OTTAWA, April 13, 2022 – The City’s Planning Committee today approved a zoning amendment that would help revitalize Westboro Beach (link is external).
The National Capital Commission is continuing work to redevelop parklands along the south shore of the Ottawa River. This amendment would permit construction of a new pavilion that incorporates an existing heritage building as part of the design. It would also permit a variety of new uses to help revitalize the beach, including restaurant, bar, patio, farmers’ market and recreational facility. Parking would move east of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway so the existing lot can be turned into park space.
The NCC plans to begin construction this year and Westboro Beach would remain closed for the 2022 season.
In the photo above you will see an overview of the new building being proposed for Westboro Beach. It is made up of two distinct parts: the “Strutt Pavilion” at the beach level which will continue to be used seasonally; and the new “Park Pavilion” at the upper level, which will be a highly sustainable, zero-carbon building meant to serve the public year-round.
The Committee also approved several zoning amendments that would support the growth of residential communities in Ottawa’s south. An approved amendment on Spratt Road (link is external) in Riverside South would see construction of 1,240 homes between Earl Armstrong and Rideau roads – a mix of detached homes, townhouses and low-rise apartments.
Farther west, the Committee approved two developments along Borrisokane Road. One at 3285 and 3305 Borrisokane Road (link is external) would see 942 detached homes and townhouses built north of the Jock River and south of Strandherd Drive. South of the Jock, an approved amendment at 3713 Borrisokane Road (link is external) would see lands once operated as the Drummond mining pit redeveloped with a mix of 650 detached homes and townhouses.
Recommendations from today’s meeting will rise to Ottawa city Council on Wednesday, April 27.