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Committee approves bedroom limit in multi-unit residences

May 22, 2018
Council Updates

The City’s Planning Committee today approved a zoning amendment that would limit the number of bedrooms in multi-unit buildings.

The amendment stems from a review of several zoning studies that looked at ensuring compatible infill in established low-rise neighbourhoods. The review was in response to the increasing development of multi-unit buildings in the inner urban area that had unusually large numbers of bedrooms in each unit.

The amendment introduces a limit of four bedrooms per dwelling unit within a multi-unit building. In detached dwellings, the maximum would be eight bedrooms. Minimum storage space is proposed as well, to ensure large residential buildings provide enough room for garbage and recyclables.

A special Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee meeting was held concurrently with Planning Committee so that the two committees could consider this item at the same time. The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee also approved the amendment.

The development of a new Civic Hospital campus on the former site of the Sir John Carling Building will face one less hurdle after the Committee approved Official Plan and zoning amendments. The entire site would be re-designated as a Major Institutional Zone, with development limited to hospital and hospital-related uses only.

The Ottawa Hospital is planning the new campus in line with an established provincial process. Preliminary work to determine how big the facility needs to be to meet projected community healthcare needs should be finished in 2018. Details about the building’s design will follow later in the process.

The Committee approved two community design plans that would guide the future development of neighbourhoods in Carlington and Barrhaven. A plan for the Merivale Road North corridor would provide guidance around the 1.5-kilometre section of Merivale Road between Carling and Caldwell avenues. The overall vision for the community includes guidelines for infill, economic development initiatives, and a complete-street design.

The community design plan for the Barrhaven South Urban Expansion Area would see the development of a complete community, with facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, two elementary schools, a public library and several parks. It is expected to house approximately 1,200 residential units by 2031.

Two developments in Kitchissippi Ward also received approval today, including a mixed-use building on Roosevelt Avenue, just north of Richmond Road. The second site would see a 25-storey mixed-use building between McRae and Tweedsmuir avenues, south of Scott Street and 50 metres from Westboro Transit Station. A public park and a four-storey mixed-use building are also planned as part of this development.

The Ottawa Rowing Club could soon be Ottawa’s newest heritage property after the Committee approved the building’s designation under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act. The two-bay boathouse with clubhouse space above was built circa 1898 on the shore of the Ottawa River in Lowertown East. The design is a rare example of late 19th century recreational architecture and has historical value for its association with competitive rowing and several significant individuals in Ottawa’s history.

All items approved at today’s Planning Committee meeting will go to Council on Wednesday, June 13.

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