City of Ottawa: Registration for the Planning Primer Heritage Elective

9 11 2017

The City of Ottawa is offering the following course:

Registration for the Planning Primer Heritage Elective

November 18 and 20, 2017 (Offered in English)

Location:
City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Festival Control Boardroom, First Floor
9 a.m. to noon

November 27, 2017 (Offered in French)

Location:
City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Festival Control Boardroom, First Floor
9 a.m. to noon

You can register for the course online (here) until November 17, 2017. 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 (here) for other Primer courses. The content of these Primer courses is the same as those offered in previous years.

Please send your questions to primer@ottawa.ca.

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Workshop: How to install and winterize a rain barrel

23 10 2017

Want to install a rain barrel at home but don’t know how?

EnviroCentre is holding a FREE workshop about how to install and winterize a rain barrel. This hands-on workshop covers everything you’ll need to know – picking the right location, equipment and supplies, installation and proper maintenance.

One lucky participant from each workshop will go home with a new rain barrel!

Click on the dates listed below to register.

Saturday November 4th
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Van Lang Field House

Monday November 13th
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Carlingwood Public Library

This workshop is offered through the City of Ottawa’s Pinecrest Neighbourhood RAIN project. Click here for more information about the project.

Workshops will be delivered in English. Bilingual staff will be present to answer questions in French.

Mandy Wilson
Community Outreach Assistant
mandy.wilson@envirocentre.ca
613-656-0100 ext. 129
envirocentre.ca

Please note that our office is a scent-free space.





Westboro Community Association Annual General Meeting

19 10 2017

Tuesday November 21st, 2017
Westboro Community Association
Annual General Meeting
Churchill Seniors Center 7:00 PM

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, November 21 at 345 Richmond Road (Churchill Seniors Centre):

  • 6:30 PM doors and community kiosks open
  •  7:00 PM reports from Board of Directors
  • Election of new Board of Directors
  • Special guest speakers include Patrick Nadeau (Ottawa Riverkeeper), Jessie Granger & Julia Robertson (Rainwater Project), Dave Adams (Sir John A McDonald 2018 winter trails), and Sue Garvey (Cornerstone)
  • Open Forum with City Councillor Jeff Leiper
  • Refreshments served

Come out to meet your neighbours and discuss the issues that are important to our community!

Membership is required to vote but you can attend without joining. Membership is $10 for one year or ($20 for family membership.)

We are always looking for new board members who want to bring their talents to our community. Questions or interest in being a board member? Email us at helloWestboro@yahoo.ca or contact normmorrison@rogers.com

See the attached agenda for additional information.

Hope to see you on the 21st!

AGM Agenda 2017





Clare Gardens Park Fall Clean-Up: Saturday, October 21st, 2017

16 10 2017

Clare Gardens Park Fall Clean-Up
Saturday, October 21st, 2017 from 10:00 am till noon
(Rain date: October 22nd)

It’s that time of year. The WCA and the Volunteer Gardeners of Clare Gardens Park are hosting the park’s autumn clean-up.

We’ll bring rubber gloves and large garden bags. We’d appreciate if you could bring a broom, a rake and or a shovel, if possible.

Hear the park news and ask questions. Tell us if you have any park-related concerns. We welcome your feedback.

Bring your families and meet your neighbours! Refreshments and goodies will be provided. Please see the attached poster for additional information.

See you in the park!

Organized by:

The Volunteer Gardeners of Clare Gardens Park
volunteergardenersofclarepark@gmail.com

and

The Westboro Community Association
hellowestboro@yahoo.ca

FallCleanupOct2017portrait





Hampton Iona Looks 4ward to the Future

14 10 2017

Message from the Hampton Iona Community Group:

Think about the qualities that drew you to live in Hampton Iona. What made this part of Ottawa a place in which you wanted to live, raise a family and retire? How do you feel about the way your neighbourhood is developing now? What concerns you? What excites you? How do we retain the qualities that make this a special part of the city in which to live, while dealing with issues such as intensification and opportunities such as the LRT?

Come and join us on October 18th for a “big picture” conversation concerning the future of our corner of Kitchissippi Ward. With significant new development, infill and changing transportation systems, Hampton Iona and the rest of Kitchissippi Ward will look significantly different in 10 or 20 years. How can we have a voice in what our future will look like? What role can citizens play in designing our neighbourhoods and city; and coping with change? How can we make sure that our social and physical infrastructures keep pace with our population growth?

On October 18 from 7 pm to 9 pm, the Hampton Iona Community Group (HICG) will be holding a public conversation with Councillor Jeff Leiper: Ward 15: Looking 4ward. Facilitated by our own professional facilitator, Ken Hoffman of One World, Ward 15: Looking 4ward will be an opportunity to learn more about what is envisioned by the City of Ottawa for our area, and for us to work in small groups to discuss what is important to us. From population projections to the impact of the LRT on our neighbourhoods, this will be an opportunity for all of us to learn more about the future, the role we can play and that of our community association in helping to make decisions.

