My thoughts on the relocation of the Ottawa Hospital's Civic Campus, a public consultation on the Bank St. Renewal project south of Riverside, good news about the work on Main St., and a few highlights from the City of Ottawa Budget 2017.
I'm glad that the Ottawa Hospital and the National Capital Commission have agreed on a location for the new Civic Campus, at the former site of the Sir John Carling Building just outside Capital Ward.
But I remain concerned about the "requirement" for extensive surface parking, when we should be encouraging those who can — the majority of staff members and visitors, as well as many regular clinic patients — to take public transit, walk or bike to the hospital.
This approach is out of step with 21st-century municipal planning trends, current health promotion practices, and all City of Ottawa policies.
Read my thoughts on the topic, which appear as an op-ed in today's Ottawa Citizen.
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
The 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:
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.
Main St. saw a return to two-way traffic along its entire length on the afternoon of Nov. 30, completing this stage of the project on time.
The cycle tracks are now fully open north of Clegg St., but they will remain closed south of Clegg until they are completed in the spring of 2017. The final landscaping, various curb installations, public art and the final lift of asphalt are also all scheduled to be completed at that time.
The City of Ottawa's 2017 Draft Budget was tabled on Nov. 9, and the final version will be approved by council on Dec. 14.
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:
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.
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.
Visit capitalward.ca for some of the specific initiatives and capital projects that benefit Capital Ward residents in particular. For more information on Budget 2017 in general, visit ottawa.ca/budget2017.