Committee sets stage for growth near Corso Italia Station

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The City’s Planning Committee today approved a secondary plan to help guide future development near Corso Italia Station, which is scheduled to open along O-Train Line 2 at Gladstone Avenue in 2022.

Much of the nearby land is vacant or underused, and the opening of a new station will offer significant opportunities for new transit-oriented development in a core area. Such development would also support the City’s intensification goals.

Considerable consultation and study have led to a 25-year vision for the surrounding district, and the policies in the secondary plan aim to realize that vision. It encourages development that reduces dependence on cars, concentrates density along the O-Train line, introduces appropriate transitions to existing low-rise areas, builds on the area’s heritage and character, and enhances the public realm, especially where vacant or underused lots exist.

The Committee approved a zoning amendment to permit a youth services facility in the Heatherington community, where the City once had a public works yard on Heatherington Road, south of Walkley Road.

The neighbourhood revitalization strategy that Council approved for the area in 2018, through the Building Better Revitalized Neighbourhoods initiative, called for a greater focus on programs for youth. The Boys and Girls Club would lease a portion of the site to offer youth programming in a new facility.

The Committee also extended permits for a temporary parking lot just east of The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus. Hospital employees had used the 77-space lot while the University of Ottawa Heart Institute was being built. That work is now complete, but the hospital still needs the spaces because a temporary-care facility for COVID-19 patients now occupies 100 spaces in the parking lot on the hospital campus. The amendment would extend the permit for another three years.

Recommendations from today’s Planning Committee meeting will rise to Council on Wednesday, March 10.

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