Town Hall meeting – termination of postal home delivery announced by Canada Post

9 04 2014

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Hello to Kitchissippi Community group friends,

I am contacting you all, quite belatedly, to let you know about an open 7pm Town Hall meeting scheduled to take place tomorrow night at the Hintonburg Community Centre. The meeting, organized by Kitchissippi residents involved in a group called Solidarity Against Austerity, will feature a panel discussion about the proposed termination of postal home delivery announced by Canada Post Corporation in December. The organizing group is strongly opposed to this proposal, and we are convinced that most Kitchissippi residents – and most Canadians – share this view. Our challenge is that the proposal was announced amidst a great deal of unclear or inaccurate information about the situation at Canada Post, and so a first priority for us is to correct the record and generate more serious discussion about what is happening – and what we might do about it.

I do apologize for the very late notice to you all about this event. The planning for the Town Hall was done very quickly and I only just today was provided with the contact information for each of your organizations (apart from HCA, of which I am a member).

I am hoping that you might consider sharing this note and/or the notice attached below to your respective executives or even membership email lists if you consider it to be of interest. To be clear, the idea of this Town Hall is to bring the discussion about an issue that affects everyone in Canada down to the community – or Ward – level. One of the advantages of this is that it allows a discussion to take place among neighbours and members of the same local community. Another is that it allows us to take stock of the leadership that our own elected leaders are exercising, including at the municipal level. Just so you know, we are told that some 32 different cities across Canada have passed resolutions or made statements expressing some degree of opposition to the proposal to terminate our home delivery. While the cities of Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal are on that list, the City of Ottawa is not. In the view of the event organizers, we would like to know why – and we hope that the Town Hall will be an opportunity to discuss the issue in a more informed way, and to find answers to this question. Beyond this, we also hope to discuss other ways that we might consider to amplify the voices of those of us who prefer to retain our home delivery, and discuss ways to enhance postal services.

While our organizing group is a small number composed of volunteers only, we have had some success in getting the word out about the Town Hall. We have placed a listing for it in the last two issues of Kitchissippi Times, and also requested that the HCA distribute the notice attached below on its email list. There has also been some street postering on Wellington, some leafletting, and a Facebook event group. We expect a good turnout tomorrow — but we recognize that our promotion efforts were focused in the neighbourhoods that the main organizers actually live (in and near Hintonburg). The Kitchissippi Times will be sending a reporter, and we hope other media may also decide to cover it.

Finally, you may find it of interest that we have built into the Town Hall a “Forum” period (after the main panel presentations) during which current elected leaders and all nominated candidates for the Ward 15 seat on City Council will be welcomed to speak or to submit written comments about the issues under discussion for reading aloud. I can confirm (as of today) that both of the two nominated non-incumbent candidates for Council (Jeff Leiper and Dovi Chein) plan to attend, and we have also received written statements from both Mayor Watson and Councillor Hobbs. The written statements will be read aloud to the Town Hall. We think this will make for a very dynamic and interesting event.

Thanks very much. If any of you have any questions about any of this, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at the phone or email below.

Kevin Skerrett

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Making Infill Construction More Compatible

8 04 2014

Making Infill Construction More Compatible
Closing the loophole on Residential Conversions
Dear Neighbours,

I want to bring to your attention two important matters recommended for Council approval at Planning Committee yesterday.

First is the update to the Infill By-law 2012-147. This update is a response to the interim ruling by the Ontario Municipal Board following an appeal of the 2012 Infill By-law by a group of infill developers. In short, the new policy is “your street gives you your rules.” Each infill, and any request for a new driveway, will be required to complete a Streetscape Character Analysis. A member of staff will be dedicated to reviewing these analyses, which will detail 1) the front yard pattern, 2) the parking patterns, and 3) the entranceway patterns of the area before any permit to construct a building or for a curb cut is issued.

The new rules will apply both to new construction and renovations/expansions that affect the front of a property. It will be required to follow the prevailing character on the street determined by analysing the patterns of the 5 homes on either side of your property, as well as the home across the street and the 5 on each side of it.

