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  • Home Redevelopment 101: A guide to residential re-development in Ottawa - Spacing Ottawa
    information about development applications on its website including fees timelines and appeal processes as well as a step by step guide to support a property owner through the process All new construction projects and property modifications must be aligned with the city s official plan This important document defines the city s vision and future direction outlining how to accommodate growth while supporting heritage and environmental protection Simply put the official plan guides where new development should occur as well as the permitted uses of property residential commercial industrial mixed use etc in established areas Additionally the official plan contains rules on setbacks height limits and other parameters that shape a construction project and govern building modifications It s easy to find your property on the city s website and see what restrictions are in place Use the ward mapping or Development Review Areas map to verify the location of your development property Types of development applications In Ottawa development applications fall into three broad categories Land Use Lot Creation and Lot Development For the sake of simplification Land Use covers any change to the intended program such as converting a residential site to a commercial or mixed use site Lot Creation covers land severance and sub division typically more common to developers Lot Development covers site plan control generally required for commercial and industrial developments multi unit residential projects certain changes in land use and for some types of developments in a Heritage Conservation District Let s say however that your property is large enough that you re contemplating building a second standalone house This would fall within the Lot Creation category But be advised this process is complicated You would likely need to complete a Consent to Sever application Adding a second unit or a deck Fortunately it s much simpler if you are just considering converting your basement into an apartment as a rental unit or investment property Recognizing that cities need to encourage intensification Ontario s Planning Act allows the creation of a second unit within a house providing that this unit is not detached is not capable of being severed and does not visibly change the character of the neighbourhood streetscape To create a second unit you would need to complete a building permit application You would similarly submit a building permit application if you would like to build a deck or shed If your project does not fully comply with zoning regulations but would have minimal impact on your neighbours it is however possible to apply for what is known as a minor variance to accommodate a proposed development or modification The city s committee of adjustment will assess whether your request is appropriate aligned with the official plan and zoning bylaw and truly minor in nature Major deviations such as converting a building from a single detached home into a duplex require a zoning bylaw amendment Appealing a development application decision If you are not satisfied with the decision made on your development

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2015/01/08/home-redevelopment-101-guide-residential-re-development-ottawa/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Image of the Past: Ottawa Electric Railway - Spacing Ottawa
    of photo 1900 Photographer Source Library and Archives Canada Ottawa photographs Library and Archives Canada C 002460 Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts Image of the Past Sussex and Wellington 1914 Image of the Past The Rideau River from Billings Bridge early 1900s Image of the Past Skating at Rideau Hall 1915 Image of the Moment Bank Street underpass revamp Tweet More posts by Spacing 3 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Kevin Love 11 months ago Rather cold to ride in winter Reply Marmo 9 months ago The location for this photo is listed as Bank St New Ed boro however the building in the background is clearly the Langevin Building which would locate the photo at Wellington and Metcalfe https goo gl maps bYlaZ Reply Kristen Gagnon 9 months ago Thank you for the correction The post has now been updated Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2014/12/02/image-past-ottawa-electric-railway/ (2015-11-17)
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  • A reflection on the events of October 22, 2014, in Ottawa - Spacing Ottawa
    in 2000 and the Honour Guard who as of just recently ceremonially guard it More images below And it is this tomb which lies humbly at the base of the towering granite cenotaph that has now made international headlines as on Wednesday it tragically became the site which now marks the death of another soldier who had been poetically performing the honour of guarding a fellow soldier s grave far from the confines of war during a time of relative peace and on home soil In this act the very urban space itself became overlaid with further layers of meaning for while the events that transpired in this place are horrific it has also reminded us of who we are as Canadians as Ottawans and as basic human beings It is thus fitting that the two bronze allegories which grace the top of the monument symbolize the notion of peace and freedom being eternally intertwined for it was peace and freedom which the fallen soldier had been standing guard for and which the country and city have turned to in the wake of a series of saddening and surreal events Confederation Square is also symbolically and geographically very much the heart of both Ottawa as Capital and Ottawa as City For while it may be national in its fundamental nature it is a place that unites with equal views to Parliament the Rideau Canal cultural institutions and beautiful architecture It is space where one can hear the Peace Tower bells ring their carillon or smell the tempting aroma of street vendors for these are the spaces sounds and scapes that make the city what it is and that frame this civic square An island and oasis of calm and contemplation in the middle of an active city Confederation Square and the National War Memorial within it are physically and symbolically moving pieces of urban design Set within Jacques Greber s urban plans the monumental feelings that the arch s height evoke force your vision upwards and your heart to pound or at least it still does for me almost every time I see it even after nine years in the city It sits in seeming isolation and separation with its verticality juxtaposed to the square s low profile and horizontality cut at various angles A few shallow steps and a ramp lead you up to the base of the monument itself and encourage you to move around the cenotaph which is truly sculpted as a narrative from all sides The square in its triangular plan also points to all that the city embodies with one corner leading to politics one to culture and one to commerce Elgin Street then leads to and from its apex splitting or uniting at its southern tip depending on your point of view and brings together aspects of both Ottawa s bureaucracy and community Yet while on Wednesday this civic place and public space came under threat as the police tape comes down and the

