12 06 2017

Link for questionnaire about Cleary and New Orchard Planning study. City would like feedback by June 30th.


12 06 2017

From the City of Ottawa:

Cleary and New Orchard Planning Study

A review of the lands around future LRT stations to determine appropriate redevelopment resulting in staff recommendations to update portions of the existing Richmond Road/Westboro Secondary and Community Design Plans.

This study is one of several other planning and transportation projects that will affect the Richmond Road community and surrounding neighbourhoods in future years.

Study overview

Purpose of study

The purpose of this study is to undertake a review of the lands in the vicinity of the future Cleary and New Orchard LRT stations, respectively, to determine appropriate redevelopment in the context of surrounding mature neighbourhoods. It is expected that the study will result in updates to a portion of the 2009 Richmond Road / Westboro Secondary Plan and 2007 Community Design Plan.

Study area [PDF 465 KB]

The 2009 Richmond Road/Westboro Secondary Plan and 2007 Community Design Plan were approved before the LRT was planned and, therefore, do not respond to the challenges and opportunities resulting from the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) for Cleary and New Orchard. These documents require updating to ensure appropriate policy direction for lands around the LRT stations, while recognizing the impact on the adjacent residential neighbourhoods. This project will ensure that a clear policy framework is in place to manage growth in the study area, protect stable residential areas, enhance the public realm, as well as provide greater clarity for city staff, the community and developers.

The Cleary and New Orchard LRT Stations are among 19 new stations being added by Stage 2 of Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit system; a system that builds on the current Confederation and Trillium Line investments to add 30 kilometres of track farther east, west and south in the City. Stage 2 is planned to be operational for 2023.

Objectives of the study

  • Engage the community to help define the nature of change that is appropriate for the area over a 20 year planning horizon. This change will be compatible with the adjacent, stable neighbourhoods.
  • Permit modest growth around stations – to meet City requirements
  • Provide clarity for the community, developers and city staff in reviewing redevelopment proposals for the area

This planning study will NOT:

  • Result in a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) plan
  • Stop growth from coming to the area
  • Influence the alignment of the LRT or the location of the LRT stations
  • Propose changes to National Capital Commission (NCC) lands
  • Be extended to include lands around other LRT stations like Dominion or Lincoln Fields
  • Update policies for the portion of Richmond Road / Westboro Secondary Plan and Community Design Plan that applies to lands outside the Cleary and New Orchard study area

Concurrent projects

There are several related projects going on at the same time [PDF 647 KB] as the Cleary and New Orchard Planning Study. Due to the nature and timing of the projects, feedback collected during the study processes will likely overlap. Staff will ensure that all related studies are coordinated with respect to public engagement and end results.

For information about the concurrent projects, refer to the links below:

Project timeline

This project is structured around a three phase process from Spring 2016 to Winter 2017:

Phase 1: Project Initiation and Review of Existing Conditions (Spring to Summer 2016)

  • Research relevant policy documents and studies
  • Host a Planning Primer and public open house to introduce project, review portions of the 2009 Richmond Road / Westboro Secondary Plan and 2007 CDP, and confirm broad direction and existing conditions
  • Update webpage with comments collected from open house

Phase 2: Proposed Directions (Summer 2016 to Spring 2017)

  • Develop planning scenarios with key stakeholders based on the feedback collected from the first open house
  • Undertake supporting studies
  • Host an engagement event to present ‘what we’ve heard so far’, and further develop planning scenarios, prioritize plan elements and discuss implementation measures
  • Update webpage with comments collected from second engagement event

Phase 3: Recommendations (Spring to Fall 2017)

  • Prepare draft recommendations based on feedback collected from the second engagement event
  • Host public open house to present ‘what we’ve heard so far’ and draft recommendations
  • Create final recommendations based on comments collected
  • Conduct a technical circulation
  • Prepare staff report and provide public notice of Planning Committee date
  • Update webpage with final recommendations and final staff report

Frequently asked questions

What is a CDP?

A Community Design Plan (CDP) is approved by City Council and establishes a vision and planning framework for areas in the City that are likely to experience growth and change. CDPs translate broad policies outlined in the City’s Official Plan to the neighbourhood-level. They are created based on principles of collaborative community building with affected residents, property owners, businesses and residential neighbourhood groups.

A CDP can address a number of topics related to change in an area, such as:

  • Existing Conditions
  • Land use
  • Building heights
  • Building form and design
  • Heritage features and buildings
  • Ways to support pedestrians and cyclists
  • Encouraging public transit use
  • Infrastructure needs
  • Public realm improvements or changes
  • Planning for population density and projected growth
  • Implementation strategies
  • Financial plans

Because CDPs are implemented over time in response to market demand for development, they generally have planning horizons of 20 years or more. CDPs assist in shaping new physical changes of both private and public lands, and help ensure that redevelopment meets the community’s vision for the area.

