22.214.171.124 Central Business District
The Central Business District designation applies to land in the central part of the Town Centre. This land has the marketing asset of good Queensway exposure and high accessibility. It is the intent of this designation that these lands become an urban place that provides for employment uses, complemented by higher density residential uses. Together with lands in the Regional Shopping Centre designation, this area generally corresponds to the Town Centre designation in the Ottawa Official Plan. [Amendment #225, December 28, 2018]
The lands designated Central Business District are conveniently located adjacent to the central and west rapid-transit stations providing access to pedestrians and cyclists, as well as motorised vehicles. [Amendment #225, December 28, 2018]
Office uses, light manufacturing such as high tech businesses which operate in office type buildings, other employment uses typical of Central Business Districts, hotels and commercial uses which serve the business community will be located within the Central Business District lands. Higher density residential development (generally 65 - 100 units per net hectare and higher) or medium density (50-65 units per net hectare) if included in a mixed use building or development, will be required in order to enhance the vitality of this designation and the main street section of Kanata Avenue. [Amendment #225, December 28, 2018]
That portion of the CBD which abuts Campeau Drive will be predominantly residential and be developed in a form which does not overshadow residential development in the Kanata Lakes Community.
Mixed use developments within a single building and within groups of buildings will be encouraged. Commercial and business uses serving the needs of the employees and residents will be permitted on the ground floor of office and residential buildings. On-street parking in this area shall be encouraged.
Development adjacent to a significant stand of White Pines in an area less than one hectare on the south side of Kanata Avenue will be designed to preserve this feature as much as possible. [Amendment #136, October 16, 2014]
It is expected that residential developments within the Central Business District may occur sooner than office and commercial developments and this is permitted provided the capacity to achieve the 10,000 job target within the Central Business District and Regional Shopping Centre designations is retained. This may result in much of this land remaining vacant for long periods of time, or in construction disruptions as intensification of development or redevelopment occurs.
Initial stages of development may result in surface parking and shared parking arrangements. It is intended that such surface parking would eventually be accommodated in parking structures. A key requirement will be the siting of early phases of development in a manner which facilitates the later redevelopment needed to achieve ultimate densities without the removal of the initial buildings. [Amendment #136, October 16, 2014]
Onsite parking will be in accordance with Policy 126.96.36.199 of this Plan. [Amendment #136, October 16, 2014]
[Amendment #225, December 28, 2018]
The main street area of Kanata Avenue applies to an approximate 500-metre-long section of Kanata Avenue that extends from the intersection of Earl Grey Drive to the intersection of Maritime Way.
The permitted retail uses will generally be limited to the ground floor and result in continuous commercial storefronts along the main street area, with the exception of access to the Civic Square at a point along the north side of the road.
The main street area will contain mixed-use development, combining ground floor retail and service commercial, cultural and entertainment uses with upper floor employment and residential uses in order to ensure day and evening vitality in the Town Centre. Residential development it encouraged in order to help ensure this vitality.
Commercial uses encouraged include restaurant, retail food store, grocery store and other uses intended to serve the needs of the local population and complement the general retail uses provided in the Regional Shopping Centre.
Off-street parking is encouraged to be confined to land located behind the buildings abutting the main street area, located below grade and/or will be contained within structures designed to appear like buildings if visible from the street. On-street parking will be permitted during off-peak hours on the main street section of Kanata Avenue, but may be permitted at all times if deemed appropriate.
A civic square is encouraged to be provided at a strategic point along Kanata Avenue within the Open Space area. A safe and convenient pedestrian connection to the Town Centre Open Space areas will be provided, with particular emphasis on the civic square access. The anticipated civic square lands are to be owned by the City and be retained for civic use as a public meeting and gathering place, which serves the entire community.
Opportunities to provide privately owned public spaces (POPS) along the rear of developments that abut the Open Space designation are encouraged through the planning approvals process.
188.8.131.52 Kanata Regional Shopping Centre
The land designated as Kanata Regional Shopping Centre is located between Highway 417, Terry Fox Drive, Campeau Drive and Kanata Avenue. This land area is adjacent to the Main Street and Central Business District designations, and portions of these lands were previously included in those designations. The entire area now designated as Kanata Regional Shopping Centre is further categorised as sub-categories RSC-1, RSC-2 and RSC-3, as shown on Schedule B-1 of this Plan and detailed below. [Amendment #136, October 16, 2014]
Collectively, the lands designated as Kanata Regional Shopping Centre are intended to accommodate a full range of commercial and other Town Centre activities which will include the largest concentration of highest-order retail and service commercial uses in the City. This planning intent reflects not only the inherent development opportunities and locational advantages of these lands, but also the importance of encouraging development in this prominent location at the centre of Kanata with uses that will serve the City's residents and those from the broader surrounding area. Development of the Kanata Regional Shopping Centre will support and encourage the development of other desired uses and areas within the balance of the Town Centre, particularly the nearby area designated as "Main Street"."
