City of Ottawa: Registration for the Planning Primer II

16 10 2019

From the City of Ottawa

Registration for the Planning Primer II:

Implementation Process and the Role of Development Review

Picture of people attending the planning primer courseWednesday, October 23, 2019 (Offered in English)

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Colonel By Room, 2nd Floor
9:00 a.m. to noon

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Colonel By Room, 2nd Floor
6:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m

October 23, 2019 (Offered in French)

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Honeywell Room, 2nd Floor
9 a.m. to noon

You can register for the course online until October 23, 2019. Seating is limited to 40 residents per session.

The Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department offers the Planning Primer Program to help residents become more aware of, and more involved in, the land-use planning process.  The program is a series of half-day courses.  Please see our schedule for other Primer courses.The content of these Primer courses is the same as those offered in previous years.

Please send your questions to

SAVE THE DATE! Westboro Community Association’s AGM

11 10 2019


Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 – 9:00 PM

Churchill Seniors Center, 345 Richmond Road

  • 6:30 PM doors open – membership sign-in and refreshments
  • 7:00 PM reports from Board of Directors
  • Election of new Board
  • Update from Councillor Leiper
  • Presentations from special guests

Come out, meet your neighbours, and discuss the issues important to our community! Become a member for $10 per year – you get to vote.  Don’t want to join? Come anyway; all are welcome to share their thoughts on the issues.

Your Community Association needs you!  Interested in becoming a board member? Infill development continues to grow and we need people to help with this issue.  Or maybe you are interested in the environment, heritage, housing, safety, traffic or working on social events or communications.  If so, contact us!



Open House: 114 Richmond Rd – Ashcroft Homes Convent Development & Phase IIA Site Plan Control

9 10 2019

From Councillor Leiper:


You may recall earlier this summer in June 2019, the Zoning approval was granted for the Ashcroft heritage convent development, which consists of converting the existing Sisters of the Visitation monastery into a mixed-use building with an addition to be used as an apartment building. The Site Plan Application for this development is now on circulation as well and can be further reviewed on DevApps. 

The proposed development will be connected to the first phase of development, where the archways along Richmond Road connect pedestrians with the remainder of the site.

The proposed development consists of one apartment building, as well as the conversion of the monastery into a mixed-use building. Although the development will involve subsequent buildings and potential amendments to performance standards related to the balance of the site to the south, the subject applications relate only to the northern portion and most specifically to the following proposed buildings:

  • A nine-storey mid-rise apartment dwelling, to be connected to the existing monastery via a two storey glass link. Multiple amenity areas are proposed to be provided as part of the building, including a rooftop terrace, indoor communal amenity spaces located in the first two floors of the building, outdoor ground floor amenities, and private balconies. The proposed materiality of the building is intended to complement the heritage building. Strategies include using similar materials and colours (such as gray stone). The building also features extensive glazing.
  • The heritage three storey monastery building will be converted into low-rise apartment dwelling and restaurant space in the original house and chapel portions of the building. The rest of the building will nits.

The majority of parking for the site is proposed to be located in an underground garage. Vehicular access and egress lanes are proposed to be provided from Leighton Terrace (at the northeast corner of the subject property).

Our office is hosting an open house to review this application on Tuesday, October 22 from 6:30-8:00pm at 89 Richmond Rd (the Monocle sales centre). Ashcroft and the lead planner with the City will be on hand to answer any questions and to take your feedback.

If you are not able to attend the open house, we would encourage you to send any feedback to our office via and / or as well as to the lead planner on the file, Steve Gauthier via

Rental Accommodations Study: Survey

9 10 2019

From the City of Ottawa


The City of Ottawa is considering new rules to address municipal and community concerns regarding rental accommodations. These concerns include:

  • The quality, availability, and affordability of rental housing, including the community impacts of problem addresses
  • The impact of short-term rental (STR) activity on housing and communities
  • Problem hotel/motel operators.

