Notice of Public Meeting: 403 Tweedsmuir Avenue

14 02 2018

From the City of Ottawa’s Planning Department:

The applicant and the Councillor’s office have scheduled an Open House meeting on Thursday February 22, 2018, to discuss the proposed rezoning application to allow for the future redevelopment of 403 Tweedsmuir Avenue into a six storey mixed-use apartment and hotel.

All members of the public are invited to attend.

When: Thursday February 22, 2018 from 6:30pm-8:30pm

Where: 190 Richmond Road, Real Canadian Superstore Test Kitchen (upstairs)

The applicant’s team will be providing display boards with various images of the proposal and members of the applicant team will be circulating the room to answer any questions about the proposal.

The notice prepared by the applicant is attached.

403 Tweedsmuir – notice of public meeting


Working Together to Stop Graffiti: City of Ottawa Graffiti and Mural Program

11 02 2018
Working Together to Stop Graffiti: City of Ottawa Graffiti and Mural Program
When graffiti is placed on public or private property, it is considered vandalism and it is against the law. The City of Ottawa has a program  to address graffiti vandalism and to provide a clean and welcoming community for all residents, businesses and visitors.  The sooner graffiti is reported, the sooner it can be removed, reducing the likelihood of recurrence by as much is 85%.
To report graffiti in your neighbourhood, call the city’s service line at 311 or complete the form available online.
Links to the city’s website and additional information on controlling graffiti can be found here.

Register to Speak: Rochester Field Development Zoning

21 01 2018

From Councillor Jeff Leiper:

City staff to recommend Rochester Field development zoning

I have made clear my disappointment that staff recommend approving a zoning and Official Plan amendment for Rochester Field giving the NCC the ability to develop a portion of the land along Richmond Road. If approved, it would cluster development on Richmond and rob the community of the promised green corridor through that greenspace. Read the report and my summary here. It is slated to be debated by Planning Committee on January 23. I hope that many of the ward’s residents will consider coming out Tuesday to speak to the item. Anyone can address the Planning Committee for five minutes. The meeting starts at 9:30, and this is the first item, so speakers should begin shortly after the meeting begins.


When: January 23 at 9:30 am.

Where: Champlain Room, City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa

If you wish to speak to the Committee: Please call the Committee Coordinator, Melanie Duffenais at 613-580-2424, extension 20113 in advance of the meeting and preferably, by at least 4:30 p.m. on the day before the meeting.

Additional information needed to register can be found in the attached document.

Rochester Field – B. Finlay – Letter




Zoning By-law Amendment for 398 – 406 Roosevelt Avenue

18 01 2018

From the City of Ottawa:

Zoning By-law Amendment for 398 – 406 Roosevelt Avenue

This is to advise you that the Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department has received an application for a Zoning By-law Amendment at 398, 402, and 406 Roosevelt Avenue to permit the redevelopment of the site for a six-storey mixed use building. The proposed development includes two commercial units, 35 residential condominium units, an underground parking garage with 23 parking spaces, and a rear surface parking lot with nine spaces.

An on-site sign will be posted shortly, and all community groups registered in this area will receive the full circulation package in the mail within the coming weeks. Details about the proposal will also be available on by searching under application number D02-02-17-0125.

Community Heads-up – Zoning By-law Amendment – 403 Tweedsmuir Ave

17 01 2018

From the City of Ottawa’s Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department:

Community Heads-up – Zoning By-law Amendment – 403 Tweedsmuir Ave

Please be advised that Planning Services has received an application for a Zoning By-law Amendment application for 403 Tweedsmuir Avenue.

The site is located in Westboro neighbourhood, one lot south of the intersection of Richmond Road and Tweedsmuir Avenue. The site is approximately 980 square metres in area, with approximately 26 metres of frontage along Tweedsmuir Avenue.

