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

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1946 Scott Street: Site Plan Control Proposal and Minor Zoning By-law Amendment

1 10 2017

From the City of Ottawa:

This is the formal circulation of the planning application noted above. Below is a link to the application on the City’s Development Application Search Tool where you will find information about the application and all of the submitted plans, reports, surveys and accompanying documents you will need to review the application. Also attached is the application summary.

Link to the Site Plan Control Application on DevApps is here.

Link to the Zoning By-law Amendment Application on DevApps is here.

Please comment directly to the File Lead through the “Send comments to the file lead” link of DevApps.

Note that the deadline date for comments is October 25, 2017.





Survey on responsible trail management in Gatineau Park

29 04 2017

Hello,
We are seeking your input on the initiative for responsible trail management in Gatineau Park. In order to complete the survey, we suggest consulting the NCC’s website, where you will find further information about the initiative. The survey will be available online until May 15, 2017.
Your comments will be analyzed, and will be taken into consideration, where possible, in finalizing the results of the responsible trail management initiative for Gatineau Park.
Your opinion is greatly valued, and we hope to continue working with you in the near future, as this initiative is implemented. The public consultation of April 27, 2017, is available for viewing on YouTube.

Complete the survey here.

Sincerely,
Christie Spence
Director, Quebec Urban Lands and Gatineau Park
Sondage sur la gestion responsable des sentiers du parc de la Gatineau

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Bonjour,
Nous souhaitons connaître votre opinion sur le projet de gestion responsable des sentiers du parc de la Gatineau. Avant de répondre au sondage, nous vous suggérons de consulter le site Web de la CCN où vous trouverez de l’information sur ce projet. Le sondage sera accessible en ligne jusqu’au 15 mai 2017.
Nous analyserons vos commentaires et nous en tiendrons compte pour bonifier le projet de gestion responsable des sentiers du parc de la Gatineau, lorsque cela sera possible.
Votre opinion nous importe et nous espérons continuer de collaborer avec vous pour la mise en œuvre de ce projet. Vous pouvez voir la séance de consultation publique du 27 avril 2017 sur YouTube.

Compléter le sondage ici.
Sincères salutations.
La directrice, Terrains urbains du Québec et parc de la Gatineau,
Christie Spence





Proposed Policy for Posting 30 km/hr speed: Letter From Friends of Broadview Ave Committee

26 04 2017

Below is a letter from the Friends of Broadview Ave Committee on the city’s proposed policy for posting 30 km/hr speed limits.

Our apologies for the delay in posting this.

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April 4, 2017

Dear Mayor Watson, Councillor Egli, and other members of the Transportation Committee,

It just came to our attention last night that the Transportation Committee will be discussing for approval the draft “Policy for Posting 30 km/hr speed limits” this Wednesday. As we will not be able to attend the meeting with such short notice, we are writing to share with you our concerns with the policy as drafted.

To be clear, we strongly support the introduction of a policy to allow for 30 km/hr speed zones in order to promote a safe and liveable city. We have been advocating for 30 km/hr speed limits in school zones and other areas where vulnerable populations are at risk for several years. This would be consistent with other cities, including across the river in Gatineau.

However, we cannot support this policy for two reasons: 1) the focus on existing road conditions may lead to the exclusion of streets where there are vulnerable populations and a real need for lower speed limits; and 2) the “petition” approach is ineffective since it leads to inconsistencies in application across the city and overall poor neighbourhood planning.

With regard to the first point, we would kindly request answers to the following questions and would suggest that the Committee reflect on these answers before making any decision on the Policy. Specifically:
– How many roads near schools (listed in Document 1 of the background material) will qualify under this proposed policy?
– How many roads with temporary traffic calming measures, identified as priority areas by their respective Councillors, will qualify? (i.e. the traffic calming flags, some of which even say 30 km/hr)

In our neighbourhood, due to the width requirements, it is unclear if Broadview Ave will be eligible even though there are three schools with a total of over 2,500 students on only three blocks. Further, Dovercourt Ave, where hundreds of students walk between the elementary school and Dovercourt Recreation Center, will not qualify since there is transit service (would it really hurt for the bus to slow down for a few blocks?). Both these streets are minor collectors and were not designed for massive through traffic, yet they are absorbing increased traffic, travelling at higher speeds, resulting from intensification in the area.

