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MCT Open House #2

  1. 1. Mid-Centretown Community Design PlanPhoto By: Charles Akben Marchandwww.centretown.blogspot.com November 30, 2010 ERA Architects Delcan Hariri Pontarini Architects
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. Mid-CentretownCommunity Design PlanDefining CentretownLiving In CentretownMoving Around CentretownBuilding CentretownGreening CentretownNext Steps
  4. 4. Who We AreHeritage Advice:Architecture:Transportation& Servicing:
  5. 5. ACommunityDesign Plan forMid-Centretown
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. Work Plan At A Glance TONIGHT
  8. 8. DefiningCentretown
  9. 9. Where & What is Centretown? O’Conner Metcalfe Bank Elgin Kent Gloucester Nepean LisgarCooperSomersetMacLarenGilmourJamesFlorenceGladstoneMcLeodFloraArlingtonCatherine 417
  10. 10. Centretown is composed of a diversity of places
  11. 11. Downtown
  12. 12. Traditional Neighbourhoods
  13. 13. Northern Centretown
  14. 14. The Catherine Street Corridor
  15. 15. A Mixed Use Central Zone
  16. 16. Containing important Main Streets
  17. 17. …and a district around the Museum
  18. 18. …that connects the Civic & Capital Realms
  19. 19. Supporting important heritage buildings
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. Living inCentretown
  22. 22. Centretown Community Amenities:A Snapshot of Provision Today
  23. 23. 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.
  24. 24. 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
  25. 25. 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.
  26. 26. 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.
  27. 27. 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
  28. 28. MovingaroundCentretown > People > Bicycles > Transit > Cars
  29. 29. The Street Network Today
  30. 30. The Street Network Today Metcalfe O’Connor Kent Lyon Catherine Isabella
  31. 31. The Transit Network Today - Transitway Albert Slater
  32. 32. Cycling in Centretown Today Albert Slater Percy Bay
  33. 33. The Starting PointMobility Projects:Two way conversion of allone-way arterialsRemoval of MetcalfeStreet from East LawnMetcalfe Street as a CivicBoulevard
  34. 34. 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?
  35. 35. Turning Your Roads into Street:Two–Way Conversions Metcalfe O’Connor Kent Lyon
  36. 36. Turning Your Roads into Street:Two–Way Conversions Before After
  37. 37. Getting Started on Two-Way Conversions: Two–Way Conversions: Metcalfe firstMetcalfe First O’Connor Metcalfe Kent Lyon
  38. 38. Metcalfe Street as aCivic Ceremonial Street
  39. 39. Future Opportunitiesfor Two-Way Conversions Metcalfe O’Connor Kent Lyon
  40. 40. Making Centretown More Accessible
  41. 41. Making Centretown More Walkable:Pedestrian Priority Streets Somerset O’Connor Metcalfe Elgin Bay
  42. 42. Making Centretown More Walkable:Safer Crossings Somerset O’Connor Metcalfe Elgin Bay
  43. 43. Pedestrian Priority Streets:What does this mean?
  44. 44. Pedestrian Priority Streets: Safe Crossings
  45. 45. Pedestrian Priority Streets:Connected to Transit
  46. 46. Pedestrian Priority Streets: Clean
  47. 47. PedestrianPriority Streets Well Lit
  48. 48. Pedestrian Priority Streets:A Place to Rest
  49. 49. Building a Complete Cycle Network
  50. 50. What is being considered today
  51. 51. Expanding the Network:Building the Missing Links
  52. 52. Expanding the Network:Future Priorities?
  53. 53. Encouraging Safe Cycling
  54. 54. Encouraging Safe Cycling
  55. 55. 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.
  56. 56. BuildingCentretown
  57. 57. Centretown Today
  58. 58. Built in the last 10 years/Under Construction Built in the last 10 years/Under Construction
  59. 59. What is Approved Built in the last 10 years/Under Construction Approved Development
  60. 60. City or NCC Sponsored Districts Built in the last 10 years/Under Construction Approved Development City or NCC Sponsored Districts
  61. 61. What is Proposed Built in the last 10 years/Under Construction Approved Development City or NCC Sponsored Districts Proposed Development
  62. 62. …and more change is likely O’Conner MetcalfeLaurierLaurier Bank Elgin KentGloucesterGloucesterNepeanNepeanLisgarLisgarCooperCooperSomersetSomersetMacLarenMacLarenGilmourGilmourJamesFlorenceFlorenceGladstoneGladstoneMcLeodMcLeodFloraFlora • Bank StreetArlingtonArlington • Centretown NorthCatherineCatherine • Neighbourhood Infill • Catherine Corridor417
  63. 63. Category 1 & 2 Heritage Buildings O’Conner MetcalfeLaurierLaurier Bank Elgin KentGloucesterGloucesterNepeanNepeanLisgarLisgarCooperCooperSomersetSomersetMacLarenMacLarenGilmourGilmourJamesFlorenceFlorenceGladstoneGladstoneMcLeodMcLeodFloraFlora • Bank StreetArlingtonArlington • Centretown NorthCatherineCatherine • Neighbourhood Infill • Catherine Corridor417
  64. 64. Four Zones of Change,each with a different response. • Bank Street • Centretown North • Neighbourhood Infill • Catherine Corridor
  65. 65. Neighbourhood Infill • Neighbourhood Infill
  66. 66. Neighbourhood Today
  67. 67. Central Zone Mid-Rise Today
  68. 68. Neighbourhood Infill
  69. 69. Neighbourhood InfillTomorrow
  70. 70. Central Zone Neighbourhood Infill
  71. 71. Central Zone Neighbourhood InfillTomorrow
  72. 72. Neighbourhood Infill TomorrowCentral Zone Mid-Rise: As of right
  73. 73. A redistribution of density allows for aNeighbourhood Infill Tomorrowpublic plaza or park space.
