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 onOctober 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.
- 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 10, 2014
- Ottawa City Council approves rezoning – October 8, 2014
- Gatineau City Council unanimously approves rezoning – November 17, 2014