Mid-Centretown Community Design PlanPhoto By: Charles Akben Marchandwww.centretown.blogspot.com November 30, 2010 ERA Architects Delcan Hariri Pontarini Architects
TONIGHT6:30 Presentation7:30 Questions & Answers8:00 Activity Stations: 1. The Character of Centretown: Buildings 2. Greening Centretown: Parks & Public Realm 3. Moving Around Centretown: Mobility 4. Living In Centretown: Community Amenities
Mid-CentretownCommunity Design PlanDefining CentretownLiving In CentretownMoving Around CentretownBuilding CentretownGreening CentretownNext Steps
Who We AreHeritage Advice:Architecture:Transportation& Servicing:
What is a Community Design Plan?Implemented through the Official Plan, CDPs direct future growth andguiding development across areas facing significant change.CDPs provide guidelines for decision-making on land use planning at theneighbourhood level, around:1. Future development2. Urban design3. Parks and open spaces4. Streetscape improvements5. Zoning6. Community prioritiesCommunity Design Plans (CDPs) are used to update Secondary Plans.A key objective of process is to build consensus around an updatedtwenty-year vision for Mid-Centretown.
Centretown is composed of a diversity of places Residential Northern Neighbourhood Central Residential Catherine Corridor Neighbourhood Downtown Metcalfe Street Heritage Cluster Northern Zone Main Street Museum District Central Zone Catherine St. Corridor
Centretown Community Amenities:A Snapshot of Provision Today
Centretown Community AmenitiesWorked with University of Ottawa to prepare a Community AmenitiesAudit – sets the baseline scenario for the provision of communityfacilities in Centretown.Focused on public spaces & facilities that provide community services.Starting point for understanding existing provision andwhere gaps exist.
Centretown Community Amenities Key Findings As a well-established, central neighbourhood, Centretown is generally well provided for with facilities. However, Centretown suffers from many of the same deficiencies experienced in other urban communities, such as: community centres … meeting space … local libraries … youthcentres…investment in existing facilities…outdoor recreation space…Findings were reinforced by what we heard from you: … more park space … more healthy trees … better quality affordable housing … a new local library …. more bike lanesneeded … schools are essential … improvements to rinks, tennis and basketball courts
Making It HappenSection 37Allows the City to grant additional height and/or density beyondexisting permissions in return for ‘community benefits’.Typically community benefits are cash contributions, but can alsobe physical facilities.Community benefits are negotiated between the applicant, theCity, the local councilor.
Community BenefitsWhat qualifies as a ‘Community Benefit’?From City of Ottawa’s Official Plan:> Cultural facilities> Public art> Heritage conservation> Rental housing conservation> Affordable housing provision, including land> Child care> Improvements to rapid-transit stations> Artist live-work studiosPLUS…other local improvements identified in community design plans,community improvement plans, capital budgets, or other implementationplans or studies.
Community Benefits…but could also include:> Parkland> Park improvements> Funding for non-profit arts, community, cultural or institutional facilities> Streetscape improvements> Land for municipal purposes> Funding for the urban forest> Green technologiesLet us know what ‘community benefits’ are important to Centretown
MovingaroundCentretown > People > Bicycles > Transit > Cars
The Street Network Today Metcalfe O’Connor Kent Lyon Catherine Isabella
The Transit Network Today - Transitway Albert Slater
Cycling in Centretown Today Albert Slater Percy Bay
The Starting PointMobility Projects:Two way conversion of allone-way arterialsRemoval of MetcalfeStreet from East LawnMetcalfe Street as a CivicBoulevard
Mobility Overlay Study:Centretown Demands…The City of Ottawa is about to undertakea Downtown Mobility Study.All ideas presented tonight will beincluded in the scope of work for theDowntown Mobility Study.Would you like to include other ideas?
Turning Your Roads into Street:Two–Way Conversions Metcalfe O’Connor Kent Lyon
Turning Your Roads into Street:Two–Way Conversions Before After
Getting Started on Two-Way Conversions: Two–Way Conversions: Metcalfe firstMetcalfe First O’Connor Metcalfe Kent Lyon
Moving Centretown: Projects 1. Metcalfe should be converted to two-way 2. Restore grid street system around Museum 3. Safe Crossing Project: Signalized pedestrian crossing should be introduced at intersections along arterial routes. 4. New on-street cycle lanes 5. Pedestrian comfort improvements should be pursued as a priority on Metcalfe, Elgin, Bay, Somerset.
Four Zones of Change,each with a different response. Built within the last 10 years/Under Construction Approved City or NCC Sponsored District Proposed Development Possible Developments
Centretown Tomorrow? Built within the last 10 years/Under Construction Approved City or NCC Sponsored District Proposed Development Possible Developments Heritage Category 1 Heritage Category 2
Four Zones of Change,each with a different response. • Main Street • Centretown North • Neighbourhood Infill • Catherine Corridor
Building Centretown:Projects1. Design Guidelines (Infill, Mid-Rise and Tall Building)2. Green Building Design Standards3. Update Policy Framework Update (zoning)4. Existing quality heritage buildings of Category 1 and 2 should be preserved. Depending on the site context and the characteristic of the existing heritage building, these buildings could also be integrated into new proposals.
What We Have Today Somerset Gladstone Catherine
The Starting Point Greening Projects: Park Space Acquisition Program Canadian Museum of Nature Block Restoration Metcalfe Gateway Square Escarpment Cental Park Street Beautification for: • Elgin Street • O’Connor Street • Somerset Street • Metcalfe Street • Bank Street
Things are already happening:Bank Street Beautification
Canadian Museum of Nature Park West Lawn Long term site development planBarry Padolsky Associates Inc.ArchitectsKPMB ArchitectsGagnon, Letellier, Cyr, Architects
Greening Centretown:Park repair and upgrade programme Dundonald Somerset Jack Purcell McNabb Gladstone East Lawn Catherine
Museum of Nature East Lawn ExpansionBarry Padolsky Associates Inc.ArchitectsKPMB ArchitectsGagnon, Letellier, Cyr, Architects
Museum of Nature East Lawn Expansion Requires: Elimination of the Metcalfe Street Removal of surface parking lot Re-landscaping the parkBarry Padolsky Associates Inc.ArchitectsKPMB ArchitectsGagnon, Letellier, Cyr, Architects
Greening Centretown:Projects1. Park space acquisition programme2. Park repair and upgrade programme: Museum of Nature East Lawn and Jack Purcell Park as priorities.3. Metcalfe reinvented as a green boulevard4. Streetscape enhancements: Elgin and Catherine streets5. Reclaim public ROW when encroached by parking