Whether we like it or not, the city is growing. The question is, what is the most efficient and seamless method for that growth? The City of Ottawa seems to believe that the answer lies in the intensification of our existing neighbourhoods.
Intensification is meant to limit urban sprawl by encouraging more new development within existing urban areas. Whether positive or negative, we have begun to see this plan at work in our neighbourhood. The first phase was erected in the multi-unit residential infill at Encore Private, abutting the Villa Marconi property on Farlane Blvd. as seen below.
At last month’s FHACA Annual General Meeting, we heard a presentation by local resident Terrence Lonergan on the challenges our neighbourhood may face as a result of the City of Ottawa’s Residential Low-rise Infill and AM Densification policies. If you attended the meeting and wanted a closer look at the presentation, or if you missed the meeting but still wanted to be part of the discussion, we are including the presentation notes here.
This first link shows the slide presentation made by Terrence: Intensification Slide Presentation Sept 2014 AGM
This second link offers a background on Ottawa’s Infill policy and its implementation thus far. although dated May 2014, few, if any changes have been made, and the document remains relevant: Ottawa Low-Rise Infill – A Primer
Similar smaller infill initiatives have also begun to creep into other parts of our neighbourhood. At the moment, streets such as Trillium Ave are targets for property-splitting because they contain large lots with single, or smaller two-story homes. The first project at the North end of Trillium Ave is nearly complete, and the image below shows how different the neighbourhood can look after such a project is complete.
A similar second property-splitting project is about to begin on Trillium Ave, just a few doors down from the first. The Committee of Adjustment will be holding a public hearing to apply for consent to move forward with the proposed plan on Wednesday, November 5, at 6:30pm at Ben Franklin Place, The Chamber, Main Floor, 101 Centrepointe Dr., so if you wish, this is your opportunity to make your voice heard.
And here are images of the proposed lot severance, followed by computer sketches of the proposed homes.
Undoubtedly, these types of projects have a profound impact on the look and feel of our well-established neighbourhood, but only time will tell what the impact will truly be. Surely, this will not be the last you read about property-splitting and infill on this website, as we plan to keep you up to date on this topic. But in the meantime, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the benefits and risks of this ongoing neighbourhood redevelopment in the comments below.