourhood features shall be followed.
- When constructed by developers 100% securities must be posted regardless of hierarchy.