NCC Transit Report Triggers Calls for Creation Of Waterfront Transit Chaudière Victoria

 

The Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy Group (advocates for Waterfront Chaudière Victoria and linkage of the project to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017) view the NCC report as an opportunity to call the creation of a separate body where all stakeholders can work cooperatively towards the same goal. While we disagree with calls for merging STO and OC Transpo, there is benefit in carving out intercity transit to a separate organization. Our research shows that the biggest impediment to moving this project forward is political direction for the NCC to turn over management of Waterfront land to an organization in trust, which will have a mandate to attract waterfront and transit P3 projects, while respecting the environment.

 

Waterfront Toronto which was formed by 3 levels of government and given a 25 year mandate to lead an estimated $35 billion in waterfront renewal for 2000 acres of land. The 25-year revitalization project is expected to produce space for 40,000 jobs in the mixed-use communities. At their last estimation, the $1.14 billion investment for planning and implementation of revitalization projects between April 2001 and March 2012 has resulted in 14,500 full-time years of employment, more than 70% of which were in the City of Toronto.

We are not advocating specific waterfront projects, but simply calling for the creation of Waterfront Chaudière Victoria with a board consisting of 8 stake holders; the Aboriginal Community, City of Ottawa, NCC, City of Gatineau, Province of Quebec, Province of Ontario, P3 Canada and The Federal Government Ministry of Infrastructure.

We launched the Waterfront campaign on March 25, while hosting a Rogers TV show with the following guests:

 

Mark T. Brandt, Author & Designer, NCC Master Plan for the Victoria & Chaudière Islands Heritage District Revitalization, Co-Founder VISION:CHAUDIERE Community Project for the Chaudière Heritage District, Gatineau-Ottawa-Ottawa River, Member Waterfront Centre Washington D.C., Director, Canada Green Building Council, Co-Chair (Canada), Association for Preservation Technology International,

John Campbell, President and CEO for Waterfront Toronto, former Head of Canadian Property Management for Brookfields Properties.
Gerry Lepage, Executive Director for the Bank Street Business Improvement Area.
Chris Henderson, President, Lumos Energy & Co-Founder, The Delphi Group, Canada, National Coordinator Aboriginal Clean Energy (ACE) Network ), Member, Canada's Cleantech Trade Advisory Group, Chair, Chair, Ottawa Clean Energy Cluster, Past-Chair of the Canadian Environment Industry Association, Past Chair, Ottawa Centre for Research & Innovation, Panel Judge, Dupont's Global

With reference to Waterfront Ottawa, there is an untapped form of taxpayer revenue in economic development and tourism possibilities. The NCC has many priorities, so does the City, an integrated vision and immediate action for Ottawa's waterfront is needed. The Parkway, Bayview Yards, Victoria Island, Chaudière, Albert & Amelia Islands Bayview, Lebreton Flats, Mooneys Bay, Hog's Back, Vanier Ottawa River, Colonel By Drive, Rideau River, Hurdman Station Islands, Dows Lake should all be part of the discussion.

In the words of Mark Brandt, some good waterfront developments are Granville Island in Vancouver, Montreal's Old Port, Winnipeg's The Forks and the harbour waterfront, New York's Battery Park City and London's Docklands were early adopter, today some great ones include Chicago's fabulous waterfronts, Savannah, Georgia riverfronts and RiverWalk in San Antonio, Texas. The best waterfronts for placemaking, combining both new and old, are in Europe and in particular cities like Copenhagen, Stockholm and Amsterdam. The best urban waterfront places have a great blend of public and private amenity / investment, and these top ten characteristics:


1. Connectivity with the rest of the city central area, and with other destination zones - by foot, boat, bike and public transit;
2. Continuous public access along the waterfront itself;
3. Emphasis on non-motorized transport but a full range of transport modes and hubs;
4. Mix of uses and buildings and public space;
5. Four-season, day and night vitality and activity;
6. Creative and cultural amenities;
7. Strong local identity yet flexible design to adapt over time;
8. Mix of new and old, building upon existing assets and surrounding context;
9. Focus on the water and the environment;
10. Shared community vision and "sense of place."

Every Canadian has a stake in the NCC mandate and in ensuring we have a capital that is the envy of the world, an interprovincial and international tourist destination while providing new revenue for taxpayers.

 

Ade Olumide

President

Municipal Taxpayer Advocacy Group

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