Urban Design Principles
The urban design of the Kanata Regional Shopping Centre lands should be based on the following general principles:
- All parts of the Kanata Regional Shopping Centre should be designed to enable integration and connectivity between the various components of the Kanata Regional Shopping Centre and with adjacent components of the Kanata Town Centre. Priority should be given to linkages with Main Street, the Central Business District, the Rapid Transit Station and the existing development in the area known as Kanata Centrum.
- There should be clarity in the direction and identity of the southerly extension of Main Street. This also applies to the portion of the proposed pedestrian way, called the City Walk, that connects from the AMC theatre to the Centrum area and between the open area in front of the AMC theatre and the future office areas fronting on Kanata Avenue.
- Generally, the required shopping centre and its pedestrian ways and pedestrian-vehicular ways should provide open spaces and places at strategic locations where people can gather and interact.
- The design and construction of developments located in the RSC-2 designation east of Earl Grey Drive should enable all or part of these developments to be built, converted or re-built as enclosed structures providing indoor climate-controlled pedestrian ways or, in the case of pedestrian-vehicular ways, as structures providing weather-protected pedestrian facilities. Developments may have multiple levels of retail areas and deck parking. It is desirable to have such developments physically integrated with the existing theatre and with future office buildings.
- The type and location of developments should facilitate a high level of convenient access to the future rapid-transit station. For example, this could be achieved by locating office uses or other landmark buildings in close proximity to the future station and by providing a convenient and safe environment for transit passengers to access the station from those buildings close to the future station.
- The urban design of the entire area should provide for the incorporation of strong visual elements that provide landmarks and entry points. Some examples are office or residential buildings located adjacent to the rapid-transit station, the intersection of Main Street and Kanata Avenue, and the entry to the City Walk area from Earl Grey Drive. [Amendment #136, October 16, 2014]
- The urban design of the developments, including the Transitway structures, should be integrated, and should incorporate elements that reflect Kanata's design themes such as the Canadian Shield.
- Convenience and safety should be top priorities in the design and lay-out of the regional shopping centre and related areas, including lighting, security features and accessibility.
- Phasing of development in the Kanata Regional Shopping Centre will be undertaken in a logical and orderly manner,
Land Use Designations & Planned Function
- The area designated as Kanata Regional Shopping Centre includes a portion of those areas that were previously designated Central Business District (CBD) and Main Street (MS), as well as Regional Shopping Centre. The Kanata Regional Shopping Centre (KRSC) designation is composed of a number of sub-categories that reflect different functions within the overall framework, namely RSC-1, RSC-2 and RSC-3. These sub-categories are shown on Schedule B-1 of this Plan.
- The planned function of the Kanata Regional Shopping Centre is to provide Major Urban Facilities as defined in Ottawa Official Plan Section 3.6.8, as well as a broad range of services and other central-place activities, high density employment and some high density residential development in conjunction with the Central Business District and Main Street designations.
- Accordingly, the Kanata Regional Shopping Centre will include Kanata's largest and most complete concentration of retail and service commercial uses of all types. In concert with the development and use of other Town Centre designations, the Kanata Regional Shopping Centre designation will contribute to the evolution and development of the Town Centre as Kanata's downtown and as a significant regional activity and employment centre in Ottawa. The lands designated Kanata Regional Shopping Centre will provide the major shopping, entertainment and service commercial functions within the Town Centre and within the City. By the phased development and intensification of these functions, the lands designated Kanata Regional Shopping Centre will assist in making Kanata and its Town Centre increasingly self-sufficient in meeting the varying needs of its residents for the full range of goods and services, and an increasingly significant location for the surrounding regional population to do business.
- The Kanata Regional Shopping Centre designation, should accommodate a Major Shopping Centre as defined in Ottawa Official Plan, Section 3.6.8 as a development having a minimum of 35,000 square metres gross leasable area (GLA) for retail and service uses. Total development may eventually be approximately 125,000 square metres GLA. As provided in the RSC-2 policies below, it is the aim of this Plan that the major shopping centre should be significantly larger than the minimum set out in the Ottawa Official Plan.
Permitted uses include a full range of retail stores and restaurants, clinics, services, places of entertainment, recreational establishments, hotel, convention centre and institutional uses. High-density office and residential uses are also permitted, primarily along Kanata Avenue and in the vicinity of the rapid-transit station. Specific policies for the development and use of the RSC-1, RSC-2 and RSC-3 designations are set out in the following sections. [Amendment #136, October 16, 2014]
Location and Existing Development:
This designation applies to the existing development north-west of Earl Grey Drive and to some additional future development located adjacent to Roland Michener Drive. This area has developed partly as community commercial and partly as a cluster of large, independent stores which cater primarily to customers arriving by automobile and have large surface parking areas located near the entrances of the individual buildings and businesses.
