Blackout Period for Municipal Election

Dear readers this is my last newsletter for the term. Under the Election-Related Resources Policy, I am unable to engage with you through this format, until after the October 22nd 2018 municipal election. This time is referred to as the “blackout period” in which corporate resources and Member of Council’s office budgets are not to be used to sponsor any advertisements, flyers, newsletters or householders. The 60-day “blackout period” comes into effect Thursday, August 23, 2018.

During the “blackout period”, advertising for City events or services cannot in broad terms, include the name of any Member of Council who is also a candidate. Please be assured that my office will continue to serve you to address your needs and concerns.  Do not hesitate to call the office 613-580-2476 or email my team at shad.qadri@ottawa.ca if we can be of any assistance. For Election related questions please refer to the Ottawa.ca

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my newsletter each week. It is always a pleasure to have the opportunity to provide you with updates on matters regarding the community as well as the City at large.

 

Shea Road Woods

Planning staff continue to be in communication with the CRT developers with respect to the next phase of their development. Staff are expecting that the developer will be submitting a Plan of Subdivision and Zoning By-law Amendment application sometime late fall or early in the New Year. These applications are subject to full consultation.

Our Park Planner will be involved in this process to discuss the lands involved in Shea Woods. The Pre-Application Consultation process is not subject to public participation.  After the Pre-Application Consultation process is complete, the developer will go back and prepare the Draft Plan of Subdivision and all the required reports and studies to support the proposed Plan. Once the City receives the formal Application for Plan of Subdivision from the developer, the application is circulated and the Public are notified of the submission of the application by posting of signs on the site and notifying property owners within 120 metres of the subject property.

When the Plan of Subdivision Application is submitted to the City, the Draft Plan of Subdivision will show the proposed boundaries of the woods. The public will be made aware of the Plan and where to view a copy of the Plan by the methods noted above. In addition to posting of signs on site and 120 metre mail-out notification, a Public Meeting will be held in the community at some time after the application is submitted.

My office working with the Mayor and City staff committed to acquiring the Shea Road Woods natural area in 2009, to ensure area residents have access to high quality outdoor recreational space. The agreement with CRT Developments would see the City pay cash for about one third of the property. The remaining two thirds would be transferred in exchange for another parcel of land that was to be developed as a City park. Thank you to Sabrina Kemp and the many other residents who supported my bid to the City to acquire this important natural feature.

Stittsville Diversion trunk Sewer Information Session

Trunk Sewer Maptrunk

 

My office in collaboration with City staff and contractors held an information session, regarding the Stittsville diversion Trunk Sewer project, on Tuesday August 21 at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex. The session provided the opportunity for residents to view information with respect to the project that is planned to begin fall 2018, subject to approvals, with completion in Spring 2020. Design drawings that were on display are available on ottawa.ca. You are welcome to provide your comments and questions onto Craig Anderson, Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure Projects craig.anderson@ottawa.ca

New Archives Exhibit: Postcards from Ottawa: Traveller Tales

A new City of Ottawa Archives’ exhibit opened to the public on Wednesday August 22. Postcards from Ottawa: Traveller Tales, opened in the Barbara Ann Scott Gallery and will remain until 2023.

Postcards from Ottawa: Traveller Tales invites you to take a brief journey across Ottawa’s history through individuals that have come to this city. Some stayed to live, many moved on.

The exhibit includes artefacts on display and a picture wall of dignitaries and celebrities who have visited during the last 400 years. To find out more about the exhibits go to Ottawa.ca

The Barbara Ann Scott Gallery is located at 110 Laurier Avenue West at City Hall and is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. The exhibit is free and is wheelchair accessible.

Extension to receive feedback regarding Chicanes

 

I have successfully requested a 20-day extension to gather additional public feedback and comments regarding the possible installation of chicanes on Rosehill Avenue between Santolina Street and Mazon Street.  The new deadline will be September 11, 2018. Please forward comments and feedback to Neeti Paudel, Transportation Services Department (613-580-2424, extension 22284) at Neeti.paudel@ottawa.ca.

 

REMINDER: Last chance to exchange expired OC Transpo bus tickets

OC Transpo logo

OC Transpo paper bus tickets will no longer have value or be exchangeable toward new fare products after Friday, August 31st.

Customers who still have expired bus tickets are encouraged to visit one of the four OC Transpo Customer Service Centres to trade them in at face value toward e-purse or a monthly pass on their Presto card.

Customers can pay for their bus or train ride using Presto or cash. There are more than 70 locations where customers can load their Presto card. Cards can also be loaded at prestocard.ca.

For more information on fares, route schedules and travel planning assistance, visit octranspo.com or call 613-741-4390.

Kavanagh Green

It was a sincere pleasure to welcome members of the community and special guests to the official opening of the Kavanagh Green recreation and gathering space this past Saturday morning. Mayor Watson, Sharron Kavanagh (daughter of the late Thomas Kavanagh) and other family members and friends of the Kavanagh family along with the owners of Hazeldean Gardens, gathered to commemorate the new space.

This space is named in recognition of the Kavanagh family’s historical significance to the community of Stittsville at the southwest corner intersection of Hazeldean Road and Stittsville Main Street. For nearly a century, Kavanagh family members have made important contributions to the community of Stittsville and surrounding areas which include owning and operating the popular Stittsville Flea Market for 25 years and volunteering with the Food Bank, Holy Spirit Church and the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice.

This unique gathering space is open to serve the residents of the Hazeldean Gardens as well as welcoming the community at large. There are a number of features for everyone to enjoy; including a bocce court, a gazebo, games tables (chess and checkers), a putting green, and a fitness station.

 

Calian Moves to Stittsville Ward

I am pleased to extend a warm welcome to the Calian Group, lead by Kevin Ford and his team, as they announce that the company is moving to 770 Palladium Drive.  Ottawa’s high-tech industry continues to grow, especially in the Western suburbs contributing exciting jobs and economic development.

Calian is a 35-year-old company with over 3000 employees delivering professional services around the world in the areas of Health, Training, Information Technology, Engineering and Contract Manufacturing. They also take pride in their commitment to community with their involvement as a Community Partner and strong supporter of Military families.

Welcome to the Stittsville community!

 

Ash Tree Replacement Program

The City of Ottawa has lost thousands of ash trees due to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). This invasive beetle, native to Asia was first detected in North America in 2002. Since its arrival, it has killed tens of millions of ash trees and continues to spread, causing considerable economic and ecological damage.

As a result, many private property owners are left with dead or dying ash trees. To help address this, South Nation Conservation (SNC) has collaborated with the City of Ottawa, to pilot a cost-sharing ‘Ash Tree Replacement Program’.

The program is available to property owners with affected ash tree(s) located in the City. Eligible applicants agree to use a forestry professional to confirm and remove EAB infected ash trees and to replace all removed trees with suitable native trees.

Managed similar to the Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program with the partner Conservation Authorities, the Ash Tree Replacement Program will also be managed and administered by SNC. Funding support has been provided by the City of Ottawa.

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the program’s website for more details.

Echowoods and Lloydalex

After working together with our traffic department and area residents, I have asked our traffic department to keep the intersection of Echowoods and Lloydalex as a four way stop. Traffic staff will reassess this intersection as the development continues to grow.  I pleased to inform residents that Minto has agreed to implement temporary traffic calming measures.