Fotenn Accepts CIP Award for Planning Excellence 2016
August 12, 2016
From left to right: Michael Stott, Hazel Christy (President, Canadian Institute of Planners), and Miguel Tremblay
On behalf of Fotenn, Windmill Development Group, and Perkins+ Will, Director of Planning and Development Miguel Tremblay and Director of Planning, Design and Landscape Architecture Michael Stott accepted the Canadian Institute of Planner’s Award for Planning Excellence 2016 in the Neighbourhood Planning category. Miguel and Michael accepted the award at the Canadian Institute of Planners Accent on Planning 2016 National Conference, which took place July 5 to 8 in Quebec City.
Zibi casts a vision for infill redevelopment, taking a step beyond simply creating an urban neighbourhood, and choosing instead to redefine a district by creating a world-class, sustainable, mixed-use community in the heart of Canada’s Capital Region.
This mixed-use community is proposed on lands located in two provinces, within two municipalities, along the banks of the Ottawa River. Zibi will reintroduce residents of Ottawa-Gatineau to their capital, extending the downtown fabric in Gatineau and creating a vibrant waterfront along the banks of the Chaudière and Albert Islands in Ottawa.
The community will feature a mix of housing types and tenures, including condominiums, apartments, and townhouses. Mixed-use buildings featuring a range of commercial space options, coupled with outdoor and cultural spaces will ensure that visitors and residents can work and play in proximity to their homes. Affordable housing units will be mixed with market rate rental and condominium units to create an accessible community for all.
Zibi is also the redevelopment of a substantial brownfield site. Used as an industrial operation for the past 200 years, the lands are heavily contaminated and the redevelopment includes an extensive remediation program to remove this legacy. The redevelopment will also include the preservation and adaptive reuse of heritage industrial buildings on the site. The Plan envisions the adapted reuse of many structures, utilizing the spaces for commercial, office, community or cultural uses. The maintenance of the historical buildings will contribute to the character of the community and will help to tell the story of the site.
The Plan is also focused on utilizing the Ottawa and Gatineau’s active and rapid transit networks. The Master Plan envisions significant upgrades to the surrounding pedestrian and cycling infrastructure and prioritizes active transportation throughout the entire development. Improved connections to rapid transit services in both provinces are highlighted by an open space network that includes a series of parks and plazas connected by woonerfs. Each space has been designed to create a unique destination, contribute to wayfinding and place-making, and to all become social gathering places and focal points throughout the neighbourhood.
This major city-building project will change the face of the Capital Region and will act as a model for urban renewal for years to come.
Read the full Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) news release here.
Find out more about Fotenn’s role in the Zibi project here.