What is a Secondary Plan?

A Secondary Plan provides the legal framework to support a CDP. It is a sub-plan of the City’s Official Plan, approved by City Council and is created under the authority of the Planning Act (legislation passed by your elected provincial representatives). Like a CDP, a Secondary Plan guides change in a planning area over time, according to the vision developed by the community as well as the Official Plan. It has a planning horizon of 20 years or more.

The main differences between a Secondary Plan and CDP are:

  • The Planning Act only allows certain topics to be included in a Secondary Plan; CDPs may cover more topics and include background information. For example, Secondary Plans often include directives about land uses; building heights; densities; particular design requirements for buildings or sites, detailed public realm elements and implementation.
  • Since a Secondary Plan is a document approved under the Planning Act, it is amended through an application process called an Official Plan Amendment
  • A Secondary Plan can also be appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board

How did you determine the study area boundary?

The study area boundary [PDF 465 KB] is based on a portion of the boundary from the 2009 Richmond Road / Westboro Secondary Plan and 2007 CDP; from the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway eastward to properties around the future Cleary Station. Several properties located south of Byron Avenue that accommodate walk-up apartments (near the future Cleary Station) were also added to the study area. A ‘Focus Area’ was established to help define the properties that were more likely to experience change within the +20 year planning horizon. This ‘Focus Area’ will receive a detailed planning analysis, to be conducted over the course of this study. Stable, low density residential areas of the surrounding neighbourhoods within or near the study area boundary will be protected from major change.

How will this study impact the 2009 Richmond Road / Westboro Secondary Plan and 2007 CDP?

This planning study will result in changes to portions of the existing Richmond Road / Westboro Secondary Plan and CDP. These documents will be updated to ensure appropriate policy direction for lands around the LRT stations, while recognizing the impact on the adjacent residential neighbourhoods. These changes will be made via Official Plan amendments approved by City Council at the end of the process. The Zoning By-law may also be amended at the same time, if appropriate.

How do I get involved?

There are several ways you can stay informed and engaged in the study process:

  • Attend public open houses
  • Sign-up to the project’s email list to receive progress updates about the study and invites to the open houses
  • Refer to this webpage to stay up-to-date about what’s happening and review information as it develops
  • Contact the Project Leads (information below) at any time during the process to request information, ask questions, submit feedback or meet in-person

Who is involved in this study?

Many stakeholders are involved in this planning study:

  • A Working Group will be formed in June 2016. The Group is responsible for helping confirm the direction of the study, developing planning concepts, reviewing study materials and providing feedback throughout the process. The small Group will meet multiple times throughout the study and will include representatives from affected community associations, some property and business owners, some potential developers and Councillors Jeff Leiper (Ward 15 – Kitchissippi) and Mark Taylor (Ward 7 – Bay).
  • A technical advisory group (TAG) will also be formed for the planning study. The TAG is made up of City staff and representatives from other agencies to help assess existing conditions, provide technical feedback, ensure that the planning study meets City policies and ensure the results are achievable. Members of the TAG represent interests such as Stage 2 LRT Project Office, transportation planning, cycling and walking, transit, parks, development review, infrastructure policy, research and forecasting, urban design, municipal real estate, school boards, hydro, National Capital Commission (NCC), and land use and natural systems.

When will the results of this study be implemented?

Once this planning study is complete, change will unfold gradually over many years as redevelopment of both public and private lands occurs. Redevelopment of private properties is often driven by market demands. Public realm improvements identified by the Cleary and New Orchard Planning study will be prioritized and assigned implementation goals over a 20 year period.

Due to the capital investment related to the implementation of Stage 2 Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, some change on public lands in the study area will occur in the short term (within 5 years). In addition to the Stage 2 LRT system, this change will ultimately implement the Richmond Road Complete Street study and parts of the Stage 2 LRT Pedestrian / Cycling Connectivity Study. Information about these projects found here.

You might be interested in

Information Update Meeting – Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tell us what you think

Answer our questionnaire  (link is external)before June 30, 2017. Tell us what you think needs to be considered by City staff for the proposed directions for the planning study.

Information Meeting #2 – Tuesday, May 23, 2017

More than 320 residents attended the two sessions and learned more about the progress to date for the planning study and the Byron Linear Park Renewal(link is external).  City staff are working on an As We Heard It Report back from the session and will post the Report shortly. Please add your name to the project mailing list(link sends e-mail) or to receive updates if you have not already done so.

Review the display boards from the session and learn more about what is being proposed for the study area.

