Ottawa eco-village plans approved

In Canada, a company has recently submitted plans to the City of Ottawa concerning an eco-village it hopes to construct on waterfront and island areas in the Ottawa River.

The city’s mayor gave his support to the project, which is based on a neighbourhood design approach endorsed by a group called the One Planet Community. The method involves building using sustainable materials, recycling all waste, growing food and producing all of the energy that is consumed in a development. In addition, each design must be fully accessible for pedestrians and cyclists.

The proposed Ottawa eco-village by the Windmill Development Group is expected to cover around 40 acres, with houses that open onto gardens containing streams that recycle rooftop rainwater. The streets will be narrow and cobbled, with shops situated along them. A village green will also be created as a place for residents to gather.

Known as “The Isles”, the village will take around 15 years to construct and is expected to house thousands of Canadians when complete.

The site of the development runs across the river just downstream from a waterfall, which was dammed when industrial companies took over the waterfront. As the factories are all now closed, the eco-village will use the historic industrial buildings where possible, making the most of their unique architecture.

In the UK, an eco-town has yet to be completed, but construction is currently underway on the first One Planet Community development in Oxfordshire. There are no similar plans as of yet in the Chester area, but local residents can contact Chester architects to help them create more sustainable buildings in the meantime.

Posted by Mark
July 3, 2014

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