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Q1 City Hall Roundup

Contributors: Chelsea Bland, Kai Ip Wong, Monica Wu  1. City to Host First Ever Water Roundtable February 18th marked the first Environment Committee meeting of 2014, with water as the major agenda item of the day. Councillor Maria McRae surprised…

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An Update to the Urban Natural Features Strategy

When it comes to the protection of urban natural areas (UNAs), which are lands deemed ecologically valuable found within the city, Ottawa’s City Council made it a part of their Official Plan in 2002 to commit to and acquire these lands…

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Intensification at the Westboro transit station

The Planning Committee met on August 27 to discuss re-zoning 319 McRae Avenue (Item 4) to allow for greater intensification. The site would see the development of two mid-rise buildings. One building would be eight storeys high, with the first…

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How High?

Intensification is highly controversial. Item 10 on the agenda at June 25th’s Planning Committee meeting was a debate over the height of a building near the Parkdale Market at the site 233 Armstrong Street and 3 Hamilton Avenue North. The main issue…

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A false dichotomy: Heritage vs cyclists

The Planning Committee on June 25th carried a motion to save and relocate two historic buildings (previously on the path to demolition) at 273, 275-79 Sussex Drive, as they make way for a redesigned road that is to include wider footpaths…

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The elephant in the room

Intensification is a touchy subject. The packed room full of people at the Planning Committee meeting on June 25th can attest to that. Ecology Ottawa understands residents’ concerns with intensification and is happy that Councillors responded to their concerns with…

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Cardinal Creek Village

The Planning Committee meeting on June 25th saw the Cardinal Creek Village Concept Plan approved. Cardinal Creek Village is located on the outskirts of Orleans, just east of Trim Road. An area of approximately 208 hectares is intended to include…

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Strengthen the future of the Byward Market, but make it a future with fewer cars

The highlight of the June 11th Planning Committee meeting was item 7 entitled ‘Strengthening the Future of the Byward Market’. As a response to concerns from the Byward community, the City of Ottawa hired a New York based firm, Project…

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O’Keefe Drain Environmental Management Plan

The Planning Committee approved the O’Keefe Drain Environmental Management Plan (EMP) (Item 3) on May 28th. The O’Keefe Drain is located on 211 hectares of predominantly agricultural and natural land east of Highway 416, west of Strandherd Drive, and north of…

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Bayview Station Community Design Plan

Councillors at the Planning Committee meeting approved the Bayview Station District Community Design Plan on May 14th. The plan promotes transit, cycling, and pedestrian oriented development in the currently underused land just west of downtown Ottawa. The Design Plan includes the development…

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