Meetings at Ottawa City Hall next week

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

 

Planning Committee – Tuesday, May 23, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Zoning By-law Amendment – 190 Richmond Road (Ward 5 – Kitchissippi)
  • Zoning By-law Amendment –85 Denzil Doyle Court (Ward 23 – Kanata South)

·        Zoning By-law Amendment – 2984, 2992, 3000, 3008, 3016 Leitrim Road, Part of 3100 Leitrim Road and Part of 4660 Bank Street (Ward 22 – Gloucester-South Nepean)

·        Zoning By-law Amendment – 156, 158, 160 and 162 Joshua Street (Ward 2 – Innes)

·        Vacant Urban Residential Land Survey 2016 Update (City Wide)

·        Update – Heritage Matters Task Force (City Wide)

·        Designation of Macdonald Gardens Park, 99 Cobourg Street, Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (Ward 12 – Rideau-Vanier)

  • Application for Demolition and New Construction at 35 Lakeway Drive (Ward 13 – Rideau-Rockcliffe)
  • Application for New Construction and Alterations at 83 Placel Road, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District (Ward 13 – Rideau-Rockcliffe)
  • Status Update – Planning Committee Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending May 8, 2017 (City Wide)

 

Arts, Culture, Heritage and Recreation Advisory Committee – Tuesday, May 23, 6:30 p.m., Champlain Room

 

City Council Meeting – Wednesday, May 24, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

 

Audit Committee – Thursday, May 25, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • 2016 Financial Statements and Audit Results
  • Sinking Fund Financial Statements 2016
  • Office of the Auditor General – Report on Audit Follow-ups and Detailed Audit Follow-up Reports
  • Status Update – Audit Committee Inquiries and Motions – for the Period Ending May 8, 2017

 

Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee – Thursday, May 25, 6:30 p.m., Champlain Room

Zoning Application for 2499, 2500 Palladium Drive and 675 Autopark Private

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The City of Ottawa has received a Zoning By-law Amendment to remove the caps on gross floor area (GFA) that currently restrict the development of the subject properties.

 

The subject sites are all are situated south of Highway 417, north of Maple Grove Road, west of Huntmar Road and east of Carp Road and the proposed North-South Arterial extension. The site at 2500 Palladium Drive contains the Palladium Autopark (11 existing units) and the other two properties are currently vacant. The vacant properties consist of periphery landscaping and surface parking on a gravel base. The three sites vary in size: 2499 Palladium Drive is 7.8 hectares; 2500 Palladium Drive is 21.6 hectares; and 675 Autopark Private is 1.52 hectares.

The application has been submitted to remove the caps on the cummulative gross floor area of uses within the GM22 (H12) Zone – General Mixed Use Zone, Subzone 22, height limit of 12 meters.

 

The proposed rezoning will remove the following development caps:

  1. Automobile dealership use: maximum cummulative GFA of 21,135 m2;
  2. Restaurant use: maximum cummulative GFA of 930 m2;
  3. Farmer’s market use: combined maximum GFA and outdoor space of 3,720 m2; and
  4. Bank and accessory uses to an automobile dealership: maximum cummulative GFA of 11,150 m2.

 

For more information and to provide comments by May 31, 2017 contact City Planner Laurel McCreight at laurel.mccreight@ottawa.ca or  613-580-2424, ext. 16587.

Councillor’s View – Stittsville Appreciation Awards Recap

Dear Residents,

 

This week, the 9th Annual Stittsville Appreciation Awards were held at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex.

 

Each year, I am thrilled to recognize our outstanding community volunteers for all that they do to make Stittsville what we are.

 

For those of you who do not know, the Stittsville Appreciation Awards are an opportunity to shine some light on an individual or group within Stittsville that has helped to make a difference in our lives.

 

Nominations are opened to the public in mid-late February and on the night of the Awards presentation, four recipients are recognized as: Business of the Year, Youth Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year, and the Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year in honour of an individual who best exemplifies community involvement and participation.

 

I would like to thank all of this year’s nominees and recipients for taking the time to participate in this annual tradition and for sharing their stories of community building to inspire others.

 

I would also like to thank Mayor Watson for taking the time to join us at the Awards, the nominators for taking the time to recognize these achievements, those in attendance, John Brummell for being our official photographer, Mia Hamer – our National Anthem singer, and my office team for their hard work in ensuring that the event was successful and enjoyable for all.

 

This year’s nominees and recipients were:

  • Youth Citizen of the Year – Caitlin Bauer (winner), Shayna Douglas, Matt Smart, Sam Spriggs, Katie Xu, and Jack Fan
  • Senior Citizen of the Year – Patricia Warford (winner), and the Knotty Knitters
  • Business of the Year – The Stittsville Seniors’ Community by Revera (winner), Quitters Coffee, Rona, and U-Rock Music School
  • Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year – Barbara Bottriel (winner), Janice Leblanc, and Heather Strachan

 

I am incredibly proud to bear witness to and honour our incredible community volunteers each year.

 

Having events such as these is important to recognizing the small acts of kindness that truly make Stittsville a community. Although there are only four award recipients, we are all winners for benefitting from such loving and caring neighbours.

