The City of Ottawa has received an Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment application to permit site specific performance standards to accommodate the construction of a 16-storey mixed-use building containing residential units and commercial, retail and office uses.
The subject site is located at the northwest corner of the Bank Street / Bélanger Avenue intersection. The irregular shaped lot has an area of approximately 1,460 square metres with approximately 47 metres frontage on Bank Street and approximately 31 metres frontage along Bélanger Avenue. The site is currently occupied by a one-storey commercial/retial building with 465 square metre GFA and associated surface parking.
Within the site vicinity, the surrounding area generally consists of a variety of retail commercial and office uses as well as residential uses. To the immediate north of the subject site, across Belanger Avenue, is a five-storey, mixed-use building and further north is a residential area comprised of mid-rise and high-rise residential buildings. To the south is an automotive service business and a multi-unit commercial/retail building and further south is a law office and Blue Heron Mall. To the east, across Bank Street, is a one-storey commercial/office building and a three-storey mixed-use building with low-rise residential buildings futher east. To the west is a four-storey multi-unit retirement residence with low-rise residential buildings located further west.
The purpose of this Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment application is to accommodate redevelopment of the site to construct a 16-storey high-rise building consisting of 160 residential units and a two-storey mixed-use podium containing retail and commercial uses at grade fronting Bank Street and mix of office and residential uses proposed on the second level of the podium.
The applicant is proposing a three-storey underground parking garage with 66 parking spaces and one at grade loading space, both accessed from Bélanger. A combined total of 186 bicycle parking spaces are provided at grade and within the parking garage. A subsequent Site Plan Control application will be submitted to facilitate the development.
The applicant is seeking a site specific Official Plan Amendment to facilitate the proposed development as the building and site design elements relating to building height and floor space index do not conform with policies of the Bank Street Secondary Plan. Details of the Official Plan Amendment include:
- Redesignate the Subject Property as a “Node” to establish permission for development of highrise buildings of up to 50 metres in building height at the intersection of Bank Street and Belanger Avenue.
- Require no maximum Floor Space Index, whereas the site currently has a maximum Floor Space Index 3.5.
The applicant also seeks to rezone the subject site from Arterial Mainstreet, Subzone 1, Urban Exception 1913 (AM1 ) to introduce a new site-specific Urban Exception and height Schedule to permit the following requested relief:
- To add “apartment dwelling, high-rise” to the list of permitted uses on the Subject Property.
- To permit a minimum rear yard setback for a rear lot line abutting a residential zone of three metres, whereas 7.5 metres is required.
- To permit a building height of 50 metres or 16-storeys, whereas a maximum building height of 25 metres is required.
- To permit no maximum Floor Space Index (FSI), whereas an FSI of 3.5 is required.
- To permit a combined minimum number of parking spaces of 66, whereas a total of 94 spaces is required (74 residential, 15 visitor, 5 office).
Full application and other information can be found here.
We need your thoughts to help shape the new Heron Park Community Building. Join us on Thursday, March 24th to hear our ideas and share what you'd like to make use of in the new community building.
This will be the second consultation on the proposed development. Community members will be presented with the changes made to the proposal since the last consultation, and be given an opportunity to provide further feedback. From the new submission:
The proposal is for a mixed-use development consisting of two high-rise buildings and a privately owned public space...
The buildings will consist of a podium and tower configuration, with the north building (29 storeys) containing only residential uses and the south building (27 storeys) containing non-residential uses on the ground floor with residential uses above. Parking will be located primarily below grade with a two-level garage that serves both buildings. The northeast corner of the site will contain an urban plaza framed by the Bank and Riverside westbound (WB) intersection, and this is intended to function as a privately owned public space.
The full application and all related documents can be found here.
Join staff for an info session on the new Ottawa Hospital Phase 1 Parking Garage
Join Councillors Diane Deans, Riley Brockington, Shawn Menard and Jean Cloutier for a public consultation on the 2022 Draft Budget.
We will be hosting a public consultation on October 13th from 7-8:30pm to discuss phase III of the Greystone development Site Plan Control Application. The proposed development is comprised of two seven-storey residential buildings with a total of 260 units, a private courtyard area with an elevated footbridge connection to the river, and an underground garage with a total of 266 vehicular spaces and 260 bicycle parking spaces. The meeting will provide a chance to review a number of questions that have been raised by the community, including traffic circulation, unit count, and public space. Detailed documentation for phase III is available at: https://devapps.ottawa.ca/en/applications/D07-12-21-0111/details.
Public Consultation for development at 774 Bronson
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The City of Ottawa will be developing a new park at 635 O'Connor Street. The new park will include accessible benches, a picnic and games table, pathway, shade pergola, trash receptacles, new tree planting and climbing trellis screen.
Residents are invited to participate in a Community Consultation via ZOOM to review the park concept plan options on Monday, June 28 from 6:00 to 7:00PM.
Options will be posted on line after the meeting for review and comments. Comments period will close July 7, 2021.
Link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84396171570
La Ville d’Ottawa procèdera à l’aménagement d’un nouveau parc au 635, rue O’Connor. Ce nouveau parc comportera des bancs accessibles, une table de jeu et de pique-nique, un sentier, une pergola, des poubelles, de nouveaux arbres et un treillis pour plantes grimpantes.
Nous invitons les résidentes et résidents à une consultation communautaire tenue sur ZOOM le lundi 28 juin, de 18 h à 19 h, pour passer en revue les différentes options d’aménagement du parc.
Après cette réunion, les options proposées seront présentées en ligne aux fins d’examen et de commentaires. Les personnes intéressées auront jusqu’au 7 juillet 2021 pour soumettre leurs commentaires.
Réunion sur ZOOM
Lien : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84396171570
The City is undertaking a review of the Official Plan, a planning document that guides and regulates development through an overarching policy framework. The new OP will provide a vision for growth through 2046 and will have impacts on issues from housing to mobility.
On June 3, Councillors in the urban area will hold a public meeting for residents living in rental housing to learn more about the new OP and provide feedback. If you are interested in joining the discussion, you can let us know here, but you must also register for this event with the city directly:
Our office is pro-actively reaching out to residents to check in on them, and to ensure they are connected to the available information and supports they need. It's a difficult time for so many of our neighbours, and just hearing from someone in itself can be a comfort.
We could use your help checking in on our neighbours.
These weekly phonebanks are an opportunity for several of us to make calls together online. We will be bale to check in with each other between calls over zoom and otherwise be able to digitally work side by side.
If you'd like to assist, please RSVP here. Once RSVPed you will receive instructions. You will also receive a zoom link.
These calls are meant to:
- Generally check-in with community members
- Ask how people are doing, and whether there's anything they need help with.
- Ensure folks have the most up to date information regarding COVID-19 and vaccine rollout, and are aware how to get their vaccine if they have not already.