Redevelopment of LeBreton Flats
On March 7, the National Capital Commission (NCC) announced a new process for the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats, called Building LeBreton. The process involves early public engagement to develop a concept plan, a real estate strategy that includes disposal of the land in parcels, and flexible phasing to respond to market conditions and new ideas. The Building LeBreton draft Master Concept Plan was released on November 21, 2019.
- LeBreton Flats is an important site for the National Capital Region and the Government is pleased that the process for its redevelopment is underway.
- The National Capital Commission remains committed to the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats to the highest standards of design, accessibility, sustainability and connectivity, and recently completed consultations on its draft Master Concept Plan.
- Once its Board of Directors reviews and approves a Master Concept Plan in early 2020, a draft Implementation Plan will be developed, and public input will once again be sought.
The National Capital Commission's (NCC) competitive process to redevelop 21 hectares (ha) of prime land on LeBreton Flats began in 2014. In 2016, the NCC's Board of Directors recognized RendezVous LeBreton as the preferred proponent, and approved an agreement in principle with them for the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats in January 2018.
In November 2018, RendezVous LeBreton advised the NCC that it had been unable to resolve internal partnership issues, and the NCC's Board of Directors terminated the preferred proponent term sheet, effective February 28, 2019, cancelled the Request for Proposals for the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats, and directed the Commission to move forward with a new process.
On March 7, 2019, the NCC announced a new process for the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats, now called Building LeBreton.
Building LeBreton began with the development of a Master Concept Plan by urban design firm O2 Planning + Design which included early public, Indigenous and stakeholder engagement.
Consultations on the draft Master Concept Plan were held from November 21, 2019 to December 6, 2019. The Plan envisions a place that is pedestrian-friendly, surrounded by parks and plazas, including the Aqueduct District, the Ottawa riverfront and a large destination park. Other elements of the plan include the consideration of a potential major events centre.
The NCC will consider a flexible real estate strategy that includes disposal of the land in parcels, and flexible phasing to respond to market conditions and new ideas. The first parcel to be developed will be a 1.17 ha mixed-use site between Booth Street and the new Ottawa Public Library site, to be known as the Library District.
The NCC Board of Directors will consider approval of the Master Concept Plan in January 2020. City of Ottawa consideration of an application to amend the City's Official Plan to implement the policies in the Master Concept Plan is planned for summer 2020.
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