Kanata North Tech Park Community Planning Permit Pilot Study

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Community planning permit pilot study

The City of Ottawa has initiated a pilot study to introduce and test the community planning permit (CPP) system

The community planning permit system is a land use planning tool that Ontario municipalities can use when planning for the future of their communities. It is a tool that combines three development processes by addressing zoning, minor variance and site plan control under one planning permit application. One combined process provides a complete picture of a proposed development, rather than looking at only one component at a time. Review of a permit application is based on a CPP by-law that incorporates policies, objectives, land use regulations, as well as urban design requirements that are created to reflect a local shared vision. Approval timelines are shortened from 90 days to 45 days, with most permits granted through staff delegated authority. Subdivisions, severances and building permits are not covered under this system.

Study area

The Kanata North Tech Park has been selected for the CPP pilot study as it complements the proposed designation of the area as a Special Economic District in the City’s draft Official Plan and builds on the momentum that has been created in the past few years by the landowners and the Kanata North Business Association (KNBA). The Kanata North Tech Park (KNTP) Concept Plan and the policies in the draft Official Plan propose to evolve the Park from a 1970’s business park into a globally-significant, state-of-the-art 21st-Century special economic and mixed-use district that attracts talent, supports creative interactions and a culture of innovation where people live, work, learn, connect and play.

The redevelopment of Kanata North Tech Park under the CPP system will enable opportunities for economic growth in a enviable, livable and connected community.

Project Overview

The City will work closely with the Kanata North Tech Park’s landowners and businesses to create a shared vision for how the suburban business park will transform. The KNTP concept plan and Kanata North Special Economic District OP policies will form the starting points for this study with opportunities for stakeholders to participate in the plan and design for areas within the park. The CPP process, resulting in a Kanata Tech Park-specific CPP By-law, will contain detailed policies, objectives and regulations for areas and sub-areas within the park, including March Road and Legget Drive. The Planning Act also enables municipalities to regulate site alteration, including the placement of fill and grading and landscaping, including protecting and preserving vegetation and trees within the CPP By-law. The process provides flexibility in design and land use by relaxing some traditional zoning regulations while focusing on those regulations that will achieve the vision and ensure that natural environmental areas and features are protected.

CPP benefits in the planning process:

  • Front-ending the community planning process with stakeholder involvement
  • Detailed visioning with stakeholders is intended to create a more stable community vision with clear policies, objectives and rules
  • A shorter planning process with more predictable outcomes
  • More flexibility for land uses and development standards
  • Enhanced ability for the City to protect the environment and create healthy communities
  • With minor built-in variations allowed, development must conform to reflect the CPP By-law, making it more difficult to obtain permit approval for projects that are out of scope with the shared vision
  • Once the shared vision has been developed, with policies and regulations created and approved in the CPP By-law, third-party appeals are not permitted in the permit approval process
  • One combined permit approval process will reduce the number of appeals

Project phases

The pilot study consists of five phases:

  1. Phase 1 - Project Initiation (August 2020 to April 2021)
    High-level Official Plan CPP System policies, geographical scoping, project charter and creation of working groups
  1. Phase 2 - CPP By-law Strategy (April 2021 to June 2022)
    Visioning Exercise, development of preliminary types of land use and design regulations, and permitted variations to these, through engagement with external working groups, CPP agreement standard conditions, preliminary CPP application process and procedures, technical circulation and informal public meeting(s)
  1. Phase 3 - CPP By-law and Agreement (May 2022 to February 2023)
    Documents drafted and circulated to working groups and stakeholders, Open House
  1. Phase 4 - Adoption of Pilot CPP By-law (May 2023)
    Formal public meeting, finalization of CPP application process
  1. Post-Adoption (May 2023 – March 2026) CPP By-law appeals, monitoring period, planning report on monitoring results and recommendations on future of CPP System in the City

Next Steps

City staff are developing engagement plans for stakeholder groups and meetings will be scheduled. For further information contact the Project Lead.

