Presentations from March 25 consultation available

Thanks again for joining the conversation regarding the Heron Gate Secondary Plan on March 25 and 26. There were some great points made and important questions asked on both nights. There will be more to come later this year. Please email JeanCloutierOtt@Ottawa.ca if you wish to be added to the Heron Gate Development Mailing List to keep informed.

Here, you can find PDF’s of the presentation by Timbercreek in both English and French. Please share them to anyone who would like the information.

Public Open House Presentation_ENGLISH

Public Open House Presentation FRENCH

 

Presentations from February 11 consultation available

Thanks to everyone who managed to attend the latest consultations regarding the future of Heron Gate on February 11 and 12. The weather did it’s best to keep people from attending, but we managed to get a good turn out on both nights.

Below are the Powerpoint slides presented by Timbercreek from February 11, and made available on February 12. Feel free to share them as you see fit.

Public Open House Presentation EN

Public Open House Presentation FR

Heron Gate developer pledges no more mass evictions in ‘social contract’

By: Aedan Helmer

Ottawa Citizen

Updated: February 11, 2019

There will not be a repeat of the mass evictions that forced families from their homes and enraged many in the Heron Gate community last spring, executives with developer Timbercreek pledged at a community consultation Monday night.

In the first update since early December on the plan to redevelop 40 acres of land in the heart of the Heron Gate community, Timbercreek executives and consultants, along with Alta Vista Coun. Jean Cloutier, rolled out some of the first conceptual sketches of what the property could look like.

Greg Rogers, Timbercreek senior VP development, called it a “long-term plan for a community’s renewal,” showing slides of streetscapes, parkland, and housing units that Timbercreek pledged would consist of about 20 per cent affordable housing.

The developer also pledged it would abide by a “social contract” that brought a round of applause from the crowd of about 60 residents and community advocates who packed into the Heron Road Community Centre.

“No further demolitions for occupied units will occur until impacted tenants are able to transfer their leases and relocate within the community to newly-constructed units at the same rent,” Timbercreek stated.

Cloutier said he’s been in talks for months with the developer about the “groundbreaking” agreement.

“It has never been done,” Cloutier said as participants broke off into focus groups to brainstorm further ideas and visions for the redevelopment, which Timbercreek has also promised it will study and incorporate into its final design.

“If there needs to be redevelopment and if some homes need to be torn down and demolished, we cannot have another episode where hundreds of families are being evicted en masse,” Cloutier said. “We need an agreement where those families can move into another home within the community, because it is their community.”

Those units have to be the right size for the family, the councillor said, and have to be at the same rental price.

“There’s the traditional planning where we talk about transit, land use, recreation — all very important factors, but this social part of this redevelopment is groundbreaking,” Cloutier said.

The councillor noted the commitment was made in the pre-consultation phase, as there is no official site plan or official zoning application before the city’s planning department while the developer continues to collect input from the community.

What Timbercreek described as the “social framework” of its vision is made of five main points, including the pledge to relocate impacted families and a commitment to designate 20 per cent of the newly-constructed units as affordable housing.

The developer also pledged diversity in housing units, improved use of green space in and around Sandalwood Park, and efforts to bring employment and training opportunities into the community.

“People need to feel included in the community, connected to social networks and engaged in community and civic life,” said Antonio Gomez-Palacio, a consultant working with Timbercreek on the project.

“That was a good first step, but this community is still in big trouble,” said community advocate Paul Howard outside the meeting, referencing the recent outbreak in violence and the long-standing presence of street gangs in the area.

“It’s in transition and things are actually getting worse before they get better. But we can beat this problem of violence, there’s no excuse for it. And I’m all for enforcement, but we can never arrest our way out of the problem,” he said.

Howard gave credit to Timbercreek and to the councillor.

“I’ve been (Cloutier’s) biggest critic, but I think we need to turn the page and all work together. We can do better in this city and it’s up to us to all pitch in.”

A second community consultation will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at The Hub on Cedarwood Drive.

 

Heron Gate Secondary Plan

Concepts and Community Engagement

 

Residents are invited to attend an open house for the Heron Gate Secondary Plan, where preliminary design concepts will be shown. These concepts have been compiled using feedback from the previous three visioning workshops, held in February, April and December 2018.

 

By attending, you will have the opportunity to see that your input helped to shape the draft concept plans. You will be able to compare different concepts, learn more about the secondary planning process, ask the project team questions, provide more comments and feedback, and continue to share your ideas for the site’s future land use, transportation and design.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Heron Road Community Centre

1480 Heron Road, 3rd Floor

6 pm: Introduction and Presentation

6:30 pm: Open House Preview of Concepts

7:15pm: Wrap-up and Q&A

 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Hub/Party Room

2850 Cedarwood Drive

6pm – 8pm: Open House Preview of Concepts

*This open house is geared towards residents of Heron Gate and interpreters will be available*

Please RSVP by sending an email to jeancloutierott@ottawa.ca or by calling my office at

613-580-2488. As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any further questions.


