Date Changed to Saturday June 22: Save Byron Place Neighbourhood Fundraiser

14 06 2019

Note that the event is now taking place on Saturday, June 22.

From the Save Byron Place neighbourhood group:



Richmond Road construction partial detour to Byron

10 06 2019

From the Office of Councillor Leiper:


As I’ve been noting in the newsletter, there is urgent construction planned to repair the the water main on Richmond Road between Redwood and Fraser. This week, an open house was held at which the City made public its plan to divert eastbound traffic onto Byron for the project, which would likely take place from around the end of July to as late as November this year.

As shown in the attached display board (click the picture to embiggen), Richmond would become a westbound one-way, while eastbound traffic would be diverted to Byron (which would remain two-way).

Richmond cannot safely accomodate two-way traffic during the construction. While the width of the construction will actually be fairly narrow, the machinery needs room to work and two traffic lanes can’t be maintained through the corridor.

Eastbound buses will, as a consequence, be diverted as well (the 11 and 153).

My first concern is for pedestrian and cycling safety. I have taken the initial step of asking the City to consider crossing guards at the affected intersections to account for the higher level of traffic on Byron. Advisory cycling lanes were to be installed soon and those are being delayed until some time after the detour. While the MUP is available as a safe, segregated route for cyclists, I am evaluating whether or not there are additional measures we can request from the City and would be interested in hearing your suggestions and feedback.



4 06 2019

Councillor Jeff Leiper is holding an open house tonight for this project, which we are firmly opposed to.  The developer is seeking a zoning change to support the construction of a massive six storey condo with a party room on the roof, with 76 units and 65 parking spaces, all abutting on single family homes.

We need you to come out and voice your concerns.

June 4, 6:30 p.m. Churchill Seniors Centre, 345 Richmond Road

Highway 417: Carling Westbound Off Ramp

30 05 2019

Per the MTO:


The Highway 417 Westbound Off Ramp at Carling is tentatively scheduled to be re-opened on May 30, 2019.

The Wild, Wild Westboro Garage Sale is This Saturday!

29 05 2019

The Wild, Wild Westboro Garage Sale is Back

It’s that time again – our community garage sale returns! Join us at the Dovercourt Community Centre on Saturday June 1 to sell your items (no baked goods, please) and meet your neighbours.

When: Saturday, June 1 2019 from 8am-11am

Where: Dovercourt recreation Centre

Tables are now available for rent ($10 each) through Dovercourt either in person, by phone (613-798-8950 ext. 0) or online (here).

City of Ottawa: Official Plan Update

29 05 2019


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New Official Plan: Discussion Papers

Everyone will face the challenges of the future together. We are preparing for the future with a brand new Official Plan -the strategic document that guides our city’s growth and development.

The review of the Official Plan is a three-year project with opportunities to provide comments throughout the process. Following adoption by Council, the Plan will be sent to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The Ministry would then take up to six months to review and approve the Official Plan. Approval by the Ministry is expected by mid-2022.

What are some of the biggest issues facing the city? Nine discussion papers outline some of the main themes of the Official Plan review and identify ideas for moving forward:

The Building Blocks for a Healthy Ottawa
Climate Adaptation and Resiliency
The Economy
The Greater Ottawa-Gatineau Area
Infrastructure and Water Management
Natural Ottawa
Rural Ottawa

Discussion Paper Highlight: The Building Blocks for a Healthy Ottawa
Health starts in our communities. Through the Official Plan, we can plan, build and use our communities so that people have more opportunities to lead healthy lives. Areas of focus are as follows:

Neighbourhood Design: Building compact, well-connected neighbourhoods that include different types of housing, shops and services, schools, employment and greenspaces can make it easier to meet daily needs by foot or by bicycle and reduce dependence on driving.

Transportation: The way we design our roads and transportation networks affects how we decide to travel and live our lives.

Housing: Having access to affordable and safe housing that is suitable to your stage of life and supports various life situations is important for physical and mental health.

Food: Lack of nutritious food can lead to chronic diseases like heart disease. Ensuring that people can access local, healthy food easily and safely by walking, biking and transit supports healthy eating.

Natural Environments and Greenspaces: Nature and greenspaces affect physical and mental health in many ways. Climate change will make our communities hotter in the summer. Greenspaces, including recreational spaces and parks, with trees and vegetation can help filter and cool the air, reduce stress, promote physical activity, and buffer noise.

What’s important in your neighbourhood? How can we make the city better? The OP’s online feedback form will be open until May 31, 2019.

For more information on the new OP, please visit the webpage.

Open House: Highcroft Ave, Churchill Ave & Byron Place Proposed Development

23 05 2019

From the Office of Councillor Jeff Leiper:


433 & 435 Churchill Ave, 468, 470 & 472 Byron Place Development

Zoning By-Law Amendment Application & Site Plan Control + Open House

You may recall that for a while now, we’ve been in the early stages of discussing a proposed development at Churchill Ave and Byron Place. We held a community meeting for this conceptual development in October, the details of which can be found here. The applicants took the community feedback, made some revisions to their plans, and have now formally submitted a Zoning By-Law Amendment Application and Site Plan Control for this development project.

They are proposing a new six-storey mixed-use building with approximately 76 residential units and two at-grade commercial units facing Churchill Ave. The project fronts Churchill Ave, Byron Place as well as Highcroft Ave. The commercial units are designed for pedestrian access from Churchill. An underground parking garage is proposed to have 59 resident parking spaces, 6 visitor spaces and 45 bicycle parking spaces, and will be accessed via Highcroft. Stepbacks are proposed on the building at the fifth and sixth levels along Churchill, with stepbacks after the fourth storey along Byron and Highcroft. Waste collection is proposed to be internal and collected via Churchill.

The development proposal also includes three “parklette” concepts for a section of Byron Place.

More details on this development, including the three “parkelette” concepts can be found on DevApps:

Zoning By-Law Amendment

Site Plan Control 

Now that the applications have been formally submitted, we encourage you to send feedback both to our office (via and/or as well as to the lead planner on the file (via The lead planner has the previously-submitted community comments and they will be taken into consideration, but please review the proposal with the details and consider submitting your comments again. If you want to be on the notification list for this development, you’ll have to resubmit your old comments or send revised comments to Andrew (

Our office is also hosting another public information session for this development:

Tuesday, June 4 


Presentation begins at 7:00pm

Churchill Senior’s Centre (Main Hall – gym)

The applicant’s team will be on hand to run through the applications, and the lead planner will be available to field process questions. Jeff will also facilitate a Q + A.

Thank you and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.


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