Council today approved a set of directions that will see the City explore the renewal of Lansdowne Park, including options to address current challenges and help make it a year-round destination for all residents and visitors to enjoy.
City staff will investigate options to sustain and revitalize Lansdowne Park, such as how to address the site’s aging infrastructure, stimulate public activity, improve amenities and take affordable housing into consideration. This will include examining the potential to replace the Civic Centre and North Side stands with new and modern structures.
The aim of the renewal is to attract five million visitors each year while ensuring the sustainability and long-term financial viability of Lansdowne Park’s operations and the City’s partnership with Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group. Staff will conduct public engagement to find out what the public wants to see at an improved Lansdowne Park, and present a proposal to Council in the first quarter of 2022.
The City’s draft budget for 2022 will be tabled at a special City Council meeting on Wednesday, November 3. Council approved directions and timelines to develop the draft budget, which will include an overall increase of no more than three per cent to the municipal tax rate. This would see the average urban homeowner pay an additional $119 per year, while the average rural homeowner would pay an additional $91 per year. The city-wide levy, which funds most City services, would increase by 2.6 per cent, while the transit levy would increase by 4.5 per cent, for an overall three-per-cent tax rate. Council will adopt the final budget on Wednesday, December 8.
Mayor Jim Watson announced the State of Emergency declared on March 25, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will formally end at 12:01 am on Thursday, July 22. The City will move one level down in its emergency management posture to Activated Operations. While this is a significant step towards the return of a healthy and open city, important public health measures will remain in place.
A new Integrated Orléans Community Improvement Plan will replace the St. Joseph Boulevard and Orléans community improvement plans. Council approved combining both into a single plan to reinvigorate properties, businesses and main streets, encourage the rehabilitation of lands and buildings and stimulate new growth opportunities, including those stemming from Stage 2 LRT.
Council received an independent report from external consultant KPMG. Their review assessed the Stage 2 LRT procurement process against the industry’s best practices, including from other jurisdictions, and found that the City’s established procurement process was aligned with best practices. The report also presents recommended procurement options for LRT Stage 3 and best practices for governance of large-scale procurements.
Council approved the appointment of Stittsville Ward Councillor Glen Gower and Rideau-Goulbourn Ward Councillor Scott Moffatt as co-Chairs of the Planning Committee. The two co-Chairs will share the responsibilities of the Chair’s position. Capital Ward Councillor Shawn Menard will also join the Committee as a new member.