Purpose of study
The purpose of this study is to undertake a review of the lands in the vicinity of the future Cleary and New Orchard LRT stations, respectively, to determine appropriate redevelopment in the context of surrounding mature neighbourhoods. It is expected that the study will result in updates to a portion of the 2009 Richmond Road / Westboro Secondary Plan and 2007 Community Design Plan.
Study area [PDF 465 KB]
The 2009 Richmond Road/Westboro Secondary Plan and 2007 Community Design Plan were approved before the LRT was planned and, therefore, do not respond to the challenges and opportunities resulting from the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) for Cleary and New Orchard. These documents require updating to ensure appropriate policy direction for lands around the LRT stations, while recognizing the impact on the adjacent residential neighbourhoods. This project will ensure that a clear policy framework is in place to manage growth in the study area, protect stable residential areas, enhance the public realm, as well as provide greater clarity for city staff, the community and developers.
The Cleary and New Orchard LRT Stations are among 19 new stations being added by Stage 2 of Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit system; a system that builds on the current Confederation and Trillium Line investments to add 30 kilometres of track farther east, west and south in the City. Stage 2 is planned to be operational for 2023.
Objectives of the study
- Engage the community to help define the nature of change that is appropriate for the area over a 20 year planning horizon. This change will be compatible with the adjacent, stable neighbourhoods.
- Permit modest growth around stations – to meet City requirements
- Provide clarity for the community, developers and city staff in reviewing redevelopment proposals for the area
This planning study will NOT:
- Result in a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) plan
- Stop growth from coming to the area
- Influence the alignment of the LRT or the location of the LRT stations
- Propose changes to National Capital Commission (NCC) lands
- Be extended to include lands around other LRT stations like Dominion or Lincoln Fields
- Update policies for the portion of Richmond Road / Westboro Secondary Plan and Community Design Plan that applies to lands outside the Cleary and New Orchard study area
There are several related projects going on at the same time [PDF 647 KB] as the Cleary and New Orchard Planning Study. Due to the nature and timing of the projects, feedback collected during the study processes will likely overlap. Staff will ensure that all related studies are coordinated with respect to public engagement and end results.
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This project is structured around a three phase process from Spring 2016 to Winter 2017:
Phase 1: Project Initiation and Review of Existing Conditions (Spring to Summer 2016)
- Research relevant policy documents and studies
- Host a Planning Primer and public open house to introduce project, review portions of the 2009 Richmond Road / Westboro Secondary Plan and 2007 CDP, and confirm broad direction and existing conditions
- Update webpage with comments collected from open house
Phase 2: Proposed Directions (Summer 2016 to Spring 2017)
- Develop planning scenarios with key stakeholders based on the feedback collected from the first open house
- Undertake supporting studies
- Host an engagement event to present ‘what we’ve heard so far’, and further develop planning scenarios, prioritize plan elements and discuss implementation measures
- Update webpage with comments collected from second engagement event
Phase 3: Recommendations (Spring 2017 to Winter 2018)
- Prepare draft recommendations based on feedback collected from the second engagement event
- Host public open house to present ‘what we’ve heard so far’ and draft recommendations
- Create final recommendations based on comments collected
- Conduct a technical circulation
- Prepare staff report and provide public notice of Planning Committee date
- Update webpage with final recommendations and final staff report
Frequently asked questions
What is a CDP?
A Community Design Plan (CDP) is approved by City Council and establishes a vision and planning framework for areas in the City that are likely to experience growth and change. CDPs translate broad policies outlined in the City’s Official Plan to the neighbourhood-level. They are created based on principles of collaborative community building with affected residents, property owners, businesses and residential neighbourhood groups.
A CDP can address a number of topics related to change in an area, such as:
- Existing Conditions
- Land use
- Building heights
- Building form and design
- Heritage features and buildings
- Ways to support pedestrians and cyclists
- Encouraging public transit use
- Infrastructure needs
- Public realm improvements or changes
- Planning for population density and projected growth
- Implementation strategies
- Financial plans
Because CDPs are implemented over time in response to market demand for development, they generally have planning horizons of 20 years or more. CDPs assist in shaping new physical changes of both private and public lands, and help ensure that redevelopment meets the community’s vision for the area.
