25 January 2018

Happy 2018! It’s a new year, but already feeling a lot like the last one. First up? A rezoning application for 99 Bank St. (a.k.a. Fifth Avenue Court or Fifth + Bank) that requests a building height beyond what Bank's Traditional Mainstreet designation and the neighbourhood character support. Will this be the year the City's Planning staff and Council advance more appropriate and compatible intensification?

David Chernushenko
Councillor for Capital Ward

In this issue


The Old Ottawa East Hosers, in green, conquered the Old Ottawa East Moose, in blue, in the final game of the 2017 Councillor's Cup, refereed by Councillor David Chernushenko, at centre. Photo by John Dance.

Councillor's Cup hockey tournament cancelled

Unfortunately, the warm and possibly rainy forecast, along with personal illness, have forced the cancellation of Capital Ward's annual hockey showdown that was scheduled for Saturday, January 27 at Brantwood Park. Please accept my apologies.


Our Prime Ministers: Alexander Mackenzie

Monday, January 29, 7 p.m.
Saint Paul University (Room L120), 233 Main St.

Guest speaker John Morgan will discuss the life and times his great-great-grandfather, Alexander Mackenzie, Canada's second prime minister (1873–1878). AMackenzieMackenzie, a stonemason born in Scotland, was known as a hard-working, honorable man who fought passionately for equality, democracy, the rule of law, and honesty in government. The Supreme Court of Canada and the Auditor General’s office were created during his tenure, and the groundwork for Canada’s modern electoral system was laid. The 1874 Dominion Elections Act created laws for the secret ballot, and the removal of property-ownership qualifications for candidates seeking election to the House of Commons, among other reforms.

Morgan, a native of Ottawa, is retired from the Office of the Comptroller General of Canada.

This is the ninth in the Old Ottawa East Community Association's series of talks to celebrate Canada’s prime ministers during our sesquicentennial year and beyond. Each month, a guest speaker leads a discussion on a particular prime minister in a casual, informal setting. Free, but pre-registration is appreciated: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Ottawa Hospital info session

Wednesday, January 31, 7 – 9 p.m.
Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park

The Ottawa Hospital is hosting a public information session to present an update on plans for the new regional trauma and acute care centre at the former site of the Sir John Carling building next to Dow's Lake.

Find out more about planned hospital services and see the draft architectural concept, which will demonstrate the landscape influences that inform how the buildings could be placed on the site. The session will also provide an update on a Community Engagement Group that will work closely with the hospital’s Board of Governors on range of issues such as access, parking, greenspace and design.

Public engagement so far has included a third-party report on engagement and a series of community feedback sessions. To read a summary of feedback and ideas shared to date, including common themes and highlights, click here.

To provide input before January 31, please visit greatertogether.ca/engage to share your ideas.



TACT Architecture Inc.

Comment on the Fifth + Bank redevelopment

For those who haven’t heard yet, an application for a zoning by-law amendment has been submitted for the redevelopment of Fifth + Bank, the old Fifth Avenue Court. The proposed design is for an eight-storey condominium, plus mechanical penthouse, set back from the heritage row along Bank St. between Fourth and Fifth Aves. The application, including architectural drawings and technical details, is available on the City of Ottawa's Development Applications website.

At this point in the process, the applicant presents its case and community members have an opportunity to make their voice heard, both to the developer and the City Planner.

My personal concerns about this initial proposal include the height exceeding the current Traditional Mainstreet zoning for this block, and the potential this has to further canyonize Bank St. by setting yet another a height precedent.

The timeframe to comment directly to the City on this application has been extended to February 14.


Share your ideas for the future of Sparks Street

You still have until Wednesday, January 31 to share your ideas for the revitalization of the Sparks Street Pedestrian Mall.

Take a few minutes to answer 10 questions about how the Sparks Street Mall functions, its heritage aspects, themes, programming, public amenities and transportation access.

Visit ottawa.ca/sparksstreetplan for more information about the Sparks Street Public Realm Plan project.


Ottawa Next: Beyond 2036 questionnaire

The City also wants to hear from you about Ottawa’s future as a liveable city for its Ottawa Next: Beyond 2036 study.

What will Ottawa be like when two to three million people call it home? Can you imagine how everyone will get around, where they will live or work, and how climate and new technologies may change the way we do things? How can the City plan to prosper in the future while being ready to respond to unknown changes?

Contribute to the City's planning study by answering this questionnaire about what livability means to you. Please note this a new and improved version of the original questionnaire that began circulating last week.


