Bank St. Renewal: Riverside Dr. to Ledbury Ave.

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Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Presentation at 7:00 p.m.
Jim Durrell Recreation Centre (Ellwood Hall), 1265 Walkley Rd.
OC Transpo routes 1, 8, 41, 87 and 146

Bank-renewalThe City of Ottawa is hosting a public consultation session on the upcoming renewal of Bank St. from Riverside Dr. to Ledbury Ave., including full road, watermain and sewer replacement.

Your feedback is an important component for this renewal project. Key elements that will be presented for comment include:

  • Cycle tracks
  • Widened sidewalks
  • Transit priority measures
  • Additional medians and the removal of the two way left turn lane in select locations
  • Intersection designs, and
  • New traffic control signals

Comments and information regarding this project will be collected to assist the project team in finalizing the design.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please call or e-mail the project lead identified below before the event.

Visit ottawa.ca for more information on the project. To have your name added to the mailing list to receive project updates or to submit comments and questions, please contact:

Ann Selfe, P.Eng.
Senior Implementation Engineer
Development Review (Suburban Services)
Planning and Growth Development Department
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1
613-580-2424 ext. 13185
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Montreal parking app looks for a spot in Ottawa

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CityParking is an Uber-style app that allows drivers to reserve parking in private or commercial lots

By Mario Carlucci, CBC News

A Montreal start-up has its sights set on downtown Ottawa neighbourhoods such as the Glebe to expand its parking business.

CityParking uses an app, similar to Uber, in order to connect drivers with people who want to rent out their residential, commercial or institutional driveway spaces. Owners can rent their spots out by the hour to customers who book up to weeks in advance.

The city doesn't allow the rental of residential driveways unless the rental is part of a tenant agreement, but company founder Amin Dada said he wants to work with municipalities instead of trying to force his way into the market.

Dada said there's a tremendous appetite for parking in the city, especially around the redeveloped Lansdowne Park, where demand for street parking has outstripped supply, especially on CFL football nights.

It's a problem he experienced first-hand, living close to the Bell Centre arena in downtown Montreal.

"I had a prime parking spot, which all of my friends wanted to use and before I knew it I was playing virtual lot attendant for them, scheduling their parking needs," said Dada.

"I also used to drive to other areas and look for parking while so many spots around me were just empty and I couldn't access them because they were private. And I realized that there definitely has to be a way to solve this issue and get parking for everyone at a very cheap cost."

Owner wants app to be regulated

Dada knows there are zoning and bylaw obstacles, but thinks they can be overcome.

"We do want to get regulated in Ottawa … Bylaws are there to protect the citizens but bylaws also need to be revisited when the environment changes around them.

"We are looking forward to getting regulated and becoming part of the system and that's what we're doing in Montreal as well," he said.

CityParking is part of a "smart cities accelerator" initiative in Montreal, said Dada, so the startup was tasked with helping to ease traffic trouble and is being mentored by Montreal's traffic authority.

The company's public relations manager has also reached out to the city of Gatineau's environmental council, to start discussions on bringing the app there.

As for Ottawa, Dada said some driveway owners and drivers have begun to download the app in Ottawa, but he's really looking to get local councillors and politicians on board.

Councillor open to idea

Capital ward Coun. David Chernushenko, who represents the Glebe, says he's happy to look at any innovative approach to improving traffic flow and parking, especially if CityParking is interested in working with the city rather than entering the market and forcing the city to deal with it, the way Uber and Airbnb have done.

"I certainly see the merit of the service and having the debate and would welcome that. I hope it won't be another case of, 'Guess what? I'm doing business. Now try and stop me. Get rid of me,'" said Chernushenko, who adds the city is actually trying to get fewer people to drive to Lansdowne on game nights.

"If what you're saying is 'take your car rather than considering taking transit or considering cycling because now you have a guaranteed spot,' then unfortunately that's actually the opposite of what we want."

Costs, timeline make ranked ballots unlikely for 2018 municipal election

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Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen

Advocates for election reform in the City of Ottawa are losing hope for a ranked ballot municipal vote in 2018.

With the clerk’s office outlining the challenges and increased costs to holding a ranked vote election, it’s unlikely council will see much upside to rushing through a new voting system under tight provincial timelines.

Colum Grove-White of Ottawa123, a group advocating for ranked ballot elections, said he hoped the province would have settled on the regulations much sooner than September. The timeline for council to decide — a bylaw must be passed by May 1, 2017 — makes it difficult to change the voting system for next election, he said.

“Yes, we would definitely like to have ranked ballots in place for 2018, but the flip side is we don’t want to rush into it either,” Grove-White said Wednesday. “We really need to balance those two things.”

The province is allowing all municipalities to use ranked ballots for future council elections, but not school board elections.

A ranked ballot allows voters to rank their preference of candidates. Candidates attracting the fewest votes have their ballots redistributed to other candidates based on the rankings. The winner must have a majority of the votes.

In the existing first-past-the-post election system, the candidate with the most votes wins.

Grove-White said a referendum on the voting system might be an option, but Ottawa123 prefers striking a “citizen assembly” to make a recommendation on what kind of election system to use.

The City of Kingston’s council has decided to have referendum question on ranked ballots. The question will be put on the 2018 election ballot.

The amalgamated City of Ottawa has never held a referendum.

According to Tyler Cox, the city’s manager of legislative services, adding a referendum question during the 2018 municipal election could cost about $1 million. Advertising and staff would drive the referendum costs.