This development pattern may continue and consolidation and enclosure of buildings and structures in the long term may also occur. All types of retail uses as generally permitted in the Kanata Regional Shopping Centre are permitted in this area.
- The implementing zoning by-law may establish a limit on the total amount of retail and service uses within the RSC-1 designation, in order to encourage development of the regional-scale retail facilities envisioned for the RSC-2 lands. In the first instance, the amount of retail uses and services permitted in the by-law for the RSC-1 lands shall be not more than approximately 41,000 square metres GLA. This amount represents all existing development, contemplated development and a modest expansion allowance. The by-law may be subsequently amended in this respect, without amendment to this Plan, in order to accommodate additional development related to the consolidation and enclosure of buildings and structures as provided above.
RSC-2 Policies Location and Existing Development:
- This designation applies to the area located south-east of Earl Grey Drive, excluding the area fronting on Kanata Avenue and the existing hotel development. This area accommodates the existing cinema complex, and vacant lands which are planned for additional retail and service businesses, as well as future transit facilities.
- This area is intended to accommodate the greatest concentration of higher-order retail and service commercial activities in the Kanata Regional Shopping Centre, the future rapid-transit station, the park and ride area, and limited office and residential development. The form of this development is intended to be strongly pedestrian-oriented and transit-friendly, to provide a range of uses of different sizes, and to be developed in an orderly phased manner, all in accordance with the following policies addressing Pedestrian-transit orientation, Unit size mix, and Phasing. Council encourages the future climate-controlled enclosure of the development where it is oriented to pedestrian ways and partial enclosure or weather protection where it is oriented to pedestrian-vehicular ways, and this Plan requires that development be carried out in a manner which provides the capability to undertake such partial or full enclosure in the future.
- Retail and service development of at least 35,000 square metres GLA shall be developed in phases on the RSC-2 lands. The development shall provide for and maintain the additional capability to develop to the level of at least 50,000 square metres GLA of retail and service uses, including the cinema complex. This level of development may involve multi-level retail and service commercial buildings and deck parking. The form of the development should be convenient for and primarily oriented to pedestrians, and should be designed and constructed in a manner that has the ability to be partially or fully enclosed. Free standing buildings containing retail uses such as those located in the RSC-1 area are not permitted in this area, but this direction is not intended to preclude single-use buildings which are located and designed in accordance with the following:
- one or more faces of the building is oriented to a pedestrian way or pedestrian-vehicular way, and all public pedestrian entrances are located on such face(s),
- the building is designed to minimise the affect of blank wall space facing abutting pedestrian ways or pedestrian-vehicular ways, by architectural treatment, including the use of window areas for visibility into the building or for display purpose, by the location, number and spacing of public pedestrian entrances into the building, and by other design techniques, and
- the separation between the face of a building adjacent to the pedestrian way or pedestrian-vehicular way and the face of an adjacent building on the same side of the pedestrian way or pedestrian-vehicular way shall be not more than 8.5 metres.
- It is intended that retail and service development in this area will be oriented to and located along a comprehensive network of pedestrian ways and pedestrian-vehicular ways, including a major pedestrian way referred to as "City Walk" generally connecting in an east-west direction from Earl Grey Drive, to the front of the cinema complex and then east to connect with a pedestrian-vehicular way forming a southerly extension of Main Street from Kanata Avenue. There may be branches of City Walk extending in a north-south direction towards Kanata Avenue, or extending towards the future rapid-transit station. Minor pedestrian access routes will provide for access to parking facilities serving the City Walk development. The City Walk concept may, as an optional approach, be extended east of the pedestrian-vehicular way which extends in a southerly direction from the intersection of Main Street and Kanata Avenue, or the area may be developed with common pedestrian-vehicular ways. The general conceptual arrangement of these elements is illustrated on Figure 10 of the "Kanata Regional Shopping Centre Master Concept Plan, 1999", which is an Appendix to this Plan.
- For the purposes of this Plan, City Walk is defined as a common pedestrian way that may be indoor or outdoor, with retail and service uses located on both sides. City Walk will function as an urban pedestrian way and provide settings for people to gather and interact. The width of the City Walk will be sufficient to enable comfortable pedestrian movement and year-round maintenance. It will also be designed and constructed to enable partial or full enclosure in the future.
- For developments adjacent to City Walk, all public entrances to each building or use shall be from City Walk. For developments adjacent to the common pedestrian-vehicular way, which extends in a southerly direction from the proposed intersection of Kanata Avenue and Main Street or other common pedestrian-vehicular ways or common pedestrian ways, all public entrances to each building or use shall be from the common pedestrian-vehicular way or common pedestrian way, as the case may be.
