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Reports indicate ample lands for Ottawa residential, industrial development

DCN-JOC News Services
Reports indicate ample lands for Ottawa residential, industrial development

OTTAWA — Ottawa’s Planning and Housing Committee has received two land-survey reports showing the city has ample lands to support growth projections set out in its official plan.

The Greenfield Residential Land Survey presented to the committee Jan. 17 indicated Ottawa has enough supply to allow for more than 15 years of residential development. The new official plan that came into effect in 2022 also introduced additional lands to Ottawa’s urban area. With those lands, the report concluded, Ottawa can accommodate growth well beyond the 15-year horizon required by the province, stated a release.

The Vacant Industrial and Business Park Land Survey also presented said the existing inventory would be enough to accommodate over 30 years of industrial development in the urban area and 33 years in the rural area. This satisfies the province’s intent that the city accommodate industrial development throughout the time horizon of the official plan, or beyond 2046.

The committee also approved zoning to facilitate development of two 14-storey residential towers on North Bowesville Road, off Uplands Drive. The development calls for a mix of housing options in the Hunt Club community, with 392 dwellings planned, ranging from studios to options with two bedrooms plus a den.

The amendment would allow the building to be constructed to the current maximum permitted height but would remove the maximum floor space index, which would have restricted the size of the development.

In Orleans, zoning for a two-building development was also approved, targeting the rental market. Two three-storey apartment buildings planned northwest of Tenth Line and des Epinettes Avenue, across from the Ray Friel Recreation Complex, would add 27 one-bedroom rental units to the area. The amendment would change the site’s parent zoning to add low-rise apartment as a permitted use.

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