Questions? Contact:

Jillian Savage, Planner
Planning Infrastructure and Economic Development
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa ON K1P 1J1
jillian.savage@ottawa.ca(link sends e-mail)
613-580-2424 ext. 14970

Interesting article from Dave Allstom in Kitchissippi Times

10 06 2017

The creation of the Ottawa River (Sir John A MacDonald) Parkway

The new issue of the Kitchissippi Times hits the streets today, and inside it is my column on the creation of the Ottawa River Parkway aka Sir John A MacDonald Parkway.

The development of the Parkway was not as fast, or as inexpensive as you might think it was. And there was far more involved than just laying some roads. Thousands of people in Kitchissippi were booted off their land when the government expropriated their property. The Parkway was originally planned to be part of a ring road surrounding the City, which of course never came about.
Read the full story and check out a couple extra photos at the Kitchissippi Times: https://kitchissippi.com/2017/06/08/sjam-ottawa-river/
Aerial shot of the Parkway under construction.
Looking east from Westboro Beach to Tunney’s
Pasture, April 1963
(Source: Ottawa Archives CA-8779)

Public art in Winston Square to be opened on June 10th

25 05 2017



The City of Ottawa invites residents to attend the official opening celebration of Winston Chandelier, a recently-installed public art sculpture that was commissioned for the Winston Place Plaza development project on Richmond Road, Westboro.

Date:  Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Time:  12.30pm to 1.30pm
Location:  Winston Square at the south end of Winston Avenue (between Westboro Legion and DQ along Richmond Road, Westboro).

Join Councillor Jeff Leiper and Westboro Village BIA at the official opening celebration of Winston Chandelier, a permanent public artwork by artists Joanna Swim and Adrian Göllner commissioned by the Public Art Program for the Winston Place Plaza development project. Stay for a reception following the opening celebration and to meet the artists.

Winston Chandelier was commissioned in May 2014 and shortlisted proposals were reviewed by the public. Taking into account more than 50 responses from the public, a selection committee of artists, community representatives and the project team responsible for the Winston Square development chose Winston Chandelier as the winning design.

Winston Chandelier is a large, bold and fanciful chandelier constructed from laser-cut stainless steel panels fitted into a hexagon, surrounding a light fixture in the centre. The bright red beacon illuminates Winston Square and features silhouettes of flora and fauna identified with the Westboro area, including the Spotted Turtle and Small Mouth Bass. The bracket supporting the chandelier represents the branch of a Mountain Ash tree, and suspends the artwork over the dining space created by the plaza development project.

The Winston Square public art installation was funded in part from the Kitchissippi Ward Cash-in-lieu of Parkland Fund with contributions from local Westboro-based business Domicile Developments.

 The City of Ottawa commissions professional artists’ works for display in public spaces from a percentage of funds set aside for municipal development projects. For more information on the Public Art Program please call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401), email publicartprogram@ottawa.ca or visit ottawa.ca


Carré Winston : inauguration d’une œuvre d’art public le 10 juin

La Ville d’Ottawa invite les résidents à assister à l’inauguration officielle de Winston Chandelier, une sculpture d’art public commandée pour l’aménagement de l’esplanade de la place Winston (sur le chemin Richmond, à Westboro), où elle a récemment été installée.

Date : Samedi 10 juin 2017
Heure : 12 h 30 à 13 h 30
Lieu : Carré Winston, à l’extrémité sud de l’avenue Winston (entre la Légion royale canadienne et le Dairy Queen, sur le chemin Richmond, à Westboro)

Joignez-vous au conseiller Jeff Leiper et à la ZAC du village de Westboro pour l’inauguration officielle de Winston Chandelier,une œuvre d’art public permanente réalisée par Joanna Swim et Adrian Göllner pour l’aménagement de l’esplanade de la place Winston. S’ensuivra une réception en présence des artistes.

L’œuvre a été commandée par le Programme d’art public en mai 2014. Le comité de sélection, composé d’artistes, de représentants de la collectivité et de membres de l’équipe d’aménagement, a tenu compte de plus de cinquante commentaires du public, qui avait été invité à se prononcer sur des propositions présélectionnées.

Winston Chandelier consiste en un grand chandelier fait de panneaux en acier inoxydable rouge vif disposés en hexagone autour d’un luminaire. Ces panneaux arborent des silhouettes, découpées au laser, d’espèces animales et végétales présentes à Westboro, dont la tortue ponctuée et l’achigan à petite bouche. L’élégant et audacieux chandelier, suspendu à la représentation d’une branche de sorbier des oiseaux au-dessus de l’aire de repas de l’esplanade, illumine le carré Winston.

L’œuvre a été financée en partie par le fonds du quartier Kitchissippi destiné au règlement financier des frais relatifs aux terrains à vocation de parc, et par une contribution de Domicile Developments, une entreprise de Westboro.