Our second concern relates to the fact that many of the downtown wards have streets designed in a grid pattern. Given the current default speed limit of 50 km/hr, this policy would now enable two parallel streets with similar characteristics to have a 20 km/hr difference in their speed limits strictly because residents on one street are more vocal and have the time/inclination to collect the necessary signatures. It took the Hintonburg Community Association approximately 1700 hours to get the petitions necessary to ensure a community wide reduction in the speed limit. It is not realistic to expect all neighbourhoods to do this. In fact, by focusing on petitions, this policy provides less protection to communities composed of lower income or new immigrant families as they are less likely to have the means or understand the processes to mobilize and request the change. That is unacceptable.

Further, the “petition approach” can lead to poor neighbour planning and unintentional negative outcomes. As an example, based on the petition approach for 40 km/hr streets, Dovercourt Ave. was converted to 40 km/hr from Sherbourne Ave to Denbury Ave but remained 50 km/hr from Denbury Ave to Churchill Ave since Denbury Ave is the dividing line of the two community associations. Not only was this nonsensical, it was also dangerous since the speed limit increased right in front of an elementary school! Our committee lobbied our previous Councillor for over a year and worked with our current Councillor for 6 months to get this fixed. Can you imagine the number of cases that may arise with potential 20 km/hr difference in speed limits? As individual streets are converted to 30 km/hr, traffic patterns will change and is very likely there will be undesirable consequences. Further, budgets for temporary traffic calming measures, which are already insufficient, will be stretched even further – and possibly directed away from more pressing community needs – to meet the policy’s requirement of reducing the entrance throat of roadways to 7meters. Why have Area Traffic Management Plans if this new policy is going to further encourage a one-off approach?

On a final note, while we understand that the city is waiting for provincial decisions that would allow lower speed limits by default since the costs of putting up signage on every street is prohibitive, our overall question is: does it make sense for the city to prioritize streets to appease “squeaky wheels” or should the city prioritize lower speed limits based on overall community need? We strongly believe it should be the latter. As such, we are writing to ask the Committee not to approve this policy, but instead to develop a new draft based on sound public policy objectives – specifically, the purpose should be to make Ottawa a livable and safe city by ensuring our streets are safe for all users and vulnerable populations in particular. 30 km/hr speed zones should be implemented first and foremost in school zones and other community areas with vulnerable populations and should be introduced in a consistent manner across the city.

Sincerely,

Andy Czajkowski, Gary Larkin and Laura Griggs (co-chairs of the Friends of Broadview Ave Committee)





Churchill Avenue Rehabilitation Update

20 11 2013

The following is a brief status report of the Churchill Avenue Rehabilitation as of November 18th, 2013.       

Churchill Ave Cycle Lanes

Thank you again for your continued patience during the construction of this complex project.  Below is a summary of work that has been completed so far, what is in store for the remainder of this year, and some details on what is to come in 2014. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for your continued cooperation throughout the construction process.

For further information on the project please visit the project website

Progress to Date

  • All traffic control signals and related roadway modifications at Kirkwood Avenue and Clare Street are complete.

The following works on Churchill Avenue between Princeton Avenue/Clare Street and Carling Avenue have been completed or are on-going:

  • Installation of new gas mains has been completed.
  • Construction of new storm sewers, sanitary sewers, and watermain, including works on connecting side streets has been completed.
  • Road excavation and placement of Granular ‘B’ sub-base for the new road has been completed.
  • Rock drilling and placement of new Hydro poles has been completed.
  • Construction of new concrete curbs is on-going.
  • Miscellaneous traffic control signals, street lighting, and other utility works have been on-going throughout.
  • Hydro Ottawa overhead line construction and transfers in order to allow for the removal of the old poles will continue throughout the fall of 2013, and into the winter of 2013/14.
  • Line painting on the new roadway.
  • Sewer and watermain construction on Churchill Avenue between Princeton Avenue/Clare Street and Byron Avenue will commence in the spring of 2014, following gas main construction, and will continue into the summer months, with road works (curbs, sidewalks, cycle tracks, paving, etc.) and utility pole relocations taking place through the latter portion of the summer and into the fall.

