What happened at the last executive meeting?

Curious to know what happens at an executive meeting? You are more than welcome to join us – but if you can’t you can always review the records of decision (minutes) that are taken and posted. Next meeting is on April 16th.

But to really get a flavour for what transpires, here is a short summary of some of the planning matters that came up during the last meeting.

Planning matters discussed at the Executive committee meeting on the 19th included items related to the next Official Plan, proposed zoning changes, new development and secondary plans.

Councillor Hume noted that the next Official Plan was unlikely to affect the Alta Vista ward very much.  There would be proposed zoning changes along St. Laurent Ave between Smyth and Pleasant Park to permit high-rise buildings.  There already exist a number of high rises in that area so the general character of  the road would not change dramatically.  Similarly, there would be proposed changes to Walkley Road from Bank Street to the Heron Road intersection to permit up to six story buildings. Peter urged all interested to follow the Official Plan and its  related Master Transportation Plan update process via the City of Ottawa web site (Building a Liveable Ottawa).  A first draft of the Official Plan update should be released for consultation around June 2013.  The updating process must be completed by the end of 2013.

The meeting also discussed a site plan proposal for 1833 Riverside Drive, (just north of Smyth Road), where the proposal is to add two blocks of stacked town house units for a total of 24 along the front of the property that already has an existing 12 story apartment building (known as the Faircrest).

The meeting also discussed the study now underway to prepare a secondary plan for the lands surrounding the Hurdman transit station with a view to intensification (i.e. the LRT Station Area Transit-Oriented Development Studies).

Remember that you can access all proposed zoning changes, committee of adjustment submissions and all site plan control submissions on the City of Ottawa website or through the AVCA.ca link on the Planning & Development page.

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