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Leitrim Development Area - Updated Serviceability Report

Project Status: 
Completed

Open house - May 25, 2016

May 25, 2016
Fred G. Barrett Arena
3280 Leitrim Road (corner of Bank St. and Leitrim Rd.)
6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

By attending this meeting, residents will find out more about the Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process and updated serviceability for the Leitrim Development Area [PDF 259 KB].

In 2012, as per Official Plan Amendment Number 76 (OPA 76), the City of Ottawa increased its urban envelope and part of that expansion occurred in the Leitrim Development Area (LDA). OPA 76 Areas 8a, 9a and 9b (87.2 hectares) were added to the LDA as per Planning Committee Report Number 33 (dated June 27, 2012).

The servicing of the OPA 76 lands is subject to the EA process. The Updated Serviceability Report is prepared following the integration with the Planning Act provision of the Class EA process recognizing that integrating approvals under the Environmental Assessment Act and the Planning Act would meet the intent of the Class EA.

To fulfill the requirements of the Planning Act provision of the Class EA process, the upcoming open house will address:

  • The addition of the 87.2 hectares of developable area to the analysis contained in the 2007 Final Serviceability Report, including a review of the impacts of the OPA 76 expansion lands on existing water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure
  • Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class EA requirements to service the expansion lands
  • Recommendations on the overall LDA infrastructure system, including upgrades required to meet the City of Ottawa’s level of service requirements for build-out of future development within the LDA

By participating at this meeting, you can discuss the project with the study team and provide feedback. 

Open house boards [PDF 14.5 MB]

Residents are encouraged to provide comments throughout the EA process. All comments received will be collected under the Environmental Assessment Act and, with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record.

Project update

Overview

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 Leitrim Development Area is one such area.

Before the lands can be developed as part of the urban area, comprehensive studies are required in the form of a Master Servicing Update, and an Environmental Management Plan. This implements the policies of Developing Community (Expansion Area) of the Official Plan to the specific area and will be the result of the collected efforts of the stakeholders. General information regarding the Urban Expansion Area process may be found in Section 3.12 of the Official Plan. The designation of Developing Community (Expansion Area) on Schedule B and Urban Area on Schedule A contributes to the provision of sufficient urban land to support the residential demands of the projected population. These lands, none of which is very large, will develop primarily for residential purposes, although minor, non-residential uses to meet the needs of a neighbourhood may also be located here. The policies of this section will be achieved through the preparation of a plan of subdivision.

The Urban Expansion Area 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 approvals, reviews and public consultations to be co-ordinated. Requirements of both the Environmental Assessment Act and the Planning Act will be satisfied.

October 2016

In 2012, as per Official Plan Amendment 76 (OPA 76), the City increased its urban envelope by over 900 hectares. Part of the urban expansion occurred in the Leitrim Development Area (LDA). Specifically, OPA 76 Areas 8a, 9a and 9b were added to the LDA resulting in an additional 87.2 hectares of urban land. OPA 76 urban expansion areas were not included in the servicing strategy for the original 2005 LDA lands Community Design Plan. Therefore, an updated servicing plan for the LDA has been prepared. Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) have also been prepared to provide the technical background required to meet the requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) process for the urban expansion areas. The main objectives of the EMPs documents were to identify and assess the natural features present on-site, and develop and evaluate stormwater servicing options for the subject lands.

The updated Serviceability Report Class EA for the LDA was prepared by the engineering consultants on behalf of EA proponents, the area developers. The City was responsible for coordination, review and approval of the recommended stormwater management, water supply, and wastewater servicing plans to ensure that they meet City guidelines and objectives of the City's Infrastructure Master Plan.

Following Planning Committee and Council approval, the September 2016 Updated Serviceability report for Leitrim Development Area Planning Class Environmental Assessment Report will be posted for the 30-day public review period.

Updated Serviceability Report

Updated Serviceability Report Leitrim Development Area – Chapters 1 to 4 [ PDF 8.667 MB ]
Updated Serviceability Report Leitrim Development Area – Chapter 5 [ PDF 8.212 MB ]
Updated Serviceability Report Leitrim Development Area – Chapters 6 to 6.3.3 [ PDF 6.955 MB ]
Updated Serviceability Report Leitrim Development Area – Chapter 6.3.3 to 6.3.4 [ PDF 8.670 MB ]
Updated Serviceability Report Leitrim Development Area – Chapter 6.3.3 page 67a [ PDF 5.607 MB ]
Updated Serviceability Report Leitrim Development Area – Chapter 6.3.4 to 6.4 [ PDF 9.532 MB ]
Updated Serviceability Report Leitrim Development Area – Chapters 6.4 to 7 [ PDF 9.780 MB ]
Updated Serviceability Report Leitrim Development Area – Chapters 7 to 11 [ PDF 8.539 ]

Leitrim Environmental Management Plans (EMP)

Two EMPs were prepared for the Leitrim Expansion Area: Leitrim Remer-Idone 8a EMP, and the Leitrim East 9a/9b EMP. The EMP identifies natural heritage system features and additional requirements to support future development proposals in the Leitrim Development Area. The EMP is to be implemented through the Leitrim Serviceability Update and associated Planning Act applications for Urban Expansion Areas 8a (Idone Lands), 9a (Claridge) and 9b (Urbandale).

The development horizon for the Leitrim Development Area is expected to span a number of years, and will proceed in stages in which individual blocks will be developed. It will be important to determine a logical schedule for construction and implementation of the stormwater management infrastructure, such that the development phasing will not have any negative impacts on Findlay Creek and the adjacent Leitrim and Casino Provincially Significant Wetlands. The owners will be expected to fulfill regulatory requirements of provincial and federal agencies, as outlined in the final EMP documentation.

