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Mer Bleue Expansion Area Community Design Plan

Project Status: 
Completed

Notice of Completion of Class Environmental Assessments (EA)

Mer Bleue Urban Expansion Area

The City of Ottawa has granted approval of the Community Design Plan (CDP) for the Mer Bleue Urban Expansion Area subject to conditions of the Planning Act. The map illustrates the CDP Study Area. 

The western component is along Wall Road through the community of Notre Dame Des Champs and the eastern component begins east of Notre Dame Des Champs extending to Tenth Line Road at approximately the mid-way point between Wall Road and Navan Road.

The City of Ottawa and the Project Team have planned to ensure infrastructure capacity is available for the proposed development in the expansion area. This process has been conducted in accordance with Section A.2.9 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment to integrate approvals under the Environmental Assessment Act and the Planning Act.  As such, approval of the Community Design Plan and associated OPA were supported by the following Master Plans which document the preferred municipal infrastructure projects:

Master Servicing Study (MSS)Transportation Master Plan (TMP)

The TMP and CDP were made available for public review in July 2017 and no objections were received.  Additional technical input into the MSS was required and is now being made available for review.

The MSS identified the following preferred projects:

  • Water Distribution Projects
    • Trunk watermains (Schedule B)
  • Wastewater Collection Projects
    • Trunk sanitary sewers and pump station upgrades (north section) (Schedule B)
    • Trunk sanitary sewers and new pump station (south section) (Schedule B)
  • Stormwater Collection and Treatment
    • New Mer Bleue Northern stormwater retention/detention pond and appurtenances including outfall and storm sewers (Schedule B)
    • New Mer Bleue Southern stormwater retention/detention pond and appurtenances including outfall and storm sewers (Schedule B)
    • Expand Avalon West stormwater retention/detention pond and appurtenances including outfall (Schedule B)
    • Dry Pond (Schedule B)

By way of this Notice, the MSS is being placed on the public record for a 30-day review starting on January 4, 2018 at the following locations:

City Hall, Client Service Centre
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON  K1P 1J1
Tel.: 613-580-2400
Ottawa Public Library - Blackburn Hamlet
199 Glen Park Dr,
Ottawa, ON K1B 5B8
Tel.: 613-580-2940
Ottawa Public Library - Main Branch
3rd Floor (Library Room)
120 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON  K1P 5M2
Tel.: 613-580-2945

The Mer Bleue CDP followed an integrated planning and environmental assessment process. The Official Plan Amendment for the CDP and the TMP review period concluded on August 25, 2017. This 30 day review period is being provided  so any person or public body with objections to any of the projects identified in this MSS can provide written comments within 30 calendar days from the date of this Notice. If there are concerns which cannot be resolved through discussion, a party or person may request that the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change make an order for the above noted projects to comply with Part II of the EA Act (referred to as a Part II Order). Requests must be received by the Minister at the address below by February 5, 2018. A copy of the request must also be sent to the City and the EA Proponent (IBI Group.) If there are no Part II Order Requests received by February 5, 2018 all above identified municipal infrastructure projects will be considered to have met the EA requirements and will proceed to the detailed design and construction stage.

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change:
77 Wellesley Street West
11th Floor, Ferguson Block
Toronto, ON  M7A 2T5
Tel: (416) 314-6790
Email: EAASIBgen@ontario.ca

Joseph Zagorski, P.Eng
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 3rd Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel: (613) 580-2424, ext. 22611
Email: Joseph.Zagorski@ottawa.ca

Demetrius Yannoulopoulos P.Eng.
IBI Group
400-333 Preston Street
Ottawa, ON  K1S 5N4  
Tel: (613) 225 1311 ext 590
Email:  dyannoulopoulos@IBIGroup.com

This Notice was first issued on January 4, 2018.

Notice of Completion of Class Environmental Assessments (EA)

The City of Ottawa has granted approval of the Community Design Plan (CDP) for the Mer Bleue Urban Expansion Area subject to conditions of the Planning Act. The map illustrates the CDP Study Area.

