Hampton Iona Looks 4ward to the Future

14 10 2017

Message from the Hampton Iona Community Group:

Think about the qualities that drew you to live in Hampton Iona. What made this part of Ottawa a place in which you wanted to live, raise a family and retire? How do you feel about the way your neighbourhood is developing now? What concerns you? What excites you? How do we retain the qualities that make this a special part of the city in which to live, while dealing with issues such as intensification and opportunities such as the LRT?

Come and join us on October 18th for a “big picture” conversation concerning the future of our corner of Kitchissippi Ward. With significant new development, infill and changing transportation systems, Hampton Iona and the rest of Kitchissippi Ward will look significantly different in 10 or 20 years. How can we have a voice in what our future will look like? What role can citizens play in designing our neighbourhoods and city; and coping with change? How can we make sure that our social and physical infrastructures keep pace with our population growth?

On October 18 from 7 pm to 9 pm, the Hampton Iona Community Group (HICG) will be holding a public conversation with Councillor Jeff Leiper: Ward 15: Looking 4ward. Facilitated by our own professional facilitator, Ken Hoffman of One World, Ward 15: Looking 4ward will be an opportunity to learn more about what is envisioned by the City of Ottawa for our area, and for us to work in small groups to discuss what is important to us. From population projections to the impact of the LRT on our neighbourhoods, this will be an opportunity for all of us to learn more about the future, the role we can play and that of our community association in helping to make decisions.

While we have all had concerns and complaints about both the impacts and implementation of intensification, we recognize that growth is going to happen. The purpose of this event is to spend a productive evening learning more about how Westboro and Kitchissippi are expected to grow, what are our key issues and how we can better control our future.

For a number of years we have had a Secondary Plan for Westboro and Richmond Road which has sadly not worked the way we intended. On October 18th, we will learn more about what we need to do to get the City to revise our Secondary Plan so that it has teeth and, what our role is in revising the Plan.

Ward15: Looking 4ward will be held in the second floor demonstration kitchen (handicap accessible) at the Loblaws Superstore (Richmond Road and Kirkwood). For details or questions, please contact HIGC at webmaster@hamptoniona.ca. We look forward to seeing you on October 18th.

Please see the attached poster for additional information.

looking 4ward flyer

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CBC.ca: Library board advised to refurbish Rosemount library to save money

12 10 2017

Library board advised to refurbish Rosemount library to save money

Building a newer, bigger branch carries too much risk, report says
CBC News Posted: Oct 09, 2017 7:30 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 10, 2017 8:29 PM ET

UPDATED

  • The library board voted on Oct. 10 to accept the recommendation to renovate the existing building.
  • Library board chair says new design will include open spaces and meeting rooms.
  • A group asking for a new library said report didn’t consider the growth of the neighbourhood.
  • The City of Ottawa should renovate — not relocate — a popular library in Hintonburg because it’s the most affordable option facing the aging building, says a new report.

On Tuesday, the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) board will receive a report recommending the least favourite idea put forward by bookworms to revitalize the Rosemount Library.

Richard Van Loon of the Rosemount Expansion and Development Group wanted the city to build a newer, modern library to replace the Rosemount branch, which turns 100 next year.

The citizen’s group was in favour of a 10,000-to-15,000-square foot facility, significantly larger than the current 6,089-square-foot building.

A firm tapped to conduct a business case to inform the board on how to proceed explored six options: rehabilitating the existing building, leasing commercial space, relocating and expanding the building, and three scenarios involving relocating the branch to vacant parklands.

After weighing all the options, staff concluded that Hintonburg ranked low in terms of projected service growth compared to other neighbourhoods.

“All six options require a significant financial investment to implement. OPL has an annual pay-as-you-go capital funding envelope of $2.6 million,” the report stated.

“With 33 branches, system-wide service pressures, and competing priorities, the preferred option is the one that is the most affordable: to renovate the existing facility.”

$2-million cost for preferred option

The preferred option comes with an estimated price tag of $2 million, according to Boxfish Consultants, the firm that made the business case.

At $2.9 million, the option favoured by the citizens’ group also turned out to be the most expensive. The analysis by the consultants ruled the first option was the only “affordable” one among the six.

“This option represents the best alignment with OPL’s strategic objectives, and is expected to be cost effective and relatively lower risk when compared to most of the other options considered,” the report stated.

If approved, construction work on the Rosemount branch would wrap up in early 2020 after an architect is chosen and public consultations are held, according to the report.

The library board also has another renewal project on its hands — a new central branch in downtown Ottawa. That project is awaiting word as to whether the federal government will be a partner on the super-library project.

The Ottawa Public Library board meets Tuesday at 5 p.m. at city hall.

The business case can be accessed here.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/library-board-urged-refurbish-rosemount-library-1.4346252





Ottawa Citizen: Leiper can’t convince planning committee to stop Byron triplex additions

12 10 2017

Leiper can’t convince planning committee to stop Byron triplex additions

Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper couldn’t convince colleagues to send a “strong message” to the local development industry on Tuesday by rejecting an application to allow fourth units in two triplexes on Byron Avenue.

Leiper effectively wanted the planning committee to force Peloso Construction to fight at the Ontario Municipal Board if the company wants additional units in both 266 and 270 Byron Ave.