- The maximum width of a pedestrian-vehicular way shall approximate that of a public streetscape with minimal building setbacks. However, in order that City Walk and the developments adjacent to it provide and maintain an urban sense of place and a pedestrian-friendly environment, as well as the capability to be partially or fully enclosed in future, City Walk shall be narrower than such pedestrian-vehicular ways, with a maximum width set out in the implementing zoning by-law of not more than 18 metres, except for activity areas or focal points, such as forecourts associated with the cinema complex and the future rapid-transit station, or at a junction with other pedestrian ways or pedestrian-vehicular ways. In addition, the implementing zoning by-law shall establish maximum widths of breaks between buildings for minor pedestrian access routes, which connect City Walk with related parking facilities. The number and spacing of such minor pedestrian access routes will be controlled through the site plan approval process in a manner, which maintains the pedestrian-orientation of the development while providing reasonable pedestrian circulation patterns.
- The Transitway, the station and the park and ride facility will be developed in phases on lands adjacent to Highway 417. It is envisioned that a grade separated station structure will be developed and the location of buildings, roads and parking areas on privately owned lands should not impede this potential structure. Pedestrian linkage to City Walk from the rapid-transit station or transit-loading platform shall be provided with the opening of a weather-protected first phase of the transit passenger facility to be located on the south side of the Regional Shopping Centre. Initially, this shall consist of an all-season, weather-protected pedestrian link that need not be climate-controlled, distinct from any roadway or parking lot. As the transit passenger facilities are improved, coincidental with the development of the Transitway and/or buildings at this location, the pedestrian linkage to City Walk shall be climate-controlled and grade-separated from vehicular traffic. In addition, development of the Transitway lands and air rights for uses permitted within the RSC-2 area is permitted, subject to agreements regarding air rights and the adequacy of infrastructure and the traffic system in the surrounding area. Development of the Transitway lands is not intended to be restricted by the policies otherwise applicable to the RSC-2 area.
Unit Size Mix:
- One of the specific objectives for the RSC-2 area is to protect and provide for the opportunity to locate higher-order retail uses, such as fashion stores, in this area.
- To ensure the RSC-2 development provides a range of unit sizes to accommodate both small and large uses, the zoning by-law shall incorporate provisions which prohibit large retail warehouse uses, and which limit the maximum floor area permitted to be occupied by an individual retail or service use, other than a department store or cinema complex, to not more than 5,000 m2 GLA. The zoning by-law shall also regulate the unit size mix of retail and service uses by requiring that the maximum proportion of the floor area of such uses which is permitted to consist of units of 2,000 m2 GLA or more is not more than 50%, and the minimum proportion of the floor area which is required to consist of units of 500 m2 GLA or less is 25%. The floor areas of any cinema complex or department store shall be excluded from these regulations. These regulations shall not apply in the case of retail and service units located in a fully enclosed shopping centre.
- The provisions of paragraph 10) above may be reconsidered in order to update the desired unit mix in relation to the evolution of the shopping centre over time, to respond to the needs and preferences of Kanata residents, or to adjust the numerical provisions if these provisions are having an unintended result such as the inhibition or delay of appropriate development and use of the RSC-2 area.
- The development of the RSC-2 area shall proceed in a logical and orderly manner, and may involve a number of phases. The first phase of development shall include the portion of City Walk extending from the western extent of the RSC-2 area to the cinema complex and the buildings in front of and to the east of the cinema complex, which will create a forecourt in front of the cinema complex. Applications for site plan approval for development in the RSC-2 area shall incorporate appropriate additional phases of the development. The determination of an appropriate phase for site plan approval shall be based on the principles set out in the following paragraphs, and the site plan approval process shall be undertaken in accordance with the Implementation provisions for the RSC-2 area set out below.
- Each phase shall be sufficiently large to encompass a logical portion of the overall development and the associated City Walk and/or other pedestrian facilities or pedestrian/vehicular facilities and infrastructure to serve that phase. Additional sections of pedestrian ways and pedestrian-vehicular ways shall be included in that phase where it is necessary to complete logical connections between elements of the Kanata Regional Shopping Centre, such as Main Street, the existing RSC-1 development, the cinema complex and the hotel within the RSC-3 area.
- It is Council's intent to ensure an orderly pattern of development during the building of parts of the City Walk, and a one-sided strip commercial plaza is not permitted. City Walk development shall be phased so that the development of buildings on both sides of that section of City walk is undertaken in the same phase.
- Each phase of City Walk shall be designed and constructed to ensure that provision is made to enable climate-controlled partial or full enclosure in the future.
- In determining the appropriateness of a phase of the development, regard shall be had for the functional relationship and contiguity of the proposed phase with approved preceding phases and with existing development, and the completion of logical connections between elements of the Kanata Regional Shopping Centre as described in paragraph 13) above.
