In this issue, I’d like to inform Capital Ward residents about a series of important public meetings, some of which haven’t been widely publicized by the City of Ottawa. I’m also planning a Capital Ward Walk for late October.
Glebe Garage Design Open House
Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 – 9 p.m.
Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave.
On April 10, 2013, City Council approved the construction of a new parking garage located at 170 Second Avenue. The parking garage is intended to provide additional parking to support the local community and area businesses.
A working group of local residents and business representatives have been consulted by the City’s architects and City staff to develop the proposed design concepts.
You are invited to attend the Open House on Sept. 19 to review and comment on the proposed design. This open house will also present any needed zoning changes and details of the Site Plan submission to accommodate the parking garage. City staff and project architects will be available to answer questions.
If you cannot attend the meeting, if you would like additional information, or if you require special accommodation to attend, please contact:
Program Manager Public Works Department
185 Slidell Street, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3B5
613-580-2424 x 32585
The presentation material will be available on the City’s website after Sept. 19.
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Studies Information Session
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 4 – 8 p.m.
Ottawa City Hall, Jean Pigott Place, 110 Laurier Ave. W.
The City of Ottawa is undertaking a series of studies to identify opportunities for future land use intensification and improvements to walking and cycling facilities near future Light Rail Transit stations.
The Sept. 24 information session is an opportunity to learn about the preliminary TOD plans, illustrations, population density forecasts, future land uses, pedestrian and cycling routes and infrastructure improvements for these areas.
For more information, or if you require special accommodation to attend, please visit ottawa.ca or contact:
Lees TOD Study
Don Morse, Planner
613-580-2424 ext. 13850
Hurdman TOD Study
Cheryl Brouillard, Planner
Blair TOD Study
Peter Giles, Planner
613-580-2424 ext. 21667
Sunnyside Traffic Calming and Green Street Treatments Open House
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7 – 9:30 p.m. (presentation at 7:30 p.m.)
Southminster United Church, Fellowship Hall, 15 Aylmer Ave.
In 2012, the City, along with residents in Old Ottawa South, completed a traffic calming plan that included a series of intersection and midblock narrowings, signage, pavement marking and on-street parking adjustments along Sunnyside Avenue.
Funding has been approved for this project and the City intends to implement these measures in 2014. In addition, the City will pilot a Green Street concept by installing bioretention measures within some of the traffic narrowings instead of hard surface treatments. As these measures will slightly modify the original plan from 2012, the City will be seeking input from the local community.
For more information, or if you require special accommodation to attend the meeting, please contact:
Justin Swan, P.Eng
Planning and Growth Management
City of Ottawa
613-580-2424, ext. 21636
Low-rise Infill Housing Study Phase II Information Session
Thursday, Oct. 24, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave.
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 II addresses height, massing and rear/side setbacks. The Zoning Consistency Team has spent the past months collecting feedback from affected communities via a series of public workshops.
The City of Ottawa will host an information session to present a summary of the comments received during the Infill Study public workshops. Proposed zoning changes will also be presented for discussion and deliberation.
Following the information session, the City will initiate the official rezoning process required under the Planning Act. The final recommendation is expected to be presented to Planning Committee in March 2014.
Building a Liveable Ottawa Information Session
Monday, Sept. 23, 5 – 8 p.m.
Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W
The City of Ottawa revises its Official Plan (OP), Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP), Transportation Master Plan (TMP), Cycling Plan and Pedestrian Plan every five years. Following the release of official drafts in the final week of September, Council members will formally review the plans and welcome public delegations at committee meetings in October.
In a final phase of outreach, the City will host a Building a Liveable Ottawa information session on all the plans on Sept. 23.
Key meeting for the review and approval of the plans include:
Monday, Sept. 23: The draft Transportation Plan, Cycling Plan and Pedestrian Plan will be tabled at a special joint meeting of Transportation Committee and Transit Commission
Tuesday, Sept. 24: The IMP will be tabled at Planning Committee
Thursday, Sept. 26: The Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee will review the Cycling Plan and Pedestrian Plan
Tuesday, Oct. 1: The Accessibility Advisory Committee will review the OP, TMP, Cycling Plan and Pedestrian Plan.
Wednesday, Oct. 16: Transit Commission will consider the TMP
Tuesday, Oct. 22: Planning Committee to consider the OP and IMP
Monday, Nov. 4: Transportation Committee to consider the TMP, Cycling Plan and Pedestrian Plan
Wednesday, Nov. 13: All Master Plans to be considered by Council
Wednesday, Dec. 11: Official Plan amendment by-law to be considered by Council
The draft IMP, TMP, Cycling Plan and Pedestrian Plan and are expected to be available online on Sept. 23 at ottawa.ca.
Capital Ward Walk: Bronson Safety Measures and Reconstruction Plans
Friday, Oct. 18, or Saturday, Oct. 19 (to be confirmed)
Capital Ward Walks are back. In late October, we will walk Bronson Avenue from Sunnyside to Carling to talk about recent safety improvements — and those still still to come — and the future major reconstruction works through the Glebe that are planned for 2016. Check capitalward.ca for updates on time and location.
World Car-Free Day Ottawa needs help!
On Sunday, Sept. 22, Ottawa is celebrating Car-Free Day with a street festival. Eight blocks in Westboro along Richmond Road will be closed to cars from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many local organizations promoting car-free alternatives and sustainable transport options will be there to share information, resources and fun activities with visitors.
Volunteers are needed to make the day a success. We need friendly folk, age 14 and up, to help us create a safe and enjoyable experience for all. Volunteers will receive pizza, coupons to Bridgehead, Camino chocolate bars and be entered into a prize draw. For high school students, we can sign your volunteer forms. We welcome anyone to help us between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in minimum 2-hour shifts.
Please help us spill out onto the streets and celebrate one day without cars.
Organized by the EnviroCentre, the Westboro BIA and the City of Ottawa.