Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Real Canadian Superstore, Community Room, 4270 Innes Road
6:30 to 9 p.m. Workshop begins at 7:30 p.m.
Open House Display Boards
The integrated Planning Act and Environmental Assessment Act process has been initiated for the East Urban Community Mixed Use Centre Community Design Plan (CDP). The study area generally includes lands in the mixed use centre located north and south of the Hydro Corridor between Mer Bleue Road and Pagé Road, and industrial lands south of the existing commercial uses along Innes Road.
The purpose of the project is to detail the land uses (including the natural heritage system), transportation and servicing infrastructure for these lands. A Community Design Plan is being prepared to detail land uses and will be implemented through an Official Plan amendment (OPA).
This second Open House and Workshop will provide an overview of progress to date and present the Existing Conditions Report and the draft preliminary Vision and Objectives of the CDP to the public for feedback. The workshop portion of the event will seek community input on developing preliminary concept plans for the area.
A Master Servicing Study (MSS) and Environmental Management Plan (EMP) are being developed with the CDP through a concurrent and integrated Class Environmental Assessment process. The MSS will provide for water, stormwater drainage and sanitary services; the EMP will identify significant natural features to be protected and will establish any required infrastructure and remedial measures for mitigation, rehabilitation and enhancement of the significant natural features. Other studies including a Community Transportation Study are also being undertaken concurrently with this project.
The MSS and EMP will be prepared in accordance with the Planning Act provision of the Municipal Engineers Association Environmental Assessment Process.
The OPA, MSS and EMP are subject to all normal notice requirements and rights of appeal by any person or public body to the Ontario Municipal Board under the provisions of the Planning Act.
As We Heard It
The second Open House was held on October 14, 2014. The first part of the open house was a drop-in format with display panels showing information on the draft existing conditions report and the draft vision and goals.
The second part of the open house was organized into a workshop format with the purpose being to solicit feedback on the draft vision and goals, and to discuss preliminary land use concept ideas for the study area. Thirteen people attended.
Here is the outcome from the workshop.
Facilitators: Julie Carrara (Urban Planner, FOTENN), Cheryl Brouillard (Urban Planner, City of Ottawa), Steve Pichette (Servicing Engineer, DSEL), Chris Ellingwood (Biologist, Niblett Environmental), Phil Castro (Richcraft)
Members of public: representative from Bradley Estates and a resident of Chapel Hill South
Comments on Vision/Goals:
- Would like vehicular access acknowledged more, particularly in the last sentence of the vision
- Too much traffic currently
- Want access to Innes Road (which will be difficult if Page Road is dead-ended)
- Concerned Brian Coburn will act as a funnel, directing traffic problems to Chapel Hill South
- Do not expand roads, focus on transit instead
- Recognize that some people need cars, for such means as taking children to day care
- Do not permit development until infrastructure is in place
- Orléans should grow like Kanata did
- Orléans is bigger than just this study area
- No more retail is needed
- A grid road system makes sense
- Make Vanguard a curvy (non-direct) road so that it is less convenient for cut through traffic (direct traffic to Brian Coburn and Innes). Questioned whether Vanguard needs to extend west of Mer Bleue Road.
- Proposed Land Uses:
- Employment uses: mental health network, tourism, agri business (sales, manufacturing, distribution), third hotel for Orléans, seniors complex, environmental research centre
- Community centre with ice rinks and a library
- Entertainment- places to socialize which complement the Shenkman Arts Centre. Nightclub.
- Skateboard park (there is already one in Blackburn and one by Highway 417/Jeanne D'Arc)
- Bike path along hydro corridor or the BRT corridor
- One central trail through Innes Park Woods. The City will have to do an Environmental Management Plan since the lands are owned by the City
- Parks are good
- There are already enough soccer fields in Orléans
- Tennis centre
- Off-leash dog park (like the Conroy example)
- Day care centres
Phil said that a multi-use pathway will be constructed through the southern Urban Natural Feature, crossing a creek and continuing east
The Belcourt crossing over the BRT corridor will be at-grade
The community association representative noted that residents would probably be ok with high rise buildings.
Facilitators: Pamela Sweet (Urban Planner, FOTENN), Arman Matti (Transportation Engineer, Castleglenn), Kevin Murphy (Servicing Engineer, DSEL)
Members of the public: two land owners within the study area and an agent for a land owner immediately outside of the study area.
Comments on Vision/Goals:
There were no specific comments on the vision
- It was suggested that a goal be added that "builds on the Montfort Health Hub"
- It was suggested that a goal be added which emphasizes linkages to existing communities
- It was suggested that a goal be added on providing a community facility such as a library or community centre as a focal point.
- It was suggested that two connections be made to the Gib Paterson lands to the west, outside of the study area. There is no available concept plan for the Gib Paterson lands.
- With the auto dominance and Arterial Mainstreet on Innes, there should be greater consideration in the CDP area for walking and transit.
- There is a need to establish all of the potential connection points for roads and pathways early on.
- The extension of Belcourt Boulevard should be a curve so that it does not directly connect through the site. Instead there could be a major connection from Vanguard. This would direct cars to the major connection from Vanguard and keep Belcourt as a main street geared to pedestrians.
