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Committee approves guidance for development near two LRT stations

June 12, 2018
Council Updates

The Planning Committee today approved a new area-specific policy that would guide development of lands around the future sites of the Cleary and New Orchard Light Rail Transit Stations.

The changes would establish a framework for new buildings along Richmond Road, to better reflect the needs of the community as light-rail transit is introduced to the area. The policy would help ensure future development continues to build on the current residential nature of the community.

The policy would apply to an area south of the Ottawa River and north of Byron Avenue, between Cleary Avenue and the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. It would complement the secondary plans for nearby neighbourhoods like Wellington West, Scott Street, Preston-Carling and Richmond Road/Westboro.

The Committee approved a zoning amendment to permit a 20-storey mixed-use building at the northwest corner of Richmond Road and Woodroffe Avenue. The building design includes a four-storey podium and a tower that provides a transition to the low-rise neighbourhood directly to the north of the site. The proposal includes underground parking, retail on the ground floor and 166 residential units above.

Some older neighbourhoods would be able to maintain their character, following the Committee’s approval of two items. The first is a zoning amendment for residential properties along Island Park Drive, requiring a minimum front-yard setback. The National Capital Commission has registered covenants on the title of these properties requiring a 7.6-metre front-yard setback, but those covenants will start to expire in 2020. This rezoning would protect that setback and ensure that new development along the street is compatible with existing homes.

An amendment was also approved that would see the Mature Neighbourhoods Overlay apply to lands within the Dow’s Lake, Lindenlea, Vanier and Overbrook communities. The overlay was enacted to protect the streetscape character of pre-1960s neighbourhoods that have heritage value and that face significant demand for infill development. The amendment would recognize additional neighbourhoods that are experiencing, or will soon experience, that same infill pressure.

Based on mapping received from the Rideau Valley, Mississippi Valley and South Nation Conservation Authorities, the Committee approved amendments to update the location of the one-in-100-year flood plain in the Zoning By-law. The amendments would ensure the City is using the most up-to-date information in assessing development applications on and around lands that have a one-per-cent chance of flooding in any given year.

One item, recommending reimbursement for a water-infrastructure project in Kanata South, will go to Council on Wednesday, June 13. All other items approved at today’s Planning Committee meeting will go to Council on Wednesday, June 27.

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