755 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 6R1
Little Italy Community Calls for CDP Changes
June 23
2014 (Ottawa, ON): Today, residents of Ottawa’s Little Italy community will appear before the City of
Ottawa’s Planning Committee to oppose elements of the proposed Preston-Carling Community Design Plan
(CDP) that will irreparably harm the low-rise, residential character of the neighbourhood.

“Residents of Little Italy are concerned that the Preston-Carling CDP will bring a death sentence to the
residential heart of one of Ottawa’s most important neighbourhoods,” said Michael Powell, president of the
Dalhousie Community Association (DCA). “By allowing for inappropriate density and height on narrow, dead-
end residential streets the CDP sets the community on a path for out-of-scale cookie cutter developments that
ignore the history and heritage of the community.”

The draft CDP, as proposed, would allow for the construction of 9+ story condos on a number of residential
streets, most notably Norman St. The Dalhousie Community Association is calling on planning committee to
amend the CDP to limit height in these area to 4 stories, as is currently permitted. The DCA is not opposed to
the many high-rise condo towers planned for the periphery of the neighbourhood, most notably at the
intersection of Preston and Carling and in the former industrial lands along the O-Train corridor.

“What is proposed for Norman Street is out of step even with the city’s plans for other similar streets in the
neighbourhood,” continued Powell. “This only adds inconsistency and uncertainty into the plan, which is
exactly what it is supposed to solve.”

The CDP preserves the existing 4-story height limit along similar streets in the Preston-Carling area, such as
Pamilla, Aberdeen and George. This height limit is echoed in other plans for the corridor, including the
already-passed Bayview CDP and the current draft of the Gladstone CDP. A 4-story height limit still allows for
substantial increases in density (at least double) through creative small-scale infill. Paired with high-rises
proposed in more sensible locations, low-rise communities in this neighbourhood can be preserved while
meeting urban intensification targets.

“Residents of this neighbourhood recognize that our community is going to change over time as more people
recognize how desirable our community is,” concluded Powell. “Nothing about high-rises on narrow side
streets makes our neighbourhood a better, more liveable place.”


The Dalhousie Community Association is the volunteer organization that represents the interests of residents
of Ottawa’s Chinatown, Little Italy and Lebreton Flats. For more information, visit www.ottawadalhousie.ca.


For more information:
Michael Powell, President
(613) 797-7313