Have your say in City's Waste Plan

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The City of Ottawa is developing a Waste Plan to guide management of recyclables and garbage over the next thirty years. The City is interested in your opinions on a number of proposed options to achieve waste management goals and objectives. Each of the options presented has an associated cost and, as such, public feedback provided here will be used to assist in prioritizing spending.

Residents are invited to fill out the City's Waste Plan Survey by Sunday, September 29.

The Waste Master Plan is an important element in encouraging a more sustainable community.

Lansdowne workers clog Glebe on-street parking

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Residents say it's a sign of congestion to come once construction is finished

CBC News

Some people living near Lansdowne Park say construction workers are taking up too many on-street residential parking spaces, and they say it's a a sign of the congestion to come once the work is finished.

About 700 workers come to the site each day. Some parking for car poolers is available on the site itself, but others have to park nearby.

They often use spots on residential streets such as Holmwood Avenue, which angers some people in the Glebe.

"Right now the workers have to park on the street, so there's nothing left for the people who live here who have guests. There's nothing left," said Maureen Musgrove.

"It's irksome, but it's going to be like that and worse when this place is developed. I think people will have to walk here. We don't really have rapid transit on Bank Street, so I don't know how they'll get here."

Coun. David Chernushenko said the city will make the parking lot at the baseball stadium on Coventry Road available to Lansdowne workers in three weeks.

For workers who don't use that option and stay in the Glebe, the city said it'll step up enforcement and issue tickets to those who don't adhere to the three-hour limit.

Many workers move their vehicles to a new spot every three hours.

"There will be some days of increased vigilance just to make the point, but also, we don't want to be punitive," Chernushenko said. "These are people who are working for a living and have to get there."

"But sometimes you have to give an extra little push to remind them to look elsewhere."

The new stadium is set to open in time for the 2014 CFL season.

Applications open for the Better Neighbourhoods Program

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City of Ottawa

The Better Neighbourhoods Program call for applications opens today and runs until Monday, October 21, 2013. This Neighbourhood Connection Office program helps residents and community groups implement projects aimed at improving their neighbourhoods.

This is a program for community groups that are interested in making creative use of public space in their urban/suburban neighbourhoods. These small-scale, community-driven projects will make the community more liveable, vibrant, healthy and beautiful.

Up to four neighbourhoods will be selected to work with City staff and their Councillor's office in 2014 to identify opportunities, and to plan and implement projects chosen by the community. Projects will be supported by the City up to a maximum of $30,000.

Two information sessions will be held to help residents learn more about the application process:

Thursday, September 19, 7 p.m.
Ben Franklin Place, Community Room 1-A, 101 Centrepointe Drive

Wednesday, September 25, 7 p.m.
Ogilvie North Gloucester Library, Room B, 2036 Ogilvie Road

Application criteria can be found at ottawa.ca and includes sufficient volunteer capacity to support the projects and the support of the Ward Councillor.

Sunnyside Avenue Traffic Calming and Green Street Treatments Open House: Sep. 25

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City of Ottawa

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. (Editor's Note: This plan does not include Sunnyside east of Bank, nor Bank Street itself. See this OSCA article that outlines the study and the final report.)

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.

Wednesday, September 25
Southminster United Church - Fellowship Hall
15 Aylmer Avenue
7 to 9:30 p.m., Presentation at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact:

Justin Swan, P.Eng
Planning and Growth Management
City of Ottawa
613-580-2424, ext. 21636
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