The City of Ottawa and the Project Team have planned to ensure infrastructure capacity is available for the proposed development in the expansion area. This process has been conducted in accordance with Section A.2.9 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment to integrate approvals under the Environmental Assessment Act and the Planning Act.  As such, approval of the Community Design Plan and associated OPA are supported by the following Master Plans which document the preferred municipal infrastructure projects:

  • Transportation Master Plan (TMP)

TMP projects:

  • New Collector Road:  Two-lane collector road (24 m ROW) (Schedule B)
  • Realigned Wall Road:  Two-lane collector road (24 m ROW) (Schedule B)
  • Gerry Lalonde Drive Extension:  Two-lane collector road from the north limit of the MBESA to the New Collector Road (Schedule B)
  • Zone 6 Collector Road:  Two-lane collector road (24 m ROW) (Schedule B)
  • Mer Bleue Road/New Collector Road:  New intersection: unsignalized initially; traffic signals by 2031 (Schedule A+)
  • Mer Bleue Road/Realigned Wall Road:  New stop-controlled intersection (Schedule A+)
  • Tenth Line Road/Zone 6: New stop-controlled intersection (Schedule A+)
  • Tenth Line Road/Zone 3 (N)/Harvest Valley Avenue:  Add west leg – Zone 3 (N) – to existing Tenth Line Road/Harvest Valley Avenue intersection (Schedule A+)
  • Tenth Line Road/Zone 3 (S)/Avalon South:  New intersection with Tenth Line Road/Avalon South (Schedule A+)

By way of this Notice, the Class EA reports are being placed on the public record for a 30 day 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 - Blackburn Hamlet
199 Glen Park Drive 
Ottawa, ON K1B 5B8
Tel: 613-580-2940

Ottawa Public Library - Main Branch
3rd Floor (Library Room)
120 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON  K1P 5M2
Tel. 613-580-2945

The Mer Bleue CDP is following an integrated planning and environmental assessment process. This 30 day review period is being provided and any person or public body with objections to any of the projects identified in the Class EAs and/or to the OPA may file an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board in respect of the OPA in accordance with section 22(7) of the Planning Act.  The notice of appeal must be received by mail addressed to the City Clerk, at 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1, or delivered in person to the Information Desk in the Rotunda on the 1st floor of Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, no later than 20 days following the Notice under the Planning Act, identify in writing the reasons for the appeal and be accompanied by a cheque in the amount $125.00 (payable to the Minister of Finance). If no notice of appeal or Part II Order request is received, the decision to approve the Concept Plan and OPA is final.

If there are concerns which cannot be resolved in discussion, a party or person may request that the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change make an order for the above noted projects to comply with Part II of the EA Act (Part II Order). Requests must be received by the Minister at the address below by August 25, 2017. A copy of the request must also be sent to the City.

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: EAASIBgen@ontario.ca

Taavi Siitam City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel: (613) 580-2424, ext. 27788
Email: Taavi.Siitam@ottawa.ca

This Notice was first issued on July 27, 2017

Notice of Adoption of an Official Plan Amendment to the City of Ottawa Official Plan

Official Plan Amendment 192 to the Official Plan of the City of Ottawa

In accordance with Section 17(23) of the Planning Act, you are hereby notified of Ottawa City Council’s decision on July 12, 2017 to adopt Amendment 192 to the Official Plan of the City of Ottawa.

City Council considered all submissions, including submissions received after the publication of the staff report, in addition to the planning and other considerations identified in the staff report in its decision on this matter. The staff report and if applicable, the draft Summary of Written and Oral Submissions which is still subject to Council approval, can be viewed as part of the supporting materials for this matter as part of the July 12, 2017 Council Agenda available on Ottawa.ca.

Purpose of the Amendment

The purpose of Amendment 192 is to amend the Official Plan and to introduce the policies of a secondary plan to implement the vision of Community Design Plan (CDP) for the Mer Bleue Urban Expansion Area. Its policies direct future private development and public works, which would be approved through future planning applications. The policies address the area’s future land uses and urban design; road, cycling and pedestrian circulation infrastructure; and the natural heritage system, while amending Official Plan schedules accordingly.  The Secondary Plan is complemented by the CDP, which provides the background and detail to support the plan in its interpretation and implementation of community elements, such as the residential areas, streets, paths, schools, parks, commercial space, and natural heritage features, ultimately resulting in a complete community of approximately 9 000 to 10 000 residents.

Information

Information on Amendment 192 can be obtained from Taavi Siitam, Planner, at 613-580-2424, extension 27788 or by email at Taavi.Siitam@ottawa.ca.