 

Stittsville truly is the home of Champions. Thank you.

 

-Shad

 

Stittsville Appreciation Award Nominees

Congratulations again to all those who helped to make this year’s Stittsville Appreciation Awards a success! All nominees and recipients were very well deserving. This year’s recipients included:

 

Youth Citizen of the Year: Caitlin Bauer

  • This nominee emulates the perseverance, courage and compassion that not only make her a great leader but an extraordinary citizen of Stittsville.
  • Chosen by her school’s Guidance counselors as an ideal Peer Mentor and Sources of Strength student leader, she actively models to both staff and fellow students the value of giving back to improve the lives of others through her participation and leadership in local and global initiatives such as “SleepOUT for Youth” and “Relay for Life” and even travelling as far as Nicaragua to lend her hand in building a school.
  • She is a role model for youth and adults alike and her efforts and positive impact are felt throughout Stittsville, Ottawa and beyond.

 

Senior Citizen of the Year: Patricia Warford

  • Every Tuesday for the past 15 years, this nominee has volunteered at the Stittsville Legion, setting up and cleaning tables and chairs in preparation for those who play cards
  • President of the Stittsville Legion Board of Directors for the past 15 years, an active volunteer with the Food Bank for 6 years, volunteer tenant representative with the Goulbourn Non Profit Housing Corp for 18 years, and zone commander for the Stittsville Legion Ladies auxiliary for 12 years, this nominee makes volunteering a part of her life, constantly giving back to the Stittsville community.
  • She leads by example and makes the greatest effort in ensuring that things are done right and kept in order. She is honest and ethical and inspires her fellow residents to create a better sense of well-being and health within our communities.

Business of the Year: The Stittsville Seniors’ Community by Revera

  • This nominated business is comprised of an excellent staff of caring, thoughtful and respectful persons who are dedicated to helping their senior residents to enjoy healthy senior years while still contributing to the community.
  • Raffles and activities held throughout the year help to raise funds for local charities while giving the senior residents an interesting activity to participate in, truly making residents feel at home
  • From supporting local sports teams, catering free lunches in the Community and continuing to hire local students’ year after year, they are a responsible business that helps to give Stittsville a total, balanced society by caring for and keeping senior residents in the community. Staff foster a positive environment to give Stittsville the full spectrum of a community.

Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year: Barbara Bottriel

  • This nominee is long time contributor to the Stittsville community, serving on the Parent Council at A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School in its early years and writing two books focused on Stittsville: including one about Mowoo, the deer that became a village pet and the other telling the history of Stittsville.
  • In her role as president of the Goulbourn Township Historical Society, she was involved in the Main Street Community Design Plan and she also was a leader in the battle to try to preserve the Bradley’s General Store building after its disastrous fire.
  • She is an active member of the St. Thomas Anglican Church and her love of singing has also led her to become a promising member of the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus.
  • Known as the heart and soul of the Historical Society for years, she is an acknowledged leader and inspires those around her to do more.

 

These biographies were presented to my office by the nominators. For the list of all nominees and their biographies, please click here.

 

Thank you to all nominees and nominators for participating in this community recognition event.

Haliburton Park Plans

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A new park is being planned for the Fernbank Community in Stittsville. The park will be located on a 1.28Ha parcel of land at the corner of Haliburton Heights and Slapshot Way.

 

The park features include an intermediate soccer field, puddle rink, small splash pad, and an accessible children’s playground with swings, sand play, and play structures for all age groups. Amenities also include a gazebo with picnic tables and benches.  Please view the park concept plan and park images.

 

The detailed design and working drawings should be completed late spring/early summer 2017, with the tender of the project for mid-summer.   The construction start-up will begin in the late summer 2017, with substantial completion late fall 2017 and the park will official open in the late spring/ early summer 2018.

 

Ontario Municipal Board Reform

This week, I am happy to share that Queen’s Park announced a series of reforms to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

 

The OMB’s role in land-planning systemically favours developers in regards to local land-planning decisions. It is expensive and time consuming and ignores the accountability of local Councils. These reforms, when in place, will put an end to de novo hearings (treating each appeal as a fresh case) and implement public interest funding for residents to play a larger role in decisions.

 

The re-named Local Planning Appeal Tribunal will limit the scope of appeals to whether or not a municipality has failed to follow its own rules or adhere to provincial policies. Further new information raised in the course of an appeal hearing will go back to local Councils for further consideration. Where the Tribunal finds that a municipality has not followed its Official Plan, it will send that back to Council for consideration rather than replacing the decision with its own.

This means an end to the fresh second chance available to developers when their proposals are rejected by Council. Knowing this, residents will be able to better hold their elected officials accountable as Councillors now have the power to stick up for their constituents on planning files that resonate friction amongst affected communities without fear of being overturned by the OMB.

 

I would like to send my thanks to MPP Yasir Naqvi for following through on this request and leading these changes into a reality. I look forward to seeing how the new system will operate and how it will better benefit residents.

