Overview of the Study
Purpose of the Study
The purpose of this study is to prepare a Secondary Plan to guide future development in the Lincoln Fields Station Area that compliments the City’s newly adopted Official Plan. The main objective of the study and the secondary plan is to facilitate a more urbanized place that helps meet the City’s intensification targets and strategically locate density in proximity to the future Lincoln Fields O-Train Station.
The study area boundary identifies what is approximately an 800-metre or 10-minute walk from the future Lincoln Fields O-Train Station, as well as lands outside of that in order to consider elements such as connectivity, infrastructure, amenities. The study area is the area for which the secondary plan policies will apply. It will also be determined through the study process if Zoning By-law amendments are required.
In December 2019, the City officially launched the process for a Lincoln Fields Station Area Secondary Plan, with an open house held at Ron Kolbus Lakeside Center.
City staff were on hand to answer questions related to the study and Stage 2 Light Rail Transit, as well as receive input from the public on the study’s priorities and objectives.
In early 2020, the study took pause as the City’s process for a new Official Plan progressed. The purpose of a secondary plan is to hone in on site-specific considerations that are not reflected in the Official Plan and for that reason, draft Official Plan policies were needed in order to better inform the policies of the secondary plan.
With the adoption of the new Official Plan on November 24, 2021, the Lincoln Fields Station Area Secondary Plan process will resume.
Objectives of the Study
- Engage the community to identify appropriate built-form, height, density, that is context sensitive and considerate of major elements such as Carling Avenue, Richmond Road, Lincoln Fields Station, and the existing communities.
- Identify opportunities to improve the public realm including connectivity and walkability
- Ensure clarity for the community, the development industry, and City staff to guide the review of future development proposals for the area.
This planning study will not:
- Produce a Community Design Plan
- Influence the alignment of the O-Train track or the location of Lincoln Fields Station
- Prevent growth or development in the area
Spring 2022 – Open House with draft concepts
Summer 2022 - Discussions continue with public and technical advisory committees
Winter 2023 - Final Open House with the Draft Secondary Plan policies to engage public on draft policy considerations
Spring 2023 - Study completion and final adoption of the plan
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Frequently Asked Questions
How will this project impact the study area?
This project aims to provide direction on how the study area can grow and evolve through the next Official Plan with a Secondary Plan. These new policies will provide guidance on appropriate land uses building heights, built form, connectivity and transportation, and contributions to the public realm. Intensification and density are to be expected.
What is a Secondary Plan?
The City of Ottawa’s Official Plan provides a vision for the future growth of the city and a policy framework to guide the City's physical development. Ottawa’s Official Plan includes a number of Secondary Plans that provide more detailed guidance for development within an identified area.
Secondary Plans include direction on land uses, building heights, densities, particular design requirements for buildings or sites, detailed public realm elements, and implementation of the plan. Proposed development that is not in keeping with the policies of Secondary Plans would require an application to amend the Official Plan.
How can I get involved?
There are several ways you can stay informed and engaged throughout the study process:
- Attend public events
- Sign-up to the project’s email list to receive updates on the planning study’s progress and invites to public events
- Visit this webpage to stay up-to-date about upcoming events and current information
- Contact the Project Lead (see contact information above) at any time during the process to request information or submit feedback.
Who is involved in this study?
Many stakeholders are involved in this planning study:
- A Stakeholder Working Group will be responsible for reviewing study materials and providing feedback throughout the process. This group will include representatives from local community associations, property and business owners and Ward Councillor.
A Technical Advisory Group (TAG) will also be part of the planning study. The TAG will include City staff and representatives from other agencies to help assess existing conditions, provide technical feedback, ensure that the planning study meets City policies.
Lincoln Fields Station Area Secondary Plan Study and the Draft Official Plan
The purpose of a secondary plan is to adapt land use planning policies provided by an Official Plan to address local context. With that in mind, it is important to understand what the newly adopted Official Plan says about the Lincoln Fields Station Area in order to inform what policy direction may be required in order to achieve priorities for this area.
Here is what the newly adopted Official Plan says about planning and development in the Lincoln Fields Station Area
Inner Urban Transect
The study area is located within the Inner Urban Transect. This Transect surrounds the Downtown Core Transect and is characterized by its mix of urban and suburban built form. The objectives for the Inner Urban Transect is to see it become more urbanized with high-density mixed-use development and reliant on sustainable modes of transportation. This also includes making walkability and cycling a priority by limiting car-oriented development such as surface parking, drive-throughs, and service stations. Infill and redevelopment of old shopping centres is also a focus as these forms of development are opportunities for creating complete communities and expanding housing choices.
The new Official Plan designates lands around Lincoln Fields Station as a Hub. Hubs are major destinations on the rapid transit network. They are the focus for density and urban development which may include major employment and permit the greatest heights. Hubs are intended to contribute to 15-minute neighbourhoods. In the Inner Urban Transect, buildings within 400 metres walking distance of a rapid transit station shall generally be high-rise.
Carling Avenue and Richmond Road designated as Mainstreet Corridors
The new Official Plan designates Carling Avenue and Richmond Road as Mainstreet Corridors. Mainstreets are intended to provide for daily and weekly services to those who live and work nearby. Built form along mainstreets is intended to be mid- to high-rise.
Evolving Neighbourhood Overlay
The new Official Plan now includes overlays which provide direction for a change in character in the designated areas. Areas designated as Evolving Neighbourhood are experiencing rapid change in urbanization from low to high density. The intention of the policies applied to lands designated as Evolving Neighbourhood Overlay is to limit low density built form and car-oriented development such as private approaches, as well as ensure positive contributions to the public realm. This overlay is intended on supporting amendments to the Zoning By-law to permit higher densities in low-rise areas. Lands within the Lincoln Fields Station Study Area are subject to this overlay.
Protected Major Transit Station Area
Protected Major Transit Station Areas (PMTSAs) are a discretionary tool that municipalities may use in order to establish transit-supportive densities within a designated area that surrounds a rapid transit station area. The new Official Plan designates lands within the Lincoln Fields Station Area as PMTSA. Policies within the new Official Plan for PMTSAs include establishing a minimum density target of 200 people/jobs per gross hectare. This will be achieved through medium to high density housing developments and commercial and employment uses. Establishing a PMTSA also provides the municipality with an opportunity to apply inclusionary zoning provisions which promotes the supply of affordable housing.