Proposal for Booth complex seeks removal of height limits, interior setbacks

By Matthew Pearson, Ottawa Citizen, July 20, 2018

In order to capitalize on its plan to redevelop an old federal complex on Booth Street, Canada Lands Company is asking the city to remove height limits and rezone the Little Italy site so future developers won’t have to worry about how close the buildings can be to each other.

The request is outlined in official plan and zoning amendments submitted to the city for consideration by the built-heritage and planning committees this fall.

(...)Several key principles have guided the plan, according to the planning-rationale report, namely that the overall transformation of the Booth district should result in a “vibrant and appealing hub for the community with a distinct sense of place that is unique to the Ottawa region.”

It should aim to maintain its campus feel and feature mid-block pedestrian and cycling connections, with minimal vehicular access. All public streets, open spaces and mid-block connections should be animated, vibrant and inviting places, the report says.

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