City Hall is unlikely to launch big new initiatives during an election year. The focus will be on keeping current projects on track and on budget (Light Rail, road/sewer/water infrastructure renewal), and wrapping up others (new rules for infill development, Lansdowne Park). Here are some issues I’m working on that are of particular interest to Old Ottawa South residents:
It’s difficult to create new parks in a dense, older neighbourhood, so I’m working with City staff and OSCA to make minor improvements to existing parks with a specific fund available to the ward councillor, and to identify medium- and long-term needs requiring larger capital investment. Brewer Park is slated for a major renewal (arena, pool, change hut, etc.) in the next 7-10 years. I would like to see public consultation start early, so we can clarify our needs and approve a plan to make them a reality. By doing the work in phases, we may be able to start sooner than planned.
The Bronson Avenue safety initiatives approved last year are central to my vision for safer, more attractive walking and cycling routes. We should be able to start work on redesigned ramps connecting with Colonel By Drive this year, then add a signalized crosswalk south of the Canal in 2015. I also expect detailed design of the Rideau River Western Pathway to go ahead, providing a river’s edge route all the way to the Lees transit station.