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2014/10/24/reflection-events-october-22-2014-ottawa/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Communities that grow together: Ottawa's Community Gardens - Spacing Ottawa
    organizations including Francojeunesse Elementary School and Ottawa East Community Centre They also have community plots throughout the garden that include tea and berries for any of the gardeners to enjoy and have eight plots for Westboro School and Francojeunesse as donation plots as well The Brewer Park Community Garden has worked hard to provide a vibrant and thriving community garden for the area of Old Ottawa South They endeavor to stay true to their values of healthy food for everyone and serving their local community Ottawa East Community Garden Ottawa East Community Garden is a charming grass roots organization with plots tucked away behind St Paul s University on Main Street in the east end of downtown This urban garden started in 2007 and boasts 52 members with 24 half plots and 22 full plots Their focus is on creating a healthy active urban garden that fosters strong community relationships Ottawa East Community Garden also has plots set aside for community organizations including the Ottawa Food Bank and Café Urban Café Urban is a fork to table cafe run by Matthew Brearly former owner and chef of Castlegarth on St Paul s University campus The Garden strives to produce healthy local fruits and vegetables that can be shared throughout the community For those who would like a plot they can apply on their website although spots fill up quick and waitlists for the Ottawa East Community Garden have topped over 100 applicants in one year But they always manage to find a place for each applicant whether in their own space or assisting in the transfer to another local garden No urban gardener is ever left out The Ottawa East Community Garden is constantly expanding and always has a new project on the horizon Next on their to do list is a new compost structure that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional Volunteers with the group work tirelessly to ensure that projects like this are completed allowing the garden to run smoothly so that members can enjoy their plot and the entire garden space Urban Shades Community Garden One of the most unique urban gardens in the city however was opened only at the end of this past summer Urban Shades Community Garden holds no memberships and allows anyone in Ottawa to join them on Sundays at 2pm throughout the growing season to come and volunteer their time Anyone can participate and garden at this time taking home whatever is harvested at the end of the day Urban Shades is located on the property of All Saints Anglican Church along Laurier Avenue East in Sandy Hill The garden holds 22 raised beds that are currently growing peas beans kale beets and radishes While they are just starting out they have managed to set up their rain barrel and compost sites and are well on their way to creating a flourishing community garden Urban Shades Community Garden aims to focus on the gains of Social Capital in the city They want

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2014/10/07/community/ (2015-11-17)
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  • EVENT: yowLAB Film Festival in partnership with Ottawa Architecture Week - Spacing Ottawa
    Sep 28 Oct 5 FILM Last Call at the Gladstone Hotel documentary screening moderated panel discussion on Inhabiting Gentrification WHEN Tuesday September 30th 8 30 10 30pm WHERE Bytowne Cinema 325 Rideau Street Ottawa COST 15 in advance or at the door 10 for Bytowne Members yowLAB is proud to announce that it has partnered with Ottawa Architecture Week and ByTowne Cinema to launch the fall season of the yowLAB Film Festival with a special screening of Last Call at the Gladstone Hotel followed by a panel discussion Last Call at the Gladstone Hotel directed by Neil Graham and Derreck Roemer follows the revitalization of Toronto s century old Gladstone Hotel from flophouse to arts and music hotspot Shot over five years in a cinema direct style Last Call at the Gladstone Hotel is an intimate compelling portrait of the effects of urban renewal upon the poor exposing a pattern of displacement repeated in urban centers worldwide and revealing the unintentional roles we often play in the process of gentrification The screening will be followed by Inhabiting gentrification a panel discussion on urban revitalization community social housing and the arts scene in Ottawa and their impact on the existing character and characters of neglected neighbourhoods Mitchell Kutney Co founder JustChange Ottawa Citizens Academy leadership team Ray Sullivan Executive Director Centretown Citizen Ottawa Corporation Rhiannon Vogl Associate Curator of Contemporary Art National Gallery of Canada The panel discussion will be moderated by Laurence Wall News Producer CBC Radio Ottawa Image Chris Barker Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Related Posts UrbSanity Through skaters eyes Ottawa Architecture Week 2015 The city is a house built by many hands Urbsanity Great Architects Great Stories Neighbourhood Walk Walkin Down Main Tweet More posts by Spacing Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2014/09/29/event/ (2015-11-17)
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  • EVENT: Play – A special edition OTTAWA (DE)TOUR in collaboration with Spacing Ottawa - Spacing Ottawa
    real life politics the economy etc This tour asks you to take play seriously to think of it as a window onto rather than an escape from the politics of everyday life In particular we will reflect on the ways in which gender class and race have informed and continue to inform where what and with whom we play The tour begins in Sandy Hill at Strathcona Park an early example of state efforts to beautify the city of Ottawa and to create a play space for the growing number of people with time for leisure The tour ends in Lowertown at the Chateau Lafayette Ottawa s oldest tavern and the perfect sport to continue our conversation about the politics of play As we make our way from Sandy Hill to Lowertown we will stop at a variety of play spaces including a community centre library and cinema In each spot we will inquire about the origins and uses of the site Even more importantly we will discuss who had access to this play space and under what conditions Guide Jessica Dunkin is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen s University In 2012 Jessica completed her PhD in the Department of History at Carleton University When she is not rifling through dusty documents in the archive she can be found exploring Ottawa by bike or enjoying a pint of local craft beer Jessica loves visiting other cities to see what stories their streets have to tell She is particularly fond of Rome Barcelona and Yellowknife Meeting place Strathcona Park fountain Laurier Street closest intersection Laurier Range Distance 2 5 km of walking and stopping to talk The walk is fully accessible however please note that it moves at a brisk pace and

