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April 14, 2022
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The City’s Planning Committee today approved a zoning amendment that would help revitalize Westboro Beach.

The National Capital Commission is continuing work to redevelop parklands along the south shore of the Ottawa River. This amendment would permit construction of a new pavilion that incorporates an existing heritage building as part of the design. It would also permit a variety of new uses to help revitalize the beach, including restaurant, bar, patio, farmers’ market and recreational facility. Parking would move east of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway so the existing lot can be turned into park space.

The NCC plans to begin construction this year and Westboro Beach would remain closed for the 2022 season.

While development in Ottawa slowed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City’s Planning department has reported that growth picked up in 2021. The Committee received a year-end report that shows the City received 1,375 planning applications last year. That is a 21-per-cent increase over 2020 and makes 2021 one of the busiest years for applications on record.

The rising cost of housing is partly due to demand outstripping the pace of new construction, and City planning staff are making efforts to improve service and speed up delivery times for planning applications. Despite the increased volume in 2021, the department was nonetheless able to approve a majority of applications on time or within 30 days of Council-approved timelines.

The Committee also approved several zoning amendments that would support the growth of residential communities in Ottawa’s south. An approved amendment on Spratt Road in Riverside South would see construction of 1,240 homes between Earl Armstrong and Rideau roads – a mix of detached homes, townhouses and low-rise apartments.

Farther west, the Committee approved two developments along Borrisokane Road. One at 3285 and 3305 Borrisokane Road would see 942 detached homes and townhouses built north of the Jock River and south of Strandherd Drive. South of the Jock, an approved amendment at 3713 Borrisokane Road would see lands once operated as the Drummond mining pit redeveloped with a mix of 650 detached homes and townhouses.

Recommendations from today’s meeting will rise to Council on Wednesday, April 27.

The City’s Planning Committee today approved a zoning amendment that would help revitalize Westboro Beach.

The National Capital Commission is continuing work to redevelop parklands along the south shore of the Ottawa River. This amendment would permit construction of a new pavilion that incorporates an existing heritage building as part of the design. It would also permit a variety of new uses to help revitalize the beach, including restaurant, bar, patio, farmers’ market and recreational facility. Parking would move east of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway so the existing lot can be turned into park space.

The NCC plans to begin construction this year and Westboro Beach would remain closed for the 2022 season.

While development in Ottawa slowed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City’s Planning department has reported that growth picked up in 2021. The Committee received a year-end report that shows the City received 1,375 planning applications last year. That is a 21-per-cent increase over 2020 and makes 2021 one of the busiest years for applications on record.

The rising cost of housing is partly due to demand outstripping the pace of new construction, and City planning staff are making efforts to improve service and speed up delivery times for planning applications. Despite the increased volume in 2021, the department was nonetheless able to approve a majority of applications on time or within 30 days of Council-approved timelines.

The Committee also approved several zoning amendments that would support the growth of residential communities in Ottawa’s south. An approved amendment on Spratt Road in Riverside South would see construction of 1,240 homes between Earl Armstrong and Rideau roads – a mix of detached homes, townhouses and low-rise apartments.

Farther west, the Committee approved two developments along Borrisokane Road. One at 3285 and 3305 Borrisokane Road would see 942 detached homes and townhouses built north of the Jock River and south of Strandherd Drive. South of the Jock, an approved amendment at 3713 Borrisokane Road would see lands once operated as the Drummond mining pit redeveloped with a mix of 650 detached homes and townhouses.

Recommendations from today’s meeting will rise to Council on Wednesday, April 27.