March is Fraud Prevention Month

28 03 2019

 

Each year, Canadians lose millions of dollars by falling victim to scams and fraud.  Educating yourself on common scams can help prevent you from becoming a victim.

It’s hard to keep up with all the many different kinds of scams. There are also new ones all the time.  Your best defense is to educate yourself and do your research before spending money.

To help you out, Crime Prevention Ottawa has developed a new information sheet:  Identifying a Scam:  Do Your Research and Protect Yourself!

Read it!  Share it! Don’t get fooled.

Help us spread the word – share this with a friend or colleague.

 

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Triplexes at 694 Roosevelt at Committee of Adjustment this Wednesday

15 03 2019

As you may know from earlier posts, a developer represented by the consultant Miroca Design has submitted an application to the Committee of Adjustment to build two triplexes at 694 Roosevelt; these are outside Councillor Leiper’s moratorium on triplexes. The project goes to Committee of Adjustment Wednesday, March 20.  There is a meeting prior to the CoA on Monday.  Neighbours in the immediate area need your support on stopping or mitigating this project:

How you can help:

Participate in the information meeting:

Monday, March 18, 6:30 p.m.

Dovercourt Community Centre

Attend the Committee of Adjustment meeting:

Wednesday, March 20, 1:00 p.m.

101 Centrepointe Drive

Read the attached flyer prepared by your neighbours  that provides details about the project and who to email/contact to convey your concerns:

UPDATED INFO: 6-UNIT PROPOSAL AT 694 ROOSEVELT

*** The Committee of Adjustments meeting is now March 20***

ARE YOU OPPOSED TO UNREASONABLE INTENSIFICATION?

A developer is proposing to build two triplexes (6 units) at 694 Roosevelt Avenue. We are against this over-intensification for several reasons, including that it would set a precedent for future development. These could be built everywhere. We are looking for you to join us.

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:

  1. Learn more. See the developer’s application and other info on our shared drive:

https://drive.google.com/drive/mobile/my-drive?usp=docs_web

  1. Submit your comments in writing to the Committee of Adjustments by email or by post:
  • Email: cofa@ottawa.ca cc: jeff@kitchissippiward.ca (copy our Councillor Jeff Leiper’s office on all correspondence) OR
  • Mail: Committee of Adjustments, 101 Centrepointe Dr, Nepean, ON K2G 5K7
    • Make your comments as personal as possible, with all the ways this development would impact you and your property. If you are comfortable with the minor variances arguments, use those! Some other ideas include: how it would affect privacy, street parking, noise, lighting, drainage, loss of green space, traffic, safety of children, precedent for future developers
  1. ATTEND THE COMMITTEE OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING ON MARCH 20
  • The meeting was adjourned to March 20 at 1:00 p.m. at 101 Centerpointe Drive
  • It is extremely important to have a good turn-out at this meeting. Otherwise, they will argue there isn’t much opposition.
  • We are offering rides. Please contact us at the email below.
          Consider appointing a representative if you cannot attend the meeting, or if you cannot submit anything in writing to the Committee of Adjustments. This can be done by emailing the Committee of Adjustment: Emily.Monette@ottawa.ca. We will also compile a list of neighbours who are opposed but cannot attend. Let us know if you want to be on this list.

For more information and to get involved, please contact:

Your Roosevelt/Cole neighbours: roosevelthomeowners@gmail.com

Westboro Community Association: hellowestboro@yahoo.ca

NOTE: Everyone is welcome! Individuals who are paralegals or lawyers would give our arguments extra weight. We are also looking for people who excel at giving presentations.





Open House to Discuss Applications on Winona and Tweedsmuir

7 03 2019

When is a triplex an apartment building?  This keeps happening . . .

There are two similar applications circulating for 348-350 Winona Ave and 341-343 Tweedsmuir Ave.

348-350 Winona Zoning By-Law Amendment Application and Site Plan Control to facilitate the establishment of a fourth unit in basement of each existing triplexes already built. This would change the building to a low-rise apartment building. 

341-343 Tweedsmuir Ave Zoning By-Law Amendment Application to facilitate the establishemtn of a fourth unit in the basement of each existing triplexes already built. This would also change the building to a low-rise apartment building. 

You can review both applications further on DevApps (Winona / Tweedsmuir).  You can send any comments on the applications to Jeff.Leiper@Ottawa.ca and / or Fiona.Mitchell@Ottawa.ca, as well as to the lead planner on the file Jean-Charles Renaud (Jean-Charles.Renaud@Ottawa.ca). Please note that feedback can be given up to and after the open house.

Since these two applications are similar and are close in geography, Jeff Leiper’s office is hosting an open house to discuss both of these applications:

Wednesday, March 27

6:00-8:00pm

Churchill Senior’s Centre (upstairs townhall room)

The applicant’s team will be on hand to run through the two applications, and the lead planner will be available to field process questions. Jeff will facilitate a Q + A which will begin at 6:30pm.