Contact

Elizabeth (Beth) Desmarais, M.C.I.P., R.P.P.
Planner/Project Lead
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development
613-580-2424, ext. 13503
Email: Elizabeth.desmarais@ottawa.ca

Location map of Kanata North Technology Park








Community planning permit pilot study

The City of Ottawa has initiated a pilot study to introduce and test the community planning permit (CPP) system

The community planning permit system is a land use planning tool that Ontario municipalities can use when planning for the future of their communities. It is a tool that combines three development processes by addressing zoning, minor variance and site plan control under one planning permit application. One combined process provides a complete picture of a proposed development, rather than looking at only one component at a time. Review of a permit application is based on a CPP by-law that incorporates policies, objectives, land use regulations, as well as urban design requirements that are created to reflect a local shared vision. Approval timelines are shortened from 90 days to 45 days, with most permits granted through staff delegated authority. Subdivisions, severances and building permits are not covered under this system.

Study area

The Kanata North Tech Park has been selected for the CPP pilot study as it complements the proposed designation of the area as a Special Economic District in the City’s draft Official Plan and builds on the momentum that has been created in the past few years by the landowners and the Kanata North Business Association (KNBA). The Kanata North Tech Park (KNTP) Concept Plan and the policies in the draft Official Plan propose to evolve the Park from a 1970’s business park into a globally-significant, state-of-the-art 21st-Century special economic and mixed-use district that attracts talent, supports creative interactions and a culture of innovation where people live, work, learn, connect and play.

The redevelopment of Kanata North Tech Park under the CPP system will enable opportunities for economic growth in a enviable, livable and connected community.

Project Overview

The City will work closely with the Kanata North Tech Park’s landowners and businesses to create a shared vision for how the suburban business park will transform. The KNTP concept plan and Kanata North Special Economic District OP policies will form the starting points for this study with opportunities for stakeholders to participate in the plan and design for areas within the park. The CPP process, resulting in a Kanata Tech Park-specific CPP By-law, will contain detailed policies, objectives and regulations for areas and sub-areas within the park, including March Road and Legget Drive. The Planning Act also enables municipalities to regulate site alteration, including the placement of fill and grading and landscaping, including protecting and preserving vegetation and trees within the CPP By-law. The process provides flexibility in design and land use by relaxing some traditional zoning regulations while focusing on those regulations that will achieve the vision and ensure that natural environmental areas and features are protected.

CPP benefits in the planning process:

  • Front-ending the community planning process with stakeholder involvement
  • Detailed visioning with stakeholders is intended to create a more stable community vision with clear policies, objectives and rules
  • A shorter planning process with more predictable outcomes
  • More flexibility for land uses and development standards
  • Enhanced ability for the City to protect the environment and create healthy communities
  • With minor built-in variations allowed, development must conform to reflect the CPP By-law, making it more difficult to obtain permit approval for projects that are out of scope with the shared vision
  • Once the shared vision has been developed, with policies and regulations created and approved in the CPP By-law, third-party appeals are not permitted in the permit approval process
  • One combined permit approval process will reduce the number of appeals

Project phases

The pilot study consists of five phases:

  1. Phase 1 - Project Initiation (August 2020 to April 2021)
    High-level Official Plan CPP System policies, geographical scoping, project charter and creation of working groups
  1. Phase 2 - CPP By-law Strategy (April 2021 to June 2022)
    Visioning Exercise, development of preliminary types of land use and design regulations, and permitted variations to these, through engagement with external working groups, CPP agreement standard conditions, preliminary CPP application process and procedures, technical circulation and informal public meeting(s)
  1. Phase 3 - CPP By-law and Agreement (May 2022 to February 2023)
    Documents drafted and circulated to working groups and stakeholders, Open House
  1. Phase 4 - Adoption of Pilot CPP By-law (May 2023)
    Formal public meeting, finalization of CPP application process
  1. Post-Adoption (May 2023 – March 2026) CPP By-law appeals, monitoring period, planning report on monitoring results and recommendations on future of CPP System in the City

Next Steps

City staff are developing engagement plans for stakeholder groups and meetings will be scheduled. For further information contact the Project Lead.

Contact

Elizabeth (Beth) Desmarais, M.C.I.P., R.P.P.
Planner/Project Lead
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development
613-580-2424, ext. 13503
Email: Elizabeth.desmarais@ottawa.ca

Location map of Kanata North Technology Park








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