Future of QTN: Planning Committee News

Purpose of Planning Committee

In November 2018, the QTN Board established a planning committee to facilitate community discussion about the future of QTN and provide input to the City of Ottawa and other decision-makers. This is important because of changes coming in our area, such as LRT II, intensification, and new plans for Lincoln Fields and Queensview Drive.

This page will be used to post information for the community on planning issues that affect QTN, QTN discussions, and opportunities for residents to engage in city processes that affect our neighborhood.

Character of QTN and Priorities Identified by the Community

Through community meetings, a description of what residents value about QTN and priorities for the future have been developed. QTN Character and Priorities.

QTN Neighborhood Profile:  A useful summary of QTN Neighborhood.

QTN and Ottawa’s New Official Plan

Ottawa’s new Official Plan will have major impacts for QTN, as a transition neighbourhood between two LRT stations.  QTN is asking for amendments to the revised plan to ensure that intensification enhances rather than erodes strong neighborhoods, like QTN.  Read QTN Submission for formal hearings on revised plan.

Earlier  QTN Planning Committee made a submission in response to the Draft Official Plan.  2021-02 QTNca and the New Official Plan.  Some of our suggestions are reflected in the revised version of the draft plan.

QTN And LRT Phase II

Noise and Visual Mitigation in Landscape Plans for Connaught Park (September 2021)

QTNca has continued its advocacy for improvements in the LRT plans through Connaught Park, including paths and measures to reduce noise and visual impacts.  Residents have an opportunity to provide feed-back on a revised landscape plan now and a revised plan for connectivity is coming later this year.    See report from first PAC meeting. 

In spring 2020, the QTN community was engaged in the consideration of berms proposed by KEV as a way to reduce noise and visual impacts for QTN residents (Letter to KEV regarding berms).   Then OC Transpo announced that a noise study would be done; later we learned that it would include the whole LRT Phase II project, which took more than a year to complete.   For Connaught Park, Councillor Kavanaugh and OC Transpo, in cooperation with QTNca, formed a public advisory committee (PAC) to facilitate community discussion about the plans to mitigate noise and visual impacts for this section of the LRT line.

The PAC met for the first time on September 21st . Report of meeting available herePresentation made by OC Transpo available here:

QTN in the Pinecrest/Queensview Station Secondary Plan

Guidelines for future residential development in QTN will be part of the Pinecrest/Queensview Station Secondary Plan.   QTN’s planning committee advocated for the inclusion of QTN to help ensure that new developments enhance the quality of life in our neighbourhood.  QTN residents will have opportunities for input when the official secondary plan process starts.  This is an opportunity to address issues such as: parking, walking and biking paths, public spaces, preserving trees and green spaces, building heights, etc.

In advance of the secondary plan process, QTN planning committee presented a discussion paper with priorities and key issues.  Queensview Drive and QTN – Good Neighbors – Considerations for Official Plan.docx.

QTN and Ottawa’s New Official Plan

Ottawa’s new Official Plan will have major impacts for QTN, as a transition neighbourhood between two LRT stations.   QTN Planning Committee made a submission in response to the Draft Official Plan.  2021-02 QTNca and the New Official Plan.

Some of our suggestions are reflected in the revised version of the draft plan.  The planning committee is reviewing the revised plan and will engage in the final approval process.

Park Uses in QTN:  

In Spring 2021 the planning committee conducted a survey to identify what QTN residents wanted to see and do in local parks.  It also identified concerns of residents.  The planning committee is following up on these issues with City officials and our City Councillor.

2021-06 Use of Park Spaces in QTN – Survey Results and Analysis.

QTN, Lincoln Fields Mall, and the Lincoln Fields Secondary Plan

The planning committee is working with other neighbourhood associations to address a number of issues related to the future of Lincoln Fields mall and the area around it.   Advocacy for development of an integrated plan for the area continues.  The City of Ottawa recently postponed development of this plan.  QTN continues to advocate for an early start on that plan.

Letter on Lincoln Field Secondary Plan to City Planning Department January 13, 2021

QTN Submission for Hearing on Lincoln Fields Site Plan

Updates on the Lincoln Fields Secondary Plan will be posted in newsletter.

Current News on Planning Issues

For information about current planning issues that affect QTN and the on-going work of the planning committee, subscribe to  QTNca’s newsletter.  

If you would like more information about planning issues or the work of the planning committee, please send an e-mail to qtncommunity@gmail.com.  The Chair of the Planning Committee will respond to you.