The Closing of Support Centre for Local Planning Appeals

7 03 2019

Some of you may have heard that the Ford government has decided to close down the Support Centre for communities and individuals who are struggling with a land use planning issue. Many have expressed concerns over this.  Here’s why:

When communities want to appeal a decision on land use, they can take it to the the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) – formerly the Ontario Municipal Board.  LPAT is an adjudicative tribunal that hears cases in relation to a range of municipal planning, financial and land matters. These include matters such as official plans, zoning by-laws, subdivision plans, consents and minor variances, land compensations, development charges, electoral ward boundaries, municipal finances, aggregate resources and other issues assigned by numerous Ontario statutes.

Challenging a decision by taking it to LPAT is lengthy and expensive process and most of us are not planning experts or lawyers.  This was where the Support Centre came into play; it was there to help and give advice.

Now, suddenly, it has been closed. There was no official announcement, just an email from the Centre to all its clients.

Greenspace Alliance, Ecology Ottawa and the Federation of Citizens’ Associations have launched a petition about this issue and seeking support.

On the LeadNow.ca platform they have created a means for sending a letter to the Hon. Caroline Mulroney, Attorney General of Ontario, to protest the move. Go here to sign the letter or create your own:

https://you.leadnow.ca/petitions/don-t-shut-down-the-support-centre-for-local-planning-appeals.

Short form: https://you.leadnow.ca/p/keeptheLPASC.

Spread the word! The above information is also available on the Greensapce Alliance web site:

http://greenspace-alliance.ca/index.php/2019/03/04/dont-shut-down-the-support-centre-for-local-planning-appeals/  — shortlink: https://wp.me/p8kfbP-2nz.

 





Meeting Alerts! Two important meetings on Monday and Tuesday

2 03 2019

LRT Phase 2: Station for Cleary moved without any consultation onto Byron Park

Many of us were shocked to find the location of this station has been changed. Councillor Leiper with Bay Ward Councillor Theresa Kavanagh have organized a meeting so residents can find out what happened and ask questions:

MONDAY MARCH 4, 7 to 8:30 pm

First Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary Avenue

The assault on Roosevelt continues …

A developer, represented by the consultant, Miroca Design, has submitted an application to the Committee of Adjustment to build two triplexes at 694 Roosevelt. As you may know, Councillor Leiper arranged for a moratorium on triplexes in a specified area in our neighbourhood, but this development falls outside this designation. Neighbours in the immediate area have insisted the developer hold a public meeting about this project and need our support:

TUESDAY MARCH 5, 6:30 PM

Churchill Seniors Centre, 345 Richmond Road

The Committee of Adjustment meeting could be on March 6 or March 20: we are waiting for confirmation on this. These meetings are held at 101 Centrepointe Drive.  More information will be posted here later.

Please see the attached poster prepared by neighbours on Roosevelt.

 

Neighbour handout Feb28.2 (2)

 





First Big Meeting for Official Plan!

1 03 2019

 

It’s imperative that we in Westboro get involved with the development of the City’s new Official Plan. The Official Plan is the strategic document that guides our city’s growth and development, and it will impact how and where the city will grow around us, now and for years to come.

Open house:

Monday, March 4, 12 to 8 p.m.

Context presentations at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers

Ottawa City Hall, Jean Pigott Place and Council Chambers

110 Laurier Avenue West

At this event, you can learn about the process of preparing a new Official Plan and ask City staff your questions about the project. If you can’t attend in person, join us on Facebook for a livestream of the presentations at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m.





Get Involved with Shaping the Future of Ottawa!

22 02 2019

The City has just rolled out the process for developing a new Official Plan. Among other things, the Official Plan is what sets the zoning for our neighbourhoods, which in turn determines what can and cannot be built.  Given the issues around infill in our neighbourhood, it is really important that we all participate in this process.  We highly recommend you  subscribe to the City’s mailing list so you will be invited to consultations and have your say!  More details from City:

Ottawa has changed dramatically since it was incorporated in 1855, when it was a small lumber town of 16,000 people. This year, the City of Ottawa will reach one million people and the Ottawa-Gatineau Metropolitan region will reach 1.5 million people.

And the pace of change accelerating. What will Ottawa look like as it grows over the next century?  How do we make sure that we can keep pace and adapt to change in a way that makes Ottawa an inclusive, liveable and globally competitive city?

We have an opportunity to prepare for the future with a brand new Official Plan: the strategic document that guides our city’s growth and development. The plan impacts how and where the city will grow around us, now and for years to come. It establishes a policy framework that will inform the shape of the communities where you live, work and play. The scope of the plan may reach as far as the middle of this century and will affect generations to come.

We want Ottawa to grow to be the most liveable mid-sized city in North America. Our Official Plan can help us seize future opportunities and be resilient in the face of unexpected challenges.

For more information, please visit the project page, or subscribe to the mailing list.








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