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Westboro-Dominion Planning Study

Project Status: 
Underway

Overview

Last updated: April 8, 2019

The City is undertaking a review of planning policies and zoning for lands near the Westboro and Dominion Light Rail Transit (LRT) stations. The review will focus on:

  • Maximum building heights on Scott Street and Richmond Road, and
  • Density and urban design standards for development throughout the neighbourhood.

Stakeholders will have the opportunity to:

  • Review a Discussion Paper that lays out planning considerations for the area
  • Provide input and have questions answered by communicating directly with the lead planner, and
  • Attend a public open house in the fall of 2019.

Please note: this study should not be confused with the the planning study currently underway for the area south of Byron Avenue, as a result of Interim Control By-law 2018-362. For information on that study, please contact Robert Sandercott at robert.sandercott@ottawa.ca.

Timeline

Public engagement will take place from March through November 2019. We anticipate circulating the final zoning proposals in late fall/winter 2019 and will bring a report to Planning Committee in early 2020.

Background

The Richmond Road-Westboro Secondary Plan (RRWSP) was adopted in 2008 and provides planning guidance to a large area extending from Island Park Drive in the east to the Sir John A. MacDonald parkway in the west. However, in recent years, development pressure on lands close to the new Westboro and Dominion Light Rail Transit stations has underscored the need for more clarity in that area.

Accordingly, the Westboro-Dominion Planning Study will "zoom in" and address in greater detail those lands that are generally:

  • West of Island Park Drive
  • North of Byron Avenue
  • East of Dominion Street, and
  • South of the Transitway and Lanark Avenue.

This map shows the Westboro-Dominion Planning Study Area, which is bounded by Island Park Drive to the east; Byron Avenue to the south; Dominion Street to the west; and the Transitway and Lanark Avenue to the north.

The Westboro-Dominion Planning Study will not seek to replace the broader Richmond Road-Westboro Secondary Plan (RRWSP.) Rather, it will review, amend and/or expand the policies of the Richmond Road-Westboro plan only as they relate to the lands described above.

The Westboro-Dominion Planning Study will address questions and fill in gaps in the RRWSP, including:

What is the maximum building height that should be considered for buildings on Richmond Road and Scott Street, and under what circumstances could that height be allowed?

The current RRWSP generally limits buildings to four to six storeys on those streets. However, it then goes on to say that greater heights may be allowed, without specifying any upper limit nor providing any meaningful guidance as to when, where and under what conditions greater heights may be allowed.

How should development occur in the residential interior of the study area?

The RRWSP includes policies for the Richmond Road and Scott Street Traditional Mainstreets, and for commercial streets such as McRae Avenue and Churchill Avenue. However, the Secondary Plan does not address the residential streets in between, nor does it address when and how the mid- to high-density form along the area's commercial streets might extend into the neighbourhood.

Some secondary plans in other areas have considered defining a neighbourhood line between the interior residential neighbourhood and the surrounding commercial lands. Others have considered different approaches to address how development might transition into abutting residential lands.

What urban design standards should apply throughout the study area?

Being next to major transit facilities, the area has for some time attracted higher-density development. But higher density has to come with excellent urban design, in everything from treatment of lands at grade, building design and orientation, and the interface between private lands and the public realm. While the Official Plan and various design guidelines do provide urban design direction, that direction may not account for specific contextual considerations that might be important for the area

What is the vision for 250 Lanark?

This large, mostly vacant lot is located just north of Westboro Station, and is a great opportunity for transit-supportive redevelopment. However, such redevelopment ideally would be guided by a plan that ensures a quality interface with the neighbours, and that takes opportunities for pedestrian and cyclist connectivity between the surrounding neighbourhood and the transit facilities.

Westboro-Dominion Planning Study: Discussion Paper #1

For a more detailed discussion of these topics, please see our Discussion Paper. Once you've read the paper, please provide us your comments by May 31, 2019.

Contact

For more information, provide comments, or sign up for updates on this project, please contact us:

By mail at:
Westboro-Dominion Planning Study
c/o Tim J. Moerman, MCIP, RPP
Ottawa City Hall, mail code 01-15
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
By phone at (613) 580-2424 ext. 13944
By fax at (613) 580-2459
By email at westboro-dominion@ottawa.ca or tim.moerman@ottawa.ca