Council approves plan to build new landmark central library

This week, City Council approved the implementation plan for building the new Central Library.


The City will build the library as a joint facility with Library and Archives Canada at 557 Wellington Street, opening in 2024. The design process will start in early 2019 and will include public consultations on the design and function of the library.


The City will contribute $104.2 million to the $174.8-million facility, along with the entire cost for an $18.1-million parking garage. The 200-space, underground garage will be cost-neutral, based on estimated revenue.


The Official Plan and zoning amendments for development of a new Civic Hospital campus on the former site of the Sir John Carling Building were approved today at Council. The entire site was designated as a Major Institutional Zone, with development limited to hospital and hospital-related uses only.


The Ottawa Hospital is planning the new campus, in line with an established provincial process. Preliminary work to determine how big the facility needs to be to meet projected community health care needs should be finished in 2018. Details about the building’s design will follow.


Council approved a zoning amendment that will limit the number of bedrooms in multi-unit buildings. The amendment stems from a review of several zoning studies that looked at ensuring compatible infill in established low-rise neighborhoods. The review was in response to the increasing development in the inner urban area of multi-unit buildings with unusually large numbers of bedrooms in each unit.


The amendment introduces a limit of four bedrooms per dwelling unit within a multi-unit building. In detached dwellings, the maximum would be eight bedrooms. Minimum storage space is proposed as well, to ensure large residential buildings provide enough room for garbage and recyclables.



Homeowners who experienced flooding on October 29-30, 2017 can apply for the Residential Protective Plumbing Program, even if they did not obtain City approval before installation. Waiving this requirement will allow residents who experienced flooding, and were required by insurance companies to install the devices right away, to apply to receive partial compensation in accordance with the program.