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Barrhaven South Expansion Study Area Community Design Plan

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Project Overview

Residents are invited to participate in the development of this Community Design Plan in the Barrhaven South Urban Expansion Area.

The purpose of the Community Design Plan (CDP) is to guide the future land use, urban design and infrastructure of the CDP area, while fulfilling policy directions established in the City's Official Plan. The CDP lands are generally undeveloped with some of the lands used for agricultural uses and mineral resource extraction.

In 2016, three open house events are planned. One public meeting will occur when the CDP and Official Plan Amendment are presented to Planning Committee in 2017.


Landowners within the Barrhaven South Urban Expansion Study Area have initiated a Community Design Plan (CDP) study as required by Section 3.11, and as described in Section 2.5.6 of the City of Ottawa Official Plan. The development of this CDP will be led by the FOTENN Planning + Design, acting on behalf of the participating landowners / developers. As part of their duties, FOTENN will oversee a consortium of consultants to complete several supporting studies to inform the development of the CDP.

The City of Ottawa's role is to interact with the consulting team and coordinate meetings with city departments, agencies and residents. The Planning and Growth Management Department staff will provide guidance to ensure that the CDP and study process complies with City policies, procedures and other related guidelines.

The Expansion Area boundaries were established by the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) as part of the 2009 Official Plan review to accommodate projected future population growth in the community. Section 3.11 of the Official Plan requires a comprehensive study, in this case, in the form of a CDP prior to bringing expansion lands into the urban area.

The CDP process will be integrated with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process. EA approval for Phases 1 and 2 is required for municipal infrastructure such as water, sanitary and storm sewers, roads and transit. The integrated process allows approvals, reviews and public consultations to be co-ordinated and to meet the requirements of the EA Act and of the Planning Act.

Study Area

The CDP study area aligns with the Urban Expansion Study Area (UESA) designation on Schedule B - Urban Policy of the Official Plan.

Urban Expansion Area – study area [ PDF 603 KB ]

The area is approximately 122 hectares in size. The area is irregularly shaped and generally is located east of Cedarview Road, north of Barnsdale Road, south of the urban area, and west of Greenbank Road.

Factors such as transportation, watershed boundaries, and servicing on adjacent lands require supporting studies that look well beyond the boundaries of the UESA.

Study Process

The process will be a collaborative undertaking with area residents, area community association members, and key property owners to explore, develop and recommend a vision and design concept to guide private development and public works projects over the next 20 years. School boards and other government agencies will also be consulted throughout the process.

Stage 1: Study commencement and presentation of Existing Conditions

  • Field studies, inventories, assessments, investigations and desktop reviews will provide information on existing conditions relative to the biological and physical natural environment (natural heritage, flora, fauna, drainage and hydrology, geology, etc.), municipal land use planning and servicing and transportation infrastructure .

The existing conditions, together with the study's preliminary guiding principles and the study process, will be presented to the general public at Open House #1.

Stage 2: Establish development opportunities and constraints and establish CDP Vision, Objectives, and Targets

  • Existing Conditions Reports will be prepared by the consultant team and reviewed by City staff and other commenting agencies. The approval of the Existing Condition Reports will culminate in establishing constraints mapping and development opportunities to guide the future development of conceptual land use plans for the CDP study area. An Environmental Management Plan, consolidating the natural heritage conditions, will be developed and approved as part of this process.
  • Set targets to align with the Official Plan, including housing intensification, housing mix and affordability, other non-residential uses including employment opportunities, schools and parks, greenspace and natural areas, on-site stormwater management and transit ridership.

Stage 3: Concept Plan Development, Preliminary Design Guidelines, and Preparation of the Draft CDP

  • Open House #2 will be held in the form of a public workshop to present the development constraints and opportunities, as well as the preliminary land use concepts and the basis for their selection. The public's input on and /or confirmation of the Vision, Objectives and Targets for the CDP will be sought.
  • Each Concept Plan will identify land use, building heights and densities, open space network (woodlots, recreation pathways, parks and schools), transportation systems, and major infrastructure facilities.
  • Urban Design Guidelines will address land use structure, landscape elements, open space systems, built form, and streetscapes.
  • Concept plans and urban design guidelines will be in keeping with the City's Building Better and Smarter Suburbs: Strategic Directions and Action Plan (BBSS) Building Better Smarter Suburbs; with the City's initiative for Complete Streets; and will investigate the feasibility of employing other City initiatives such as Low Impact Development.
  • Additional Land Use Concept Plans may be developed / refined during the public workshop at Open House #2.
  • Alternative Land Use Concepts and infrastructure facilities will be evaluated and a preliminary preferred concept will be selected as Draft Final Land Use Concept Plan.
  • Draft the CDP, Master Servicing Plan and Community Transportation Study and begin processing the Official Plan Amendment.
  • Draft an Area Parks Plan taking into account the entire study area for parks and pathway location and integration, parks design and programming needs. The Area Parks Plan includes Facility Fit Plans for each park represented in the draft Final Land Use Concept Plan.