The site is currently occupied by a two-storey motel (Richmond Plaza Motel) and associated parking. To the north, the site abuts a nine-storey building that fronts onto Richmond Road (236 Richmond Road). To the east, the site abuts the parking lot for a retail store (LCBO) and retail food store (Canadian Superstore). To the south, the property abuts a four-storey low-rise apartment dwelling. To the west, the site abuts the Tweedsmuir Avenue right-of-way, beyond which is a variety of low-rise residential uses.

The City of Ottawa has received a Zoning By-law Amendment application to permit a six-storey mixed-use building with residential and hotel uses. An underground parking garage is proposed to include 25 vehicular parking spaces.


Please find attached a location map. The application will be circulated shortly.


Location Map – 403 Tweedsmuir

From Councillor Jeff Leiper on Official Plan amendment for Rochester Field

17 01 2018
From Councillor Jeff Leiper on Official Plan amendment for Rochester Field.

 City of Ottawa staff recommend approval of Rochester Field plan

Disappointingly, City planning staff have recommended that Council approve a zoning and Official Plan amendment for Rochester Field that would see future development in the park along Richmond Road.

I’ve attached a copy of the staff report below that will be published next week for the agenda of the January 23 Planning Committee.

Since it was originally shown at the open house, there have been greater setbacks introduced to better protect the mature trees on the southern edge of the site, as well more space to the homes on Fraser. Otherwise, the plan is essentially the same. That means that there is no “green corridor” linking Richmond to the SJAM park as was contemplated in the original agreement between the City and NCC.

My objections to this proposal remain as I set them out in a blog post on November 19. Below, I’ve pasted my comments that appear in the staff report.

I reached out after the open house to the Mayor to seek his help in bringing the NCC back to the table, given his strong language at the NCC board meeting at which this was discussed, but I am uncertain as to his current position. Further, I am still hopeful that our MP and Minister of the Environment Catherine McKenna can be prevailed upon to raise this at the Cabinet level. At the end of the day, the decision to eventually develop this land is the NCC’s. I and residents are baffled that they would even contemplate this.

The timing by the NCC for proceeding with this is driven by its redevelopment plan for the SJAM linear park, which is tied to LRT construction. I understand that they want certainty about where they will be able to build their park, and what’s out-of-bounds. There is no actual development proposal for the property, and even if this is passed by Council we will still have time to lobby the NCC and federal government to abandon this scheme It is simply disappointing that the City might be complicit in its progression, however.

I want to note that there has been a good discussion about whether the portion retained for open space parkland should be left relatively untouched, or whether it should be more manicured. I have my personal preference, but this was a matter of consultation by the NCC with residents, and it is their land. I know some residents will be uncomfortable with the level of programmed space, but that is the NCC’s decision and it will be accountable for it. I will trust that they are implementing, after a good consultation, what they heard a majority of residents want.

And, I want to be fair in recognizing that the NCC has proposed a much smaller amount of development than the original agreement would allow. The original deal would see 2/3 of the site permitted to be developed. They are now proposing that 80% would be park. I believe we can do better, particularly with respect to the link between the River and Richmond, but that won’t be possible unless Council forces the NCC back to the table by rejecting this Official Plan amendment.

My strong encouragement to residents is to come out on January 23 to speak to Planning Committee about your concerns. There’s more details about how to do that in the attached document.

My comments in the staff report:

For over a century, Rochester Field has been a jewel in Westboro. If a plan being rushed forward through City zoning by the National Capital Commission (NCC) proceeds, we’ll lose the best parts of it forever. It’s time to take a second look.

Rochester Field is a large NCC parcel that straddles the land from the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway to Richmond Road. It is a barely maintained space. Through the years, cow paths have been worn along natural desire lines as dog-walkers and people walking to the Dominion transit station have used the field, while the rest of it has lain largely fallow as habitat for various flora and fauna. It is a network connection in our City’s greenspace between our Byron Linear park (soon to be revitalized) and the Sir John A. Macdonald park.

