City makes progress on affordable housing

OTTAWA – The city’s Planning committee approved an agreement with Trinity Developments that would add $6.25 million to city coffers for affordable housing projects over the next few years.

“The agreement includes funding for affordable housing, which would satisfy the terms that city council set in July 2018 when it approved Trinity’s proposal for a mixed-use building with three high-rise towers at 900 Albert St., across from Bayview Station,” city staff released in a statement today (Oct. 10). “If council approves the agreement, Trinity will need to submit a revised Site Plan Control application before it can proceed with construction.

This contribution is in addition to the $975,000 that Trinity is contributing to the city, under Section 37 of the Planning Act, to support affordable housing, community parks and gardens in Somerset Ward.

The committee also approved a plan for the city to acquire a portion of the former Canadian Forces Base Rockcliffe from the federal government for the development of affordable housing. Under the agreement, the City would pay $300,000 and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation would pay $4.6 million.

“Located within the new Wateridge Village community, the city would enter into agreements with Ottawa Community Housing Corporation to develop the property with up to 271 units of affordable housing in three buildings,” staff said. “The committee also approved a request to allocate $10 million in capital funding for this development, from the $15 million that Council approved for new affordable housing in Budget 2019.”

The committee also approved changes to flood-plain mapping near waterways in urban areas to reflect the latest data on land elevations. The City has been systematically updating the Zoning By-law maps, reducing future flood risk by preventing development within the flood plain. This is the third round of updates since the initiative began in 2010. To collect the data, the City employed a new, aircraft-mounted system that uses light pulses to accurately measure land elevations.

Items approved at today’s Planning committee meeting will go to council on Wednesday, Oct. 23.