 La Ville d’Ottawa commande à des artistes professionnels des œuvres destinées à être exposées dans des espaces publics, œuvres qu’elle finance en mettant de côté un pourcentage des fonds destinés aux projets d’aménagement municipaux. Pour en savoir plus sur le Programme d’art public, téléphonez au 3‑1‑1 (ATS : 613‑580‑2401), écrivez àprogrammedartpublic@ottawa.ca ou visitez ottawa.ca.

Hannah Kingscote

Public Art Officer | Agent, art public

613-244-4429 | hannah.kingscote@ottawa.ca

Public Art Program | Programme d’art public

City of Ottawa | Ville d’Ottawa

172 Guigues Avenue | 172 avenue Guigues, Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 5H9


Who do you call?

19 05 2017

When to call 911
–       Violent crime or property crime in progress or suspects were seen fleeing (description and last direction of travel)
–       There is evidence at the scene of the crime (Sexual assault)
–       Car accident with injuries.
–       Dangerous or impaired driving and you are following, or JUST witnessed and have a description and last direction of travel.
–       Fire or medical emergency.

When to call 613-236-1222
–       Suspicious activity or vehicle.
–       Alcohol and drug use in public (youth in parks)
–       Youth under age of 16 out between midnight and 06:00 AM.

When to call 613-236-1222 Ext. 7300 or attend any Police Station
–       Reporting to the Police after the fact.
–       Any damage to house, yard, or vehicle (not in progress).
–       Traffic complaints – general or specific.
–       Disputes for record purposes (i.e neighbour, stalking, civil when fear exist).
–       Sexual assault reported at a later date where the evidence is long gone – must attend the station to provide a written statement.
When to make an online report
–       Theft (under $5000)
–       Lost property (under $5000 with a visible serial number or distinct marking such as a custom engraving)
–       Mischief/Damage to property (under $5000)
–       Theft from vehicle (under $5000)
–       Traffic complaints – general or specific.

When to call 311
–       Any by-law issue or any general city enquiry.
–       Call about a noise problem as it is happening or the next day.
–       Individuals in the parks between 11:00 PM and 06:00 AM.
–       Note that by-law closes at 02:00 AM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and at midnight on weeknights. Summer hours are till 02:00 AM every day. You can call the Police after these hours at 613-230-6211.

All of these avenues of action are completely confidential. You can always reinforce that you do not wish an officer attend your address, but that you can be called privately. When reporting to the Police, remember to ask for the incident number related to your call.

Cst. Jeff Kostuch, 1579
Ottawa Police Service/Service de police d’Ottawa
Community Safety Services/services de sécurité de proximité
West CPC / CPC Ouest
613-236-1222 ext.2347

Prevent Thefts and Break and Enters

19 05 2017

From Jeffery Kostuch, Ottawa Police

Good Day All

Its that time of year again.

There have been some recent break and enters to garages and sheds, theft from vehicles in Britannia Village area. There has been 2 break-ins to garages where bikes have been stolen but I’ve also heard of several other instances where the thefts have not been reported to police but have been posted on social media. Ie: Suspect(s) rummaging through people’s cars, using garage door opener to open the garage.

Please be vigilant in securing your homes, vehicles and garages.  Report suspicious persons or activity.

Information Update Meeting – Tuesday, May 23, 2017

13 05 2017

Ukrainian Hall, 1000 Byron Avenue

4 to 9:00 p.m. with presentations

By attending this session, residents will find out more about the progress to date for these two projects in the Richmond/Byron Corridor:

Cleary and New Orchard Planning Study

  • A review of the lands around future light rail stations to determine appropriate redevelopment and potential public realm improvements. Staff recommendations will result in changes to the existing Richmond Road/Westboro Secondary and Community Design Plans

Byron Linear Park Renewal(link is external)

  • With the realignment of the Ottawa Light Rail Transit under the Byron Linear Park, there is an opportunity to design the park to meet the community needs.  Based on previous public consultation, a preliminary plan has been prepared that will guide the final design for the park.

Residents have an opportunity to attend one of two identical sessions:

Session One

4 p.m.       Drop in to review display boards and speak to staff 
4:30 p.m.  Presentations begin
5:15 p.m.  Q&A

Session Two

6 p.m.      Drop in to review display boards and speak to staff
7 p.m.      Presentations begin
7:45 p.m. Q&A

9 p.m.  Session closes

City staff and Ward Councillors will be available to discuss the projects and answer questions.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please email your request to richmondbyron@ottawa.ca(link sends e-mail)  or contact:

Jillian Savage, Planner
Planning Infrastructure and Economic Development
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa ON K1P 1J1
jillian.savage@ottawa.ca(link sends e-mail)
tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 14970