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The FINAL Centretown Community Design Plan is Here!

Since December 2011, we have received numerous comments and made a few adjustments to the Plan.  The Centretown Community Design Plan  (CDP) is now available and can be downloaded in its entirety here (79.1 MB PDF). Alternatively, you can download it by chapter by using the bar on the right hand side.

Thank you for your patience – it has been a fruitful process and the Study Team wants to thank you for your involvement during the creation of the CDP. As always, our contact at the City is Bob Spicer. Please note that the blog will no longer be accepting posts. All correspondence must go through the City of Ottawa.

What is the next Step?

The CDP, along with the Secondary Plan OPA, will be presented to the Planning Committee on December 11, 2012.

October 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

The FINAL DRAFT Centretown Community Design Plan Has Arrived!

Having incorporated feedback from this blog, our last community open house and a technical review undertaken by various City of Ottawa departments, the Centretown Community Design Plan is now released! You can download the Draft CDP in its entirety here (64.9 MB PDF). Alternatively, you can download it by chapter by using the bar on the right hand side.

The Study Team thank you for your patience along the way – we appreciate it has taken a while for the Final CDP to wind its way through the necessary process. If you spot any technical or factual errors in the plan, please let the City know so it can be corrected. As always, our contact at the City is Bob Spicer. Please note that the blog will no longer be accepting posts. All correspondence must go through the City of Ottawa.

Centretown is evolving and shows no signs of slowing down. This CDP provides directions for shaping how the area can look and feel in the future. It identifies new community infrastructure and amenities that are required to ensure Centretown remains a liveable neighbourhood for everyone. It directs growth to certain locations, while steering it away from other locations. It presents solutions to some of Centretown’s most challenging urban conditions around mobility, built form and public spaces.

Already supported by the City, the community now needs to champion the plan to ensure that Centretown benefits from its recent growth spurt. The vision and initiatives presented in this CDP need to be carried forward by local residents – Centretown is your community to shape.

December 9, 2011 at 10:36 am 2 comments

Thank You for a Great Open House!

A big thank you to everyone who came out to our final community open house on June 29th. Also, another big thank you to the Museum of Nature for allowing us to use their beautiful new space! It was a perfect space for the session. If you couldn’t make it last night, the summary information panels presented at the session can be downloaded here (5.5 MB PDF).

As a reminder, we are still accepting comments on the draft, so please provide them by July 15th. We will then revise the document over the summer. In the fall, it will be made available as part of the process to complete any necessary Official Plan Amendments / updates to the existing Secondary Plan.

Please provide any comments in writing to Robert Spicer, Community Planning and Urban Design Division City of Ottawa.

Hope everyone had a great Canada Day!


July 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm 9 comments

REMINDER: Final Community Meeting – JUNE 29!

Don’t miss your FINAL OPPORTUNITY to comment on the draft Mid-Centretown Community Plan. Our final Community Open House is scheduled for Wednesday June 29th at a terrific Centretown venue – the Museum of Nature! The session will run from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the third floor Salon with a formal presentation at 6:30pm, followed by a question and answer period. The team will be on hand to answer any detailed questions that you might have on the draft report or to hear any final ideas for what should be included in the Plan. Be sure to have a look at the draft report (you can download it from the post below this one). We have had great events so far, so we hope you will help us make the final one a lively and fun session. Plus, it is a great opportunity to have a good snoop at the wonderfully restored and modernized Museum of Nature!

Hope to see you this coming Wednesday!

Ross & the Project Team

June 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm 2 comments

The Draft Community Design Plan is Available!

Update: We heard some of you were having a hard time downloading the full document, so we’ve broken it down into individual chapters. The links are at the bottom of this post.

Well – here it is!

The team has completed the preliminary draft of the Mid-Centretown Community Design Plan. The full report has been posted on the blog for your review – we would love to hear your thoughts on the proposals for the future of Centretown. Please download the report and over the next couple of weeks share with us your thoughts, concerns or support for what you have read. We will review all feedback after June 13th, work to finalize the document, and then present the revised report back to the community at our final Open House on Wednesday June 29th at the Museum of Nature.

Centretown is evolving. Let us know if you agree with the recommendations presented for how Centretown can be made even better than it is today!

Download the report here or from the link on the sidebar to the right. Note that it’s a very large file (52 MB) so it may take some time to download.

Individual Chapters:

Chapter 1: The Study (19 MB PDF)
Chapter 2: Centretown Today (16 MB PDF)
Chapter 3: Centretown Tomorrow (11 MB PDF)
Chapter 4: Moving Around Centretown (9 MB PDF)
Chapter 5: Greening Centretown (18 MB PDF)
Chapter 6: Building Centretown (11 MB PDF)
Chapter 7: Implementation (3 MB PDF)

May 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm 1 comment

Blog Action: 2010 in Review

Here is a fun summary from our Blog Platform (Wordpress) on how we did over the last year with regard to postings and traffic. More than 5,100 people viewed the blog since May!

Continue Reading February 8, 2011 at 11:03 am 4 comments

Midcentretown Tomorrow is Going Multimedia!

Update: Our first batch of reader-submitted photos have been uploaded! See below or the sidebar at the right for links to “Photos: The Good” and “Photos: The Not So Good.”

As important as words are, this blog seems to have an awful lot of them… So in an attempt to mix-it-up a bit and make the site (and the study) a bit more interesting for those of you who relate better to pictures or for those those don’t feel like writing a mini-novel as their contribution, we are creating opportunities for photographs and videos to be posted on the site as blog content.

After all, a picture says a thousand words, right?

Before the snow hits the ground, we are asking you to help generate blog content with your own photos or videos of Centrertown. Show us with your pictures what local issues are important to you, what places are important to you and should be protected or improved and what is the quality of character that Centretown should be striving for in the future.

To do this we have set up three image banks for you to share your pictures:

Centretown The Good: Send us your pictures of your favourite things in Centretown (buildings, businesses, streets, parks, people). Things that make you love living where you do.

Centretown The Not So Good: Send us your pictures of those aspects of Centretown that you think need the most help. Things that give you some cause for concern.

Centretown Tomorrow: Send us pictures of other places that you think Centretown should be like in the future – think of these as your inspiration for what Centretown could and should be. They can be photos you’ve taken on vacation from other great cities, or they can be photos you’ve seen online or in magazines that you think capture a great ‘urban vibe’ that Centretown should be striving towards. Think of these are the visionary photos.

Video: What is Your Centretown? For the video-savy, we are asking for you to show us in under 2 minutes what is important to you in Centretown. This can be filmed on your phone, on your digital camera or with a video camera. We want to hear you tell us why you think what you are filming is important (as part of your neighbourhood) and should be a priority in the study.

You can view these banks in three ways:

1) Click on the blue page titles in this post
2) Click on the “Multimedia’ tab at the top of the page and then click on the section titles within the text on that page
3) Click on the page titles in the sidebar to the right under the “Multimedia” section

We will be using a selection of your photos on the blog, for display in public forums and potentially as part of the CIP report.

You can send us your photos and videos via email by clicking here.

Let’s see where this takes us – hopefully it will bring interesting ideas and interesting images to the blog!

October 13, 2010 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment

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Welcome to Mid-Centretown Tomorrow, the official project blog for the Mid-Centretown Community Design Plan, commissioned by the City of Ottawa! This is the place to learn about and participate in discussions regarding the future of Mid-Centretown.

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