- It was suggested that the study area boundary be changed in the northeast corner as there is a property on the east side of Mer Bleue Road that is partially within the study area and partially outside of the study area.
- All of the lands in the study area should be considered for the Mixed Use Centre designation.
Proposed Land Uses:
- Because of the amount of land occupied by the snow disposal facility, higher densities should be focused around the western transit station.
- A mixed of uses should be proposed at both transit stations.
- Primarily employment uses should be located between the eastern edge of the snow disposal facility and Mer Bleue Road and in the areas outside of the 600 metre transit ring on the west side of the study area.
- Retail/commercial is proposed at the north end, along the west side of Mer Bleue Road, and along the curvy Belcourt Boulevard main street.
- Residential uses and a mix of uses are proposed on the northeast side of the eastern transit station, outside of the 200 metre buffer from the snow disposal facility.
- Some pedestrian/cycle connections are proposed through the hydro corridor and north-south through the study area, connecting to the retail/commercial along Innes Road.
- An additional environmental/park area is proposed in the southwest corner, near the permanent stormwater pond.
Facilitators: Julie Lebrun (Urban Planner, City of Ottawa), Evode Rwagasore (Urban Planner, City of Ottawa), Sarah Button (Urban Planner, FOTENN), Arthur Gordon (Transportation Engineer, Castleglenn), Steve Grandmont (Richcraft)
Members of the public: A landowner from outside of the study area and a representative for a land owner.
Comments on Vision/Goals:
- Prioritise cycle and pedestrian connections – these should be direct and quick
- Begin the design of the alternative concept plans by drawing locations around the study area boundary where connections should occur (only locations, not actual connections)
- Vanguard should be extended from its current end point, west to Mer Bleue, along the northern boundary of the snow disposal facility, to connect with Belcourt.
- Vanguard should be a main east-west line
- Do NOT directly connect Belcourt at the two end points as this cuts through what could be a major residential node west of the snow disposal facility. Instead, create a new north-south road which intersects with Innes in between the BMR and the Riotrin development and has a direct connection to the western BRT station. The part of this new road north of Vanguard would be a major employment corridor whereas south would tend more residential.
- Three possible routes for "Belcourt connection":
- Direct from western BRT station to current northern terminus (water tower)
- Straight up to meet future Vanguard
- Recommended: slightly to the west to meet future Vanguard. This option allows the greatest amount of "residential" in possible future grid road pattern between there and the snow disposal facility to maximize pedestrian connections from the north to the BRT stations.
Proposed Land Uses:
- In brief: two employment corridors into the study area – one in the northeast corner and one in the northwest corner. Residential node in the centre. Residential/employment wedge near the eastern BRT station. Library at the western BRT station. South of Brian Coburn, mainly residential with some commercial along Brian Coburn, and some employment uses at the BRT stations. Employment/commercial around the snow disposal facility. New storm pond (expanded) with parkland buffer into residential and parkland buffer from Innes Park Woods into residential as well.
- Multi-use pathway along the hydro corridor
- Pedestrian connections through Innes Park Woods, a parkland buffer to the south of Innes Park Woods, and then higher density residential along Vanguard with some smaller commercial uses.
- Vanguard should bend south after the snow disposal facility to allow for enough space for this development north of the roadway.
- Employment and commercial uses within the snow disposal facility buffer.
- Maintain the 'temporary' stormwater pond and develop employment towers around it. Keep it as a node.
- Have employment lands in the northeast corner of the study area, north of the Montfort Lands. Vanguard would bisect that area as a main road. Pedestrian connections from existing development south of this area into the study area via the multi-use pathway in the hydro corridor.
- Existing stormwater pond should be extended to provide additional parkland/water feature. The lowest residential densities should be in this area, with higher densities as you move away, near the main roads.
- A new Community Centre on the proposed north-south road to Innes, south of the Vanguard extension, which has direct pedestrian/cycling connections to green space and to the western BRT station.
- A new library could provide an anchor at the western BRT station, with some high density residential. This would support two schools in the area and civic uses.
- The intersection of Brian Coburn and Belcourt should have employment/commercial on the two south corners. Proceeding to the east along the Brian Coburn extension, there should be pedestrian connections between the subdivision to the south and Brian Coburn. The land use in this area should be mainly residential with some commercial along Brian Coburn. The land adjacent to Mer Bleue, south of Brian Coburn, should all be commercial.
- The wedge-shaped block, bound by Mer Bleue to the east, the BRT corridor to the north and the Brian Coburn extension to the south, is bisected by the snow disposal facility buffer and is located within 600m walking radius to the eastern BRT station. Populate this area with high-density residential above employment uses, with some commercial along Mer Bleue. Have employment uses along BRT corridor inside the snow disposal facility buffer.
With regards to the marked up plan, where dotted lines have "P" that indicates pedestrian/cyclist connection. Solid lines (generally) represent major roadways. Minor road network would be determined later. Dotted lines that cross the study area boundary show connection locations. Blue circles with 'E' show employment uses.