Report to/Rapport au :
Comité de l’urbanisme
Ward 3/ quartier 3
Contact Person/Personne resource: Councillor/ Conseiller Jan Harder
WARDS 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
OBJET : ANALYSE DES APPARTEMENTS EN COPROPRIÉTÉ PLANIFIÉS ET APPROUVÉS DANS LA ZONE CENTRALE
That the Planning Committee direct staff to prepare an analysis of the number of housing units planned and approved inside the Greenbelt in order to assess the capacity of the City of Ottawa to determine the total hard and soft costs of sustaining the rate of growth of condominium apartment units.
RECOMMANDATION DU RAPPORT
Que le Comité de l’urbanisme charge le personnel de préparer une analyse du nombre d’unités de logement planifiées et approuvées à l’intérieur de la Ceinture de verdure, et ce, afin d’évaluer la capacité qu’a la Ville d’Ottawa à déterminer les coûts essentiels et accessoires totaux nécessaires au maintien du taux de croissance des appartements en copropriété.
At the Planning Committee meeting of 25 October, Councillor Holmes circulated a proposed motion to Committee members with respect to the growth of condominium apartment units in her ward and other central wards. Councillor Harder then put forward the motion, which is set out below, as a Notice of Motion for the subsequent meeting.
WHEREAS in 2010 the City of Ottawa exceeded its Intensification Targets by a significant percentage (43.8% over 36%);
AND WHEREAS the greatest rate of growth was in new apartment units, with the majority of these being in the inner wards;
AND WHEREAS according to the Greater Ottawa New Home Market Report (September 2011) the absorption (sales) rate of new condominium apartments inside the greenbelt has been approximately 1,000 per year;
AND WHEREAS for the period 2011 the number of condominium apartment units under construction in Somerset Ward is approximately 430 units, and for the period 2010-11 the total number of condominium apartments planned or approved in Somerset Ward is an additional 3,600 units;
AND WHEREAS this total, in excess of 4,000 units, does not include the total number of units planned or approved in the other central wards;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT there be an analysis of the number of housing units planned and approved in order to assess the capacity of the City of Ottawa to determine the total hard and soft costs of sustaining this rate of growth.
Planning and Growth Management Department, Infrastructure Services and Community Sustainability, has reviewed the proposed motion and their comments are outlined below.
The Planning and Growth Management Department, through the Intensification Working Group, will lead this effort involving several City departments.
Staff will undertake a study to determine the costs of growth from an operating perspective in the rural, suburban, and urban areas. This study will also examine the ability for developments in these geographic areas to raise the necessary funds to pay for the required capital improvements related to growth. The financial findings of this study, together with the completion of Choosing Our Future, will provide the guiding principles to inform the next Official Plan review. The Official Plan review will include an examination of the demographic trends within the Urban Area, including desired housing type, and will inform the prioritization of projects within the 2014 Development Charges By-law.
With respect to funding sources for hard and soft services, staff will be bringing forward a report on the implementation of Section 37 of the Planning Act to Planning Committee later this Fall. The future use of s.37 in planning applications is intended for community benefits to support future growth. It should also be noted that beginning with Budget 2012, future City budgets in advance of the opening of the Tunney’s Station to Blair Station LRT will contain significant investment in cycling, walking, and streetscape improvements aimed at building capacity within the Greenbelt both to support the network and to promote alternative transportation choices.
Finally, it is staff’s understanding that one of the primary concerns related to the significant condominium construction in the downtown core area is the perceived under-capacity of park space. The Centretown Community Design Plan, to be considered at Planning Committee and City Council early in 2012, will contain specific recommendations on the need for, and location of, future public amenities. Supported also by the recommendations of the 2005 Council-approved Escarpment Area District Plan, staff will seek direction to bring back a confidential report to Planning Committee by end of Q2 2012 on the acquisition of candidate sites for public amenities either through future planning approvals or outright purchase, and will seek direction to pursue acquisition of one or several of these sites using cash-in-lieu of parkland funds and/or s. 37 monies.
There are no rural implications associated with this report.
No specific public consultations were undertaken in the production of the report. Notice of this meeting was advertised on the City’s website as per Section 77(1)(b) of the Procedure By-law.
COMMENTS BY THE WARD COUNCILLOR
This motion pertains to a variety of wards.
There are no legal implications associated with this report.
RISK MANAGEMENT IMPLICATIONS
There are no risk implications associated with this report.
There are no direct financial implications; the analysis will be completed by staff.
There are no accessibility implications associated with this report.
There are no technological implications associated with this report.
Department of Planning and Growth Management to implement the direction of Committee.