Plan for former CFB Rockcliffe site submitted to city (Alex Robinson, Ottawa East News)

The Canada Lands Company has submitted an application to the city to build a 6,000-home subdivision on the former CFB Rockcliffe lands.

The crown corporation needs the city to rezone the property in order to make way for the mixed-use development that will eventually bring 10,000 new residents to the area.

The mammoth parcel is bounded by the Ottawa River to the north, Montreal Road to the south, Blair Road to the east and the Aviation Parkway to the west. The new community will include low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise buildings, schools, a main commercial street and a network of paths for cyclists and pedestrians.

Canada Lands launched an extensive consultation process over a number of years before it submitted its application to the city. It presented three possible designs to the community – called grid, arc and north true – but ultimately decided to use the best elements of all of them, said Don Shultz, real estate director for the project.

“It’s not a case of presenting an option A, B, or C. We got advice on what were the strong aspects on each plan and we took all of that and came up with the draft preferred plan,” Shultz said.

The draft preferred plan that was developed with the community became the basis for the community design plan the crown corporation has submitted to the city, Shultz said.

One of the top concerns from residents during the first wave of consultations was transportation and how the thousands of new residents would get to where they need to go without putting too much of a burden on existing infrastructure.

“We’re going to need to make sure the residents have convenient and fast options to travel throughout the city via transit,” said Rideau Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum.

“If not, we’re going to put a lot of pressure on the arteries that surround the development. This thing is going to have to be transit-friendly and that will be key to its success.”

One of the challenges will be to figure out how to link the development to the Confederation Line, Nussbaum said. The LRT station at Blair Road will likely be the closest to the development.

Shultz said that as the community will be built out over 15 to 20 years, there will be time to properly accommodate transit needs as the new 10,000 residents will move in gradually.

“The impacts will very gradually increase,” he said. “As it builds out, we’ll have the flexibility and nimbleness to respond and make adjustments so we’re addressing transportation impacts.”

Canada Lands also submitted a community design plan, Official Plan amendment proposal and plan of subdivision to the city all in one go.

Nussbaum lauded the development as a bold, sustainable project.

“This is a unique opportunity,” he said. “There is an ambitious plan to build a sustainable mixed-use community that is leading on transportation issues.”

Canada Lands expects work to start on the development later in 2015 and the first residents to move into the community in 2017.

A public meeting to get community feedback on the proposed redevelopment will be held on June 25 at the East Gate Alliance Church, at 550 Codd’s Rd.

Those wishing to provide the city with their own comments on the application can do so by emailing erin.o’connell@ottawa.ca by June 29, 2015.

For more information on the application, visit clcrockcliffe.ca.

Source: Ottawa East News