Stage 4: Final Community Design Plan

  • Open House #3 will present the Preferred Concept Plan and associated preliminary servicing and transportation infrastructure plans and supporting material for parks and open space, etc.
  • Finalize all supporting studies.
  • CDP, Official Plan Amendment and Master Plans to Planning Committee and City Council.
  • Appeal periods for Official Plan Amendment and Environmental Assessment to coincide.

City Staff anticipate that final recommendations will be presented to Planning Committee and City Council for approval, including a CDP document and Official Plan Amendment, in spring 2017.

Open House #1 - March 10, 2016

March 10, 2016
Pierre-Savard French Catholic High School
1110 Longfields Drive
6:30 to 9 p.m.
Welcoming remarks 7 p.m.

Residents are invited to attend this Open House to discuss the development of a new Community Design Plan study for the Barrhaven South Urban Expansion Area.

Display Boards

The purpose of the project is to detail the Land Use and the Transportation and Servicing Infrastructure for this proposed new community.

  • Environmental assessment and planning process
  • Existing conditions
  • Preliminary transportation and servicing alternatives
  • Guiding principles for land use development.

Planning and Environmental Assessment Process

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 Barrhaven South 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 will implement 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.
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 consultation and the requirements of both the Environmental Assessment Act and the Planning Act will be met.

Public input is an integral part of the process. Tonight's meeting is the first in a series of public events that will be held in accordance with the Planning and Environmental Assessment Acts.

Planning and Environmental Assessment Process [ PDF 1.175 MB ]
Urban Expansion Area – study area [ PDF 1.825 MB]

What is a CDP?

A Community Design Plan, or CDP, is required for large areas of vacant or greenfield lands within the City's Urban Area.

A CDP provides a detailed development concept that will guide the future development of the area. The objective of the CDP is to create a blueprint, which will help shape the area as a liveable community, with a land use plan, a park and recreation plan, an open space plan, servicing and transportation infrastructure plans, and design guidelines.


  • 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.

A CDP is founded in a collaborative process that provides opportunities for the residents of the City of Ottawa, including the immediate surrounding communities, to contribute to a community design process and to forge partnerships with the City of Ottawa and area landowners.

Study Schedule [ PDF 894 MB ]

Draft Guiding Principles

  • Establish a distinct identity that links to the identity of the existing Barrhaven South Community.
  • Create distinct, liveable neighbourhoods with a discernible centre, edge, and central public space.
  • Create a high-quality public realm and built environment that places emphasis on human comfort, aesthetics, and sense of place.
  • Design a highly connected street and block network to provide a safe and effective active transportation network.
  • Include a range of housing types and densities to support a diversity of demographics and lifestyles.
  • Incorporate pedestrian-friendly and bicycle-friendly design that encourages greater use of bicycles and walking for daily transportation.
  • Support transit-oriented development by facilitating community-wide access to the planned Park & Ride station.
  • Provide public sewage, water, and stormwater infrastructure in an efficient and sustainable manner.
  • Design with regard for existing natural features and processes, including low-impact technologies and green infrastructure.
  • Create a continuous network of parks and greenspaces that preserves and enhances the natural environment and connects to surrounding trail and open space network.?

Draft Guiding Principles [ PDF 1.429 MB ]
Natural Heritage A [ PDF 3.156 MB ]
Natural Heritage B [ PDF 891 KB ]
Physical [ PDF 2.818 MB ]
Hydrogeology [ PDF 2.884 MB ]
Drainage [ PDF 1.863 MB ]
Amenities [ PDF 1.724 MB ]
Land Use [ PDF 1.994 MB ]
Archaeology [ PDF 1.874 MB ]
Infrastructure [ PDF 1.821 MB ]
Transportation Environment [ PDF 4.758 MB ]
2016 Auto Screenline and Interchange Operations [ PDF 3.332 MB ]
Transportation Alternatives [ PDF 543 KB ]
Servicing Alternatives [ PDF 1.338 MB ]

Next Steps

  • The Team will develop a constraints and opportunities map to guide the land use process.
  • The guiding principles will be refined based on the comments we receive.
  • Ongoing consultation with stakeholders, including community associations and groups, residents, City staff, and government agencies.
  • The above will be used to guide the land use planning process and the development of land use and infrastructure alternatives.

