3 years, 2 months, 26 days

205 Crichton Street - 15 Dufferin Road, All Green Projects, Build Projects, Design Projects, Plan Projects

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How long does it take to work through the approvals process for a redevelopment project?  In the case of 205 Crichton Street – 15 Dufferin Road the process took: 3 years, 2 months, 26 days.

Although I have certainly completed the process on other projects more quickly, a complex and contentious project (involving multiple residential units, striving for LEED and Passive House green building certifications, on an infill property, within a heritage conservation district) in the City of Ottawa can take an inordinate amount of time. Granted, the timeline recounted below includes a 6 month period of dormancy and the births of two children. Notwithstanding the inevitable delays that life presents, the process requires: an understanding of the system, familiarity with the stakeholders at play, some technical ability, the support of a team of experts, financial resources, a vision for something better than what is there now, and (most importantly) a high degree of perseverance fuelled by the belief that what you want to do is right.

October 27th, 2011: initial interest in redevelopment potential for 205 Crichton Street
November 1st, 2011: first consultation with City of Ottawa planners on redevelopment feasibility
November 9th, 2011: submission of conceptual plan for redevelopment to City of Ottawa for preliminary feedback
November 16th, 2011: receipt of support in principle for redevelopment project
November 29th, 2011: purchase of property
December 5th, 2011: submission of preliminary architectural design to City of Ottawa for preliminary feedback
January 25th, 2012: first consultation with original owner and neighbours on preliminary plans
February 28th, 2012: first meeting with New Edinburgh Heritage and Development Committee
March 2012: my first daughter was born
March 23rd, 2012: receipt of feedback from New Edinburgh Heritage and Development Committee
March 2012 – August 2013: project dormant
October 2013 – December 2013: development of detailed architectural plans and planning rationale
January 6th, 2014: request for consultation with New Edinburgh Heritage and Development Committee on revised architectural plans
January 16th, 2014: consultation with immediate neighbours and receipt of support for project
February 3rd, 2014: presentation of revised architectural plans to New Edinburgh Heritage and Development Committee (no feedback given by committee)
March 2014: my second daughter was born
March 5th, 2014: receipt of support for project from Heritage Ottawa
March 15th, 2014: submission of Heritage Permit Application to the City of Ottawa
March 28th, 2014: receipt of support for project from City of Ottawa Heritage Planners
April 1st, 2014: read of New Edinburgh Heritage and Development Committee’s opposition to project in community newspaper
April 10th, 2014: recommendation for approval of Heritage Permit Application given by City of Ottawa Built Heritage Sub-Committee
April 22nd, 2014: recommendation for approval of Heritage Permit Application given by City of Ottawa Planning Committee
May 14th, 2014: approval of Heritage Permit Application by City of Ottawa City Council
June 10th, 2014: submission of applications to City of Ottawa Committee of Adjustment for Minor Variances and for Consent to Sever
July 2nd, 2014: approval of applications for Minor Variances and for Consent to Sever property by City of Ottawa Committee of Adjustment
August 5th, 2014: end of Committee of Adjustment decision appeal period
September 2nd, 2014: submission of grading and servicing plan to City of Ottawa
October 10th, 2014: approval of grading and servicing plan by City of Ottawa
October 15th, 2014: submission of Notice of Project to Ontario Ministry of Labour
October 17th, 2014: demolition of existing garage and site excavation
October 20th, 2014: geotechnical evaluation of development site
October 22nd, 2014: submission of Building Permit Application to City of Ottawa
January 21st, 2015: receipt of Building Permit from City of Ottawa

What’s next? Construction is (finally) underway.

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