The City has conducted a thorough investigation of these issues in two previous phases described in the life cycle to the right. For phase three, staff are now preparing to offer recommendations on possible regulatory approaches through a survey for the consideration of Council in a staff report later in 2019.

Rental Accommodations Study – Survey 3

Members of the public are being invited to consider and provide input through this short survey on staff’s findings and key conclusions.  Your input will be considered in the finalization of the staff report which will be presented to the Community and Protective Services Committee on November 15, 2019.

This survey will be available until Friday, October 18 at 11:59 pm.

More information can be found here.


Consultants Final reports for Short-term rentals and Long-term rentals can be found here and here.

Have your say about infill development in Westboro!

30 09 2019

Today – Sept. 30 – the City released a discussion paper on trends and issues related to infill development in Westboro.   As you recall, last October an interim by-law was enacted prohibiting the development of triplexes/ multi-unit dwellings in selected areas of Westboro until the City could further study the issue.  The paper released today is the first step in engaging the community in a conversation about infill development in Westboro.

The Westboro Community Association encourages the community to get involved in this study.  Many residents have come out to developer consultations, public open houses, and other fora to express their opposition to the rapid rate of infill development in our  neighbourhoods. In particular, the community has expressed dismay over the loss of Westboro’s character. One of the objectives of the infill study is to better understand what Westboro residents value in their neighbourhoods and to find ways to maintain the desirable characteristics of the community during infill development.

Be part of this conversation!  Have a look at the paper

Click to access 2019-09-18_DiscussionPaper_Westboro_EN_FINAL.pdf

and give some thought to the discussion questions it brings forward.  These questions will form the basis for more intensive community consultations in the near future.  We will keep you posted.

See note below and send your comments to the study lead, Robert Sandercott

613-580-2424, ext. 14270 or

Note from the City:

The City has completed a Discussion Paper summarizing the issues relating to infill development within Westboro. Some of the issues covered include but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Existing housing and development trends within the neighbourhood;
  • The type, size, and location of infill development in Westboro;
  • Defining the neighbourhood’s character;
  • The development of three-unit and multi-unit buildings;
  • The use and function of front and rear yards.

The issues covered within the paper are not meant to be an exhaustive list. We would love to hear your input on the issues you’ve encountered with infill within the neighbourhood, as well as what you love about Westboro and want to see enhanced as the community grows.

The paper is available at the project website at this link. We would appreciate hearing any questions or comments you may have by October 25, 2019.

Open House for New Development at 1655 Carling

23 09 2019

Surface Developments is proposing a new development at 1655 Carling Avenue.  Councillor Leiper is holding an open house so you see what it’s all about and how it will affect you:

Thursday, October 3 at 6:30pm

Dovercourt Recreation Centre (mainf loor lobby area)

More here


NCC Public Board Meeting

9 09 2019

The NCC has jurisdiction on some key pieces of land in our community.  Stay up to date by attending or watching their next quarterly board meeting.

Public Board of Directors Meeting

Join us for the public meeting of the NCC Board of Directors.

Date and time
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
8:30 am to 9:35 am (subject to change without notice.)

NCC Headquarters
40 Elgin Street, Room 324, Ottawa (Building access from Elgin Street.)

The meeting room is universally accessible. (First-come, first-served. Space is limited.)

The proposed agenda will be posted on our website as soon as it becomes available.

Simultaneous interpretation will be available. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can watch the live webcast.

Universally accessible. Please let us know if you have any special needs.


Séance publique du conseil d’administration

Soyez des nôtres à la séance publique du conseil d’administration de la CCN.

Date et heure
Mardi 17 septembre 2019
De 8 h 30 à 9 h 35 (sous réserve de modifications sans préavis.)

Siège social de la CCN
40, rue Elgin, pièce 324, Ottawa
(Accès à l’édifice par l’entrée de la rue Elgin)

La pièce est d’accès universel. (Premier arrivé, premier servi. Les places sont limitées.)

Le projet d’ordre du jour sera affiché sur notre site Web dès qu’il sera disponible.

