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Imagine Merivale Road (North) Community Design Plan

Project Status: 
Underway

Draft Merivale Road (North) Community Design Plan (CDP)

Following the study consultation undertaken in 2017, a preliminary version of the Community Design Plan (CDP) is now available for public review and comments. Your feedback will help to inform preparation of a final draft of the CDP, to be presented to Planning Committee for approval in the spring of 2018.

Merivale Road North Draft Community Design Plan Part 1 [ PDF 17.482 MB ]

Merivale Road North Draft Community Design Plan Part 2 [ PDF 17.482 MB ]

Please provide any comments on or before Monday, March 19, 2018 by emailing or calling the study project manager:

Chris Brouwer, MCIP, RPP
Planner
Community Planning
City of Ottawa 
613-580-2424, ext. 27813 
Email: Chris.Brouwer@ottawa.ca

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 ( known as 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

Project timelines

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

April-September:             Develop the first draft of the CDP

October:                          Present the draft CDP for community review and comment

October 2017 - January 2018:      Revise the draft and finalize the CDP

February 2018:                Post the draft CDP for review and comments   

Spring 2018:                    Present the CDP and proposed rezoning to City Planning Committee for review and approval by City Council 

Stay in touch

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

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
Email: Chris.Brouwer@Ottawa.ca

Information Session - October 5, 2017

On October 5, approximately 76 people participated in an information session and viewed numerous display boards describing the project.  Participants gave 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.

Review the display boards from the information meeting and send any comments to chris.brouwer@ottawa.ca

Information boards part 1 [ PDF 957 KB ]

Information boards part 2 [ PDF 9.4 MB ]

Information boards part 3 [ PDF 2.2 MB ]

Information boards part 4 [ PDF 8 MB ]

Information boards part 5 [ PDF 4.2 MB ] 

As We Heard It Report 2

The As We Heard It Report 2 includes the comments received from the Information Session held on October 5, 2017.

Information Session - March 22, 2017

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 chris.brouwer@ottawa.ca

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

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.

 

Notice of Proposed Zoning By-Law Amendments

In accordance with Section 34(10.7)(a) of the Planning Act and Section 3.(1) of Ontario Regulation 545/06, notice is hereby provided that a Zoning By-law Amendment proposal has been initiated by the Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department of the City of Ottawa.

LAND SUBJECT TO THE PROPOSAL

The Zoning By-Law Amendment proposal generally affects properties adjacent to Merivale Road between Caldwell Avenue and Carling Avenue including select properties on Merivale Road, Kirkwood Avenue, Chatelain Avenue, Shillington Avenue, Thames Street, Laperriere Avenue, Leaside Avenue and Anna Avenue.

PURPOSE AND EFFECT OF THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS

The purpose of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendments (ZBLA) is to implement the land use and urban design components of the proposed new Merivale Road (North) Community Design Plan (CDP).  The CDP is being brought forward for approval by Planning Committee and Council at the same time as the proposed ZBLA.  The main effects of the proposed ZBLA are to rezone select properties from existing residential and institutional zones to the Traditional Mainstreet (TM) zone, generally with exceptions that continue to permit uses from the existing zones but that in certain locations permit new non-residential uses under the TM zone only if properties are assembled and any new development fronts on Merivale Road, and to correct anomalies where the boundaries between different zones do not follow adjacent property lines.  

FURTHER INFORMATION

For more information about this matter, including information about preserving your appeal rights, contact:

Chris Brouwer, Planner
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario  K1P 1J1
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 27813
Fax: 613-580-2459
E-mail: Chris.Brouwer@ottawa.ca

Additional information can also be obtained through Ottawa.ca/devapps and input File Number D02-02-17-0017 in the “Search” criteria. 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The City of Ottawa would like to receive any comments concerning the proposed amendments. Please forward comments to the above-noted planner via mail, telephone, facsimile or e-mail by Friday, October 6, 2017. Comments received will be considered in the evaluation of the proposal.