 Heron Gate Secondary Plan
Community Visioning Workshop Summary Notes

Thank you to all those that attended the Community Visioning Workshop for the Heron Gate Secondary Plan held on April 7th. Please find a copy of the visioning summary notes below:

Heron Gate Community Visioning Workshop Summary Notes

 


Heron Gate Secondary Plan
Second Community Visioning Workshop 

Residents are invited to attend the second Community Visioning Workshop for the Heron Gate Secondary Plan.

At a community meeting held on January 23, Timbercreek Asset Management introduced its objective to develop a long-term vision for Heron Gate by initiating a planning exercise, known as a Secondary Plan. The plan will establish policies and a masterplan that will help guide the future development of Heron Gate, and when complete, will be a part of the City of Ottawa’s Official Plan.

Resident feedback from the first Community Visioning Workshop, which took place on February 24 was compiled, and the summary included some great comments, creative thinking, and sustainable ideas.

The next workshop will build on those ideas by exploring some important principles of planning, urban design, streetscapes and community parks. Your feedback will assist in shaping a draft concept plan, which will be presented to residents at a future community meeting.

By attending, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the secondary planning process, to ask the project team questions and share your ideas for the site’s future design.

Community Visioning Workshop
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Heron Road Community Centre
1480 Heron Road, 3rd floor
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Space is limited and registration is required.

Please register by sending an email to JeanCloutierOtt@ottawa.ca or by calling my office at 613-580-2488. Once registered, additional workshop details will be provided.

 


 

 Heron Gate Secondary Plan
Community Visioning Workshop Summary Notes

Thank you to all those that attended the Community Visioning Workshop for the Heron Gate Secondary Plan held on February 24th. Please find a copy of the visioning summary notes below:

Heron Gate Community Visioning Workshop Summary Notes

 


Heron Gate Secondary Plan
Community Visioning Workshop 

Residents are invited to attend a Community Visioning Workshop for the Heron Gate Secondary Plan.

At a community meeting held last month, Timbercreek Communities introduced its objective to develop a long-term vision for Heron Gate by initiating a planning exercise, known as a Secondary Plan. The plan will establish policies and a masterplan that will help guide the future development of Heron Gate, and when complete, will be a part of the City of Ottawa’s Official Plan.

Your feedback will assist in shaping a draft concept plan, which will be presented to residents at a community meeting this Spring (date to be determined).

By attending, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the secondary planning process, ask the project team questions and share your ideas for the site’s future land use, transportation and design.

Workshop
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Featherston Drive Public School Gym
1801 Featherston Drive
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Space is limited and registration is required.

Please register by sending an email to jeancloutierott@ottawa.ca or by calling my office at 613-580-2488. Once registered, additional workshop details will be provided.

 


 Heron Gate Secondary Plan
Community Open House Information 

Thank you to all those that attended the Project Introduction and Community Engagement Meeting held on January 23rd. Please find a copy of the presentation and information sheets distributed below:

Heron Gate Community Open House Slideshow 
Heron Gate Community Project Process & Background 

 


Notice of Community Meeting
 Heron Gate Secondary Plan
Project Introduction and Community Engagement

As you may be aware, Timbercreek Communities is currently constructing new rental apartment buildings, named “HG7”, at the corner of Heron Road and Sandalwood Drive. Local residents have already participated by providing valuable input throughout the site plan process for this property. In listening to the varying opinions, it became apparent to me that a masterplan for the entire property was essential before any further development should occur at Heron Gate.

Timbercreek agreed, and is therefore initiating a developer-led Secondary Plan process to develop a long-term vision for the future of Heron Gate. This planning exercise will proceed under the direction of the City of Ottawa Planning Department, in conjunction with my office.

A Secondary Plan is a sub-plan of the City of Ottawa’s Official Plan. It establishes policies that help guide future development on the entire property. Public consultation is key to this planning process. Opinions, ideas and input from local residents will help shape the plan as it evolves through the stages, from early concepts to approval of a final masterplan.

As such, I am hosting an open house for residents of Heron Gate and the surrounding community to receive introductory information, details of the process moving forward, and to begin a conversation that I hope will result in some great ideas for Heron Gate.

Representatives and the consulting team from Timbercreek, and the City Planning Department will be on hand to take your questions and preliminary feedback.

Please plan to attend:

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at 7 –  8:30 p.m. | Presentation at 7:30 p.m.
Featherston Public School | Gym
1801 Featherston Drive

As always, do not hesitate to email or call my office at 613-580-2488 should you require additional information. I hope to see you on the 23rd so that we may begin to work together to consider a vision for this important neighbourhood in our community.