- Each phase shall include provision of convenient and safe pedestrian connections to transit facilities as are available at the time of development, consistent with Clause 8 above.
- Parking facilities will be provided for each phase and such requirements shall be reduced in recognition of future improvements in transit service and accessibility such as the development of a bus station or terminal and the future rapid-transit station, and in pace with the development of such facilities.
Office & Residential Uses:
The RSC-2 designation shall also permit high density office and/or residential uses, provided that they are in buildings that are located adjacent to or within 200 metres of the future rapid-transit station. These buildings should be attractively designed and act as landmarks at the foot of the pedestrian-vehicular way which extends in a southerly direction from the intersection of Main Street and Kanata Avenue and along Highway 417. Parking requirements shall be significantly reduced for these buildings and the provided parking may be located in the common parking areas when the rapid-transit station is available.
- Phasing requirements, as set out in the preceding provisions, shall be implemented in the zoning by-law and through the site plan approval process.
- Site plans shall incorporate and provide for development of City Walk, a pedestrian-vehicular way forming an extension of Main Street, the future rapid-transit station and other elements described in the RSC-2 policies above, as related to that phase of the development and the creation of logical connections. The general conceptual arrangement of these elements is illustrated on Figure 10 of the "Kanata Regional Shopping Centre Master Concept Plan, 1999". Each site plan application for a new phase shall demonstrate the ability to accommodate these major elements of the RSC-2 area.
- Council discourages private agreements, which have the effect of conflicting with the future planning, and development of the area as indicated in this Plan.
- The implementing zoning by-law shall regulate the orderly phasing of development by requiring that commencement of a new phase not occur prior to substantial completion of buildings in the preceding phase and completion of that section of City Walk or common pedestrian-vehicular way related to the preceding phase, and by defining substantial completion of buildings.
- The development in the RSC-2 area shall comply with the zoning by-law regulations established pursuant to the unit size mix requirements provided for under subsections 184.108.40.206(e)(9) to (11) of this Plan. In determining the compliance of a proposed phase of development, the aggregate of:
- existing buildings,
- buildings which are in an approved site plan for a preceding phase and have been substantially completed, and
- development in the proposed phase, must comply with the unit size mix requirements.
RSC-3 Development Policies
Location and Existing Development:
This designation applies to the area located along the south side of Kanata Avenue, south-east of Earl Grey Drive. Except for the hotel development near Highway 417, this area is vacant.
- This designation is intended to be a high density office employment area with the potential for high density residential uses and a limited amount of retail and service uses on the ground-floor level of an office or residential structure. The retail and service uses shall be oriented to, and the main entry for each use shall be from, Kanata Avenue, the common pedestrian-vehicular way which extends in a southerly direction from the proposed intersection of Main Street and Kanata Avenue, Earl Grey Drive or Lord Byng Way, or by means of a lobby which has its entry from one of these streets.
- This area is intended as a transitional area from the Central Business District and the Main Street area on the north side of Kanata Avenue to the RSC-2 area to the south. It is intended that this designation shall contribute to achieving the level of employment development that is contemplated for the Kanata Town Centre in this Official Plan. [Amendment #136, October 16, 2014]
- A major shopping centre entry structure and pedestrian way connecting the retail development in the RSC-2 area and Kanata Avenue is permitted to be integrated with the larger office or residential developments fronting on Kanata Avenue. Retail and service uses are permitted along that entry provided that they are at the same level or levels as the entry structure.
- In order to relate the retail and service uses to the primary office and residential uses intended for the RSC-3 lands, and achieve a transition from the CBD lands to the RSC-2 lands, the implementing zoning by-law shall establish a maximum unit size for all retail and service uses in the RSC-3 designation, except for retail and service uses which are related to and operated by the primary occupants of the office building in which they are located. Free standing buildings containing retail and service uses such as those located in the RSC-1 area are not permitted in this area.
- Surface parking for some initial development in the area designated RSC-2 is permitted, provided such parking does not prevent the long term use of this area. The primary vehicle entry to parking areas located north of the City Walk retail areas will be provided by an internal driveway connecting to Earl Grey Drive and/or the pedestrian-vehicular way which extends in a southerly direction from the intersection of Main Street and Kanata Avenue.
Site Specific Policies
- Notwithstanding Policies 2 and 5 above on the lands located within 150 metres west of the westerly edge of the Lord Byng Way right of way and 70 metres south of the southerly limits of the Kanata Avenue right of way, and being part of the lands identified as part of 255 Kanata Avenue, retail and service uses are permitted in accordance with the following:
- retail and service uses are only permitted on the ground floor level of a building also containing office or residential uses;
- all but one of the retail and service uses must be oriented to, and have the main entry for the use from Kanata Avenue or the common pedestrian-vehicular way which extends in a southerly direction from Kanata Avenue;
- the Zoning By-law shall establish permissions for a specific range of permitted retail and service use unit sizes. [Amendment #182, February 22, 2017]
220.127.116.11 Town Centre Residential
The Town Centre Residential designation applies to land in the north east, south east and south west portions of the Town Centre Community.
