Development and Transportation Projects
The CCA’s Development Committee keeps us up-to-date on projects impacting Carlington residents. Below you will find information on projects awaiting zoning by-law amendments, site plan approvals or completion of construction.
For more information on any of these projects, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 966-974 Fisher Avenue
- 1110 Fisher Avenue (2019 proposal)
- 1186 Shillington Avenue
- 1295 Summerville Avenue
- 1305 Summerville Avenue
- Best Western Plus Hotel
- Carling Avenue Bus Lanes
- Carlington Heights Pump Station Upgrade
- Civic Hospital: New Campus
- Highway 417 Widening
- Lady Ellen Place: New Office Building
- Larkin, Larose, Lepage Re-construction
- Merivale North Community Design Plan
- Merivale Beautification Projects:
- Travelodge Ottawa West Hotel
- Westgate Shopping Centre
(Last updated: February 2020) The development proposes the demolition of the existing housing on the property and the construction of two 19-unit, 3-storey rental apartment buildings. Each building contains 13 automobile parking spaces with 26 bicycle parking spaces provided in the parking areas and 14 spaces exterior to the buildings. The height of the building is to be 9.37m.
On December 12, the City’s Planning Committee approved the proposed development. City Council approved the application on January 29, 2020. The Site Plan has not yet been submitted to the City.
1110 Fisher Avenue (2019 proposal)
- Status: Application proposal stage (Application D02-02-19-0059)
- Project Type: New construction
(Last updated: February 2020) The owner of 1110 Fisher Avenue property has filed a second development proposal with the City of Ottawa, this time for a 9-storey apartment building, containing 62 residential units and 3 levels of underground parking with 65 parking spaces. The Zoning By-Law Amendment is to change the current zoning designation from Residential Third Density Zone, Subzone A, Exception 2229 (R3A ) to Residential Fifth Density Zone, Subzone B, Maximum height 32 metres (R5B H32), which would permit a mid-rise apartment building with a maximum height of 32 metres. A mid-rise apartment dwelling is defined as a 5- to 9-storey dwelling structure.
In July 2019, a public meeting was held and many concerns were raised. Our City Councillor met with the applicant in August 2019 to discuss these concerns. The applicant was firm in his resolve to not change his application; the City Councillor told him point blank that he cannot support this application as is. In the meantime, the City Planner commented on that application; the applicant submitted a revised application before Christmas 2019.
In January 2020, the City Councillor met with the applicant about the revised application; he found very little difference between the 2 applications, and very little that addressed local community concerns. The City Planner will again submit his comments on this 2nd application and the City Councillor will be meeting with the applicant soon. As well, he is contacting the applicant’s representatives to re-iterate the community concerns.
No date has been set for this application to appear before the City’s Planning Committee.
For more details, please see the relevant section of Riley Brockington’s report that he gave at the February 18, 2020, CCA General Meeting.
1186 Shillington Avenue
- Status: Application proposal stage (Application D07-12-19-0142)
- Project Type: Addition to an already-existing building
(Last updated: October 2019) This application is for adding a third storey to an existing
2-storey apartment building, increasing the number of apartments from 8 to 16.
(Last updated: February 2020) The Site Plan application is for building an infill, 3-storey low-rise apartment building to the east of the existing apartment building at 1295 Summerville. The new building will contain 18 new units.
1305 Summerville Avenue
- Status: Application proposal stage (Application D07-12-19-0048)
- Project Type: New construction
(Last updated: Decemer 2019) The application is for an in-fill, 18-unit, 3-storey apartment building, east of the existing apartment building. The applicant is proposing a 5-space surface parking lot, landscaped and communal areas in the front and rear yard and a 1.5 metre wide walkway to access a barrier-free suite, bicycle parking and garbage storage. The minimum required parking is being provided for the application. The applicant also intends to apply for a severance for the new building; width of 18.53 metres and lot area of 762.21 square metres. A minor variance will also be required for reduced interior side yard setbacks from both the east and west lot lines.
In September 2019, Consent and Minor Variance applications were granted. The Site Plan is currently under review.
