Lansdowne review panel wants update

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CBC News

The group appointed to review plans to revitalize Ottawa's Lansdowne Park say they have gone six months without anything significant to review.

In a letter Tuesday to Ottawa city staff, the Lansdowne Review Panel members said they need more details of the Lansdowne plan, and more often.

Councillors David Chernushenko and Peter Hume drafted the letter with the support of the other two panelists.

"We haven't seen anything comprehensive showing us the whole site," said Chernushenko. "We need to see this, we need to understand it. So put it all together and then respond to these questions and invite us in to review it, that's what we'd like to be doing."

The city voted last June to form a public-private partnership with Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group to renovate Lansdowne Park. Under the deal, OSEG will oversee renovations of Frank Clair Stadium, and build a mix of condominium and retail space in the rest of the park.

The $300-million project has been controversial from the outset, however, with plans changing frequently.

Lansdowne deal leaves community far from happy

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CBC News

Community opponents of the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park say they agreed to a mediated settlement with the city with reluctance.

The city announced Wednesday it had approved a settlement that will remove mid-rise buildings from Holmwood Avenue, cap the heights of other buildings and provide added protection for the urban park.

The settlement, arising out of mediation with city staff, the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group and community groups, would also cap residential development at 280 units, add some traffic restrictions, and set aside park space at Bank Street and Holmwood Avenue.

The settlement, arising out of mediation with city staff, the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group and community groups, would also cap residential development at 280 units, add some traffic restrictions, and set aside park space at Bank Street and Holmwood Avenue.

The settlement is contingent on the Glebe Community Association and the Old Ottawa South Community Association and other groups dropping zoning appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board. All but three appeals filed by individuals remain before the Ontario Municipal Board.

City Council approves mediated settlement on Lansdowne zoning with community groups

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City of Ottawa press release

Ottawa – City Council today approved a significant mediated settlement on Lansdowne zoning with a number of community groups that marks a turning point in the City’s working relationship with its neighbourhood stakeholders and will also help to avoid an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing.

“By reaching this agreement today, we have not only signalled the start of a more productive partnership with our community stakeholders, but we have made huge strides towards avoiding a very lengthy and costly OMB hearing,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “I would like to thank the community groups, City staff and Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, for their determination in finding a consensus. It’s a sure sign that working together we can achieve progress.”

“This settlement is the result of significant effort, goodwill and willingness amongst the City, its partner, the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, and community associations to work together during the recent mediation sessions,” said Kent Kirkpatrick, City Manager. “The lengthy mediation process has resulted in a consensus, compromises and some changes to the project.”

City of Ottawa, developer agree to concessions with 11 of 14 Lansdowne opponents

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By Joanne Chianello, Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — The city and its partner in the Lansdowne Park redevelopment — the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group — settled on Wednesday with 11 of the 14 parties appealing the project to the Ontario Municipal Board.

The concessions include giving $300,000 to the Glebe BIA and $30,000 to community groups to help them through what will surely be a disrupting construction session when the Lansdowne project gets under way. The city and OSEG will split the costs equally.

The changes also include preserving what amounts to air space for area residents.

For example, one condition of the settlement sees the total elimination of nine-storey residential buildings that were to be built behind townhouses facing Holmwood Avenue. While the walk-ups are still going ahead, the commercial buildings behind them will only be about four storeys high — the same height as the townhouses.

The condo tower going up at the intersection of Bank Street and Holmwood Avenue will be capped at 12 storeys instead of the previously planned 14, and a small public square will be installed at the corner.