NCC Consultation (Westboro Beach) and Westboro-Dominion LRT Info Session (City of Ottawa)

24 04 2019

Please note the following:

  1. NCC Consultation (Westboro Beach) on Monday April 29, 6:30 to 8:30pm, Hintonburg Community Centre
  2. Westboro-Dominion LRT Info Session with the City of Ottawa, Monday May 14, 7:00 to 8:00pm, Fieldhouse at 29 Van Lang

See the attached for additional information.

 

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Proposed Development: 486 Cole Ave

23 04 2019

The following has been received by the WCA.

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Please find attached the package for 486 Cole, which will be submitted to the Committee of Adjustment, for your review before the upcoming hearing.

18-10-118_TOPO-JAN 18, 2019 18-10-118-00_RPLAN 486 Cole – Committee Covering Letter 486 Cole – Committee Package 486 Cole Lot Fabric





From the City: Westboro-Dominion Planning Study

9 04 2019

Please see the following information from the City:

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This email is to let you know that the City of Ottawa is undertaking a review of planning policies and zoning for lands near the Westboro and Dominion Light Rail Transit (LRT) stations. You can visit the project website, Ottawa.ca/WestboroDominionStudy for more information including a short Discussion Paper on the main issues we’ll be reviewing.

Please note: this study should not be confused with the the planning study currently underway for the area south of Byron Avenue, as a result of Interim Control By-law 2018-362. For information on that study, please contact Robert Sandercott at robert.sandercott@ottawa.ca.

The Richmond Road-Westboro Secondary Plan (RRWSP) was adopted in 2008 and provides planning guidance to a large area extending from Island Park Drive in the east to the Sir John A. MacDonald parkway in the west. However, in recent years, development pressure on lands close to the new Westboro and Dominion Light Rail Transit stations has underscored the need for more clarity in that area.

Accordingly, the Westboro-Dominion Planning Study will address in greater detail those lands that are generally:

  • West of Island Park Drive
  • North of Byron Avenue
  • East of Dominion Street, and
  • South of the Transitway and Lanark Avenue.

The Westboro-Dominion Planning Study will not seek to replace the broader Richmond Road-Westboro Secondary Plan (RRWSP.) Rather, it will review, amend and/or expand the policies of the Richmond Road-Westboro plan only as they relate to the lands described above.

Contact

For more information, provide comments, or sign up for updates on this project, please contact us:

By mail at:

Westboro-Dominion Planning Study

c/o Tim J. Moerman, MCIP, RPP

Ottawa City Hall, mail code 01-15

110 Laurier Avenue West

Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

By phone at (613) 580-2424 ext. 13944

By fax at (613) 580-2459

By email at westboro-dominion@ottawa.ca or tim.moerman@ottawa.ca





Victories and questions about projects in Westboro: Triplexes, long semis and a meeting

26 03 2019

Victories and questions about projects in Westboro

A big thank you to the community for rallying around neighbours on Roosevelt and Cole who were concerned about the latest applications for long semis, these large, overwhelming projects that continue to proliferate in our Ward. At the Committee of Adjustment (CoA) meetings on March 6 and March 20, over a hundred people turned out between the two meetings to express their misgivings about long semis proposed at 508,514 Roosevelt and 582 Churchill. The meeting on March 20 for 694 Roosevelt was for a pair of triplexes to replace a single family home. Also, we need to mention all those who wrote and emailed the City expressing their concern. The result was the CoA accepted the Churchill project but rejected the Roosevelt ones.

 

It just goes to show that working together has an effect! We want to thank everyone who made their views known, especially the immediate neighbours who went to great efforts, and Eric Milligan for rallying the troops through his savewestboro@icloud.com email.  Of course, the developers Falsetto Homes and Kenwood Homes are filing appeals for the decisions for 508 and 514 Roosevelt with the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), so it is likely we will to fight this battle over again.  And again and again . . . there is no sign of this type of application stopping anytime soon.  Stay tuned!