While we have all had concerns and complaints about both the impacts and implementation of intensification, we recognize that growth is going to happen. The purpose of this event is to spend a productive evening learning more about how Westboro and Kitchissippi are expected to grow, what are our key issues and how we can better control our future.

For a number of years we have had a Secondary Plan for Westboro and Richmond Road which has sadly not worked the way we intended. On October 18th, we will learn more about what we need to do to get the City to revise our Secondary Plan so that it has teeth and, what our role is in revising the Plan.

Ward15: Looking 4ward will be held in the second floor demonstration kitchen (handicap accessible) at the Loblaws Superstore (Richmond Road and Kirkwood). For details or questions, please contact HIGC at webmaster@hamptoniona.ca. We look forward to seeing you on October 18th.

Please see the attached poster for additional information.

looking 4ward flyer





CBC.ca: Library board advised to refurbish Rosemount library to save money

12 10 2017

Library board advised to refurbish Rosemount library to save money

Building a newer, bigger branch carries too much risk, report says
CBC News Posted: Oct 09, 2017 7:30 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 10, 2017 8:29 PM ET

UPDATED

  • The library board voted on Oct. 10 to accept the recommendation to renovate the existing building.
  • Library board chair says new design will include open spaces and meeting rooms.
  • A group asking for a new library said report didn’t consider the growth of the neighbourhood.
  • The City of Ottawa should renovate — not relocate — a popular library in Hintonburg because it’s the most affordable option facing the aging building, says a new report.

On Tuesday, the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) board will receive a report recommending the least favourite idea put forward by bookworms to revitalize the Rosemount Library.

Richard Van Loon of the Rosemount Expansion and Development Group wanted the city to build a newer, modern library to replace the Rosemount branch, which turns 100 next year.

The citizen’s group was in favour of a 10,000-to-15,000-square foot facility, significantly larger than the current 6,089-square-foot building.

A firm tapped to conduct a business case to inform the board on how to proceed explored six options: rehabilitating the existing building, leasing commercial space, relocating and expanding the building, and three scenarios involving relocating the branch to vacant parklands.

After weighing all the options, staff concluded that Hintonburg ranked low in terms of projected service growth compared to other neighbourhoods.

“All six options require a significant financial investment to implement. OPL has an annual pay-as-you-go capital funding envelope of $2.6 million,” the report stated.

“With 33 branches, system-wide service pressures, and competing priorities, the preferred option is the one that is the most affordable: to renovate the existing facility.”

$2-million cost for preferred option

The preferred option comes with an estimated price tag of $2 million, according to Boxfish Consultants, the firm that made the business case.

At $2.9 million, the option favoured by the citizens’ group also turned out to be the most expensive. The analysis by the consultants ruled the first option was the only “affordable” one among the six.

“This option represents the best alignment with OPL’s strategic objectives, and is expected to be cost effective and relatively lower risk when compared to most of the other options considered,” the report stated.

If approved, construction work on the Rosemount branch would wrap up in early 2020 after an architect is chosen and public consultations are held, according to the report.

The library board also has another renewal project on its hands — a new central branch in downtown Ottawa. That project is awaiting word as to whether the federal government will be a partner on the super-library project.

The Ottawa Public Library board meets Tuesday at 5 p.m. at city hall.

The business case can be accessed here.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/library-board-urged-refurbish-rosemount-library-1.4346252





Ottawa Citizen: Leiper can’t convince planning committee to stop Byron triplex additions

12 10 2017

Leiper can’t convince planning committee to stop Byron triplex additions

Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper couldn’t convince colleagues to send a “strong message” to the local development industry on Tuesday by rejecting an application to allow fourth units in two triplexes on Byron Avenue.

Leiper effectively wanted the planning committee to force Peloso Construction to fight at the Ontario Municipal Board if the company wants additional units in both 266 and 270 Byron Ave.

“Send it back,” Leiper told councillors.

Leiper suggested the community was hoodwinked into believing these buildings would only have three units, since a fourth unit in each building was roughed in during construction.

The land-use requirements for the two triplexes were approved by the committee of adjustment in 2015. The current application requires approvals from the planning committee and council since it calls for a change in zoning to allow an additional unit in each building.

Murray Chown, the planning consultant representing Peloso, told the committee it’s “the most discreet form of intensification that planning committee and council can deal with.”

The four-unit buildings would complete the block since there are low-rise apartments nearby, Chown said.

Leiper said these kinds of applications “destroy” residents’ trust in the planning process.

Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley said Leiper was just asking the city to waste tax dollars by wanting the application to be the subject of an OMB hearing.

It would be difficult for the city to fight because its own planners support the rezoning application.

Leiper was on the losing end of the 8-1 vote to approve the application.

Council will vote Oct. 25.

jwilling@postmedia.com

twitter.com/JonathanWilling

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/leiper-cant-convince-planning-committee-to-stop-byron-triplex-additions








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