The Finance and Economic Development Committee received the City of Ottawa Municipal Accessibility Plan, outlining ongoing work to prevent and remove barriers, and to meet provincial requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
Staff provided an overview of 2018 activities, outlining significant work on accessible housing with 374 supportive and affordable units approved, completed or under development, nearly 100 of which will be accessible. Work continued to equip intersections with a variety of accessible features, and 80 per cent of the City’s crossing signals are now equipped with audible signals. Staff will conduct public consultation on the accessibility of City services this spring, and the information gathered will inform the 2020-2024 Municipal Accessibility Plan.
The Committee received a status update on the O-Train Confederation Line project. Progress has been made on fleet availability with a recent milestone of 20 trains running simultaneously across the alignment and occupancy permits issued for nine stations. The City continues to monitor critical elements of the testing and commissioning program needed to achieve Revenue Service Availability (RSA).
The Committee approved the recommendations of the Interdepartmental Task Force on Housing, which focuses on providing affordable housing near transit stations. Plans will continue for 18 identified properties that will be targeted for short-, medium- and long-term development objectives.
The Committee also received the Lansdowne Partnership Plan report, outlining continued growth as the partnership completed its start-up phase and achieved full operations. With almost 3.9 million visitors to Lansdowne in 2017, partnership revenues grew by 36 per cent.
Lansdowne became Canada’s first LEED Stage 3 Built Neighborhood project to receive Silver certification from the US Green Building Council. The site also met or exceeded its goals for transit and shuttle usage. The City’s partner at Lansdowne, the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, has undertaken a strategic review and expects to recommend enhancements by June 30.
Items requiring Council approval will be considered on Wednesday, April 10.