City of Ottawa Heritage Permit

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

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  The Heritage Permit for the proposed renovation and addition to 205 Crichton Street arrived from the City of Ottawa today.  Even though we have been working toward this one piece of paper since late 2011 (since last fall in earnest), the accomplishment is somewhat anticlimactic.  I have always had confidence that we would get this far.  The steps that are … Read More

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Ottawa City Council

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

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“The only constant is change.” (Heraclitus, philosopher, c. 535 – c. 475 BCE) Support for the renovation and addition to the home at 205 Crichton Street continued at the Ottawa City Council meeting this morning.  (Download Ottawa City Council Agenda for May 14, 2014.)  Council approved the Heritage Permit Application without discussion, based on its broad support.  The planning approvals process will now continue … Read More

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City of Ottawa Planning Committee Approval

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

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Yesterday morning the City of Ottawa’s Planning Committee unanimously endorsed my proposed renovation and addition to 205 Crichton Street.  (Download the Planning Committee Agenda for April 22, 2014.) This is the third of four levels of approval in the City of Ottawa’s Heritage Permitting process.  The first came from City Heritage Planners in their report concerning the project, issued a week before the Built … Read More

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City of Ottawa Built Heritage Sub-Committee Approval

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

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A City of Ottawa Heritage Permit application moves through a four stage process of review: (1) City Heritage Planners recommend to the (2) Built Heritage Sub-Committee who recommend to the (3) Planning Committee who recommend to (4) City Council whether or not they should: “Approve the application, subject to approval of minor variances by the Committee of Adjustment, per plans submitted by Vert Plan Design … Read More

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Moving Forward with Support

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

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Over a month has passed since my meeting with the NECA HDC and I have yet to receive any feedback from the committee.  (Having served on committees similar to the NECA HDC in the past, I am well aware of the challenges associated with relying upon volunteers to work at the pace of a professional organization.)  Although I would have … Read More

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Design Revisions and Continued Consultation

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

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In the last 4 months planning and design for a renovation and addition to 205 Crichton Street have continued at a fervent pace.  More than 30 editions of the project’s CAD (computer aided design) file have been produced, with the majority created since October 2013. Although consultation with the City of Ottawa heritage planning staff was begun in early 2012, … Read More

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Change: Decay or Dynamism?

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

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“The only constant is change.“ (Heraclitus, philosopher, 540 – 480 BC) Over the course of the last two years my personal needs for a living space have changed.  In March of 2012 my first daughter Everleigh was born.  In March of 2014 my second daughter will join us.  Although our current home in New Edinburgh will continue to provide us … Read More

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Rideau Residences Building-Integrated Agriculture . Project Description

279 Crichton Street, All Green Projects, Build Projects, Design Projects, Plan Projects

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Having been a former railway siding, the potential for contamination was significant in the very limited growing area available at ground level around 279 Crichton Street.  The desire to grow food within 10 metres of where it is consumed on a dense urban lot, was satisfied by elevating the garden to the roof top.  The building below had been designed to support … Read More

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Inaction is Unsustainable

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

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Elements of the structure and mechanical systems at 205 Crichton Street have deteriorated and are in need of repair or replacement.  Extensive structural deterioration exists within the garage and breezeway, including but not limited to: a leaking asphalt shingle roof; rotting wood roof rafters; rusted metal floor joists and beams; and, cracked concrete foundation walls.  These deficiencies (typical of a … Read More

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