For results of a referendum to be binding, at least 50 per cent of eligible electors must vote. Only once since amalgamation has voter turnout in an Ottawa municipal election hit 50 per cent (2006).

Several councillors on Wednesday were still thumbing through a large report on election reform published late Tuesday afternoon by the city clerk’s office.

Capital Coun. David Chernushenko supports the idea of ranked ballot municipal elections, but he’s disappointed to see such a large cost estimate to make it happen in 2018. The city says a ranked ballot election would cost $3.5-million more than a traditional first-past-the-post election.

2017 Budget – Capital Ward Highlights

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On November 9, the Mayor tabled the city's 2017 Draft Budget. I am particularly pleased with what I see in several areas that are my declared priorities, and which I know to be important to residents based on your input this year and in previous years. I collaborated with a number of councillors and community groups in pushing for and getting the following included in the budget:

  1. A more affordable transit pass for those on low incomes
  2. Increased funding for social service providers
  3. More funding for measures and infrastructure leading to safer and more accessible walking and cycling

Some citywide initiatives that I have championed received some modest initial funding. There is a financial infusion for some kickstarter projects that will be a part of the Renewable Energy Strategy coming forward in 2017 – now called Energy Evolution. There is money for work recommended in the draft Urban Forest Management Plan (to be debated and finalized in the spring). There is also money for enhanced road safety measures and technology.

There are some specific initiatives and capital projects that benefit Capital Ward residents in particular, which I have listed below.

Did we get everything that you and I asked for? No. But no budget is perfect, and there are other things I would like to have seen, both for the city and for the ward. But in a world of competing priorities and limited means (and little desire for increased taxation), I am pleased to have worked with City staff and the mayor to get these important priorities addressed in the budget. And all this was accomplished within our targeted 2% cap on residential property tax increases.

The final budget will be approved by Council on Dec. 14. For more information on Budget 2017 in general, visit ottawa.ca/budget2017.


2017 & 2018 Investments

Recreation and Parks

  • $1.2M for Oblates Urban Park Development design and construction
  • $100,000 for Brewer Park Study – Reimagining a park for the next 50 years
  • $300,000 for Springhurst Park splash pad
  • $7,500 for Springhurst Park basketball court upgrade (Minor Community Partnership Program)

Public Works and Environmental Services

  • $15,000 for Canada 150 Maple Grove Project – Planting a grove of 150 native Canada Maple trees as a legacy project for Canada's 150th anniversary celebration
  • $23,000 for Parking facility maintenance at City-owned parking garage and parking lot (2017)
  • $136,000 for Parking facility maintenance at City-owned parking lot (2018)
  • $149,000 for Parking facility maintenance at City-owned parking lot (2019)

Infrastructure Renewal

Integrated Road, Sewer, Water

  • $730K for Fairbairn-Bellwood-Willard-Belmont Integrated Rehabilitation
  • $3.2M for Bank St. from Riverside Dr. to Belanger Ave.

Parks and Buildings ($645,000)

  • Brewer Arena – Design replacement of evaporative condenser
  • Fire Station 12 Glebe – Type II condition audit
  • Lansdowne Park Horticultural Bldg – Type II condition audit
  • Dalhousie South Park Playground – Design play equipment replacement
  • Billings Bridge Transitway Station – Replace lower level concrete curbs
  • Heron Transitway Station – Replace concrete curbs
  • Lycee Claudel Transitway Station – Replace entrance drainage system
  • Sunnyside Library – Infrared electrical scan
  • Glebe Parking Garage – Type II condition audit
  • Brewer Pool – Replace 1m diving board stand

Planning, Infrastructure, and Economic Development

  • $106,000 for Hurdman Bridge/Billings Pump Station upgrade (2017)

Transportation Services Department

Planning

  • $12 million for design and preparatory work for property acquisition of a new bus transit corridor from Bayshore Transitway Station to Heron Transitway Station along a corridor on Holly Acres Rd., Richmond Rd., Baseline Rd., Navaho Dr. and Heron Rd. 
  • $4.14 million investment citywide in community connectivity enhancements, including a pathway link from Trillium Pathway Link to Dow's Lake, from Carling Ave. to Prince of Wales Dr.
  • $4 million investment citywide in cycling facility improvements, including construction of the Rideau River Western Pathway from Belmont Ave. to the University of Ottawa and Lees LRT station

Traffic

  • $5,000 for City pole replacement at Gregg St. and Falcon Ave.
  • $40,000 per year for Strategic Initiatives – Temporary Traffic Calming Measures Program, locations to be determined annually with ward councillor (2017 & 2018)
  • $380,000 for a multi-use pathway underpass at Bank St. and Riverside Dr. under Billings Bridge (2018)
  • $3,500 - $40,000 per year to install a pedestrian crossing at one feasible location to be determined (2017 & 2018)
  • Red Light Camera Program – One camera to be installed at Bank St. and Riverside Dr. South (2017)

Transit

  • $6.4 million for track and signal infrastructure replacement to maintain the O-Train Trillium Line and its equipment in a state of good repair 
  • $3 million citywide for strategic projects to transform the transit service and enable the delivery of a fully integrated transit system in 2018
  • $3.25 million citywide to improve Transitway and O-Train stations and facilities to benefit customers and operations
  • $500,000 for accessibility improvements at Transitway and O-Train stations for all customers, including seniors and customers with disabilities
  • $1 million citywide for ongoing rehabilitation at Transitway and O-Train stations, including condition assessment, rehabilitation, and implementation of safety and security improvements