Notice of Appeal

Pursuant to section 17(24) of the Planning Act, any person or public body who, before Amendment 192 was adopted, made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to City Council may appeal City Council’s decision to the Ontario Municipal Board, by filing a notice of appeal to the amendment with the Clerk of the City of Ottawa.  Such appeal must identify in writing, which parts of the decision (all or parts thereof)   are being appealed and the reasons for doing so.  All appeals must also be accompanied by the Ontario Municipal Board’s prescribed fee of $300.00, which may be in the form of a cheque payable to the Minister of Finance.

A notice of appeal can be mailed to the City Clerk at 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1, or by delivering the notice in person, to Ottawa City Hall, at the Information Desk in the Rotunda on the 1st floor, 110 Laurier Avenue West.

A notice of appeal must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on August 16, 2017.

The proposed official plan amendment is exempt from approval by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The decision of the council is final if a notice of appeal is not received on or before the last day for filing a notice of appeal.

Only individuals, corporations or public bodies may appeal a decision of the municipality to the Ontario Municipal Board.  A notice of appeal may not be filed by an unincorporated association or group. However, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of the association or group on its behalf.

No person or public body shall be added as a party to the hearing of the appeal unless, before the amendment was adopted, the person or public body made oral submissions at a public meeting or written submissions to the council or, in the opinion of the Ontario Municipal Board, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

Notice of Hearing

Should the official plan amendment be appealed, persons or public bodies who wish to receive notice of the Ontario Municipal Board hearing can receive such notice by submitting a written request to the identified planner.

Update on Class Environmental Assessment

In addition to approving the Official Plan Amendment on July 12, 2017, City Council delegated authority to the General Manager of Planning Infrastructure and Economic Development Department to approve the final Master Servicing Study and Environmental Management Plan wherein the preferred Class Environmental Assessment water, wastewater, and stormwater projects are to be documented. A separate Notice of Completion for these two Class EA projects will be posted once approved.  The Transportation Master Plan was integrated and is currently available for public review.

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 Mer Bleue Expansion Area was one such area. Before the lands are developed as part of the urban area, a comprehensive study is required in the form of a Community Design Plan (CDP). The CDP implements the policies of the Official Plan in the specific area, will be supported by a number of comprehensive studies and will be the result of the collective efforts of the stakeholders. General information regarding a CDP may be found in Section 2.5.6 of the Official Plan.

The CDP 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 for the co-ordination of approvals, reviews and public consultations and the requirements of both the Environmental Assessment Act and the Planning Act will be met.

This project began when the City had discussions with the major landowners in June 2013.

Goals

  • Create a CDP for the Mer Bleue Expansion Area which will implement the Official Plan
  • Illustrate the arrangement for various land uses and transportation corridors
  • Provide a land use summary table that sets out land areas, number of residential units, jobs and densities as well as phasing
  • Establish a framework to manage the future development of the area as well as provide a guide to the character and form of development to provide the basis in the consideration of future planning applications
  • Establish a guide for future public works projects to support the movement and connectivity of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists within the study area and the wider community

Community Design Plan Area

  • The CDP area is generally bounded to the north by the south limit of the developing community of Avalon West, Mer Bleue Road to the west and Tenth Line Road to the east. The southern limit consists of two components: The western component is along Wall Road through the community of Notre Dame Des Champs and the eastern component begins east of Notre Dame Des Champs extending to Tenth Line Road at approximately the mid-way point between Wall Road and Navan Road. (Figure 1)
  • The Study Area for the supporting studies to the CDP may extend beyond the limits of the CDP Area to provide for a more comprehensive analysis of the influences in the CDP.

  The western component is along Wall Road through the community of Notre Dame Des Champs and the eastern component begins east of Notre Dame Des Champs extending to Tenth Line Road at approximately the mid-way point between Wall Road and Navan Road.

Figure 1- The CDP area is generally bounded to the north by the south limit of the developing community of Avalon West, Mer Bleue Road to the west and Tenth Line Road to the east. The southern limit consists of two components: The western component is along Wall Road through the community of Notre Dame Des Champs and the eastern component begins east of Notre Dame Des Champs extending to Tenth Line Road at approximately the mid-way point between Wall Road and Navan Road.