  74. 74. Neighbourhood Infill TomorrowCreating a building that fits its context
  75. 75. Central Zone Mid-Rise InfillTomorrow
  76. 76. Main Street • Main Street
  77. 77. Main Street Today
  78. 78. Main Street Today
  79. 79. Main Street Today
  80. 80. Bank Street South: As-of-Right (18m)
  81. 81. Sculpting the building envelope to provideopportunities for new parks or plazas.
  82. 82. A redistribution of density allows forbetter transition to the neighbourhood.
  83. 83. Main Street Tomorrow
  84. 84. Main Street Tomorrow
  85. 85. Main Street Tomorrow
  86. 86. Centretown North • Centretown North
  87. 87. This is whatyou can build today
  88. 88. This is what you can build today
  89. 89. Building a Tall Building 750 m2 Built Form Principles:  6 storeys How should you build?Minimum Maximum Minimumdistance tower distancebetween tower floorplate betweenand adjacent towersproperties
  90. 90. Centretown North: As-of-Right(Varies up to 37m./no height limit, FSI 3)
  91. 91. Redistributing as-of-right densitycan create better buildings…
  92. 92. … and also provide opportunities forcreating new open spaces & greening …
  93. 93. … or new community amenity forCentretown through density bonusing
  94. 94. Centretown North Tomorrow
  95. 95. The Catherine Street Corridor • Catherine Corridor
  96. 96. The Catherine Street Corridor
  97. 97. Catherine Street: As-of-Right (18m – 19m)
  98. 98. Redistributing density can create betterquality buildings …
  99. 99. …that transition to the neighbourhood…
  100. 100. …and also provide opportunities for newpark spaces or community amenities.
  101. 101. Various Options Exist for a Park: West Flora Lyon Kent ArlingtonBay Catherine Queensway
  102. 102. Various Options Exist for a Park: Mid-Block Flora Lyon Kent ArlingtonBay Catherine Queensway
  103. 103. Various Options Exist for a Park: East Flora Lyon Kent ArlingtonBay Catherine Queensway
  104. 104. Various Options Exist for a Park: Along the Highway Flora Lyon Kent ArlingtonBay Catherine Queensway
  105. 105. Catherine Street Corridor Tomorrow
  106. 106. 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
  107. 107. 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
  108. 108. Four Zones of Change,each with a different response. • Main Street • Centretown North • Neighbourhood Infill • Catherine Corridor
  109. 109. 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.
  110. 110. GreeningCentretown
  111. 111. What We Have Today Somerset Gladstone Catherine
  112. 112. 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
  113. 113. Things are already happening:Bank Street Beautification
  114. 114. Uppertown Common & Escarpment Park
  115. 115. Canadian Museum of Nature Park West Lawn Long term site development planBarry Padolsky Associates Inc.ArchitectsKPMB ArchitectsGagnon, Letellier, Cyr, Architects
  116. 116. Greening Centretown:Park repair and upgrade programme Dundonald Somerset Jack Purcell McNabb Gladstone East Lawn Catherine
  117. 117. Museum of Nature East Lawn ExpansionBarry Padolsky Associates Inc.ArchitectsKPMB ArchitectsGagnon, Letellier, Cyr, Architects
  118. 118. 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
  119. 119. Jack Purcell Park Improvements
  120. 120. Jack Purcell Park: Existing
  121. 121. Jack Purcell Park: What’s Proposed Playground enhancement New basketball court New winter ice rink Off-Least Dog Area Improvements
  122. 122. Jack Purcell Park: Suggested Upgrades • Improve Park entrances • Improve streets leading to park • Make park more visible by improving edge conditions • Improve pathway system • New planting
  123. 123. Greening Centretown:Park Space Acquisition Program Somerset Gladstone ? Catherine
  124. 124. Catherine-Lyon Park
  125. 125. Catherine-Lyon Park
  126. 126. Derby Place Square
  127. 127. Derby Place Square
  128. 128. Greening Centretown:Creating Smaller Moments Somerset Gladstone Catherine
  129. 129. Create Smaller Moments urban park forecourts
  130. 130. Create Smaller Moments plazas linear parks
  131. 131. Greening Centretown: Catherine/Highway Corridor GreeningUse Forgotten Green Spaces Somerset Gladstone Catherine
  132. 132. Catherine Street/417 Corridor Create Smaller Moments
  133. 133. Use forgotten green spaces
  134. 134. Greening Centretown:Connect your assets with great streets Metcalf Elgin Somerset Gladstone Catherine
  135. 135. How do you ‘green’neighbourhood streets? Don’t allow front yard parking
  136. 136. Eliminate parking on sidewalksand the public right of way
  137. 137. Don’t letgarbagebe storedby thesidewalk
  138. 138. Planttreesinsteadof cars
  139. 139. Hide your servicing area
  140. 140. Buffer parking from the sidewalk
  141. 141. Plant vertically
  142. 142. 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
  143. 143. NextSteps
  144. 144. Winter 2011Action Strategy SummitPrepare Draft PlanSpringPCG MeetingCommunity Open House #3: Draft Plan
  145. 145. Thank Yourobert.spicer@ottawa.caeturcotte@urbanstrategies.comrburnett@urbanstrategies.comwww.MidCentretownTomorrow.com416 340 9004

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