Community Meeting: Development at 70 Richmond Road

70 Richmond Road
December 19, 2013

On Wednesday, Janaury 15th, 2014, 7-9 PM in the upstairs meeting room at the Churchill Seniors Centre, I will be hosting a pre-consultation regarding development at 70 Richmond Road, currently home to Island Park Auto Sales.

No application has been made at this site. This meeting will be the first step in a community discussion with the developer before any decisions are made.

The zoning of the site is TM[83]H(15). Details of this zoning is available here. The site is part of the Richmond Road/Westboro Secondary Plan. Details of this plan are available here.

Hope to see you there,


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Gladstone Community Plan

Gladstone EBA
September 17, 2013

The first meeting of the Public Advisory Group was held on August 28th. Present were representatives from major landowners in the area, the Dalhousie Community Association, Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation, Ottawa Community Housing, Councillors Hobbs and Holmes and City Staff. Invited but not present were the Hintonburg Community Association and the Preston Street BIA.

The purpose of the meetings was to present and discuss basic information about the CDP study, including background information gathering and analysis completed to date. Input received as a result of these meetings will help to advance the development of the CDP as the study continues.

Below are copies of the draft summary of feedback and design principles, as well as the PowerPoint presentation. This is the start of the conversation about what the future of this area will be. If you want to get involved or provide feedback, please email the planner on the file, Taavi Siitam at A public meeting will be held in October.

Draft for Discussion Purposes:

Summarized list of issues based on stakeholder interviews, August 2013

Land Use and Built form

• Strengthen both mixed income and mixed use

• Protect the small-scale residential uses on either side of Preston Street

• Create possibilities for Grocery store(s)

• Retain and ensure the viability of urban-based industrial uses

• Consider more office, not just condos

• Ensure compatibility between existing and future land uses, e.g. industrial vs. residential standards

• Too many restaurants, more retail variety needed; no bars should be permitted

• Need to provide a variety of accommodation (e.g. affordable, family-size)

• 4-6 storey buildings along Preston Street

• Maintain small fabric along Preston Street and side streets

• Allocate areas furthest from existing low-scale, residential uses for greater density

• Not much appetite for series of towers along the rail corridor (like Carling and Bayview)

• Scale of development across from Devonshire should mirror school

Street Blocks and Parcels

• Maintain small fabric along Preston Street and side streets

• Divide very large blocks into smaller ones when redeveloped

• Intensify large vacant lots, but protect existing lots next to them

Connectivity and Mobility

• Re-grid the streets

• Preserve dead-end streets, particularly at Oak and Laurel Streets; no side streets should be extended (into PWGSC)

• Don’t funnel all traffic down side streets

• Multi-use pathway is excellent transportation infrastructure

• Need more parking to support businesses and residential areas

• Not enough parking on or just off of Preston Street

• Maximum permitted parking should be less (e.g. < 1 space per 1 unit)

Community Services

• Plant Bath at capacity

• Need indoor & outdoor capacity that complements Plant Bath programming

• Library and social services needed for the area

Heritage & Character

• Incorporate Enriched Bread building into new developments

• Strengthen Preston Street as a “cultural district”

• Protect the small-scale residential uses on either side of Preston Street

• Provide “gateway features” at Gladstone and Somerset

Public Realm and Open Spaces

• More public park spaces

• More trees/green needed in neighbourhood


Planning & Design Principles

Land use and built form

1. Concentrate the most dense new development along O-train corridor respecting adjacent uses

2. Protect the existing, established neighbourhood character when redevelopment occurs next to them

3. New residential developments will offer affordable housing to encourage a richness in neighbourhood diversity

Street blocks and parcels

4. Break down the superblocks to establish an integrated neighbourhood fabric

Connectivity and mobility

5. Create a diverse mobility network with a focus on the multiuse pathway and new connections based on key desire lines

Community Services

6. Ensure that adequate community support services exist to complement the addition of new uses

Heritage and character

7. Preserve the cultural and physical character of Little Italy along Preston mainstreet

8. Establish a high quality sense of place and identity through diversity in new built form and architecture and distinct and coordinated public realm improvements

Public realm and open spaces

9. Add new public open space and employ new design strategies to green the neighbourhood

Gladstone CDP PPT August 28 2013 PAG

NOTE: The presentation bears no status and was created for the sole purpose of discussion and input. Based on this and future feedback, issues and ideas for the CDP will continue to evolve as the process advances.

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Public Meeting on Proposal for Northeast Corner of Island Park and Wellington West

April 3, 2013

You are invited to a meeting to discuss a proposal for construction of a mixed-use building at the northeast corner of Island Park Drive of 6 and 9 storeys by Mizrahi developments.

This site is part of the Wellington West CDP [PDF]. Details of the proposed “gateway architecture” at this corner are described on pages 61 and 62.

Where: Fisher Park Public School, Room 112
When: Tuesday, April 9th, 7:00 PM

Present will be representatives of the developer, the architect and planning consultant.

Hope to see you there,





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