Un service d’interprétation simultanée sera offert. Si vous ne pouvez pas assister à la séance, vous pouvez regarder la webémission en direct.

Accès universel. Veuillez nous informer de vos besoins particuliers.


From the NCC: Tree planting at Remic Rapids Park

9 09 2019

From the National Capital Commission:


Tree planting at Remic Rapids Park

The National Capital Commission (NCC) would like to take this opportunity to provide an update on upcoming activities at Remic Rapids Park. Your help and support in sharing this information with your community is greatly appreciated.

In the winter of 2018-2019 the NCC undertook maintenance work at Remic Rapids Park to remove Buckhorn, an invasive species, to prepare the park for future planting. As part of the NCC’s emerald ash borer management strategy, the NCC will now be planting trees and shrubs at the park. A total of 3329 trees and shrubs, of 31 different species, will be planted.

Work will begin on September 9 at 7 am, and will continue for approximately one month, between the hours of 7 am and 4 pm, with minimal noise impact on nearby residents. The pathway will remain open throughout the work, but users may experience temporary delays when equipment is entering or exiting the park .We will continue to monitor the health and growth of these trees over time, and will carry out further work, as required.

We are continually seeking to improve our communications and the quality of information shared with community members regarding our emerald ash borer management activities. Should there be any additional information that you or your community would find useful, we would appreciate your feedback.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the NCC’s client services at 613-239-5000 or

Plantation d’arbres au parc des Rapides-Remic

La Commission de la capitale nationale (CCN) souhaite faire le point sur les activités à venir au parc des Rapides-Remic. La CCN vous serait reconnaissante de l’aider en transmettant cette information aux résidants de votre quartier.

À l’hiver 2018-2019, la CCN a entrepris des travaux d’entretien au parc des Rapides-Remic, dans le but d’en éliminer le pied de corbeau, une plante envahissante, et de préparer le sol en vue de la plantation d’arbres. Dans le cadre de sa stratégie de gestion de l’agrile du frêne, la CCN s’apprête maintenant à planter dans ce parc des arbres et des arbustres. Elle en plantera 3 329 en tout, de 31 espèces différentes.

Les travaux commenceront le 9 septembre à 7 h, se poursuivront pendant environ un mois et se dérouleront de 7 h à 16 h. Le niveau de bruit pour les résidants des environs sera maintenu au minimum. Le sentier restera ouvert tout au long des travaux, mais les usagers pourraient devoir patienter un peu lorsque le matériel entre et sort du parc. L’état de santé et la  croissance des arbres et arbustes plantés feront l’objet d’une surveillance au fil du temps, et d’autres travaux seront entrepris au besoin.

La CCN cherche constamment à améliorer ses communications et la qualité de l’information qu,elle transmet aux résidants des quartiers à propos de ses activités de gestion de l’agrile du frêne. Si d’autres renseignements vous étaient utiles, à vous ou aux résidants de votre quartier, veuillez lui en faire part.

Si vous avez des questions à ce propos, n’hésitez pas à communiquer avec le service à clientèle de la CCN, au 613-239-5000 ou à


Sewer work at Byron and Roosevelt

3 09 2019

Emergency sewer work was conducted last week at Byron/Roosevelt and is ongoing. The Councillor’s office has confirmed that the builder of the new homes on the southwest corner there had connected to an old discontinued sanitary sewer rather than the new pipe that runs in that stretch. That is now being corrected while the City and builder discuss who bears responsibility for originally making the wrong connection. Stay tuned for the outcome.

Westboro Community Association at this year’s FUSE!

26 08 2019

A good time was had by all last weekend at Westboro FUSE Festival, held August 17 and 18!  As we did last year, Westboro Community Association hosted Ecology Ottawa at our kiosk in support of their efforts to promote and protect a healthy, city-wide urban canopy.  In spite of a rainy weekend, Ecology Ottawa signed up 124 people for their Tree Giveaway Program, handed out 277 saplings, and raised $265 in on-site donations.  Thanks to Westboro tree-lovers everywhere!  You rock!


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