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2014/09/29/event-play-special-edition-ottawa-detour-collaboration-spacing-ottawa/ (2015-11-17)
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  • ‘Poetic expressions of social justice’: A night with architect Gregory Henriquez - Spacing Ottawa
    and the like Woodward s his first project working with a developer and the children of Woodward s where Henriquez has used his developer relations experience to design projects which are both profitable and philanthropic The first project of the night was Bruce Eriksen Place a social housing project located in the DTES which uses words carved into the building s façade as well as murals to evoke ideas of dwelling identity and community As Henriquez took us on a tour of a few of these pre Woodward s projects he also shared images and stories of some of the residents who have since inhabited the building as well as noted that this project was a turning point in his career where he came to realize that he could help to change peoples lives for the better as an architect This led to further work in the DTES before he landed unexpectedly the Woodward s Redevelopment A former department store which had sent empty save for some squatters since the chain went bankrupt in 1996 the Woodward s building sits at a geographical crossroads where the two city grids of Vancouver come together as well as a social junction where welfare meets the wealthy As such the sensitive yet crucial socio political as well as urban and architectural considerations the redevelopment required were plentiful What resulted was a mixed use mixed income four tower development with a shared podium and public realm The project incorporated approximately 530 market housing units 125 singles non market housing units SRO replacement units and 75 non market family housing units run in conjunction with the Portland Hotel Society and developed by Ian Gillespie who Henriquez refers to as his patron of Westbank Projects Peterson Investment Group The most significant space however is not the commercial component or private units whether marked or non market but rather the train station like public space which includes a Stan Douglas photograph of a reenactment of the Gastown Riots a basketball net used by youth in the neighbourhood as well as a large open space that allows for pedestrian access shelter from the rain and cold as well as a place to feed the homeless The success of Woodward s as a model for private public partnerships then led to what Henriquez refers to as the children of Woodward s These projects include works such as 6 th and Fir where Henriquez learned to always ask what the intention is behind a guideline or rule and as a result was able to have the zoning amended for the building height once they pointed out that their site would not block views of the mountains thus making an under utilized and unprofitable site the perfect place for a residential tower 60 West Cordova then become an experiment in affordable ownership as it originally enforced a clause preventing owners from renting their condos so that all units would be owner occupied and to avoid it becoming a place for foreign

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2014/10/27/poetic-expressions-social-justice-night-architect-gregory-henriquez/ (2015-11-17)
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  • The urban park at Lansdowne Park: An interview with the project's design leads - Spacing Ottawa
    the Canal landscape a connection which is really a fundamental piece of that And then we built in a few other pieces to really fill our the park program a childrens play area water feature community orchards and demonstration gardens to really figure out what the components were that would bring it back to life as a modern urban park and restore the use of the site as a civic place in Ottawa Spacing Ottawa In terms of the different zones that have been created what were the thoughts given to both the material and organic palettes as well as the use of scale Staates I would say resiliency is one of them that we were looking at materials that were really handsome but really durable It s a tough climate we have a lot of freeze and thaw and we also want a place that is going to last for a long time This is not a 10 year project this is a 50 year project We re inheriting a site that is a hundred years old so we want to leave something that is just as durable and lasting So as the landscape matures it will be 20 30 40 years until we see a full tree canopy here we need a material palette that really goes along with that and allows it to mature and stay intact and which will stand up to the wear and tear that a park takes but that is also really married to the place itself In terms of the planting we drew from several sources One was to bring in the landscape character of the Ottawa area the apple orchard comes from the agricultural heritage of the Ottawa Valley we have a whole bunch of representative landscape types that have different expressions around the Ottawa area but we are also looking for things that really stand up to urban traditions to really provide the kind of stature that an urban park would require Spacing Ottawa What was the biggest challenge both in terms of the design and then the implementation and construction of the design for the urban park Staates I think one of the biggest challenges was the complexity of the overall development There has been a huge amount of choreography between the development of all these three pieces which John Smit referred to We had a very complex jurisdictional framework and this had to happen fairly quickly to get really for events like today s official opening There has been a huge amount of effort to really choreograph everything in terms of the construction sequence that will still continue on to the end of this year Something had to get finished and out of the way before the next thing could take place That has really been the case since the outset so just a really complex interwoven process And it s a cast of thousands which has been required to accomplish this so that has probably been the

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2014/08/18/urban-park-lansdowne-park-interview-projects-design-leads/ (2015-11-17)
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