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FAQ

Garrison Crossing, located in Chilliwack B.C., is a LEED-ND project developed by CLC.


Q: “Will you respect your previous terms of reference for the redevelopment of Rockcliffe?"
A: Terms of Reference are being drafted in collaboration with the City of Ottawa and other key stakeholders.  In addition to reflecting the previous Terms of Reference, now that CLC owns the Rockcliffe lands, these Terms of Reference will also provide for the submission of a Community Design Plan to the City of Ottawa for approval, which CLC was not able to do prior to ownership.  The Terms of Reference will also reflect current conditions and changes that have occurred since previous consultations.  The Terms of Reference will reinforce overall sustainability principles and will provide for the achievement of sustainability goals in the context of present and projected environmental concerns, infrastructure requirements, economic conditions, social needs, market trends, and site constraints.

Q: “What about your previous consultations with the community – are you going to respect the opinions expressed and take them into account in drawing up your plan?"
A: We will certainly draw from the extensive body of work gathered from previous consultations.  With the length of time that has passed however, a fresh consultation process with the community is necessary.

Q: “Sustainable development was a high priority the last time you consulted the public.  Will you be abandoning that emphasis on sustainability this time around?”
A: CLC will maintain the over-arching philosophies and broad principles of sustainable development that the public has supported in previous consultations.  Throughout the Rockcliffe Community Design Plan process, CLC will strive to attain sustainability goals by re-examining, updating, and testing previous and current planning concepts and designs in relation to environmental, social, economic, urban planning, and infrastructure approaches. 

Q: “The last time you looked at redeveloping Rockcliffe, local residents had a lot of traffic concerns about your plans. Are you going to do a better job this time around about traffic issues?”
A: CLC has engaged the services of professional transportation planners and engineers.  In collaboration with the City of Ottawa and other agencies involved in transportation planning, CLC will explore different ways of managing traffic impacts.  Options may include different transportation network designs, alternative modes of transportation other than the private automobile, or various land uses and densities.  The public will have the opportunity to review different development options through the consultation process.

Q: “How will you assure the security of the property, so that it doesn’t become a haven for drug dealing and other illicit activities?”
A: CLC maintains the property as a secure site that is not open to the public.  Most of the structures on the site have already been demolished.  CLC employs the services of a security firm that conducts regular site patrols seven days a week. 

Q: "Will the fences around the property come down to give the public access to the site?"
A: Prior to development, CLC will maintain the property as a secure site that is not open to the public.  This necessarily means that the fences must remain in place for the time being, to ensure public safety and security. Once development occurs, the public will have access to significant open spaces and public areas.

Q: “Is there any environmental contamination on the site?”
A: Yes, however this is very manageable.  The Department of National Defence and CLC are conducting environmental remediation and site clean-up operations on an ongoing basis.

Q: “How do your plans fit into the City of Ottawa’s official plan?”
A: The City of Ottawa Official Plan designates the former CFB Rockcliffe as a Community Development Area, which requires that a Community Development Plan (CDP) be prepared and approved for the entire Rockcliffe site prior to any other municipal approvals for rezoning, subdivision, site plans, or development.  The Rockcliffe CDP will set out the broad framework for those subsequent, more detailed planning applications and approvals.  For example, the Official Plan maintains policies to achieve intensification on this site and other designated Community Development Areas within Ottawa’s urban boundary.  All plans prepared by CLC will conform with the City of Ottawa Official Plan.
 
Q: “How will you determine whether the Rockcliffe development is truly sustainable?”
A: CLC uses a number of tools to evaluate whether our developments are achieving sustainability goals. Most importantly, we track a variety of performance indictors through what we call our “Balanced Scorecard,” which is one of our performance measurement tools. The company’s Balanced Scorecard measures both financial and non-financial performance. CLC’s Balanced Scorecard has 33 financial and non-financial organizational performance targets, measured by 69 metrics. Each target pertains to one of six key objective areas: engaging communities, developing sustainably, valuing people, managing the environment, contributing to society, and strengthening business operations.

On certain CLC projects, we have received external recognition through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) programs, such as our projects in Calgary, Edmonton, Chilliwack and Burnaby. Whatever evaluation methods are used, CLC is committed to achieving best practices in sustainable development at Rockcliffe.

Q: “Are you going to include a research park or museum in your vision for Rockcliffe?”
A: The NCC has considered the development of a new museum on the NCC lands immediately to the north of the CLC Rockcliffe lands.  Commercial development and employment uses may be incorporated into the Rockcliffe Community Design Plan, subject to further market analysis of the potential in Ottawa for the development of new commercial, business park, research park, and other employment uses.  Consideration of such development will also include the community views we receive through our public consultation.  CLC will need to be responsible for the long-term viability of Rockcliffe and the surrounding communities.  Proper planning and marketing should ensure that lands designated for particular uses will be developed in a timely manner..
 
Q: “What can you tell me about the AOO-CLC participation agreement?”
A: The participation agreement is a progressive approach to the CFB Rockcliffe land transfer and represents a win-win-win solution for the Government of Canada, the AOO, and CLC.  The positive discussions and cooperation among all parties concerned have allowed the development to proceed.  The Participation Agreement between CLC and the AOO provides for cooperation between  CLC and the First Nation as follows: commemorative opportunities; the AOO recognized as a community of interest within CLC's public consultation toward the development of a plan; and the AOO having the opportunity to acquire lots or blocks under the municipally-approved plan, as that plan is implemented. 
 
Q: “How many jobs will your redevelopment effort create?”
A: It is premature to evaluate the job creation potential of the Rockcliffe redevelopment.  Future job creation will depend upon factors such as global economic and real estate market conditions over time and the extent and progression of development phasing.  The Community Design Plan (CDP) to be approved by the City of Ottawa will propose a phasing strategy, which will influence the rate of development and construction activity on the site.  The CDP will also propose the amount and location of employment uses to be developed at Rockcliffe, which would in turn determine the amount of long-term employment to be sustained in and around the community.  These factors will require further planning, consultation, and market analysis before reasonable employment forecasts can be generated.