City Council approves mediated settlement on Lansdowne zoning with community groups

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City of Ottawa press release

Ottawa – City Council today approved a significant mediated settlement on Lansdowne zoning with a number of community groups that marks a turning point in the City’s working relationship with its neighbourhood stakeholders and will also help to avoid an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing.

“By reaching this agreement today, we have not only signalled the start of a more productive partnership with our community stakeholders, but we have made huge strides towards avoiding a very lengthy and costly OMB hearing,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “I would like to thank the community groups, City staff and Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, for their determination in finding a consensus. It’s a sure sign that working together we can achieve progress.”

“This settlement is the result of significant effort, goodwill and willingness amongst the City, its partner, the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, and community associations to work together during the recent mediation sessions,” said Kent Kirkpatrick, City Manager. “The lengthy mediation process has resulted in a consensus, compromises and some changes to the project.”

“Council’s approval of the mediated settlement is a major step forward in the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park,” said Roger Greenberg, Partner, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG).

“The willingness of all sides to negotiate and compromise will result in an even better end product.”

Some of the proposed changes include:

  • The mid-rise residential buildings facing on Holmwood Avenue will be eliminated.
  • The height of the residential tower at Bank and Holmwood will be reduced to 12 storeys.
  • A small public open space located at the corner of Bank and Holmwood will be added.
  • The amount of residential development will be capped at 280 units.
  • Reduction in the heights of two commercial buildings.
  • Vehicular access to Lansdowne from Holmwood will be restricted.
  • The City will work with community groups on traffic and parking issues.
  • The City will fast-track the reconstruction of Bank Street this year and will contribute $300,000 (which will be cost shared with OSEG) to the Glebe BIA and $30,000 to community groups to provide assistance through the construction periods.

Three appeals filed by individuals remain outstanding. The City will continue to work towards resolution of these remaining appeals prior to the scheduled May 9, 2011 OMB hearing.

For further information on the Lansdowne Partnership Plan visit ottawa.ca/lansdownepartnership.

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