The south west area has developed with a limited range of low to medium density residential uses in a form similar to many other communities in Kanata. Few additional development opportunities are available. Nevertheless, for lands not yet built on, the development approaches described in the relevant policies herein will be encouraged where possible and required where appropriate.
The southeast area is bounded by Katimavik Road, Hearst Way and Whitney Drive and includes a potential storm water management pond. Development will be medium density and will accommodate 200 to 250 units. Development, which abuts Katimavik Road or Hearst Way, will be designed to be oriented to these roads without the need for noise barriers.
The north east area has a unique location within the former City of Kanata due to its close proximity to proposed rapid-transit stations, future employment opportunities and the Main Street area to the west, all of which will eventually provide very significant attractions. While residential buildings will precede these attractions, it is intended that the area be developed from the outset with a highly urban form to acknowledge its proximity to the Central Business District. In keeping with the desire to create an attractive urban form for residential development, streetscapes will not be dominated by garages and carports. Appropriate regulations will be included in the Zoning By-law to ensure this desire is achieved.
The housing mix will consist of medium density types (rows, stacked townhouse units, apartments, etc.), with a very limited amount of small lot singles, provided they are integrated with the medium density development. Except for limited high-rise apartment development in the 8 to 10 storey range, building heights will generally not exceed 3 to 4 storeys. The intermixing of building types and densities is required throughout the designation.
A total in the range of 800 to 1100 dwelling units will ultimately be accommodated in the Town Centre Residential designation, north of Highway 417.
Due to servicing requirements, development will occur generally from east to west. Where market factors result in certain unit types proceeding earlier, appropriate spaces will be left to achieve the required mix.
In order to help ensure a well-rounded and convenient residential area, institutional and other uses, which enhance and support the primary uses will be encouraged.
The earliest developments in the Town Centre Residential designation will set the tone for all future development. It is therefore essential that the design principles be carefully addressed from the outset. The municipality will work with the development community to help ensure the design and marketing success of the earliest projects.
Neighbourhood shopping facilities totalling up to about 500 m² of gross leasable floor area may be permitted north of Highway 417 within this designation subject to the following criteria:
- they are primarily intended to serve the future residents of the north-eastern Town Centre residential area;
- location(s) selected will not contribute to significant traffic congestion;
- they will not directly abut Campeau Drive;
- buildings will directly abut other Town Centre streets in order to be consistent with other policies requiring development to be oriented to streets.
- development shall be encouraged to be in mixed use buildings, integrating innovative architectural forms for joint residential/commercial,
- residential/business and business/commercial developments."
The Zoning By-law will regulate the permitted uses, store sizes and other factors to help ensure that these facilities do not directly compete with commercial uses on Main Street or in other Communities.
The parks and open space network will ensure a convenient linkage between points of special interest such as rock outcrops, significant treed areas or other natural features and be oriented along the east-west pedestrian corridor near the centre of the designation. Pedestrian and cycling links with surrounding features and destinations such as the Mlacak Community Centre, Earl of March High School, shopping, employment and transit services will be provided.
18.104.22.168 Low Density Employment Area
The Low Density Employment Area designation applies to an area located in the south-east part of the Town Centre near the interchange of Highway 417 and Eagleson Road and to an area to the north-west of the interchange of Highway 417 and Terry Fox Drive.
In the Low Density Employment Area located in the south-east area of the Town Centre, existing development consists of light industrial buildings and a motel. It is intended that future development will consist of low-rise buildings containing office and light industrial or retail uses. Retail uses north of Hearst Way will be limited as follows:
- total retail GLA will not exceed 10,000 m2 ;
- building sizes will be in the range of 2,800 m2 to 4,700 m2 ;
- any building shall be limited to two tenants.
Opportunities to intensify development over time will be encouraged but total retail GLA within the designation will be limited to 10,000 m2.
In the Low Density Employment Area located north and west of the interchange of Highway 417 and Terry Fox Drive the permitted uses shall include the following:
- Restricted Industrial uses subject to the policies of this Plan, including office uses;
- Automotive Commercial Uses, subject to the policies of this Plan;
- Large Retail Warehouse, subject to the policies of Section 6.9.4 following;
- Retail Warehouse, subject to the policies of Section 6.9.4 following;
- Business Park Retail Outlet;
- Planned Retail Centre, subject to the policies of Section 6.9.4 following;
- Accessory Commercial Development;
- Home Renovation Centre.
