During our last LCA meeting, the City of Ottawa presented the Combined Sewage and Storage Tunnel presentation. Here are the details of the presentation in French & English.
March 21, 2017
Drop in anytime 6 to 8 p.m.
Councillors’ Lounge, 2nd floor
Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Re: Heritage Inventory Project – