“Have your say on Rochester Field”

10 10 2017

The City of Ottawa is looking for feedback on the Rochester Field re-zoning.

Please look at the material.

https://app01.ottawa.ca/postingplans/appDetails.jsf?lang=en&appId=__AL2X9 Q

Its very important to send comments to City Council before October 16th.

https://app01.ottawa.ca/postingplans/commentForm.jsf?lang=en&appId=__AL 2X9Q&newReq=true

Jeff’s comments from the public meeting on Oct 4th.


Also contact/email planning committee members and the Mayor outlining your thoughts.

Mayor:    Jim.Watson@ottawa.ca

Committee Chair:   Jan.Harder@ottawa.ca

Committee Vice-Chair:   Tim.Tierney@ottawa.ca

Planning Committee Members:

Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca  Rick.Chiarelli@ottawa.ca  Tobi.Nussbaum@ottawa.ca Jeff.Leiper@ottawa.ca  Riley.Brockington@ottawa.ca  Jean.Cloutier@ottawa.ca Stephen.Blais@ottawa.ca   Allan.Hubley@ottawa.ca


Rochester Field Consultation – From Jeff Leiper

6 10 2017

I want to thank the 60 or so residents who took the time to attend the open house last Wednesday to explore the proposed re-zoning to allow some development in Rochester Field (pictured), a part of the “100-day solution” that allows the City to put LRT under the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. I found it extremely useful in helping shape my own thinking on the subject, and there were some excellent perspectives and ideas shared.

There is a lot of context to this discussion. In short, as part of the deal struck to use the NCC’s land for LRT, the City and NCC have agreed to settle an outstanding Ontario Municipal Board dispute by allowing the feds to develop 1/3 of the parcel. That agreement was part of the overall 100-day solution package that was approved by Council (including with my support) in 2015 after significant consultation and debate.

My and the community’s understanding at the time was that the development would likely be tucked away behind the existing built-up area, and that the solution would see a “[g]reen corridor through Rochester Field to be re-designated to parkspace and enhanced” (see the .pdf below). Later in 2015, a first proposal was made to re-designate part of the land for development along those lines, and in the most general terms possible (a re-designation to general urban area). That proposal created some debate, but not close to the current dissatisfaction I’ve heard expressed.

However, since then the NCC has done further consultation on the whole of its Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway linear park concept. During those consultations, it showed several concepts for how the land might be developed. Out of those, it has developed a proposal that would see the 90m immediately north of Richmond Road developed, with a path running north-south between buildings, and the back of the site re-developed as a park. You can see more about that by watching the video of the NCC’s board meeting at which it approved that concept here.

To facilitate that, it is seeking a more specific re-zoning than just general urban area, asking for those first 90m to be zoned traditional mainstreet. That zoning would allow a variety of uses including residential and commercial to a height of around 6 storeys.

I’ve had a couple of days to mull what I heard at that meeting, and to receive further feedback. As an update, I want to offer the following thoughts:

  • There is opposition to any development at all in the park. While I’m very sympathetic to that view, the 100-day deal has been the subject of considerable discussion and a Council vote. I am still proceeding on the basis that there will be at least some develpment in the park in keeping with that agreement;
  • That agreement, however, did not have the current level of specificity. The NCC has no immediate development plans, other than the park concept that its board has approved. While I appreciate that they will require certainty to proceed with the parkland development as to where that is allowed, and that that is time-sensitive, it is too soon to begin applying specific zoning such as Traditional Mainstreet to the developable portion. The City and Board’s first approach in 2015 to designate open and general urban area spaces was the correct one;
  • The current plan is not consistent with the materials and thinking available at the time to Council when it endorsed the 100-day solution (see my 2015 post on the subject here). The “green corridor” is not, by any reasonable definition, evident in the current park concept. The clustering of development along Richmond Road, in fact, accomplishes the opposite. I appreciated the suggestions of a re-configuration of the current proposal to better accomplish that green corridor connecting our Byron park with the NCC’s SJAM park;
  • If a generic Traditional Mainstreet zoning is applied, the setbacks associated with that are not appropriate to protect the green frontage currently on Richmond, nor the green buffer between homes on Fraser and the proposed new development. At the very least, the City should insist on site-specific provisions to the zoning that provide setbacks more appropriate for the context;
  • Finally, it struck me after Wednesday’s open house that there are analogies between this re-zoning/Official Plan Amendment and the approach to re-zoning for the Civic Hospital. In both cases details will follow the zoning. To address that for the Civic, staff have proposed placing conditions that will need to be met before the zoning is finally in effect and development allowed. Council should insist on the same in this process. Potential conditions could include further public consultation on any designs, traffic studies and mitigation plans, or landscaping/tree preservation plans acceptable to the City and residents.

I have been receiving a significant amount of feedback on what we heard Wednesday, and I want to thank Kitchissippi residents for their thoughtful engagement with this. It is far from certain in my mind that we should proceed with this re-zoning, and I’ll be bringing the considerations above to the table when I meet soon with the City to discuss this process. Your feedback to me has been invaluable in crystalizing some of the considerations above in my own thinking, and I’m looking forward to your further participation.