Best Western Plus Hotel
- Location: 1274 Carling Avenue
- Status: New application (Application D07-12-19-0153)
- Project Type: New construction
(Last updated: October 2019) The site plan application is for a two-storey addition above the hotel’s north wing, to accommodate 24 additional guest rooms. The proposal will also remove one existing exit onto Carling Avenue. The current parking lot is to be reconfigured with additional landscaping and three additional parking spaces.
(Last updated: September 2019) The City of Ottawa has developed plans to implement Transit Priority Measures along Carling Avenue. These measures are low cost and easily implemented, such as he outside third lane is to be for buses; intersections traffic lights modified for cyclists, cyclist shelter at Carling and Preston. There was an Open House on February 15, 2017.
For more information, please see the City of Ottawa website.
(Last updated: September 2019) A new, larger pump station will be constructed at the top of Carlington Hill (close to the existing pump station) so that it can provide adequate emergency supply to the City’s various water pressure zones in the future. Water mains will be re-routed to the new pump station. Once the new station is operational, the old pump station will be demolished about 6 months later.
In May 2017, the City of Ottawa gave an information session about this project. Construction was supposed to start in 2019; now the construction date is unknown. For more information about this project, please see the City of Ottawa website.
(Last updated: May 2019) The subject property was formerly zoned Arterial Mainstreet, Mixed-Use Centre, Central Experimental Farm subzone and Parks and Open Space. In the spring of 2018, this site was rezoned to Major Institutional Zone. A site plan application is now under review. The Ottawa Hospital is currently working on the procurement for Transportation and Environmental assessment studies.
(Last updated: September 2019) The project involves the following components:
- Widening of Highway 417 to four lanes in each direction between Maitland Avenue and Carling Avenue, including reconstruction of the Maitland Avenue and Carling Avenue interchange ramps.
- Rehabilitating the Merivale Road Overpass bridges and widening the eastbound bridge to the south.
- Replacing all existing noise barriers within the project limits.
The design has now been approved.
For more information, visit:
- Highway 417 Rehabilitation and Widening from west of Maitland Avenue to east of Island Park Drive
- Queensway Expansion East
Lady Ellen Place: New Office Tower
- 864 Lady Ellen Place (Application D07-12-19-0097)
- Status: Application proposal is in comment period
- Project Type: New construction
(Last updated: September 2019) The proposal is to construct a new 5-storey office building with a maximum height of 23.5 meter on the eastern portion of the site. There will be a total of 240 vehicular parking spaces provided in a surface lot.
The new building will be net zero energy, net zero carbon and constructed of mass timber. It is intended to use greywater, rainwater, cool roof, air-source heat pumps, solar hot water heaters, indoor bicycle lockers and permeable paving surfaces.
(Last updated: September 2019) The sanitary and storm sewers as well as watermains are to be replaced, having reached end of service life, on the following three streets:
- Larkin Street, between Laperriere and Lepage
- Larose Avenue, between Larkin and McBridge
- Lepage Avenue, between Larking and Cavan
The roadways on Lepage and Larose will be fully reconstructed to match what is currently there. The west side of Larkin will have a new curb and sidewalk.
Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin Spring 2020, with completion Autumn 2020. If the weather is bad during that period, the work will be completed in 2021. Total cost of City’s investment is $6 million.
The purpose of the CDP is to establish a vision and planning framework to guide future growth, guide placemaking, enable sustainable modes of transportation and support economic prosperity in the CDP area. It provides guidelines that translate the broad policies of the Official Plan to the neighbourhood level. It is comprised of maps, illustrations and guidelines that, for example, provide direction for future infill development, grassroots economic development initiatives, improving pedestrian and cycling facilities, supporting transit and enhancing the public realm through future implementation of a complete street design.
The CDP and the zoning by-law amendments were approved by City Council in June 2018. More information about the CDP can be found on the City of Ottawa website.