Public art competition (and a name) for the new bridge

As work continues on the not-yet-officially-named Canal Footbridge (see below), it’s time to think about the public art component. The City of Ottawa has put out a call for individual artists or teams to help design two benches, one for each side of the bridge. concept view looking southeast 7

Visit ottawa.ca to find out how to submit an expression of interest by Monday, February 26 at 4 p.m.. You — or someone you know — just might be the best person to design a new public art piece for Capital Ward.

Speaking of the bridge, there's still time to submit suggestions for naming it. Already, people are calling it the Canal Footbridge, the Fifth Avenue Bridge, Clegg Footbridge, Rideau Crossing. We need to decide on a permanent name soon and avoid the fate of the Corktown Bridge, which is much better known as the Somerset Bridge because the official name came long after the bridge was open.

Visit capitalward.ca/bridgename to learn more about the process for finding a name, and complete the online form to submit your own suggestions for names that honour local historical events, people or places, or outstanding individuals of the community. The deadline for name submissions is Thursday, March 1.


Thoughts on Inclusionary Zoning

The Province has released a framework for Inclusionary Zoning and is now awaiting comment from municipalities across Ontario. Inclusionary Zoning is a planning tool that will allow municipalities to insist that developers include, in pre-defined zones within their boundaries, a percentage of affordable units in new multi-unit residential developments. This approach would help address the very real need for and increasing lack of affordable housing.

City of Ottawa staff have raised a series of initial concerns, and I share these in particular:

  • The Province would require municipalities to offset the cost of each unit of affordable housing by contributing 40% of difference between the average market price and the price of the affordable unit, through incentives and exemptions for builders from development charges and application fees, cash-in-lieu of parkland requirements, or reductions in parking requirements. This would create a financial barrier by seriously affecting the City of Ottawa's (and its taxpayers') current ability to fund and deliver other important benefits to the public.

  • The proposed approach doesn’t address rental units, only owned units. According to the 2016 Census, 13% of Ottawa’s residents live on low incomes, which represents almost 119,000 people and more than 48,000 households. While opening up affordable housing for ownership might alleviate demand in the rental market, this plan does not directly address the needs of Ottawa’s residents who need it most.

To see how Ottawa is currently addressing the issue of housing and homelessness, consider taking some time to view the City’s current 10-year plan.

The Province has released a framework for Inclusionary Zoning and is now awaiting comment from municipalities across Ontario. Inclusionary Zoning is the regulated requirement to include a certain number of affordable units in all new multi-unit residential developments across the city, in order to address the very real need for and increasing lack of affordable housing. (This isn’t exactly right – Inclusionary Zoning would allow the City the option of requiring developers, in certain pre-defined locations as set out by the City, to include a percentage of units at an affordable rate. The legislation does not insist that Municipalities implement nor does it insist the where or when. All it does is insist on the how, as noted in the concern below. Perhaps the section could instead read:
The Province has released a framework for Inclusionary Zoning and is now awaiting comment from municipalities across Ontario. Inclusionary Zoning will allow municipalities to insist that developers include, in pre-defined zones within their boundaries, a percentage of affordable units in new multi-unit residential developments, in order to address the very real need for and increasing lack of affordable housing.


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Excavator (left) and conveyor.

Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel update

If you're wondering what's happening with construction of the Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel (CSST) — or maybe just wondering what's been going on at the corner of Kent St. and Chamberlain Ave. — the City of Ottawa put together some interesting facts (see below) about this enormous and enormously important project to protect the Ottawa River from sewage overflows.

You can also watch a video of the tunnel boring machine, and subscribe to the e-newsletter to receive updates.

By the way, those silos at Kent and Chamberlain, site of one of the tunnel shafts, hold grout to seal the seams of the concrete tunnel. And to those who have asked if the worksite will eventually be converted into usable land, for example as a commercial property, the answer is no because the cost of building a permanent retaining wall for wall for the 417 is too expensive.



Are you using the new waste collection app?

ReCollectThe City of Ottawa's ReCollect Collection Calendar mobile app, like the online ReCollect calendar, is a great way to keep track of your collection day and the type of material scheduled for collection.

In addition to sending you reminders, the app also provides a quick reference to check what goes into the blue, black and green bins, plus tips and notifications of events like Household Hazardous Waste Depots.

The free app is available for iPhone and Android devices.


Vehicle-for-Hire Accessibility Fund

The City wants the public's input on how it should allocate more than $450,000 in the Vehicle-for-Hire Accessibility Fund.

You can register for one of the public consultations at City Hall on Tuesday, January 30 or Friday, February 16, or share your suggestions through the online survey.

The City must use the fund, which is generated by voluntary surcharges from private transportation companies, to promote and foster accessible transportation for persons who have physical disabilities and that require the use of a mobility device.