A recent BECA Orleans Facebook conversation last night about zoning made us realize that a lot of people are mostly unaware of what the potential for development is in our neighbourhood.
We verified the zoning of the forested areas in Trailsedge to ensure that the forest is protected, particularly around the storm water pond area. Thankfully, the forested area between Shinleaf and Trailsedge is designated as an Environmental Protection area and will not be developed. There are, however, a few pockets of Development Reserve. Again, development reserve means that the land is "reserved" for re-zoning, to either commercial, institutional lands, or homes. I've included photos with descriptions.
Keep an eye on the geoOttawa website, which is an excellent tool for looking at zoning, and other geo information about the city. Do NOT rely on what the developers tell you.
You can even scroll back in time and compare aerial photos from the past, in some cases as far back as 1920s. Here are some cool aerial shots of our neighbourhood, for those who are unfamiliar. A lot of you have lived in the neighbourhood for decades, along Renaud Road and have watched the land change from forests and fields to homes and schools.