The City approved the Official Plan, Infrastructure Plan and Master Transportation Plan last week. For Kanata the first five years of the Transportation Plan will include extension of Campeau Drive to Huntmar, construction of Klondike from March to Sandhill as an urban road with sidewalks (along with a possible temporary pedestrian way until the road is completed); cycling lanes along Campeau from Herzberg to Carling and extension of the transitway from Bayshore to Moodie. Widening of March Road north of Maxwell Bridge and extension of the Goulbourn Forced Road will be in a later phase.
Three amendments to the Official Plan that I presented were passed. One is to undertake a design study of the Beaverbrook Community under the heritage act. This is a means of protecting the character of that community which is undergoing many requests for high rise infill developments. A second amendment removes both the Kanata North and Kanata South Business Parks from policies which would limit the height of most new buildings to 4 storeys. Instead, a secondary plan will be undertaken in 2015 to develop an appropriate plan for these business parks. If the proposed height limitations had previously been in place it would not have been possible to develop these business parks as they exist today. The third amendment retained the existing designation for lands just west of Didsbury so that owners can legally continue their projects.
I appreciate the support from City staff in making these changes that will benefit our communities. The Official Plan is updated every 5 years, so further changes will be made in 2018 to suit our communities at that time.
In 2014 City staff will prepare a zoning bylaw to implement the Official Plan and to reduce requests for rezonings – something which has concerned residents. In addition, a new development charges bylaw will be introduced to set fees paid on new development to fund infrastructure requirements. These fees pay for items like roads, sidewalks, parks, libraries, storm drainage, street lights, recreation centres and more.