Elmdale Public School BookFest 2018: February 23 & 24

4 02 2018

Elmdale Public School BookFest 2018: February 23 & 24

BookFest, Elmdale’s iconic annual second-hand book sale, is an opportunity to find a
great read while supporting a good cause. With more than 25,000 titles there’s something
for everyone, all at very low prices (cash only). Complete with raffles and a bake sale.
BookFest will take place in Elmdale Public School’s gymnasium (49 Iona St.) on:

Friday Feb. 23 from 9:00am to 9:00pm

Saturday Feb. 24 from 9:00am to 4:00pm

Have a box of books you’d like to donate? We’d be glad to come and get them. Email Traceylyn at


Request to Residents Regarding Rochester Field

29 01 2018

Dear Westboro neighbour:

On Tuesday past, Ottawa Planning Committee approved a proposal for the NCC to build two six storey multi-use buildings on Rochester Park between Fraser
Ave homes and the Keg Manor. Yes there’s supposed to be a laneway between the two buildings but we know how well that worked with the passage Ashcroft
built so we can’t see the convent from Richmond Road.

We are asking residents to contact the Mayor and City Council to ask them to vote NO when this item comes to Council Wednesday January 31st.

What was approved is not what the NCC and the City agreed to with a Memorandum of Understanding that the NCC presented to residents in March 2016. We would like this item to go back to Planning Staff so all parties can come up with a better and friendlier proposal.

If the NCC is a good neighbour this could be resolved by March 1st.

Following are the emails for the Mayor and Council.


Gary Ludington, Chair

Development Open House for 398, 402, 406 Roosevelt Ave: Tuesday, February 20

25 01 2018

From the Office of Councillor Jeff Leiper:

Domicile Developments have submitted a Zoning By-Law Amendment application, as well as Site Plan Control application, to permit and develop at 6-storey mixed use building at 398, 402 and 406 Roosevelt Ave. The proposed development includes two commercial units, 35 residential condominium units, and underground parking garage with 23 parking spaces, and a rear surface parking lot with nine spaces. More details on this application will become available over the coming weeks, and we are hosting an open house for residents to further review details of the proposed project.

Tuesday, February 20, 6:30-8:30pm

Churchill Senior’s Centre (345 Richmond Rd)

We hope you can attend, and we welcome any comments or feedback on this application. Thank you!

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 www.ottawa.ca/devapps by searching under application number D02-02-17-0125.

CBC.ca: LRT deal leaves Westboro ‘jewel’ open to development

18 01 2018

LRT deal leaves Westboro ‘jewel’ open to development

Agreement between city, NCC would allow 6-storey buildings on Richmond Road section of Rochester Field

CBC News Posted: Jan 17, 2018 1:29 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 17, 2018 1:32 PM ET

An Ottawa city councillor is calling for a halt to a deal with the National Capital Commission that would leave what he calls “the best part” of Rochester Field in Westboro open to development.

Under the proposal, which is tied to an agreement with the city to extend light rail farther west, 80 per cent of the NCC-owned property would be retained as open space for public use.

But the proposal, to be heard at next week’s planning committee, would rezone the remaining portion of the pistol-shaped field to allow for six-storey mixed-use buildings along Richmond Road, a change that is not sitting well with either neighbourhood groups or the ward’s councillor, Jeff Leiper, who accuses planners of rushing the process.

In his written comments on the proposal, Leiper complains rapid intensification has already robbed Westboro of most of its available green space.

‘A jewel in Westboro’

“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,” he wrote.

‘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.’– Coun. Jeff Leiper

Leiper said the NCC’s shift from an earlier proposal to develop only the northeastern section of the field is enough reason to “press pause on the process.”

Rochester Field, bounded by the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway to the north and Richmond Road to the south, is part of an NCC-owned piece of land that includes the historical Maplelawn property and the Keg Manor restaurant.

The city’s dispute with the NCC over the land goes back to 2003, when the city’s official plan designated most of the field as major open space, limiting what the federal landowner could do with the property. The NCC appealed that designation, but the appeal was never resolved.

In his written comments to the city’s planning committee, Coun. Jeff Leiper calls Rochester Field ‘a jewel in Westboro.’

Community associations also opposed

In 2014, the city announced it wanted to run the future western expansion of the light rail transit system above ground for 500 metres along the northern edge of Rochester Field, but the NCC opposed that plan.

The two sides eventually came to an agreement to move the trains under the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. The city agreed to pay the NCC $30 million as part of the deal, and also agreed to permit future development along Richmond Road.

The NCC’s most recent plan calls for the development of two parcels along Richmond Road, divided by a pedestrian corridor connecting to the parkway.

The Westboro Community Association and the McKellar Park Community Association also wrote to register their opposition to the NCC’s plan.

The city’s planning committee is scheduled to discuss the proposal when it meets on Jan. 23.




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

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