This item will go to Council on May 14th to be considered by the Ontario Municipal Board in July. This timeline will allow for an expedited consideration of the new by-law and may result in its implementation as much as a year sooner.

Second is the Zoning Amendment on Residential Conversions, which removes the loophole of a ‘converted dwelling’ from the zoning by-law. This will preclude developers converting houses into 4+ unit apartment buildings in areas where they would not be allowed as new builds, and will add more stringent regulations where they are otherwise allowed. The map below notes where these changes will have an effect, including in Kitchissippi Ward. Areas in purple are zoned R3 which will now only allow up to three unit dwellings, areas in green are R4 and in pink are R5, in these areas, the more stringent rules that apply to low-rise apartment buildings will now also apply if a low-rise apartment building (defined as 4 units or more) is being developed as a result of converting an existing dwelling. The zoning amendment also places more stringent rules on landscaping and parking for low-rise apartment buildings in these residential zones to improve compatibility.

While the impetus for this change were conversions in Old Ottawa South and Sandy Hill relating to demand for housing for students, the issue for planning was with the building and neighbourhood character, and the new rules will apply city-wide regardless of what occupation the residents have. This item will go to Council on April 23rd.

You can read both reports, review the minutes and listen to the audiocast from the Planning Committee meeting here:

If you have any questions or comments, please reply to this email or call me at 613-580-2485.




8 03 2014

From: Hobbs, Katherine []
Sent: Friday, March 07, 2014 10:19 AM

Following is an update on LINKING ZONING TO NEIGHBOURHOODS! This month revisions to the Infill guidelines will be coming to Planning Committee. Leading up to this point the Working Group (which included the Appellants to the OMB, other members of the industry, a couple of infill architects/designers, and representatives of community associations in the Mature Neighbourhoods) met six times, including two design charrettes. City Planner Alain Miguelez or other planners on his staff have held further meetings with Community Associations a further eight times, and with the Appellants a further three times. In total between public and internal working groups there have been 27 meetings on this file.

I applaud Alain and his team for the open and transparent process on this issue of such importance to the character of our neighbourhoods! This has been an important discussion in our mature neighbourhoods — as the guidelines only pertain to our mature neighbourhoods in the urban areas, including Kitchissippi Ward. I do want to thank the members from our Community Associations in Kitchissippi who have worked diligently alongside the City planners and helped shape these guidelines in such a positive way, and helped inform the revisions.

There are two more presentations coming up in Kitchissippi by Alain and his team prior to Planning Committee, but I thought I would share a report by the Old Ottawa South Community Association on their website, as it is quite comprehensive.

I hope you will find it interesting. But if you have any questions, or would like more information please let me know.

Infill Bylaw Meeting – New Infill Guidelines and Zoning By-laws

8 03 2014

For the past several months, the City of Ottawa has been working with various community association representatives and representatives from the development industry to revise the in-fill bylaw. This revised by-law will be going to Planning Committee later in March. The Westboro Beach Community Association has organized a public meeting for the area (including Hampton Iona) to discuss the proposed bylaw with the public. Alain Miguelez, Program Manager for Zoning and Intensification will be the guest speaker at this meeting. All are encouraged to attend. With all of the infill that we are seeing in our neighbourhoods, this bylaw and the future Infill Bylaw 2 could have a significant impact on what this infill will look like.

New Infill Guidelines and Zoning By-laws

Our neighbourhood, and other established neighbourhoods, have long complained about the lack of compatibility of new infill homes in mature neighbourhoods such as ours. The City has listened and together with a working group of representatives from community associations and the building trade, has undertaken to study infill and to make changes to infill guidelines and zoning by-laws.

The WBCA will host a meeting on the new infill guidelines and zoning by-laws. These cover parking, front yards, entranceways – the streetscape. Comments could include height, massing and rear and side setbacks but they will be part of a further similar study on infill.

The guidelines will apply to all new home construction and to existing properties. They will apply to YOU if you plan renovations or additions to your home.

Your opportunity to learn what they are, to ask questions and make comments will be on:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Churchill Seniors Centre, 345 Richmond Road

Guest: Alain Miguelez
City of Ottawa, Program Manager, Zoning and Intensification


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