It is a large, natural park space in Kitchissippi ward where greenspace is at a premium. Intensification in this part of the city has been rapid. Small homes on large lots are now being replaced with large homes on small lots as infill continues. We are losing permeable, green surface and trees both to infill and the proliferation of towers. Targets for intensification are being met in our ward as nowhere else in the city, and the effect on greenspace is increasingly obvious.

The opportunity we have is to preserve a large piece of greenspace for the enjoyment of future generations of residents. When the City previously proposed not to allow development on the site, it was working in residents’ interest over NCC objections.

The development now being proposed as part of an agreement forged during the dispute over whether and under what conditions the City could run the Confederation Line through the NCC’s land in this corridor.

In a memorandum of understanding that allows LRT to proceed, the parties agreed to: “settle the outstanding Ontario Municipal Board appeal by the NCC as it relates to Rochester Field by designating two-thirds in the northeast section of Rochester Field as ‘General Urban’ land use designation. The NCC acknowledges in this settlement that the remaining one third of the land area of the site on the western side will be retained as parkland with a ‘Major Open Space’ land use designation.”

Council was told specifically that the deal would retain a green corridor from Richmond Road to the SJAM.

In 2015, the City and NCC began to implement that agreement, but that process was put on hold while the NCC consulted about its larger park plan for the corridor. In the intervening months, that has become a plan that would cluster development along Richmond Road – six-to-eight story buildings that would hide the park behind mixed-use developments that will cut off forever the green corridor we were promised. In the plan moving forward quickly through the approvals process, the greenspace won’t be in the northeast at all. Residents are wondering whether and how the City could allow this to happen.

It’s time to press pause on the process. There is some legitimacy to the NCC’s arguments that it needs certainty with respect to where it can build its proposed park. The LRT agreement includes $30 million in City contribution to that, and the works will be bundled in with rail work to the benefit of taxpayers. It is in everyone’s interest that the NCC receive the certainty is needs.

But the long-term impacts of approving this plan, which clusters development in diametrically opposite the space where it was to have gone in the original deal, are too consequential to bludgeon through the City’s processes.

There are alternatives that would mitigate the impact of development in this parcel, if development is to occur at all. Residents, the NCC and the City are all owed the time to explore those. Council is bound to honour its commitments in return for the city-building benefits of moving ahead with light rail. But its commitments were clearly spelled out in black and white: we are under neither legal nor moral obligation to approve zoning which meets neither the spirit nor letter of our pledge.

Ash tree removal along the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway by Island Park Drive

17 01 2018

See below from the NCC:



As part of its emerald ash borer management strategy, the National Capital Commission (NCC) will be removing ash trees affected by the emerald ash borer along the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway close to Island Park Drive.

The work will take place from January 15 to 19, 2018, and will be undertaken between 7 am and 5 pm, weather permitting. The work will not require any closures, as the contractor will have personnel on-site directing people around the work zone, as required. Users should respect the signage installed at pathway entry points.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the NCC’s client services at 613-239-5000 or For more details on the emerald ash borer management program, please visit our website.

We thank you for your understanding, and invite you to share this message with the members of your community.




Dans le cadre de sa stratégie de gestion de l’agrile du frêne, la Commission de la capitale nationale (CCN) coupera des frênes atteints par cette maladie le long de la promenade Sir-John-A.-Macdonald à proximité de la promenade Island Park.

Les travaux se dérouleront du 15 au 18 janvier 2018, entre 7 h et 17 h, si la météo le permet. Ils ne nécessiteront aucune fermeture, puisque l’entrepreneur aura du personnel sur place pour diriger les gens près de la zone des travaux, au besoin. Les usagers sont priés de respecter les panneaux de signalisation qui seront installés aux différents départs de sentiers.

Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à communiquer avec le service à la clientèle de la CCN au 613-239-5000 ou à Pour plus de renseignements concernant le programme de gestion de l’agrile du frêne, veuillez consulter notre site Web.

Nous vous remercions de votre compréhension et vous invitons à transmettre ce message aux résidants de votre quartier.

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