Your input into the Barrhaven South Community Design plan is important to us and your comments are most appreciated.

You can provide written comments to the Study Team through the Comment Sheet provided or to the City of Ottawa, Project Manager, Cheryl Brouillard at Your views and contributions are important to the success of this study!

The integrated Planning Act and Environmental Assessment Act process is being initiated for the Barrhaven South Urban Expansion Area Community Design Plan.

The process will detail the land uses, transportation and servicing infrastructure for the expansion area. This first Open House will present the study process and schedule, preliminary guiding principles, background information, and will provide the public and interested stakeholders an opportunity to discuss the study with the project team and provide input.

As we heard it report

On March 10, 2016, an open house was held for the commencement of the Barrhaven South Expansion Area study. Approximately 40 people attended.

The study process and summary of existing conditions were presented on 22 panels for the public viewing.

The open house was a drop-in format, with a brief 10-minute introduction provided by the lead consultant.

This is what we have heard to date.

Open House #2 - November 5, 2016

Saturday, November 5, 2016
Pierre-Savard French Catholic High School
1110 Longfields Drive
9 a.m. to 12 noon

Members of the public were invited to attend a workshop on Saturday November 5, 2016.

In facilitated groups, attendees considered land use constraints and opportunities and mapped their preferred locations of residential and commercial areas, roads, schools, parks, stormwater management facilities, a library and a Park & Ride. 

Base Plan [ PDF 923 KB ]

Group A [ PDF 736 KB ]

Group B [ PDF 621 KB ]

Group C [ PDF 601 KB ]

Group D [ PDF 637 KB ]

Additional Comments


  • Stonebridge trails connected continuously to near Highway 416
  • Connection to Highway 416 from Cambrian
  • Widen Barnsdale Road to reduce traffic
  • Street lights at Borrisokane and Barnsdale to enable traffic flow from Half Moon Bay/Stonebridge to Costco commercial area
  • Interconnected walking / cycling paths that can bring you to large greenspace with added wet pond
  • Park & Ride (no large chains) northwest of Greenbank
  • Minimal traffic congestion (perhaps school stay together to keep an area clear to get out of the neighbourhood)
  • Consider walkability


  • Some commercial (small: ma & pa coffee shops, restaurants) that is accessible by walking (under 5 minutes)

Parks, Schools and Amenities

  • Skate / bike park
  • Better mix of public and catholic schools
  • Rental space in the recreation community centre or in the library that could be reserved for conferences, meetings, gatherings, etc.
  • Dog park, perhaps paired with dry ponds near a central woodland
  • Centralized large greenspace backing on woodland
  • Parks should have treed/trail areas to appeal to older members of the community

Public Open House #3 - June 22, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Presentation at 7 p.m.
Pierre-Savard French Catholic High School
1110 Longfields Drive

By attending this public open house, you will find out about the preferred land use concept plan, servicing and transportation projects, supporting studies, next steps, and have the opportunity to provide feedback to City staff and the study team.  The integrated Planning Act and Environmental Assessment Act process is being followed for the Barrhaven South Urban Expansion Area Community Design Plan, for implementation by an Official Plan Amendment (OPA). A proposed OPA to the City of Ottawa’s Official Plan will include changing the land use designation from “Urban Expansion Study Area” and “Sand and Gravel Resource Area” to “General Urban Area” on Schedules “A” and “B” for portions of the study area. Other schedules may be affected and the inclusion of a Secondary Plan may be required.

Open House Display Boards

Welcome [ PDF 898 KB ]
Project Boundary [ PDF 2.029 MB ]
Project Update [ PDF 884 KB ]
Six Options [ PDF 1.590 MB ]
Evaluation [ PDF 855 KB ]
Preliminary Preferred - Option 1 [ PDF 1.939 MB ]
Refinements to Preferred Option [ PDF 1.279 MB ]
Draft Demonstration Plan [ PDF 1.379 MB ]
Transportation Projects [ PDF 1.384 MB ]
Infrastructure Servicing Projects 1 [ PDF 1.373 MB ]
Infrastructure Servicing Projects 2 [ PDF 1.630 MB ]
Next Steps [ PDF 895 KB ]

Powerpoint Presentation [ PDF 12 MB] 


We are interested in hearing your comments and feedback. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this project or have comments or requests, please contact one of the Planners below:

Robin van de Lande, Planner
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 43011
Jaime Posen, Planner
Fotenn Consultants Inc.
233 McLeod Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 0Z8
Tel.: 613-730-5709, ext. 236