Romeo and Juliet at Lions Park tomorrow!

23 07 2019

It’s a circus of romance!  Join us Wednesday July 24, 7:00 pm at Lions Park in Westboro to see Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers! Bring the kids early and enjoy free popcorn and face painting courtesy of the Westboro Community Association. The park can be accessed at Elmgrove.

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Community Association Update on the Westboro Infill Zoning Study

23 07 2019

 

Background

In October 2018, Council adopted an Interim Control Bylaw (ICB) prohibiting the development of new three-unit dwellings (triplexes) within selected Westboro neighbourhoods located south of Byron Avenue.  This bylaw was enacted in response to enormous development pressures within these neighbourhoods, whereby modest single-family homes on large treed lots were being demolished and replaced by triplexes and other densely massed housing forms.  Westboro residents had voiced their concerns about this rapid rate of intensification, the loss of urban tree canopy, and a sense that our wonderful, walkable streets were disappearing block by block.  Council adopted the Interim Control Bylaw to put on the brakes long enough to give city staff the chance to study Westboro’s infill development issues.

Goal of the Study

The goal of the Westboro Infill Zoning Study is to implement zoning changes that will allow for more sensitive infill that contributes to, and builds on, the important characteristics of Westboro’s neighbourhoods.

City Establishes Multi-Stakeholder Working Group

In early spring, the City convened a Stakeholder Working Group for the study to discuss infill development in Westboro and to provide input at key points throughout the project.  This working group comprises city staff, members of the local development industry, members of the Westboro community, and our City Councillor’s office.  Westboro Community Association was pleased to have a representative from their planning subcommittee invited to sit on this working group.  To date, the group has had four sessions, including a two-hour walking tour through the study area to get a feel for the character of our neighbourhoods and the perceived “fit” of various infill projects within our community.

Tell the City What You Think!

The ICB study team is seeking input from the Westboro community. To begin, the City will be releasing a discussion paper to summarize and explore the issues associated with infill development in Westboro.  The paper includes data on recent intensification trends in our community and the factors driving these trends.  This paper will be posted at the end of July, and we encourage you to provide your feedback at this early point in the study. Planning for community open houses and more intensive group discussions is underway.

For more information on the study, including timelines and contact information, please see https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/projects/westboro-infill-zoning-study

You may provide comments on the study to the Westboro Community Association anytime at https://lovewestboro.wordpress.com/





Shakespeare is coming to Clare Gardens Park!

4 07 2019

Bear and Company presents “Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Clare Gardens park on July 11 and 25. Get all the details here:

http://www.bearandcompany.ca/

 

 





OPEN HOUSE ON NEW DEVELOPMENT

4 07 2019

Councillor Leiper is holding an open house for property at 2070 Scott, at the corner of Scott and Churchill. No formal applications have been filed at this point but it is anticipated that a Zoning By-Law Amendment and Site Plan Control will be required. The applicants are proposing a 23-storey building with a 5-storey podium, with entry and egress on Winona. They are proposing roughly 200 rental units. Further, they are proposing a restaurant use at grade facing Churchill, as well as 8 metres of landscaping between the building and the first residential property on Winona.

Councillor Leiper is moving forward with an initial open house in order to start receiving feedback and comments on this proposed development. The open house will be:

Thursday, July 11 2019

6:30-8:30pm

Granite Curling Club (2026 Scott St)

https://kitchissippiward.ca/content/2070-scott-street-development-open-house

 

 





Important meeting today: Thursday, July 4, 7:00 p.m. at Dovercourt

4 07 2019

Preparing for LPAT Appeal of Long Semis at 582 Churchill

A note from Eric Milligan:

On February 20, the City’s Committee of Adjustment approved a developer’s proposal to tear down the home at 582 Churchill Ave., subdivide the property, and put up two “long-semi” detached buildings.  Each building will contain two primary dwelling units and two secondary dwelling units.  That’s a total of 8 new dwellings where there is now only one.

 

This type of excessive intensification has been rampant throughout Westboro.  If the developer is allowed to proceed with building 8 dwelling units, it will be a “green light” for other developers to do the same (or worse).   Eventually, the homes on Churchill, from Byron to Carling, will be replaced by higher density developments, including low-rise apartments.

 

Two Westboro neighbours have appealed the COA’s approval of the development.  The Ontario Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) will hold a one-day hearing on August 7th.

 

A meeting has been organized of the affected neighbours on Churchill and Edison avenues for Thursday, July 4th, 7 p.m. in the “Neo Lore” room at the Dovercourt Community Centre.  The purpose of the meeting is to explain the LPAT appeal process and have neighbours make decisions on how they would like to proceed.   It is possible to participate in a LPAT appeal without hiring a lawyer or planner.  However, the chances of success are reduced.   In any case, there are things that neighbours can do to help prepare for the appeal.

 

 





IMPORTANT MEETING TONIGHT – Byron Place Project

4 06 2019

Councillor Jeff Leiper is holding an open house tonight for this project, which we are firmly opposed to.  The developer is seeking a zoning change to support the construction of a massive six storey condo with a party room on the roof, with 76 units and 65 parking spaces, all abutting on single family homes.

We need you to come out and voice your concerns.

June 4, 6:30 p.m. Churchill Seniors Centre, 345 Richmond Road





Postponed: Personal Emergency Preparedness Session

8 05 2019

Postponed: Personal Emergency Preparedness Session

Please note that the Personal Emergency Preparedness Session scheduled for May 14 has been postponed.








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