Reminder.. Rochester Field Re-zoning Public Consultation tonight 6:30 to 8:30pm

4 10 2017

Rochester Field Zoning By-Law Amendment + OPA application: Open House

The Zoning By-Law Amendment and OPA application for Rochester Field is now going through its formal circulation period. We are hosting an Open House for residents to take a look at the application proposed by the NCC for Rochester Field on Wednesday, October 4 from 6:30-8:30 at the Van Lang Field House (29 Van Lang Pvt).

Local environmental organization Ecology Ottawa is throwing the biggest environmental party yet! Make sure to get your ticket!

4 10 2017

Ecology Ottawa continues to do great things for our community, support them by attending the largest environmental party ever! @EcoFestEN-EcoFEST_Small_JPEG.jpg

Kiwanis Watch-It Shred-It Day: October 21, 2017

22 09 2017

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is holding their Annual Watch-It Shred-It Day on Saturday, October 21st, 9:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Hampton Park Plaza, Carling and Kirkwood.

– Cost is $8.00 per box / maximum 5 boxes per person.
– Size of a bankers box, approximately 12” x 16” or similar size.

Watch them shred your papers right in front of you and even get your box back if you ask.

Please pass this along to your contacts who may want to get their personal documents shredded.

Thank you for supporting Kiwanis!

Proposed Official Plan/Zoning By-Law Amendment for Rochester Field

22 09 2017

Jeff Leiper is looking for feedback!

Please see Application Summary for French version and diagram.

2017-09-14 – Application Summary – D02-02-17-0060

 Proposed Official Plan /Zoning By-law Amendment Summary

File Number: D01-01-15-0014 & D02-02-17- 0060

Owner/Applicant: City of Ottawa Address: 110 Laurier Ave W Phone: 613 580-2424

Site Location:

Rochester Field – 529 Richmond Road

Description of Site/Area and Surroundings:

Date: Monday September 18, 2017

Comments due date: October 16, 2017 Agent/Consultant: N/A:
Address: 529 Richmond Road: Phone: 613-580-2424 x21850

The lands affected by these amendments are those known as “Rochester Field” and are located at 529 Richmond Road. The land is bounded by the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway to the north, Richmond Road to the south, The Keg Restaurant and multi-storey office and residential buildings to the east, and a low-rise residential neighbourhood to the west.

Purpose of Official Plan and Zoning Amendments

Rochester Field was designated by the City as a Major Open Space in 2003. This designation was appealed by the NCC and the appeal has remained an outstanding matter. The NCC now plans to incorporate the northern part of Rochester Field as a part of the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway Linear Corridor. As part of this corridor the northern two-thirds of the Rochester field will be developed, by the NCC, as a public park. The balance of the land fronting Richmond Road will be retained by the NCC for possible future development but will also include an integrated park access to Richmond Road and will permit amenities for park users.

The Richmond Road /Westboro Secondary Plan anticipated that the whole of Rochester Field will be preserved by the City as public park. As part of the City’s Agreement with NCC concerning the route for the Western LRT the City undertook to retain some development potential at Rochester Field. The proposed amendment sees the reduction in the amount of potential development and its concentration at the Richmond Road frontage. The Secondary Plan retains the requirement for an open space linkage to the park and the NCC’s cycle path.

Proposal Details:

The Official Plan and the Richmond Road /Westboro Secondary Plan are to be amended to re- designate land within 90 m of Richmond Road from Major Open Space to General Urban Area. Richmond Road is already identified as a Traditional Mainstreet and that designation will not be changed.

The accompanying Zoning By-law amendment will rezone the land adjacent to Richmond road to a Traditional Mainstreet Zone, however a park access corridor to Richmond Road will be retained in an Open Space (O1) zone.

The majority of Rochester Field will be retained as park but will be rezoned from the existing Opens Space and Parks (O1L [310]-h) zone, which currently also permits non-park uses, will be rezoned to an Opens Space (O1) zone.

Related Planning Applications: None

Approval Timelines & Authority: The “On Time Decision Date”, i.e. the target date the application will be considered by the City’s Planning Committee is November 14, 2017.

Further Information: To obtain further information relating to this proposal, please contact the undersigned planner or plan to attend the public open house:

Date: Wednesday Octoebr 4th, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Van Lang Field House (29 Van Lang Private)

Notification and Submission Requirements: If you wish to be notified of the decision of Council on the proposed official plan amendment you must make a written request (i.e., return the attached comment sheet) to the City of Ottawa.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Ottawa before the proposed Official Plan amendment is adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the City of Ottawa to the Ontario Municipal Board.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Ottawa before the proposed Official Plan amendment is adopted, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

Request to Post This Summary

If you have received this notice because you are the owner of a building within the area of the proposed official plan amendment, and the building has at least seven (7) residential units, it is requested that you post this notice in a location visible to all of the residents.

Please provide any comments to the undersigned planner by Monday October 16, 2017.

Bruce Finlay
City of Ottawa
Planning Infrastructure and Economic Development Department 110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th floor
Ottawa, ON, K1P 1J1
613-580-2424, ext.21850
Facsimile: 613 580-2459

18 09 2017

The McKellar Park Fall Festival is coming up on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 10:30am-2:30pm. There will be fun activities for everyone!