Merivale Beautification Projects
(Last updated: February 2020) Carlington was given a sum of money from the City of Ottawa to improve 3 areas along Merivale. The design uses similar elements such as benches, armour stone and landscaping features to create a connection along the street. Comments from Carlington residents contained some common themes:
- Pedestrian and community safety
- A need for more trees for greenery and to provide shade
- Additional seating especially at bus stops
- Common design features along the street
- Low maintenance design
A summary for each project can be found below. More detailed information can be found on the post announcing the projects. Most of the work has been completed, despite the cold and snow in late fall; remaining work will be completed in spring 2020.
(Last updated: April 2019) A pedestrian crossing will be added at Merivale and Viscount Avenue, connect to a sidewalk through the trianglened throughout the winter. The one-way section of Merivale will be narrowed. Armour stone walls along the new sidewalk can act as informal seating. Armour stone at the southern tip of the triangle will create a barrier from traffic.
The current landscaping will be replaced with drought resistant plants and conifer trees.
A bench will be added to the existing bus stop in the triangle in anticipation of the increase of residents after the Westgate redevelopment. An additional waiting area will be added behind the bus stop across the street, with armour stone added along the back edge to define the waiting area and to provide informal seating with shade.
(Last updated: April 2019) New coniferous trees will be planted in the circle and armour stone placed along the edge of the circle to prevent illegal snow dumping and to prevent cars from driving over the curb. The curb will be replaced and the sidewalk will be repaired.
(Last updated: April 2019) A new plaza will be created with a small retaining wall along the parking area and a row of trees planted along that wall, as a buffer from the parking area and to provide shade. Armour stone will be placed along the sidewalk as informal seating. Benches will be placed to take advantage of the shade from the new trees. The sidewalk will also be repaired. The bench at the bus stop along Kirkwood Avenue will be replaced and an additional bench on the north side of the bus shelter on Merivale Road will be added.
In the median area in the middle of Merivale Road, deciduous trees will be planted in the median and large riverstone will be added to the narrow portion of the median.
(Last updated: February 2020) The developer is proposing a total of five buildings on the site: three towers of 20, 20 and 22 storeys on 6-storey podiums along Carling Avenue, and two 8-storey buildings backing onto the low-rise neighbourhood along Thames Street. The development would consist of 899 apartments with 587 underground parking spaces. The zoning by-law amendment was approved by the City of Ottawa’s planning committee on August 28th, 2018. In the spring of 2019, the zoning and site plan application was approved. A public meeting was held October 3, 2019, outlining construction plans and timelines, and day-to-day operations. Contact Councillor Riley Brockington (Riley.Brockington@Ottawa.ca) for a summary of the public meeting. The project is currently awaiting construction.
(Last updated: September 2019) There are five towers proposed on this site: two fronting onto Carling Avenue with a proposed height of 24 storeys and, at the rear of the property, three high-rise towers, one at a height of 24 storeys and two with heights of 36 storeys.
The Westgate secondary plan, which includes the south side of Carling Avenue and the zoning by-law amendment for the Westgate redevelopment, were both approved by City Council in 2017.
The Phase 1 site-plan is currently awaiting approval.
To learn more about this project, please see the City of Ottawa website.
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Public Information Session at 7:00 pm on February 12
Zoning Bylaw approved for 966 Fisher Avenue.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Alexander Community Centre.
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Due to aging infrastructure (sewers and watermains), these streets will be dug up and replaced. It is anticipated that the work will be completed by the end of 2020.
The Ministry of Transportation finally completed their work on the on-ramp and it opened Tueday, November 26th.
Please share any feedback on these reports with Councillor Riley Brockington.
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The Planning Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Champlain Room at Ottawa City Hall. 966 Fisher is tentatively on the agenda.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 (tentative), at the Alexander Community Centre.
A brief summary is available following the public meeting held October 3, 2019, for residents to review the construction plans for the Travelodge Hotel.
The hotel wants to add 2 storeys to the north wing and to change the parking configuration.
Meeting to be held at Westgate Mall, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Carling Avenue On-Ramp Closure August 10, 2019
New Development Proposal for 1110 Fisher Ave. This is the 3rd proposal from the property owner.