Study Process

Phase 1-Existing Conditions (Fall 2013-Winter 2014)

  1. Inventory existing conditions
  2. Identify opportunities and constraints
  3. Develop guiding principles and design framework
  4. Public Meeting/Open House #1: provide information and gather public input

Phase 2-Develop Planning and Design Options (Winter 2014)

  1. Develop alternative land use, servicing and transportation concepts based on technical studies, fieldwork and public input
  2. Public meeting/Open House #2: present draft land use concepts, gather stakeholder feedback and seek public input

Phase 3-Preferred Land Use (Spring 2014)

  1. Draft CDP, Master Servicing Plan, Master Transportation Plan and Environmental Management Plan.
  2. Select and refine preferred land use alternative
  3. Begin processing Official Plan Amendment

Phase 4-Community Design Plan (Spring 2014-Summer 2014)

  1. Public meeting/Open House #3-present preferred land use concept, servicing and transportation designs, draft studies and obtain public input
  2. Finalize CDP and Master Plans

Phase 5-Implementation (Fall 2014)

  1. Public meeting #4-present CDP, Official Plan Amendment and Master Plans to Planning Committee
  2. Appeal periods for Official Plan Amendment and Environmental Assessment to coincide

Public Consultation

The CDP will be prepared in collaboration with interested stakeholders including community organizations, residents, property owners and businesses. Public participation is encouraged throughout the process to develop a vision and plan which reflects and balances the desires of the stakeholders. A minimum of four public meetings will be held during the study, one of which will occur when the CDP and Official Plan amendment are presented to Planning Committee.

Community Information Session #5 - May 30, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Presentation at 7 p.m. 
RAFO  - Rendez-vous des aînés francophones d'Ottawa
3349 Navan Road 

Open House Display Boards

Boards 1 to 7 [ PDF 3.607 MB ]
Boards 8 to 14 [ PDF 14.337 MB ]

By attending this session, you will find out about the recommended land use concept, servicing and transportation designs, studies, process next steps, and have the opportunity to provide feedback to City staff and the study team.  The integrated Planning Act and Environmental Assessment Act process is being followed for the Mer Bleue Expansion Area Community Design Plan, for implementation by an Official Plan Amendment.  

The western component is along Wall Road through the community of Notre Dame Des Champs and the eastern component begins east of Notre Dame Des Champs extending to Tenth Line Road at approximately the mid-way point between Wall Road and Navan Road.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa.  If you require special accessibility accommodation, please email merbleuecdp-pcc@ottawa.ca by noon on Friday, May 26

Public consultation is an important part of the process.  We are interested in hearing your comments and feedback.  

If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this project or have comments or requests, please contact:

Taavi Siitam, Planner, MCIP, RPP
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development 
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor 
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 27788
Fax: 613-580-2459
Email: merbleuecdp-pcc@ottawa.ca
Wendy Nott, Senior Principal, BES, FCIP, RPP
Walker, Nott, Dragicevic Associates Limited
90 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 701
Toronto, ON M4P 2Y3
Tel.: 416-968-3511
Fax: 416-960-0172
Email: wnott@wndplan.com

Open House #4 – December 8, 2015

Open House #4

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Notre Dame des Champs Community Hall
3659 Navan Road

The integrated Planning Act and Environmental Assessment Act process is being followed for the Mer Bleue Expansion Area Community Design Plan.  The fourth public event will be held to present the preferred land use concept, servicing and transportation designs, draft studies and obtain public input.  

The purpose of the project is to detail the land uses and transportation and servicing infrastructure for the expansion to the community south of the Avalon Neighbourhood.

This final open house will inform the public of advances in the CDP study, receive public input on the preferred concept plan prepared by the project consultants, and outline the project’s next steps.

Open House #4 Presentation [PDF 4416 KB]

A Community Design Plan (CDP) is being prepared to detail land uses and will be implemented through an Official Plan Amendment (OPA). The CDP is supported by:

  • An Environmental Management Plan (EMP) identifies significant natural features to be protected and will establish remedial measures for mitigation, rehabilitation and enhancement of those natural features.
  • A Transportation Master Plan (TMP) provides a comprehensive transportation network.
  • A Master Servicing Study (MSS) provides for water, storm drainage and sanitary services.