What is a Secondary Plan?
A Secondary Plan provides the legal framework to support a CDP. It is a sub-plan of the City's Official Plan, approved by City Council and is created under the authority of the Planning Act (legislation passed by your elected provincial representatives). Like a CDP, a Secondary Plan guides change in a planning area over time, according to the vision developed by the community as well as the Official Plan. It has a planning horizon of 20 years or more.
The main differences between a Secondary Plan and CDP are:
- The Planning Act only allows certain topics to be included in a Secondary Plan; CDPs may cover more topics and include background information. For example, Secondary Plans often include directives about land uses; building heights; densities; particular design requirements for buildings or sites, detailed public realm elements and implementation.
- Since a Secondary Plan is a document approved under the Planning Act, it is amended through an application process called an Official Plan Amendment
- A Secondary Plan can also be appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board
How did you determine the study area boundary?
The study area boundary [PDF 465 KB] is based on a portion of the boundary from the 2009 Richmond Road / Westboro Secondary Plan and 2007 CDP; from the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway eastward to properties around the future Cleary Station. Several properties located south of Byron Avenue that accommodate walk-up apartments (near the future Cleary Station) were also added to the study area. A ‘Focus Area’ was established to help define the properties that were more likely to experience change within the +20 year planning horizon. This ‘Focus Area’ will receive a detailed planning analysis, to be conducted over the course of this study. Stable, low density residential areas of the surrounding neighbourhoods within or near the study area boundary will be protected from major change.
How will this study impact the 2009 Richmond Road / Westboro Secondary Plan and 2007 CDP?
This planning study will result in changes to portions of the existing Richmond Road / Westboro Secondary Plan and CDP. These documents will be updated to ensure appropriate policy direction for lands around the LRT stations, while recognizing the impact on the adjacent residential neighbourhoods. These changes will be made via Official Plan amendments approved by City Council at the end of the process. The Zoning By-law may also be amended at the same time, if appropriate.
How do I get involved?
There are several ways you can stay informed and engaged in the study process:
- Attend public open houses
- Sign-up to the project’s email list to receive progress updates about the study and invites to the open houses
- Refer to this webpage to stay up-to-date about what’s happening and review information as it develops
- Contact the Project Leads (information below) at any time during the process to request information, ask questions, submit feedback or meet in-person
Who is involved in this study?
Many stakeholders are involved in this planning study:
- A Working Group will be formed in June 2016. The Group is responsible for helping confirm the direction of the study, developing planning concepts, reviewing study materials and providing feedback throughout the process. The small Group will meet multiple times throughout the study and will include representatives from affected community associations, some property and business owners, some potential developers and Councillors Jeff Leiper (Ward 15 – Kitchissippi) and Mark Taylor (Ward 7 – Bay).
- A technical advisory group (TAG) will also be formed for the planning study. The TAG is made up of City staff and representatives from other agencies to help assess existing conditions, provide technical feedback, ensure that the planning study meets City policies and ensure the results are achievable. Members of the TAG represent interests such as Stage 2 LRT Project Office, transportation planning, cycling and walking, transit, parks, development review, infrastructure policy, research and forecasting, urban design, municipal real estate, school boards, hydro, National Capital Commission (NCC), and land use and natural systems.
When will the results of this study be implemented?
Once this planning study is complete, change will unfold gradually over many years as redevelopment of both public and private lands occurs. Redevelopment of private properties is often driven by market demands. Public realm improvements identified by the Cleary and New Orchard Planning study will be prioritized and assigned implementation goals over a 20 year period.
Due to the capital investment related to the implementation of Stage 2 Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, some change on public lands in the study area will occur in the short term (within 5 years). In addition to the Stage 2 LRT system, this change will ultimately implement the Richmond Road Complete Street study and parts of the Stage 2 LRT Pedestrian / Cycling Connectivity Study. Information about these projects found here.