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Under pressure: City to unveil 2016 draft budget on Thursday (Matthew Pearson and Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen)

Mayor Jim Watson’s pledge to keep the tax rate increase to two per cent will be put to the test when the city’s 2016 draft budget is tabled later this week.

How the city will achieve this goal, a commitment Watson made before winning re-election last fall, will likely involve a mix of targeted cuts and one-time borrowing from city reserves.

Ottawa councillor Tobi Nussbaum wants snow cleared from more paths (CBC News)

Ottawa Coun. Tobi Nussbaum wants the city to commit in its plans to clear more paths for pedestrians and cyclists this winter.

Councillors on the City of Ottawa's transportation committee have already pledged $200,000 a year to remove more snow — on top of the 20 kilometres of paths already cleared — but the plan still needs to be approved at budget time.

City council approves CFB Rockcliffe redevelopment (Alex Robinson, Ottawa East News)

City council has approved the mammoth redevelopment of the CFB Rockcliffe lands, which will create a new neighbourhood that will eventually bring 10,000 new residents to the area.

“It will be an exciting day for many people who have been eagerly anticipating the approval of this very ambitious project,” Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum said at a council meeting on Oct. 14.

“It could really give us an exciting and visionary opportunity to build new residential areas.”

Former CFB Rockcliffe base redevelopment approved by City of Ottawa committee (Andrew Foote, CBC News)

The City of Ottawa's planning committee has approved the redevelopment of the former CFB Rockcliffe air force base just east of downtown Ottawa.

The plans by Canada Lands Company Limited (CLCL) would bring around 5,500 housing units to the property. 

Most of the buildings would be six storeys or fewer, but some mixed-use buildings would be as tall as 20 storeys near Montreal Road and the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway.

Le Comité de l’urbanisme appuie le projet de développement de l’ex-base Rockcliffe (Jean-Sébastien Marier, Radio-Canada)

La Société immobilière du Canada (SIC), une société d'État fédérale, veut transformer l'ex-complexe militaire en un quartier résidentiel et commercial. La SIC est propriétaire du site de quelque 125 hectares, situé à l'est du centre-ville, depuis 2011.

Le projet immobilier prévoit notamment la construction de 5200 appartements au cours des 15 à 20 prochaines années. Les premiers résidents pourraient y emménager en 2017.

Par ailleurs, la SIC dit que le passé militaire des terrains sera reconnu dans les noms des rues et l'art public.

Un plan pour l’ex-base militaire de Rockcliffe (Patrick Woodbury, Le Droit)

«Enfin!» L'ancien conseiller municipal d'Ottawa, Jacques Legendre, a exprimé mardi tout haut ce que beaucoup pensent tout bas: la municipalité va finalement de l'avant avec sa transformation de l'ex-base militaire de Rockcliffe en un nouveau quartier résidentiel et commercial d'importance.

Le comité d'urbanisme a donné son aval au méga projet de 131 hectares situé à l'est de la promenade de l'Aviation et au nord du chemin de Montréal.

«Il s'agit d'un projet très important. Le plus grand en son genre au centre-ville», a rappelé John Smit, un urbaniste de la Ville d'Ottawa.

Committee approves ‘visionary’ plan for former Rockcliffe airbase (Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen)

The city’s planning and development committee has approved the community development plan for the former CFB Rockcliffe.

Now the real work begins, says Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum. The new development, which encompasses 131 hectares, will eventually be home to 10,000 people. It won’t be finished for another 20 years.

Former CFB Rockcliffe redevelopment proposed (Matthew Pearson, Ottawa Citizen)


The City of Ottawa’s planning committee is set to consider a detailed and ambitious blueprint for redeveloping the former Rockcliffe military base to accommodate thousands of new homes over the next 20 years, making it the largest residential development inside the Greenbelt in a generation. Matthew Pearson explains.


NCC scales back divisive communism memorial (Emma Jackson, Ottawa East News)

The Victims of Communism memorial has been drastically reduced in size, but the NCC has moved closer to finalizing its controversial location.

The National Capital Commission presented a significantly smaller design for the proposed monument at its board of directors meeting on June 25, but it also approved starting a decontamination project on the site in preparation for the monument’s construction – something Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum called “discouraging.”

St. Laurent Boulevard to become ‘complete street’ by summer’s end (Alex Robinson, Ottawa East News)

Bike lanes could be coming to St. Laurent Boulevard as early as this summer.

City staff unveiled its preferred roadway configuration for the project at a community open house on June 18. The plan promises to make the boulevard safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

It will provide a bike lane along the roadway from Hemlock Street to Montreal Road, providing a link to the east-west bikeway.


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