On September 18, the NCC Board of Directors met to discuss recent and upcoming projects. Here are some of the highlights presented in my Report on Activities.
- The $55 million included in this year’s federal budget will be disbursed in two phases — approximately $13 million this year for planning and design work, and $42 million next year for construction.
- The tender for the rehabilitation of the Portage Bridge closed on August 3 and work began on September 14.
- Phase 2 of the project will be undertaken in the summer of 2019, including the installation of the cycling lane barrier wall and the resurfacing of the bridge’s High Occupancy Vehicle lane.
- More information about the NCC’s infrastructure work is available on the NCC’s website.
- The Rendezvous LeBreton group has submitted to the City of Ottawa formal applications for amendments to the official plan and zoning by-laws. The NCC continues to engage with the Algonquin Nation. The theme of the next meeting with the Algonquin Delegation of Chiefs will be training and employment.
The next step in this project will be public consultations regarding the name for the new park, to begin in October.
- NCC staff is working with Hydro Ottawa to reach an agreement regarding use of the dam crossing to access the Islands from the ruins. The NCC continues to work on developing the ruins into a new public space on the waterfront.
Gatineau Park Master Plan
- The consultation element of Phase 2 of the renewal of the Gatineau Park Master Plan, which included meetings with the public advisory committee, the general public, municipal staff, and representatives of other governmental agencies, is now complete.
- The NCC is consulting with the Algonquin community to develop a statement expressing an Indigenous vision of Gatineau Park. The public consultation component of Phase 3 — regarding concept and zoning — will be held in early December.
Public consultations regarding the future vocation of the former Congrégation des Servantes de Jésus-Marie facility will begin in October.
- As of today a new page on the NCC’s website highlights the many successful collaborations between the NCC and the Indigenous communities in the Capital Region. This year’s public archaeological digs at Lac Leamy and the Moore Farm attracted more than 500 participants.
- The NCC, the City of Ottawa, and Public Services and Procurement Canada in July opened a storefront outreach operation at 79 Sparks Street to engage with people who use the street. This is part of larger plans develop a public realm plan to rejuvenate this pedestrian mall.
Soundstage and Creative Hub Proposal
- The Ottawa Film Office has put forward a proposal to convert a vacant building and a parcel of land at the former Greenbelt Research Farm into a soundstage campus and creative hub.
- To gauge public reaction to the proposed amendments to the Greenbelt Master Plan, the NCC held an open house on September 5. More than 200 people attended. Online commenting opened on September 6 and continues until September 19.
- The NCC will be posting signage in McCarthy Woods to inform and educate residents about possible encounters with coyotes.