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Monday, May 30, 2011
Centretown Design Plan - feedback by June 13

The Mid-Centretown Community Design Plan has been renamed "Ottawa Centretown: A Community Design Plan for the Heart of Centretown", it's a 51MB PDF.

Draft Centretown Design Plan (May 27, 2011)

from the Mid-Centretown Tomorrow blog: The Draft Community Design Plan is Available!

You can leave feedback as a comment to the blog post by June 13, 2011.

Note: If you're viewing it on an iPad (or an iPhone) many of the images do not render, showing either as blank pages or as diagrams with labels but no content.

There will be a final Open House on Wednesday June 29th at the Museum of Nature.

There's a lot of good stuff in here, and I will have more to say later, but if you want to jump right to the proposed zoning changes, they're on page 107 (page 111 of the PDF).

A residential tower zone (which they call "residential apartment neighbourhood") of up to 27 storeys (83m) is proposed from Gloucester down to between Cooper and Somerset. I think this is fine and reflects certain realities on the ground. A further high-rise district is proposed near Catherine (up to 77m in height).

Between Catherine and Somerset either existing zoning is retained or new clear 7 to 9 storey zoning is proposed.

The only part I disagree with is their "Traditional Mainstreet" type e (27 storeys) on Bank and Kent north of the midline between Cooper and Somerset. While this is their residential apartment zone dividing line, I don't think 27 storeys is appropriate along a mainstreet segment even as it heads into the CBD, and it doesn't align with their recommendation of having height mainly on east-west mid-blocks.

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