Public consultation on LeBreton Flats redevelopment scheduled for January 2016

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STAFF WRITER – The Ottawa Construction News

The National Capital Commission (NCC) will hold a public consultation on the proposals for the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats on Jan. 26 and 27, 2016, the NCC said in a news release.

In September 2014, the NCC initiated a competitive process to select a proponent to develop this unique site in the western shadow of the Parliamentary Precinct, to make it a signature  estination for visitors to Canada’s Capital and a point of civic pride for capital residents. Four proponents—Claridge Homes, Devcore Group, Focus Equities and Rendez Vous LeBreton Group—were invited to develop proposals following the request for qualification stage. The submission deadline for proposals is Dec. 15, 2015.

“The redevelopment of LeBreton Flats will transform the capital by creating a new dynamic neighbourhood and a world class destination of national significance,” said NCC CEO Mark Kristmanson. “The input provided by the  public on the competitive proposals will be invaluable to the evaluation committee in its deliberation.”

Consultation format

On Jan. 26 and 27, 2016, the public is invited to presentations and an open house at the Canadian War Museum to hear from the proponents about the details of their proposals, the NCC says. Exhibition rooms will showcase each proposal and allow the public to speak with proponents and ask questions. Comment sheets will be available for the public to provide input to the NCC and proponents on different aspects of the proposals.

The presentations will be webcast and live streamed on Periscope to allow for Canadians across the country to view and comment on the proposals.

An online consultation will also be held from Jan. 26 to Feb. 8, 2016, the NCC said in its news release.

A report summarizing the input provided by the public will be prepared and submitted to the evaluation committee for consideration in its assessment of the proposals.

Subject matter experts to support evaluation committee

In addition the public’s input, the evaluation committee will also review technical advice from subject matter experts on specific areas of each proposal. Three subject matter experts—one from the NCC, one from the City of Ottawa, and one from the private sector or academia—will provide technical expertise to complement the expertise of the evaluation committee.

An independent third party fairness monitor is also in  place to observe the entire process.

Please visit ncc-ccn.gc.ca/LeBreton for more information about the project and the public exhibition.

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