 

Next: triplexes up for rezoning so they can add a fourth dwelling in the basement. Unlike previous projects (Byron/Ravenshill) that were requesting a change from R3 to R4 to allow the fourth unit (making it a low rise apartment building) , these properties already have an R4 designation, meaning a low rise apartment building is permitted. The developer has been upfront about adding the fourth dwelling from the start. But he/she still needs zoning changes to accommodate reduced interior side yard, lot area, lot width and amenity areas. In other words – it will be built out to the very limits of the lot. But the question in our minds is: why do this in a two-step process? Why not just present a low-rise apartment concept to the City and go forward from there?

Let’s attend the meeting hosted by Councillor Leiper and find out:

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 6-8 p.m.

CHURCHILL SENIORS CENTRE

345 RICHMOND ROAD





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)

 





ottawacitizen.ca: Thai embassy office project rejected by planning committee

25 01 2019

Thai embassy office project rejected by planning committee

TAYLOR BLEWETT
One concept for a new Royal Thai Embassy at 180 Island Park Drive.

Local residents opposing a Thai embassy zoning application scored a victory Thursday after the planning committee voted to reject the proposal over concerns the development would “stick out like a sore thumb.”

The project would see the embassy tear down its current building at 180 Island Park Dr., just off the Sir John  A. Macdonald Parkway, and build a two-storey office building in its place. 

“This is an office building between single-detached homes and parkland. This is going to stick out like a sore thumb,” warned Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper at committee.

The area councillor has backed residents who oppose the embassy’s rezoning application, several of whom made presentations to the planning committee to protest the precedent they argued would be set by permitting an office building in a residential area.

“Why on earth would the planners allow this? It’s a 100-year-old planned residential street on an NCC parkways system,” said Heather Mitchell, who spoke on behalf of the Westboro Community Association.

“We in the community won’t be appeased if the office building ‘kinda looks like a house.’ It is the use of the property and its intended zoning change that is the biggest issue.

“If you approve this, you are opening the door to the same type of zoning change all across the city.”

The Royal Thai Embassy has occupied the current building since 1987, and has been grandfathered in under the current zoning rules.

The embassy’s plans to demolish and rebuild would see it relinquish its permission to use the property as it has for decades ­— as an embassy office, in what is now a residential zone. To construct a new office building, the embassy would require a zoning bylaw amendment.

Staff pointed out in their report to committee that the current embassy building’s longstanding use as an office “has not caused any adverse undo impact on the surrounding community.”

Development review manager Douglas James also argued to committee that a rezoning approval would not automatically set a precedent for future planning decisions.

“Although everyone has a right to come here and ask for permission to rezone a property, because we allowed it here, there is no such thing as precedent, there is no guarantee that would be allowed in any other place. We looked at this application on its own merit, for this location.”

Leiper said he’s offered his help to the embassy to find a more appropriate location for a new office.

“It’s not up to us to rezone this property in a way that is incompatible with the stated intent of our R1 zone when there are alternatives available. Expediency is not a good basis on which to do land-use planning.”

Committee members voted 2-7 against recommending the rezoning, contrary to a staff recommendation. Councillors Scott Moffatt and Allan Hubley voted in favour.

Mayor Jim Watson told this newspaper he’s “glad” the planning committee rejected the embassy’s application. Island Park Drive isn’t suitable for office buildings, he said.

Link to article here.





Neighbourhood Meeting: Ashcroft – Phase 2A application (entry & egress concerns)

8 01 2019

From the Office of Councillor Jeff Leiper:

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I hope this finds you all well after the holidays and happy new year! As you know, we have held meetings separately with the residents of Shannon and Leighton, discussing concerns with Ashcroft’s current application (Phase 2A), as well as entry and egress concerns related to the entire site (Phase 2A & Phase 2B).

During those meetings, we indicated that in the future we wanted to hold a meeting with both the residents of Shannon and Leighton together, alongside members of the Hampton Iona Community Association and the Westboro Community Association.

We will also have in attendance City of Ottawa staff representing the Planning department, Transportation Services, Parks, and Infrastructure.

Meeting details:

Wednesday, February 20 at 6:00pm

Van Lang Field House (29 Van Lang Pvt)

Please invite your neighbours on Shannon and Leighton. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our office in the meantime with any questions or comments.








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