The committee’s approval of the site master plan for The Ottawa Hospital’s new Civic campus is based on tree protection, collaboration with surrounding communities on parking, and federal legislation limiting future development of the Farm central experimental.
The planning committee voted 6-2 in favor of the site plan Monday after a full day of public delegation on Friday, who addressed the issues of green spaces and parking on the site.
Committee members Shawn Menard and Jeff Leiper, whose neighborhoods include communities near the site, were the only two councilors to vote against.
Com. Riley Brockington, whose neighborhood encompasses the majority of the proposed new campus, voted in favor, although he highlighted some voter concerns that still need to be addressed.
“There is nothing that keeps or maintains the [Central Experimental Farm] on site, in the center, in the heart of Ottawa. It is disturbing to me and it is disturbing to the people of Ottawa, ”Brockington told the committee.
“We need legislation.
The committee adopted a motion presented by Brockington asking the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Department of Environment and Climate Change Canada and the National Capital Commission to protect the farm.
Further motions brought forward by a trio of central Ottawa councilors, Menard, Leiper and Catherine McKenney – and approved by the committee – will ensure that the hospital and the city work together to create a community body to monitor the impacts of construction on traffic.
The motions also seek to improve transit connectivity, reconfigure the proposed surface parking, and protect, preserve and replace trees affected by construction.
The full city council will vote on the site master plan at next week’s meeting scheduled for October 13.
While approval would move the hospital project forward, site plans for the various construction phases will also face the municipal process.