Community Head’s Up – Zoning By-law Amendment and Site Plan Control – 774 Bronson Avenue and 557 Cambridge Street

Dear Councillor Chernushenko and Registered Community Associations,

I am writing to advise you of Zoning By-law Amendment and Site Plan Control applications that have been submitted at 774 Bronson Avenue and 557 Cambridge Street (one lot south of the intersection of Carling Avenue and Bronson Avenue). I am giving you this head’s up in advance of the application going out for the 28 day circulation.

Site Location 
Zoning By-law Amendment and Site Plan Control - 774 Bronson Avenue and 557 Cambridge Street
Applicant’s Proposal

Textbook Suites is proposing a 12-storey mixed-use building containing 181 residential units designed for university students and a retail unit at grade. The purpose of the Zoning By-law Amendment application is to amend the existing Height Schedule. Additional relief is sought from parking and setback provisions.

Proposal Details

The site is currently vacant. The building will include a range of residential units, including bachelor, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units.  The retail space is proposed to measure 154.38 m2 (1,661.75 sq. ft.). Vehicular access will be provided from Bronson Avenue, with a driveway proposed along the northern lot line. Ten (10) surface parking spaces are proposed along the north side of the building, along with servicing access. At the west side of the building, the driveway connects to a two-way access ramp to the underground parking garage. The underground parking garage is proposed to contain 21 parking spaces and 78 bicycle parking spaces. Additionally, 17 bicycle parking spaces are proposed at grade adjacent to the pedestrian walkway. A pedestrian walkway is proposed along the south side of the building to connect the sidewalks on Bronson Avenue and Cambridge Street South. The new building will be clad in precast concrete and glass spandrel  panels. The proposed total amenity area is 1,286.89 m² (686.97 m² interior, 599.92 m² exterior). New landscaping is proposed around the building (total area of 1,088 m²), including street trees.

The site is designated Arterial Mainstreet in the City of Ottawa Official Plan. The site is zoned AM1[2003] S296 (Arterial Mainstreet Subzone1, Exception 2006, Schedule 296). The zoning results from a site-specific Zoning By-law amendment (2012-439), which was approved in December 2012. Since that time, the ownership of the lands has changed and a new development proposal is being advanced.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to discuss this proposal further.



Steve Gauthier, MCIP, RPP

Development Review, Urban Services


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