The Old Ottawa East Secondary Plan is a guide to the long-term design and development of this community taking into consideration land use, urban design, zoning, transportation, existing street conditions, compatibility of new development, and other issues of concern to the local community. The Secondary Plan provides a framework for change that will see this area develop towards the vision that the community desires while meeting the planning objectives of the City’s Official Plan. The unifying vision and underlying objectives set out the policy framework for the specific strategies that focus on land use and building profiles, as well as a greenspace network strategy. This Secondary Plan is to be read and interpreted as City Council’s policy direction for municipal actions, particularly the undertaking of public works and the review of development proposals, zoning changes and Committee of Adjustment applications.
This Secondary Plan provides the legal framework that supports the Old Ottawa East Community Design Plan (CDP), a joint staff-community effort to develop a vision for the community as an attractive and viable place for all to live, work and play. The CDP includes detailed background information on existing conditions and community issues as well as additional guidance for zoning and development.
10.1.1 The Planning Area
The Old Ottawa East Secondary Plan study area is focused on Main Street, which is the primary street that provides services to the community. This street links Smyth Road and Riverside Drive on the south with Colonel By Drive and King Edward Avenue on the north. Also of importance are the intersecting streets, including Hawthorne Avenue to the west, which links the community to the Glebe and Centretown. Lees Avenue, and Greenfield Avenue to the east connect to Highway 417 (Queensway) and the Sandy Hill neighbourhood.
In its first visioning workshop the community expressed a strong desire to extend the area covered by the Plan beyond the boundaries of Main Street to include the whole neighbourhood. The community believes it is on the cusp of a major transition (intensification of the inner-city neighbourhood) and, in order to maintain and build a “distinct, liveable community” (Principle of Ottawa 20/20) the future of the neighbourhood and its main street must be planned together. This direction expanded the planning area to the entire land area between the Rideau Canal and Rideau River, from Sandy Hill on the north to Riverdale on the south
10.1.2 Objectives of the Plan
The goal of this study is to prepare a Secondary Plan focused on Main Street but also responsive to a vision of the Old Ottawa East community as a whole. The Plan shall be based on the Design Objectives and Principles of the Official Plan Section 2.5.1, and shall use the Design Considerations of Annex 3, as well as the “Design Guidelines for Development along Traditional Mainstreets” and “Infill Housing Design Guidelines”.
The Plan is meant to provide a broad and integrated twenty-year vision and guidance for the growth of the area. It shall provide guidelines, boundaries and pathways from which the enabling conditions for sustainable development will emerge, and be of sufficient detail to guide change in both the public and the private realms, as implemented through urban design guidelines and Zoning Bylaw provisions.
The following objectives and deliverables are considered important to the achievement of this goal:
- A land use plan indicating the location, nature and extent of activity in the area;
- To express the main themes from the Community Vision in the policy direction of this plan;
- The identification of areas particularly suited to intensification, and those areas of special importance to the community that should be preserved (heritage, aesthetic or religious importance, etc.);
- Carry forward the recommendations from the Transportation and Streetscaping Study of 2000 and integrate with pedestrian and bicycle routes.
- An assessment of sewer and water capacity and storm water management;
- An urban design strategy including a framework of urban form components, open space, buildings (setbacks, height, bulk, massing) and streetscape;
- A park and open space plan with consideration to urban natural features;
- A 3D model and cross-sections showing general building form along the Traditional Mainstreet;
An implementation strategy and resulting zoning by-laws is directed by the following policies.