Stittsville Sanitary Sewer Cleaning Schedule

As the warmer weather begins, the City of Ottawa is proceeding to clean out Sanitary Sewers across communities. My office has been provided a list of Stittsville streets scheduled for cleaning next week May 23-26 which you can find attached here.

 

In case of backflow, affected households should be cognizant to ensure that toilet lids are kept closed during this time.

 

For more information related to the wastewater collection system and ‎system cleaning, please visit http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/water-and-environment/wastewater-and-sewers/wastewater-collection-and-treatment

 

As more updates come regarding the rest of Stittsville, I will be certain to include them in my upcoming weekly electronic newsletters.

Coyotes in Stittsville

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A coyote, Canis latrans, at Great Plains Zoo.

I have heard from residents recently in different areas of the community voicing concerns towards the presence of coyotes around their neighbourhoods. Last March, I held a meeting on Hesse Crescent in the community of Wyldewood to address some of the questions and concerns residents had regarding coyotes in the area.

I was accompanied by Dr. Nick Stow, biologist and City Planner, who had the following information to share with residents regarding urban coyotes:

  • Coyotes or “coy-wolves” in our community of Stittsville are considered a very low risk to the safety of residents
  • The animals have likely been in the vicinity of Stittsville for many years and have not created a threat or risk to public safety
  • The presence of coyotes is important to maintain a healthy eco-system and keep the rodent population low and at a healthy rate
  • Coyotes that have been sighted near residents’ homes are most likely scavenging for food. Since Stittsville is considered a rural/suburban community there are many areas that are natural and provide coyotes with a water source and an abundance of small mice, chipmunks, and rabbits
  • Residents should continue to enjoy running, walking, cycling, and allowing their children to play along the walking paths, the Trans-Canada Trail, and natural areas in the community – the coyotes pose a very low risk to resident safety, both adults and children alike
  • Residents are encouraged, however, to keep dogs on a leash while walking them in these areas – this is a safety precaution all residents should take when walking their dogs in any natural area
  • January through to March is mating season for the animals, so this may be why there are more accounts/sightings of them at this time than any other time during the year
  • Come post mating-season (April/May) the coyotes will disperse from the area
  • If residents would like to mitigate the chances of coyotes coming near their homes, they are encouraged to limit any kind of feeding they may provide in their backyard (i.e. picking up fallen fruit from any fruit trees in the yard, keeping garbage organized and properly sealed, etc.)
  • Urban coyotes have a living space of up to 5 km2, meaning that their place of origin or “den” could be quite distant from Hesse Crescent
  • Having the animals removed from the area is only possible by means of lethal trapping or hunting and would probably result in another pack of coyotes re-occupying the area within the year
  • The City has no jurisdiction in the removal of wildlife and the Province strongly advocates against it given that these animals are a considerably low risk to public safety and help to maintain a strong healthy eco-system

Although the above information comes from our meeting on Hesse Crescent, it does pertain to the community of Stittsville and City of Ottawa as a whole. Coyotes, although you may see them in the community, pose a very low risk to resident safety and are to be respected but not feared. In the unlikely event that residents encounter an aggressive coyote, they should immediately contact the police through 911.

I would like to thank those residents who have contacted my office to inform me of the presence of urban coyotes, and would ask that any resident who has further questions about urban coyotes please contact my office.

Stittsville Students Win Music Awards

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In my ongoing effort to recognize community members and their accomplishments, this week I would like to acknowledge three Stittsville Students who were presented awards at the Renfrew Rotary Music Festival Gala Concert held on Wednesday May 10th.

 

These students of a local music teacher were awarded for their outstanding performances in a recent piano competition. Chris Wu was named Most Promising Junior Piano Student. Catharina Lamb was honoured for achieving the Highest mark in the Sonatina Classes. And Aidan Cullen was awarded for attaining the Highest Mark in the Baroque classes.

 

Congratulations to all of you for your hard work!

Federation of Citizens Associations of Ottawa Meeting Recap

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On Wednesday May 17th I had the pleasure of speaking, alongside two of my West-end Councillor colleagues; Marianne Wilkinson and Allan Hubley, at the Federation of Citizens Associations of Ottawa (FCA) hosted by the Katimavik Hazeldean Community Association.

 

We each discussed the various issues and concerns that we encounter within our communities and the varying topics that come forward for review and consideration at City Hall.

 

General Manager of Planning, Stephen Willis and Manager of Business Support Services, Charmaine Forgie were also on hand with a presentation about the recent reorganization of the Planning Department followed by a question period.

 

The FCA is the forum for citizens associations and similar non-profit volunteer groups in Ottawa. Member associations share information about issues facing their communities and, when appropriate, take joint action. The FCA encourages discussion of civic affairs. It does not endorse parties or candidates seeking office. The FCA is an incorporated non-profit corporation under Ontario law and, as such, can appear in its own right before the Ontario Municipal Board.

 

The FCA membership includes associations from the city center, the inner suburbs, the suburban communities outside the Greenbelt and rural Ottawa. For more information about the FCA you can visit the following link http://fca-fac.ca/about-us/