Gatineau approves rezoning application; construction to start in 2015
Ottawa, November 20, 2014 – Windmill Development Group has received the green light to proceed with its plans to transform the former Domtar lands into an accessible and breathtaking sustainability showpiece for the region.
At their Council meeting Tuesday evening, Ville de Gatineau councillors unanimously approved Windmill’s redevelopment plans for the Brownfield site, which straddles Chaudière and Albert Islands and the adjacent riverfront in downtown Gatineau. Ottawa City Council approved Windmill’s plans on October 8th.
“We couldn’t be happier with the Council’s reaction to our proposal,” said Rodney Wilts, Partner, Windmill Development Group. “We’ve been very encouraged by the support from the Council and planning staff.”
Over the past year, Windmill has embarked on possibly the most exhaustive consultative process for any private-sector led development in the history of the City, including welcoming close to 2,000 Gatineau and Ottawa residents to three open house events.
“The public and stakeholders have truly embraced our vision for a world-class sustainable community that is accessible to all, and respectful of its beautiful surroundings and unique heritage,” said Wilts. “We cannot wait to see our vision come to life.”
Next steps for the project include site decontamination and the launch of the sales centre in the spring. Construction is expected to begin in 2015.
Key dates and milestones
- Windmill Development Group signs an agreement to purchase the Ottawa and Gatineau lands from Domtar – December 4, 2013
- Windmill and Algonquin College sign an MOU to ensure a student role in the new community’s development – April 10th, 2014.
- Ottawa City Council approves rezoning – October 8th, 2014.
- Gatineau City Council unanimously approves rezoning – November 17, 2014.
Windmill is a visionary company dedicated to transforming conventional development practices by ensuring that exemplary ecological, social and financial returns are achieved in all their projects. Every Windmill development is conceived, designed and constructed to protect and enhance the local community and our ecosystem. Windmill is the only developer in North America to have achieved LEED Platinum on all its mixed-use projects. Completed projects include The Currents, a performing arts centre and modern condominium tower in Ottawa’s Wellington West neighbourhood, and Dockside Green, a model sustainable community in Victoria that was named one of 16 Clinton Climate Initiative Climate Positive developments.