On April 12, 2022 City Council approved an amendment to the Official Plan to create a Secondary Plan for Manor Park Estates. Since that time, there has been a significant amount of work going on behind the scenes to launch this project. For example, the Vision Manor Park Team has been meeting with the Ottawa Community Benefits Network Agreement Working Group, as well as with architectural firms across Canada, with a tentative plan to initiate a design process for the first phase of this project at some point in 2024.
However, before any detailed design work can occur, we must wait for the release of the City’s new Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP), which is still in the works. The IMP is a strategic document that sets growth-related goals, objectives, and priorities for municipal infrastructure related to water purification and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, and stormwater management.
Its purpose is to support the overall city-wide Official Plan (OP) goals of creating more vibrant, healthy and complete neighbourhoods while ensuring long-term affordability for both the municipality and its residents. The IMP will ensure there is enough infrastructure capacity in the right areas of the city and at the right service levels to accommodate development and redevelopment at the right time until 2031.
To find out more about the IMP go to the City of Ottawa’s website at this link:
Manor Park Management (MPM) has taken the initial steps towards the redevelopment of its largest residential holding located in Ottawa’s east end. While generally referred to as Manor Park Estates, this holding is actually two quite distinct communities which are more accurately identified as “Manor Park Gardens” (north end) and “Manor Park Heights” (south end). The Gardens are located north of Hemlock Road on both the east and west sides of St. Laurent Boulevard.
The Heights are located primarily along both sides of Brittany Drive extending from St. Laurent Boulevard to Montréal Road. These are well known Ottawa neighbourhoods developed in the 1940’s located near Ottawa’s downtown core. In total, the redevelopment area is approximately 35 acres in size and contains roughly 650 dwelling units in a mixture of low-rise building forms.
Development through a phased approach strategy while taking care of our tenants
Being in an older area of the City of Ottawa amongst established mature neighborhoods, these lands have significant potential for redevelopment. However, this location also means that the design and implementation of this project must be very cognizant of the adjacent community and ensure these stakeholders are involved in the design process from the outset. With this in mind, Manor Park Management wishes to proceed with a “development through a phased approach strategy”. This means preparing a concept plan for the entire holding and then proceeding on a parcel-by-parcel approach over many years. The idea is to begin to redevelop where it makes most sense based on existing infrastructure. This strategy will benefit existing tenants by providing a longer-term view of their options as the project unfolds. Many of these tenants will be able to relocate and therefore remain in the neighbourhood in a unit on site.
Official Plan Amendment made public by the City of Ottawa
The Official Plan Amendment for the redevelopment of Manor Park Estates has now been made public by the City of Ottawa. The matter will be considered by the City of Ottawa Planning Committee on Thursday, March 10, 2022. Below is a copy of the report outlining the Departmental recommendation entitled “Manor-Park – A. McCreight – Letter“: