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Council directs staff to begin development of new Official Plan

September 12, 2018
Council Updates

Ottawa  ̶  City staff will begin a comprehensive review of the Official Plan, following direction from City Council today. The review will inform the development of a new Official Plan, which will address local priorities and changing community needs over the next 20 years. The City’s Planning Committee will consider a work plan and budget for the review at its first meeting in the next term of Council.

Sandy Hill is now home to two new heritage conservation districts: the Russell Avenue-Range Road district and the Besserer-Wurtemburg district. Following approval today, Council has the authority to review and approve new buildings, along with alterations to the 152 existing properties within the districts.

Council received the Treasurer’s annual report on development-charge activity. Last year, the City collected $138 million in growth-related revenues, $30.6 million less than in 2016. The City spent $219 million on eligible projects, almost $92 million more than in 2016. Major infrastructure investment caused most of the additional expenses, including $69.8 million for light rail and public transit.

The Director of Planning Services was delegated authority to sever three clusters of provincially held lands in Cumberland Ward. Within each site, the land titles for individual lots have merged because the land belongs to one owner. The land titles have also merged with neighbouring hydro corridors and, in one case, with Highway 417 – all of which are owned by the Province. This authority will allow the City to re-establish individual lots within each cluster and separate them from the highway and hydro corridors. Once severed, the Province plans to sell the lands to the Algonquins of Ontario.

Council approved a series of zoning amendments, including one to permit a six-storey, mixed-use building at 3443 Innes Road, at the corner of Pagé Road. The amendment increases the maximum height by two storeys, in line with the three other corners of the intersection. The proposed building will have six commercial units on the ground floor and 35 residential units above.

A nine-storey mixed-use building and semi-detached dwelling is now permitted at 541 and 545 Rideau Street. The proposed building will have commercial units on the ground floor and 114 residential units above. The existing house at 541 Rideau Street will be removed and rebuilt to face Cobourg Street, separate from the new building.

A portion of 1132 Fisher Avenue can now house four single-detached and three semi-detached dwellings. In response to the concerns of nearby residents, the property owner revised the design to preserve more trees and improve stormwater infrastructure.

The Richmond Plaza Motel at 403 Tweedsmuir Avenue can one day become a six-storey mixed-use building with 21 residential units and a 24-unit hotel. The applicant has no immediate plans to develop the site, which is near Westboro Station.

The Mayor of Ottawa and the Councillor for Gloucester South Nepean Ward presented the City of Ottawa Award for Heroism to David McEvoy at Council today. In September 2017, Mr. McEvoy, a parking control officer, took quick action after seeing a seven-week-old baby in distress on St. Laurent Boulevard. He performed several rounds of CPR on the baby until her chest began to rise and fall. He then waited for emergency responders to arrive.

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