Works for the Remainder of 2013

  • Concrete curb construction will be completed on Churchill Avenue between Princeton Avenue/Clare Street and Carling Avenue, including connecting side streets.
  • Following concrete curb construction, the placement of Granular ‘A’ road base, including vibratory compaction and fine grading of the new roadway will be completed in advance of paving.
  • Paving of base and intermediate courses of roadway asphalt will be completed on Churchill Avenue between Princeton Avenue/Clare Street and Carling Avenue.
  • Construction of temporary asphalt sidewalks behind the newly constructed curbs will be completed for the winter months, along with temporary driveway reinstatements to all residences.  Asphalt ramps will be provided along the newly constructed curbs at each driveway location until such time that surface course asphalt is paved.

2014 Construction

  • Construction of new concrete sidewalks, raised cycle tracks, boulevards, final driveway reinstatements and detailed landscaping will commence in the spring of 2014 on Churchill Avenue between Princeton Avenue/Clare Street and Carling Avenue.
  • Gas main construction on Churchill Avenue between Princeton Avenue/Clare Street and Byron Avenue is expected to commence over the winter months, with completion by the spring of 2014.
  •  Southbound traffic will be detoured away from the construction site via Byron Avenue and Kirkwood Avenue when sewer and watermain construction on Churchill Avenue between Byron Avenue and Princeton Avenue/Clare Street commences.
  • OC Transpo Route 150 will return to its regular route over the winter months, and will then be detoured back to Kirkwood Avenue once mainline sewer and watermain construction commence on Churchill Avenue, north of Princeton Avenue/Clare Street in the spring of 2014.
  • OC Transpo Route 16 will return to its regular route once Churchill Avenue is reopened to two-way traffic, and will not be affected by the 2014 construction.

Traffic Detour / Bus Detours

  • Between Carling Avenue and Princeton Avenue/Clare Street, southbound traffic will continue on the current detour to Kirkwood Avenue from Churchill Avenue via Clare Street throughout the fall.  Churchill Avenue is anticipated to re-open to two-way traffic in early December 2013.

As per Katherine Hobbs website: http://ourkitchissippi.ca/construction/churchill-avenue-rehabilitation-update/





Emerald Ash Borer – Winter Tree Removal Planned

15 02 2013

As noted on Katherine Hobbs website.

You may soon notice some orange marks on trees in your neighbourhood.

Staff are in the process of starting to mark dead Ash trees in the ward for removal over this winter. The following streets have trees on them that need to be removed:
•Tillbury – Churchill to Cole
•Broadview – Carling to Ernest
•Ernest
•Rex
•Kerr
•Woodward – Clyde to Courtwood

Staff will mark the trees and be leaving information for the homeowner on Emerald Ash Borer and the City’s program. In these areas the City has done some work already such as interplanting and tree injection.

More details on Councillor’s website: http://ourkitchissippi.ca/news/emerald-ash-borer-winter-tree-removal-planned/





Have your say in selecting public art for Churchill Avenue

2 01 2013

Ottawa – Residents will have an opportunity to meet the four shortlisted artists/artist teams and review their proposals for public art to be installed at the intersection of Churchill and Byron avenues. The road reconstruction project, scheduled for completion in the spring of 2014, will improve the pedestrian corridors, feature separated cycling lanes and implement traffic calming and transit priority measures.
Four of the 14 local artists/artist teams that responded to the call to artists: request for proposals, have been shortlisted and an opportunity to meet the artists, view the proposals, and record your comments will take place on Monday, January 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Churchill Seniors Centre at 345 Richmond Road. Comments from the public will be provided to the Art Selection Committee as they deliberate and select the winning proposal.
Public input will ensure that residents and future visitors to the Westboro community will be able to view innovative public art integrated into the streetscape. The four finalists – Marcus Kucey Jones, Don Maynard, Jennifer Stead and artist team Oded and Pamela Ravek – will present sketches, scale models or maquettes and detailed work plans including budgets of the proposed artworks.
The City of Ottawa commissions local artists’ works for display in public spaces from a per cent of funds that is set aside for municipal development projects. Public art is found in municipal buildings, open spaces, pedestrian corridors, roadways, and transit ways. It creates a unique sense of place, a destination, focal points for activity, and meeting places.
For more information, please call 613-244-3745 or e-mail publicartprogram@ottawa.ca








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