Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031

The City of Ottawa is hosting the Building a Liveable Ottawa launch event on Tuesday, Janaury 29, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Ottawa City Hall. This is part of a strategic review that the city will undertake in 2013 of key planning documents. For more information, please visit the City of Ottawa's website.

City Conducting Transit-Oriented Development Study

The City of Ottawa is undertaking transit-oriented development (TOD) studies that will examine properties within an 800 metres radius of three future light rail stations east of downtown. This includes the Lees Transitway station in Old Ottawa East. View a map of the study area. According to the city, the goal of the TOD studies is to plan well-designed and compact neighbourhoods. For more information, visit the city’s TOD website. Public consultations will be held later in the year.

160 Lees Development goes to Planning Council on February 26

The City of Ottawa’s planning committee will review the application for 160 Lees Avenue on February 26, 2013. At the request of Councillor Chernushenko, the city has agreed to conduct the site plan studies in advance of this going to committee so that due diligence is done and the proper assessments and analysis are conducted on the impacts raised such as environmental issues and traffic. We will be receiving a list of the studies that will be conducted and we will post them on the website.

The OECA has received a copy of the alternative locations that the city staff reviewed before proposing the 160 Lees Avenue site as the recommended option. They are posted in the planning section under the 160 Lees Avenue file.

The OECA will continue to press for more information regarding the size of the proposed parking lot. The city is required to compensate the university for lost parking due to LRT construction, however, the current proposal provides the university with an additional 132 parking spots. At a meeting held on January 7, 2013, between the OECA, Councillor Chernushenko, university representatives and city staff, we asked the university to assess its current parking, do a needs assessment and review if indeed it really needs a 362 parking lot to compensate for 230 lost spots. The University of Ottawa is in a key leadership position to change the decision on whether the parking lot is necessary and whether its size can be decreased, but we need to appeal to the president to get the decision in the MOU with the city changed. Officials from his office indicated that they were surprised that they have not received more letters - let's make some noise and send President Allan Rock some letters. Your voice matters and because of the interest that we have been getting on this issue, changes are happening but there are still more changes required.

For full details about this proposal, including the most recent site plan, please visit the planning page.

City Presentation on 160 Lees Development

The City of Ottawa's presentation from the December 19th meeting concerning the 160 Lees planning application is now available. Note that the presentation states the application will be heard at Planning Committee in January, but this has since been postponed to February. For complete details about this proposal, including maps and minutes from the December 19 meeting, please visit the OECA’s planning page.

Update on proposed temporary parking lot at 160 Lees Avenue

The OECA hosted a public meeting on Wednesday, December 19, with city staff to answer questions about the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment application for 160 Lees Avenue. This is a city-initiated application to permit a temporary parking lot for a period of three to five years during the construction of the light rail project. This is the section of greenspace bounded by Lees Avenue, the apartment buildings, the Rideau River, and Springhurst Park. The meeting drew considerable positive media coverage of the community’s concerns.

The original proposal included both parking for 362 vehicles and a staging area for construction. At the December 19 meeting, the city presented an alternate proposal that removed the staging area from 160 Lees Avenue. The parking lot is proposed because during construction of the light rail project, 230 parking spots at the University of Ottawa will be displaced and the city must provide compensation. What is not clear, however, is why the proposal includes 362 parking spots when the university is only losing 230 parking spots. The city has also not clarified how many other alternative sites were considered. We are supported in our quest for answers by Councillor David Chernushenko who was instrumental in having an alternate proposal presented at the meeting.

For full details about this proposal, including maps and minutes from the December 19 meeting, please visit the OECA’s planning page.

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