The TMP and MSS are being prepared to meet the requirements of the Class Environmental Assessment process in support of the CDP

The OPA, TMP and MSS 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 Report 

Comment-Questionnaires were distributed at the fourth and final open house for the Mer Bleue Urban Expansion Study Area CDP.  Seventy participants attended the open house and were invited to comment on the preferred land use concept and preferred infrastructure, the plans most appealing aspects, and opportunities for further notifications of review.

Do you have any comments or concerns of the preferred land use option and associated infrastructure (sewer and storm, pathways, etc.)?  If so, please describe them.

Comment: Opposition (from one property owner) of the location of the commercial area, as it completely surrounds their residential property

Reply: A commercial area was deemed preferred to meet the needs of the overall area in preceding public engagement events.  Its preferred location follows conventional planning land use principles such as situating commercial land use at a major intersection and near higher density residential areas.  

Comment: Desire for more biking trails

Reply: Multi-use pathways and bike lanes are planned throughout the development, which allow for and encourage biking.  Connection to existing developments have been made to assist in developing an overall network.

Comment: Desire for more creeks, natural areas, and greenspace

Reply: The McKinnon’s Creek natural area buffer and the stormwater management facility areas provide natural areas and greenspace.  Park land dedication. 

Comment: Request for less residential area (to be replaced with greenspace)

Reply: The intention of the Urban Expansion Area is to accommodate the projected demand for residential housing into the future with a balance of other uses, such as greenspace.

Comment: Preference of Option 1 and Option 2

Reply: Favourable aspects of Options 1 and 2 were incorporated into the preferred land use concept.

Comment: Concerns of further congestion and lack of safety (from speeding) on Navan Rd.

Reply: Connectivity and transportation were considered during the development process, and have been designed to minimize traffic issues, cut through traffic and speeding.

Comment: Questions regarding access to public water and sewer for a property within the Study Area once plan is implemented

Reply: Sanitary sewer and water infrastructure will be provided to properties within the Study Area. Connections outside of the CDP area are not part of this study but are not precluded by it.

The study area will develop incrementally. As the developer’s of the new expansion area build new water and sewer infrastructure over time, property owners outside of the study area, with buildings in proximity to the new infrastructure, could connect to public water and sewer lines. The implementation and cost of this connection is most feasible when like-minded owners group together. As development applications begin to proceed within the study area, they should contact their Ward Councillor to help coordinate an assessment and strategy of how and when to connect and at what cost.

Comment: Request for schools to have plenty of parking/drop off points for parents, teachers, and potentially students (many other schools in the area are accused of having inadequate parking)

Reply: School property configuration and parking distribution will be the responsibility of the school boards.  There are City of Ottawa parking requirements for schools (1.5 parking spaces per elementary school classroom; 2.5-3 parking spaces per secondary school classroom).  Parking and drop-off at schools on municipal right-of-ways will be reviewed in depth at the Draft Plan of Subdivision and Site Plan Control stage, but will follow Building Better and Smarter Suburb design directives.

What areas of the preferred option do you think will most appeal to new residents?

Comment: Parks, pathways and residential areas

General Comment

Comment: Concern over the lack of communication of the open house to adjacent and implicated property owners

Reply: Notifications were made in the local newspaper, by the local Councillor, on the project website, and to those subscribed on the project’s mailing list.

Project Update – March 2015

The study is currently at Steps 1 and 2 of Phase 3 - Preferred Land Use

(for full process, please refer to Overview): 

  1. Draft CDP, Master Servicing Plan, Master Transportation Plan and Environmental Management Plan.
  2. Select and refine preferred land use alternative
  3. Begin processing Official Plan Amendment

The following issues are to be resolved which will influence the draft preferred land use alternative:

  • The number and location of storm ponds and other infrastructure to service the proposed development.
  • The location, type and configuration of park facilities.
  • The road cross section design of the proposed collectors and any required improvements to the existing roads to accommodate the proposed development.
  • The details for specific options related to transitions to adjacent existing residential development.

The consultants will be meeting with the City and the Public Advisory Group to work through these issues as they draft the Community Design Plan, supporting studies (Master Servicing Plan, Master Transportation Plan, Environmental Management Plan and Master Parks Plan) and the preferred land use alternative. Once drafted, these documents will be presented at the next public meeting for discussion and your comments. If the issues are resolved over the next number of months, we hope to schedule the next public meeting by early summer.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this project or have comments or requests, you may contact us at any time by email: merbleuecdp-pcc@ottawa.ca.