Environmental Management Plan for the Urban Expansion Land Areas 9a and 9b [ PDF 11.424 MB ]
Environmental Management Plan for the Remer and Idone Lands [ PDF 1.081 MB ]
Environmental Management Plan for the Remer and Idone Lands Figures [ PDF 16.746 ]

Approvals

An Official Plan Amendment for Urban Expansion Area 9b at 4791 Bank Street is currently being processed; along with a Zoning By-law Amendment for the Remer Lands at 4800 Bank Street. To obtain further information relating to these proposal including the Leitrim Environmental Management Plans, and maps go to Development Application Search Tool and input the File Number D01-01-13-0025 for Area 9b; and File Number D02-02-15-0072 for the Remer Lands in the “Search” criteria.

The Leitrim Serviceability Update is scheduled to be presented to Planning Committee on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Notice of Completion of Class Environmental Assessments

Updated Serviceability Report for the Leitrim Development Area (OPA 76 Areas 8a, 9a and 9b)

In 2012, as per Official Plan Amendment 76 (OPA 76), the City increased its urban envelope by over 900 hectares. Part of the urban expansion occurred in the Leitrim Development Area (LDA). Specifically, OPA 76 Areas 8a, 9a and 9b were added to the LDA resulting in an additional 87.2 hectares of urban land. OPA 76 urban expansion areas were not included in the servicing strategy for the original 2005 LDA lands Community Design Plan, therefore, an updated servicing plan for the LDA has been prepared. The map illustrates the Leitrim Development Area and OPA Expansion Lands.

This LDA servicing study was undertaken in accordance with the requirements for Schedule B projects under the current Municipal Class Environmental Assessment document following an integrated planning and environmental assessment provisions (Section A.2.9)

The Updated Serviceability Report (OPA76 Areas 8A, 9A and 9B) for the LDA determined the following:

  1. The LDA falls within the City's 3C water pressure zone and is currently serviced with potable water from the Ottawa South Pumping Station, trunk watermains and local distribution system throughout the built up area. This water supply system has the capacity to support the planned LDA expansion, and will provide a reliable water service which meets the City's level of service objectives.
  2. All wastewater flows from the LDA are tributary to the Leitrim Sanitary Pump Station (LPS). The LPS discharges to twin forcemains constructed along Bank Street and outlet to the Conroy Road Collector Sewer which is located near the intersection of Bank Street and Conroy Road. The firm capacity of the LPS has excess capacity required to support the 87 hectares LDA expansion. This is in part due to the fact that actual wastewater flows are less than the projected flow rates considered for the original design of the station. The four existing sub-trunk sewers within the existing LDA each have sufficient capacity to service the expanded LDA sanitary drainage areas as well.
  3. The LDA stormwater management system consists of a dual drainage network such as stormwater collection pipes; overland flow routes, watercourses and stormwater ponds. To facilitate the OPA 76 expansion lands, the required stormwater infrastructure will include new trunk storm sewers, a constructed channel for rural flow conveyance and the expansion of the existing Findlay Creek Village Stormwater Facility to provide water quantity and quality control.

A Class EA project file report has been prepared documenting the problem statement, existing conditions, identifications and evaluation of alternatives and the selection of the preferred solutions, public and agency consultation as well as potential development impacts and mitigation measure.

By way of this Notice, the Class EA report is being placed on the public record for a 30 day review starting on November 17, 2016. The report is available for public review at the following locations:

City Hall, Client Service Centre
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel.: 613-580-2400
Ottawa Public Library – Greenboro Branch
363 Lorry Greenberg
Ottawa, ON K1T 3P8
Tel.: 613-580-2940

Interested persons should provide written comments within thirty (30) calendar days from the date of the first issuance of this Notice to:

Jim Moffatt, P.Eng.
Associate
IBI Group (Proponent)
333 Preston Street, Suite 400
Ottawa, ON K1S 5N4
Tel.: 613-225-1311
Email: jmoffatt@ibigroup.com

and copy

Joseph Zagorski, P.Eng.
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 22611
Email: joseph.zagorski@ottawa.ca

If concerns regarding the project cannot be resolved through discussion with the IBI Group and the City of Ottawa a person or party may request that the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change make an order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment (EA) Act (referred to as a Part II Order). Requests must be received by the Minister at the address below by December 22, 2016. A copy of this request must also be sent to the IBI Group and City of Ottawa at the address listed above. If there are no requests received by December 22, 2016, the project will be considered to have met the EA requirements and identified municipal infrastructure projects for the Leitrim Development Area will proceed to detailed design and construction.

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change:
The Honourable Glen Murray
77 Wellesley Street West
11th Floor, Ferguson Block
Toronto ON M7A 2T5
Tel.: 416-314-6790
Email: minister.moecc@ontario.ca

With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

This Notice was first issued on November 17, 2016.

Contact

For further Information, and to be added to the study's mailing list, please contact either:

M. Joseph Zagorski, P.Eng.
Senior Project Manager – Infrastructure Policy
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P1J1
Email: joseph.zagorski@ottawa.ca
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 22611
Fax: 613-580-2578
Jim Moffatt, P.Eng.
Associate / Manager, Land Engineering
IBI Group
400-333 Preston Street
Ottawa, ON K1S 5N4
Email: jmoffatt@IBIGroup.com
Tel.: 613-225-1311
Fax: 613-225-9868