This edition of Capital Ward News includes invitations to open houses for the Riverdale Area Traffic Management Study and the Colonel By Zoning Review, plus a request for feedback for the City's Second Infill Study, information on the O-Train expansion, and on the upcoming Rural Expo.
Open House: Riverdale Avenue Area Traffic Management Study
Wednesday, May 1, 6 to 8 p.m.
Sunnyside Library, meeting rooms 1A/1B, 1049 Bank St.
The City of Ottawa has initiated a study to examine traffic concerns in the neighbourhood of Rideau Gardens. The study includes the Riverdale Avenue corridor between Bank Street and Echo Drive, including several adjacent side streets. The purpose of this Open House is to introduce the project and solicit input on community traffic from neighbourhood residents as well as all interested parties. The input will form the basis of the technical evaluation and recommendations for area traffic management measures.
Please join City staff and Councillor David Chernushenko to provide your input and learn more. Your comments are welcome and encouraged at any point during this study. For more information, please contact:
Co-ordinator, Area Traffic Management
Planning and Growth Management
Open House: Colonel By Zoning Review
Wednesday, May 8, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Sunnyside Library, 1049 Bank St.
Councillor David Chernushenko and Meloshe and Associates invite you to a public Open House to discuss the recommendations in the Colonel By Zoning Review.
Residents in the Colonel By Drive neighbourhood have expressed general concerns about the nature of infill in Old Ottawa South. In response to this concern, the Planning and Growth Management Department contracted Meloshe and Associates Ltd. in mid-2012 to undertake a zoning review of the properties along Colonel By Drive.
The draft report for the Colonel By Zoning Review provides a detailed review of the existing built context of the study area, the zoning framework, zoning options, and preliminary recommendations and conclusions. View a PDF of the draft report here.
If you can't attend the open house, you may send questions and comments to:
Nancy Meloshe, MCIP RPP
Click here to download a PDF map of affected properties.
Feedback Requested: Phase 2 of Infill Study
In May 2012, City Council approved the Low-Rise Infill Housing in Mature Neighbourhoods Report and directed staff to undertake follow-up studies to ensure infill developments make a positive contribution to the character and quality of these neighbourhoods.
The first phase of the study dealt with location of parking, permitted projections, front yards and grade. Phase 2 will address height, massing and rear/side setbacks.
The Zoning Consistency Team needs your help to understand the nature of your concerns related to new low-rise infill construction. If low-rise infill housing has generated concern in your community, please provide feedback by filling out the online form by Friday, May 17, 2013.
Once this feedback has been received, the Zoning Consistency Team will organize site visits to conduct individual analysis. Workshops will then be organized with the different communities and the architectural community. The Team intends to prepare recommendations for Planning Committee and City Council for December 2013.
O-Train Closure and Expansion
O-Train service is currently suspended for major upgrades in preparation for expanded service in 2014. Regular service will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.
The project includes two additional passing tracks, signal upgrades and station improvements. OCTranspo will also use this opportunity to perform general lifecycle maintenance work on bridges, the Dow's Lake tunnel, retaining walls and the Carleton University pedestrian underpass. The work is being performed when ridership levels are lower to minimize the impact on customers.
A temporary bus service will replace the O-Train during the closure. Route 107 will travel parallel to the O-Train routing between LeBreton and South Keys stations, and will make limited stops along the route.
I have been working to address the concerns of Heron Park residents about the impact of a new passing track in their neighbourhood. As a result, this second track will be constructed on the west side of the existing track, further away from nearby homes. In addition, Novus Environmental is undertaking noise and vibration assessments to determine whether any sound attenuation will be required to protect residences from excessive noise and vibration.
The Rail Implementation Office is also looking at the feasibility of relocating the multi-use pathway at Brookfield to eliminate the need for the pedestrian crossing at the O-Train tracks by passing underneath the tracks.
Friday, May 31, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W.
Mayor Jim Watson is hosting the first-ever Rural Expo, a showcase for Ottawa's rural residents to promote fairs, museums, agriculture and crafts to the urban population. The event will take place in conjunction with Food Aid Day.
The day will start off with a Pancake Breakfast hosted by CTV Ottawa Morning Live from 7 to 9 a.m., with proceeds donated to the Ottawa Food Bank's Food Aid program. CTV Morning will also broadcast live from City Hall from 6 to 10 a.m., and the Food Aid BBQ begins at 11 a.m. Rural businesses will set up booths inside Jean Pigott Hall and outside in Marion Dewar Plaza from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Drop by City Hall throughout the day on May 31 to visit some of the great attractions and businesses from rural Ottawa.