Community Workshop #3 - June 11, 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Rendez-vous des aînés francophones d'Ottawa
3349 Navan Road
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

At this workshop, participants will work in small groups to discuss the draft preliminary land use concepts and alternative infrastructure projects for the Mer Bleue Expansion Area CDP. By participating, you will contribute ideas and information the project team needs to further develop a preferred land use concept and vision for the Mer Bleue Expansion Area CDP.

Preliminary Land Use Options 1 - 3 [ PDF 2.781 MB ]

Please submit comments to the contacts below by Friday, July 4.

The final CDP will detail area land uses, including the natural heritage system, transportation and servicing infrastructure. The CDP will be supported by Master Planning studies completed in accordance with the Planning Act provisions of the Municipal Engineers Association Class Environmental Assessment Process.

Register to attend today!

To secure your spot, please register by email at merbleuecdp-pcc@ottawa.ca before noon on Monday, June 9. Please indicate your preferred language for the group discussion in your e-mail.

The workshop is hosted by Walker, Nott, Dragicevic Associates Limited, the consultants hired by the major landowners in the CDP area, and organized by the City of Ottawa.

Community Workshop #2 - April 24, 2014

Thursday April 24, 2014
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Rendez-vous des aînés francophones d'Ottawa
3349 Navan Road

By attending this workshop, you will hear about the ongoing development of the Mer Bleue Expansion Area CDP and have the hands-on opportunity to provide your ideas for the future development of this area.

The workshop is hosted by Walker, Nott, Dragicevic Associates Limited, the consultants hired by the major landowners in the CDP area, and organized by the City of Ottawa.

Your participation is important

At this workshop, you will work in small groups to develop a concept plan for the community based on site considerations, comments from the first public open house and the direction of City's Official Plan. Each group will share their ideas at the end of the evening.

Your ideas and suggestions will make a difference

By participating, you will contribute to the ideas and information the project team needs to further develop the vision for the Mer Bleue Expansion Area CDP.

To secure your spot at this workshop, please register, with your preferred language for the group discussion, before noon on Tuesday, April 22 by email at merbleuecdp-pcc@ottawa.ca.

Community Workshop #1/Notice of Commencement - November 19, 2013

Integrated Planning Act and Environmental Assessment Act Process

Community Workshop #1
November 19, 2013
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Notre Dame des Champs Community Hall, 3659 Navan Road

Open House Display Boards

Part 1 [ PDF 1 MB ]
Part 2 [ PDF 4.8 MB ]
Part 3 [ PDF 4 MB ]

The integrated Planning Act and Environmental Assessment Act process is being initiated for the Mer Bleue Expansion Area Community Design Plan. The study area is shown on the map.

The purpose of the project is to detail the land uses (including the natural heritage system), transportation and servicing infrastructure for the expansion to the community south of the Avalon neighbourhood.

This first Open House will present the study process and schedule, guiding principles, background information, and will provide the public and interested stakeholders an opportunity to discuss the study with the project team.

The following plans will be developed through three concurrent and integrated Class Environmental Assessment Studies /Master Plans:

  • An Environmental Management Plan (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.
  • A Transportation Master Plan (TMP) will provide for a comprehensive transportation network
  • A Master Servicing Study (MSS) will provide for water, storm drainage and sanitary services

The EMP, TMP and MSS will be prepared in accordance with the Planning Act provision of the Municipal Engineers Association Environmental Assessment Process.

A Community Design Plan (CDP) will be prepared to detail land uses and will be implemented through an Official Plan amendment (OPA).

The OPA, EMP, TMP, and MSS 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.

Contact

Public consultation is an important part of the process.  We are interested in hearing your comments and feedback. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this project or have comments or requests, please contact the Project Lead:

Taavi Siitam, Planner
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 27788
Fax: 613-580-2459
Email: merbleuecdp-pcc@ottawa.ca
Wendy Nott, Senior Principal, BES, FCIP, RPP
Walker, Nott, Dragicevic Associates Limited
90 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 701
Toronto, ON M4P 2Y3
Tel.: 416-968-3511
Fax: 416-960-0172
Email: wnott@wndplan.com