Our projects:

City of Ottawa

Paquette Planning Associates Ltd. was retained by the City of Ottawa’s Real Estate and Property Asset Management Division to produce a master plan and obtain all necessary approvals for the residential development of a 130 acre surplus City property located in the community of Barrhaven.

PPAL produced a transit oriented mixed use development with an accent on design elements to help position this suburban community as a desirable address for all age and income groups.

Paris Holdings

PPAL was retained by Paris Holdings after their purchase of the 120 acre Domtar paper mill site in the City of Cornwall. The client was looking for a re-development master plan to assist them in repositioning the property for re-use after demolition of existing buildings and structures was complete.

One of the key elements of the plan is the provision of active recreational facilities, such a multi pad arena, cinema and amusement area along with restaurants, retail and hotels. The plan also incorporates a significant residential addition to the city along the property's Saint Lawrence Seaway waterfront.

Nepean Carleton Development Ltd.

The client, whose property is located outside Ottawa's current urban boundary, contacted PPAL to determine if the firm could support an application to re-designate the subject property for urban development. PPAL undertook a study which compared the subject property to other candidate areas as a basis for such consideration.

The study was a multi-disciplined effort involving experts in planning, environmental protection, transportation planning and civil engineering.

Brigil Construction

The objective of this project was to design and obtain approvals for the development of the property on the north east corner of Trim Road and Innes Road in the community of Orleans. PPAL designed a plan incorporating 138 residential condos and a convenience commercial/gas station. The orientation of the buildings was based on a desire to present a face onto Trim Road (as opposed to turning the project’s back onto this arterial road) as well as Valin Street and Rustic Hills Crescent. To achieve this, several of the buildings were sited such that their front elevations would be visible from these streets thus enhancing the visual quality of the project from the public realm. The project has since been built and sold out.

Borello Family

The 6 acre property, located in south Nepean, represented an opportunity for infill residential development. PPAL, serving as project manager and planner, was mandated to generate and secure approvals for a plan that would provide a compatible transition between the smaller lots being built in the new community of Chapman Mills and the larger lots in the established community of Hearts Desire. While the project initially faced considerable public opposition, a 25 lot subdivision was ultimately approved without any appeals to the OMB.

Petro Canada

This project involved securing various approvals including a severance, re-zoning, site plan, and various minor variances to permit a contemporary gas station, drive thru, convenience store and car wash for the south west corner of Tenth Line Road and the Blackburn Hamlet Bypass in the community of Orleans. The biggest challenge for this project was to ensure that the client’s property could accommodate the road widening proposed as part of the Tenth Line Road Environmental Assessment study without compromising the feasible development of the site. The road widening issue required deliberations before the City’s Transportation Committee to ensure that reasonable arterial road standards were employed.

Public Works Canada

Serving as a sub-consultant on a Public Works Canada contract and reporting directly to the Department of National Defence (DND), PPAL was asked to identify prospective sites within the National Capital Region for the development of a new DND headquarters. The assignment involved the application of pre-determined location criteria leading to the identication of sites capable of accommodating over 2000 employees. The work required a full appreciation of the vacant developable land inventory on both the Quebec and Ontario sides of the region. In the end, a confidential report was prepared and presented to DND identifying prospective sites for consideration.

Conseil des Ecoles Catholiques de Langue Française du Centre-Est

The Conseil retained PPAL to identify prospective school sites in the Kanata- Stittsville area as well as the south Nepean area. The exercise resulted in the preparation of a comprehensive map and report identifying various sites capable of accommodating the school board’s area requirements for sites that could be developed within a prescribed time frame. PPAL then assisted the school board in its negotiations with the affected landowners in order to secure two of the recommended sites. The sites were then acquired by the client and today they are occupied by École élémentaire Jean Robert Gauthier in Barrhaven and École élémntaire Jean-Paul II in Stittsville.

Smart Centres

PPAL provided the planning rationale and public meeting support in defence of a proposed re-zoning to accommodate a new WalMart anchored shopping centre in the Town of Napanee. The assignment involved a review of objections received from traditional downtown merchants concerned that the proposed shopping centre would adversely impact their business. PPAL worked in cooperation with market impact consultants to respond to concerns raised. The shopping centre is now built and operational.

Pineview Golf Course

The City of Ottawa leases land from the National Capital Commission to operate the Pineview Municipal Golf Course. PPAL was retained by Pineview to obtain the necessary approvals from the National Capital Commission for the construction of a new maintenance building and storage facility. As the project affects federally owned lands, the process involved a thorough review of site options and a careful assessment of the preferred site prior to permissions being granted for construction. The new building and facility have since been built.

Rockland Home Builders

On behalf of various homebuilders in the Town of Rockland, located east of Ottawa, PPAL was retained to conduct a review of the Town’s proposed Development Charge Bylaw to ensure that the proposed rate was reasonable and defendable. The assignment involved a thorough review of the proposed Bylaw and background report, participation at two public meetings, negotiations with the Town staff and an appearance before the OMB. Outstanding differences were finally negotiated and a settlement agreement was arrived at.

Minto Developments Inc.

PPAL participated in an award winning submission for the planning and design of the Avalon public square development concept. The creation of the Avalon square was based on a master plan design produced by Mr. Paquette during his previous employ as Director of Planning for Minto Developments Inc.

The concept has been well received and Minto has committed to building two other similar squares in this same community.