The standards established for certain uses, such as retail warehouse type uses, shall be guided by the applicable policies and definitions of this Plan. The zoning by-law shall set out specific regulations on uses, performance standards and restrictions.
“Special Policy Areas”
Special Policy Area 1 – LDE-1 – reserved for future use
Special Policy Area –2 - LDE-2 [Amendment 83, February 24, 2010]
In the Low Density Employment Area – Special Policy Area 2, the permitted uses shall include the following: [Amendment 66, September 10, 2008]
- All of the uses permitted in the Low Density Employment Area located north and west of the interchange of Highway 417 and Terry Fox Drive;
- Retail Store [Amendment 56, August 29, 2007]
Special Policy Area –3 - LDE- 3 [Amendment 83, February 24, 2010]
Lands designated Low Density Employment Area – Special Policy Area 3 (LDE-3) shall be developed in conformity with the following policies: [Amendment 66, September 10, 2008]
- Permits the same uses as in the Low Density Employment Area located north and west of the interchange of Highway 417 and Terry Fox Drive, and also allows the additional use of a Retail Store. [Amendment 49, February 14, 2007]
Special Policy Area –4 - LDE- 4–
In the Low Density Employment Area- Special Policy Area 4 (LDE-4), the permitted uses shall include the following:
- All of the uses permitted in the Low Density Employment Area located in the South-East Area; and
- A hotel. [Amendment 74, ordered by OMB File No. PL081338 issued on April 16, 2009]]
Special Policy Area –5 - LDE-5- [Deleted as Per Amendment #80 January 13, 2010]
22.214.171.124 Town Centre Open Space
The major Town Centre Open Space designation applies to an area located between Campeau Drive and Kanata Avenue in the north-west part of the Town Centre Community. Effective linkages to surrounding land uses, especially to the main street section of Kanata Avenue, will be assured through the development approval process. [Amendment #225, December 28, 2018]
Prior to the approval of development applications for lands abutting this designation, an environmental impact study will be undertaken to identify the significance of the site's natural features, the potential impacts of the proposed development on those features and appropriate measures to minimise those impacts, having regard to the other relevant policies of this Official Plan. Other lands designated Open Space are subject to the policies of Section 6.2 of this Official Plan.
Their exact locations will be determined at the Subdivision approval stage and may be adjusted without amendment to the Official Plan provided the intent of the Plan is maintained.
A civic square and public gathering place will be established by the City at a strategic point along the main street section of Kanata Avenue. This public gathering place will act as a primary entrance to the natural green space areas and walking paths to be provided in the Open Space area. [Amendment #225, December 28, 2018]
126.96.36.199 Neighbourhood Service
The Neighbourhood Service designation is intended to accommodate a mixed-use node at the eastern rapid-transit station in order to serve the community, encourage more efficient use of transit and create a significant entrance feature visible from both Campeau Drive and Highway 417.
The eastern rapid-transit station will be integrated directly into this designation and be placed generally north of the proposed storm water management pond. Pedestrian and cycling facilities will be designed to encourage residents to use these modes of transportation between their homes and the Transitway.
Community service uses, offices, or similar employment opportunities and ancillary retail uses not exceeding 1,500 m² of GLA will be developed in a mixed use form which combines residential/business or commercial/ business in an integrated form.
188.8.131.52 Mixed-Use Centre
Mixed-Use Centre at 143 Didsbury Road
- The permitted uses shall include all of the uses permitted in Section 3.6.2, Mixed-Use Centre and Town Centre, in the Official Plan for the City of Ottawa (Volume 1). [Amendment #136, October 16, 2014]
- Development within the Mixed-Use Centre and Town Centre designation is required to contribute towards achieving a target of 12500 jobs in the Kanata Town Centre. Therefore, residential uses are only permitted when included in a mixed-use development that contains a minimum gross floor area of 2000 square metres of non-residential uses. [Amendment #136, , 2014]
- The implementing Zoning By-law for the area designated as “Mixed-Use Centre” on Schedule B-1 Kanata Town Centre shall contain holding provisions that does not permit development until a transportation impact assessment has been submitted to and approved by the City. The transportation assessment is to identify the roadway and intersection modifications, including the upgrading of the construction of the Terry Fox Drive/Earl Grey Drive underpass and or the widening of Terry Fox Drive, that are required to support the proposed development. The holding zone will not be lifted until the General Manager, Planning and Growth Management is satisfied that the roadway and intersection modifications will be completed by the proponent or the proponent in partnership with the City prior to occupancy of the development. [Amendment #80 January 13, 2010] [Amendment #136, October 16, 2014]
184.108.40.206 Maximum Building Heights
In addition to the policies for individual sections of this plan the objectives of the Official Plan are to encourage the development of a vibrant Town Centre that is supportive of transit use. For this reason both minimum and maximum building heights may apply in order to create an urban context to the streets within the centre and to provide a transition to adjacent residential areas. All new development or redevelopment will be subject to the following policies.
In accordance with Schedule B-2, the Building Height designations are subject to the following policies:
Maximum building heights shall be in accordance with Schedule B-2. Where zoning that pre-dates the adoption of Schedule B-2 exceeds the building height permitted on Schedule B-2, the existing zoning shall apply.
In addition to maximum heights in policy 1 above, minimum building heights and building height transitions shall also apply to specific areas as follows:
Development facing Campeau Drive (between the City lands to the west and Gray Crescent) will be subject to the following provisions:
A minimum of three storeys is required for residential and office development. [Amendment #136, LPAT # PL141243, September 18, 2020]
The maximum building height is three storeys for any development within 25 metres of the lot line abutting Campeau Drive
Mid-rise buildings up to a maximum of six storeys are permitted provided the building transitions from three storeys along Campeau Drive in accordance with the principles in Section 4.11 of the Official Plan.
To maintain a landscaped buffer and parkway character between the edge of the Town Centre and residential neighbourhoods to the north, yard setbacks from a lot line abutting Campeau Drive will generally be 6 metres.
Development facing Kanata Avenue (between Lord Byng Way/Maritime Way and Earl Grey Drive) will be subject to the following provisions:
A minimum building height of three storeys applies along the north side of Kanata Avenue. Since the grade of the lands on the south side of Kanata Avenue is lower than the grade of the road, buildings are required to have a minimum building height of two storeys above the level of the Kanata Avenue paved roadway.
Mid-rise buildings up to a maximum height of nine storeys are permitted and shall provide built form transition to lower heights along Kanata Avenue, and will be developed in accordance with the principles in Section 4.11 of the Official Plan.
For the lands located within 150 metres west of the westerly edge of Lord Byng Way right of way and 70 metres south of the southerly limits of the Kanata Avenue right of way, and being part of the lands identified as 255 Kanata Avenue, Policy 2(b)(i) does not apply and a portion of a building is required to have a minimum building height of two storeys [Amendment #182, February 22, 2017]
Development facing Hearst Way (between Whitney Drive and the eastern portion of Roberge Crescent) will be subject to the following provisions:
A minimum of three storeys is required for residential and office development. [Amendment #136, LPAT # PL141243, September 18, 2020]
Mid-rise buildings generally up to seven storeys are permitted and shall provide built form transition to adjacent low-rise residential to lower heights along Hearst Way, and will be developed in accordance with the principles in Section 4.11 of the Official Plan.
to establish a human-scale and pedestrian oriented street environment, building step-backs must be provided immediately after the third storey generally resulting in a 45 degree angular plane beginning from the top of the third storey facade that is oriented towards Hearst Way.
Development located in any area “3” or “4” of Schedule B-2 will be subject to the following provisions:
A minimum of three storeys is required for residential and office development. [Amendment #136,LPAT # PL141243, September 18, 2020]
High-rise buildings up to the maximum height on Schedule B-2 are permitted provided built form transition in accordance with the principles in Section 4.11 of the Official Plan.
Development located in area “5” of Schedule B-2 (along Aird Place and Katimavik Road) will be subject to the following provisions:
A minimum of three storeys is required for residential and office development. [Amendment #136, LPAT # PL141243, September 18, 2020]
A high-rise building up to a maximum of 12 storeys will be permitted; however, where demonstrated that a development site is located within 400 metres walking distance of a Rapid Transit Station on Schedule D of the Official Plan, additional height may be considered in accordance with Policy 220.127.116.11 f).
Development shall provide built form transition to adjacent low-rise residential in accordance with Section 4.11 of the Official Plan, and ensure that a human-scale and pedestrian oriented street environment is established along Aird Place and Katimavik Road.
Development located in an area permitting “High-Rise 10 to 30 storeys on Schedule B-2 will be subject to the following provisions:
Subject to a zoning amendment, a High-Rise 10 to 30 storey building may be considered where it is demonstrated that the development satisfies all of the following:
A minimum of three storeys is required for residential and office development. [Amendment #136, LPAT # PL141243, September 18, 2020]
Meets the Urban Design and Compatibility policies in Section 4.11 of the Official Plan.
Meets the Designing Ottawa policies in Section 2.5.1 of the Official Plan.
The appropriate maximum building height will be determined on the basis of site conditions and constraints and the ultimate height must be supportable by the required submissions for a Zoning By-law Amendment, which will include but is not limited to a Transportation Impact Study, Geotechnical Study, Servicing Brief, Sun Shadow Study, and a Concept Plan demonstrating compliance with Section 4.11 of the Official Plan. [Amendment #136, October 16, 2014]