A letter from a neighbour: Amos Hayes on the Convent

18 05 2011

This letter comes from Amos Hayes and has been republished with permission.

Hello.

Staff has recommended allowing a permanent private access road through the Byron Linear Park. Their report is on the agenda for the planning committee on Tuesday May 24th (next Tuesday!) at City Hall (Champlain Room in the heritage part).

From what I understand, enacting their recommendation will also require a city bylaw change to permit access to a property through adjacent property.

These decisions will affect communities throughout the city.

Please pass along this information to your neighbourhood community associations and your neighbours. Please let your councillor know that this is an unacceptable use of a public park.

Report:

http://ottawa.ca/calendar/ottawa/citycouncil/pec/2011/05-24/04-%20ACS2011-ICS-PGM-0127%20Final%20Byron%20Avenue.htm

Send your comments to the planning committee:

Caitlin Salter MacDonald
(613) 580-2424 x. 28136
Caitlin.Salter-MacDonald@ottawa.ca

Bums in seats are *really* important. Come to the meeting on Tuesday at 9:30am at City Hall and let the planning committee and planners know how you feel. You can sign up to say your bit on the morning of or let the person above know sooner if you’d like to be early on the list.

Further info:

The only alternative on the staff’s table is access through Shannon Ave. (currently a narrow street which dead-ends at the property.) This would have a significant impact on residents there. Even though it has been confirmed that the southern building parking will have underground access to Richmond Rd., the city staff and the councillor are suggesting that if there is no southern access, the developer will cut down all the mature trees on the eastern side of the property (Nun’s Walk) rather than slightly adjusting building footprints to accommodate emergency/service vehicle surface access from Richmond Rd. You may recall that in November the committee was assured that all service vehicles would use the Richmond Rd. entrance either way, and that the Leighton Terrace entrance was to be the second entrance required for emergency vehicles only.

The community has been railroaded into a terrible either/or decision which pits neighbour against neighbour, all to reward a developer with an overly dense site plan. This is despicable and an affront to all communities. Please take some time to make yourself heard. Please also consider visiting http://hamptoniona.ca and donating time or money to the community appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board.

Amos Hayes
ahayes@polkaroo.net

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20 05 2011
Joan Butcher

Just received this via e-mail from Peter Hume – did she cave, or just punt?

I can confirm that, at the request of Councillor Hobbs, this item –
VEHICULAR ACCESS THROUGH THE BYRON AVENUE LINEAR PARK TO THE PROPOSED
DEVELOPMENT AT 90 RICHMOND ROAD, 114 RICHMOND ROAD AND 380 LEIGHTON
TERRACE – has been withdrawn. The November 2010 Council approved
direction “ That access for development not be permitted across the
Byron Linear Strip and adjacent Parkland” is in full force and effect.
There are no plans for the Planning Committee to consider this report
at some future date. The matter is now considered closed and as
stated earlier the November 2010 Council direction is and remains in
full force and effect. Southern access to the proposed development,
whether by Shannon Street or some other access, will be determined
at a later date but access will not by via the Byron Linear Strip
as directed by Council.

I trust this is the information you require.

Sincerely,
Peter Hume
Chair
Planning Committee.

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