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.





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.





Open House for 89 Richmond Rd on May 8

7 05 2019

Open House Tomorrow, May 8

At last! The burned out building at 89 Richmond Road is going to be demolished and a new six-storey building will go up. The proposal is for a day spa and residential units.  Get all the details at the open house tomorrow:

May 8  6:30 PM at Hilson Avenue School, 407 Hilson

 





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.

 





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.








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