The NCC is embarking on a process to create a renewed vision for a dynamic Capital destination and a complete community where people can live, work and play. The draft Master Concept Plan for LeBreton Flats is based on early input from the public and key stakeholders.
Draft Master Concept Plan
Based on public feedback, this draft plan envisions a place that is pedestrian friendly, surrounded by lively and active parks and plazas, including the dynamic Aqueduct District, the Ottawa riverfront, and a large destination park. A future diverse residential community will be supported by retail and employment opportunities, capitalizing on direct access to two LRT stations.
Master Concept Plan
Learn more about the LeBreton Flats draft Master Concept Plan
Public input has informed the creation of a new LeBreton Flats draft Master Concept Plan, which outlines a cohesive vision for the 24-hectare site. The site is anchored by two new light rail transit (LRT stations) at Pimisi and Bayview, a revitalized aqueduct water feature, and Nepean Inlet with access to the Ottawa River.
This plan will guide the implementation of the project in a strategically phased approach over the coming decades. The Master Concept Plan will ensure an ambitious, cohesive and feasible vision to create a dynamic community.
The NCC revised the guiding principles based on public input received in June 2019. Here are the updated guiding principles on which the project objectives will be based.
|Enhance the Capital Experience|
Reflect the national significance of LeBreton Flats by creating an ambitious new Capital destination that celebrates Canada.
Create an inclusive place where anyone can live, work and play. Provide for facilities, services and public spaces that are active, lively and flexible and that contribute to community health and well-being.
Prioritize the importance of the environment through design that restores, enhances and protects the natural features of the site, and provides greater accessibility to waterways. Utilize green infrastructure, promote biodiversity and create new green spaces.
Connect people and place by creating interactive public spaces and linking to amenities and surrounding communities. Build on access to LRT, and establish active transportation networks using a Vision Zero approach.
|Foster Sustainability and Innovation|
Embed a culture of excellence throughout the life cycle of the project, and provide opportunities for innovation in design and sustainability. Build in climate mitigation and resiliency measures to aim to achieve a zero carbon community.
|Honour the Past|
Honour and interpret the role LeBreton Flats has played as a place of significance for Indigenous peoples and in the development of the Capital, and connect this story to the site’s future. Recognize the lasting effects of important milestones such as the community’s expropriation.
|Make It Happen|
Ground the vision in a strategic implementation approach supported by market feasibility. Consult with the public and collaborate with partners to support timely progress and generate social, environmental and economic returns.
Process and Timeline
Outreach to key stakeholders is ongoing, including arts, culture and heritage groups, affordable housing providers and advocates, home builders, institutions and other community groups.
Following a competitive process, the NCC hired a team of experts led by 02 Planning + Design. 02 launched an integrated design process informed by input from the public consultation.
The NCC will launch a call for proposals to develop a section of LeBreton Flats adjacent to the future Ottawa Public Library–Library and Archives joint facility as part of an existing Library District vision.
Development of and engagement on the phasing and implementation strategy.
History of LeBreton Flats
The NCC became custodian of LeBreton Flats in the early 1960s. This site, located just 1.5 kilometres west of the Capital’s Parliamentary Precinct and central business district, is steeped in Canada’s history.
Fleck Fountain Plaza
Fleck Fountain Plaza, a symbol of the regeneration of LeBreton Flats, is located at the southwest intersection of Wellington and Booth streets.
Memories of LeBreton Flats
We partnered with Tale of a Town to capture the collective community memory of LeBreton Flats, one story at a time. These stories will be used in short animated documentaries.
A World-Class Project
The Building LeBreton project will build on past experience and global best practices to create a lively fusion of world-class public-realm amenities with residential, commercial, cultural and social elements.
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- Building LeBreton - Draft Master Concept Plan
- Public Consultation Report - Building LeBreton June 2019
- Board of Directors update - Building LeBreton September 17 2019
- Building LeBreton Board of Directors update 20 June 2019
- LeBreton Information Panels June2019
- LeBreton Flats Redevelopment - Public Consultation Report 2016
- LeBreton Flats Plan (1997)