“Send it back,” Leiper told councillors.

Leiper suggested the community was hoodwinked into believing these buildings would only have three units, since a fourth unit in each building was roughed in during construction.

The land-use requirements for the two triplexes were approved by the committee of adjustment in 2015. The current application requires approvals from the planning committee and council since it calls for a change in zoning to allow an additional unit in each building.

Murray Chown, the planning consultant representing Peloso, told the committee it’s “the most discreet form of intensification that planning committee and council can deal with.”

The four-unit buildings would complete the block since there are low-rise apartments nearby, Chown said.

Leiper said these kinds of applications “destroy” residents’ trust in the planning process.

Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley said Leiper was just asking the city to waste tax dollars by wanting the application to be the subject of an OMB hearing.

It would be difficult for the city to fight because its own planners support the rezoning application.

Leiper was on the losing end of the 8-1 vote to approve the application.

Council will vote Oct. 25.

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http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/leiper-cant-convince-planning-committee-to-stop-byron-triplex-additions





Walk With Big Trees: October 15 and 22

2 10 2017

BIG TREES of Kitchissippi is hosting the following events in October. Additional information is available on their website here.

BIG TREES of Kitchissippi is hosting two outdoor walking events, open to all, in October 2017. Celebrate the season and our big trees by learning more, talking to experts, and meeting other tree enthusiasts.

October 15, 2017 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Champlain Park Tree Walk – Meet at Champlain Park fieldhouse, 149 Cowley Ave.

On Sept. 27, four bur oaks in Champlain Park neighbourhood were named as heritage trees by the provincial group, Forests Ontario. On our first Walk with Trees, you’ll visit these 4 heritage trees and learn what makes them special. Plan to identify at least 3 other tree species common in Kitchissippi Ward as we move between the bur oak locations in Champlain Park neighbourhood.

Your hosts for the walk are local residents involved in BIG TREES of Kitchissippi and in the Neighbourwoods tree mapping project that’s active in Champlain Park, as well as the Champlain Oaks project. They will invite a discussion on how to protect mature trees from a two persistent pests: insects and the effects of human activity!

In case of drizzle, we will proceed with the walk. In case of heavy rain, we will move inside the fieldhouse at Champlain Park.

October 22, 2017 1:30 to 3:30 pm – Hampton Park Tree Walk –Meet near the wading pool, at the parking lot off Parkview Road, which can only be accessed from Kirkwood Avenue, via either Buell St. or Sebring Ave.

Join us for a guided Walk with tree enthusiast and master tree identifier Owen Clarkin. What species are the trees in Hampton Park? How old are they? How are they doing? Owen will share his wealth of knowledge about trees, and stories about what makes these particular trees so fascinating and important.

Forest therapy guide Andrea Prazmowski will be on hand to talk about the benefits trees provide, and their value in Ottawa’s urban environment.

For the final part of the session, we’ll have a Q & A session with tree enthusiasts who live in Kitchissippi Ward. Find out how you can get involved in protecting and planting trees — for today and for future generations.

In case of drizzle, we will proceed. In case of heavy rain, please meet at Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive.

At this event, we’ll collect donations to cover costs associated with Owen’s time.





Event on November 3: Cornerstone Housing for Women

29 09 2017

Cornerstone Housing for Women, in partnership with Jennifer Luce present Art, Architecture and Landscape: Spaces for Healing, Connection and Community.

The event will be held at Orange Gallery on November 3 from 6-8pm. Tickets are $60 each and all proceeds support the Building the Dream Campaign.

More information is available in the attached poster and from www.cornerstonewomen.ca

cornerstone





Westboro Garage Sale – Saturday, June 10, 2017

23 05 2017

Our Wild Wild WESTboro Garage Sale is happening June 10th. Book your table now and help support your community association.

To reserve your table for a mere $10, please visit: www.dovercourt.org. Under “Find a Program” select “Community Events” and from there you and choose your table.

 

 

 

 

 





Wild Westboro Garage Sale, Sat. May 31, 8am-11am at Dovercourt – Book Your Table Today!

12 05 2014

Whether you are buying or selling, the annual Wild Wild Westboro Garage Sale is a fun time! See the poster for more details (pdf).

There are a few tables left….so act fast!

The garage sale takes place around the wading pool area at Dovercourt Recreation Centre, 411 Dovercourt Ave. Tables are available to rent for $10 from Dovercourt and can be booked online, in person at Dovercourt or by phone, 613-798-8950 ext. 0. (See the table map for table/ number reference).

We will also have the Morris Home Team bouncy house as an added attraction for the kids; proceeds to benefit the WCA.

This year we are encouraging members of the community to bring in used bikes to donate to RightBike. RightBike is a community owned-and-operated bike share service operating in the neighbourhoods of Westboro, Wellington West, and the Glebe. A Causeway Social Enterprise, RightBike is designed to support employment and economic development while encouraging sustainable transportation choices. Dovercourt is a RightBike hub during cycling season.

Please note there is no rain date. The garage sale will proceed in a light drizzle but if heavy rains are predicted the garage sale will be cancelled and refunds will be issued. We will update the website on Saturday morning to confirm the weather status. Table rentals will be refunded if it is rained out.

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