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Large mixed-use development set for former Rockcliffe air force base


Artist's drawing of planned development on the former Rockcliffe Airforce base in Ottawa. Image: Canada Lands Corporation.

Artist’s drawing of planned development on the former Rockcliffe Airforce base in Ottawa. Image: Canada Lands Corporation.

The City of Ottawa’s planning committee has approved plans to develop 125-hectares of land on a the former CFB Rockcliffe air force base.
The mixed-use development east of downtown will include around 5,200 housing units, some as high as 20 storeys.
Around 30 per cent of the area will be protected, including an area around a 200-year old oak tree. There will be residential, office and retail developments, pathways, parks and natural areas.
Canada Lands Corporation is in charge of the development, which will go to city council for approval in early October.
Construction will take place over the next 15 to 20 years, during which time Canada Lands will evaluate the road infrastructure to ensure it is adequate. The city’s planning committee’s chair said she would like the site to have direct access to the National Capital Commission’s Sir George-Etienne Cartier Parkway that runs beside the Ottawa River.
The plans also include a low-impact stormwater system that will use vegetation and new technologies to manage water flows on the site in an environmentally benign way.
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