Queensway-Carleton Hospital Developments

At the Community Association Annual General Meeting, Peter Thompson, Hospital Director of Planning, outlined the short-term development plans for the Hospital and the Hospital land. He also provided some insight into the medium- and long-term development plans. Some of these plans could directly or indirectly impact community residents. This note tries to explain recent developments.   Background: In 1976 the Hospital served 100,000 clients. In 2007, it is expected to serve 400,000 and by 2030 it is projected to serve a million clients (assuming another hospital is not built to support western communities such as Carleton Place, Arnprior, and so on). The Hospital leases its land from the National Capital Commission (NCC). Although this land is considered part of the City greenbelt, it was zoned for industrial/campus purposes by the City. The Hospital development has been inside the ring road (John Sutherland drive) that goes through the property. This has provided significant green space to the north (toward the funeral home) and east (Aleutian and Sioux residents back onto this) of the Hospital development. In addition to the cancer center that will soon be built, the Hospital will need to add more buildings to serve its clients.   Current development issues for the Hospital: The NCC is very involved in managing the land that it leases, including the Hospital land. It has imposed a restriction that 65% of the land the Hospital leases remain as green space – the Hospital is currently at the limit. The land is currently zoned for a maximum building height of 20 metres (measured from the floor of the main entrance). The hospital is...

Morrison Development Update

Regional properties group applied for a rezoning of the Morrison and Baseline property to the North East of the intersection currently occupied by low income housing.  The developer’s final proposal was to build a twelve, an eight, a six storey and two 4 and 3 storey condominiums.  The QGPCA and concerned local residents from the surrounding areas opposed this application.  We defeated the zoning modification at planning department, but lost at a Council vote. Consolation with the Association members at the AGM indicated much reluctance to go to the Ontario Municipal Board with an appeal due to the low probability of a win and the risk of the developer putting forward his original proposal for a 20 storey building.  It was fed back to the steering committee that the QGPCA would not be participating in an OMB appeal. It appears to be a wise course of action as the Manotick residential development, opposed by the City and the Manotick Community association failed it its court appeal of the OMB decision in support of the...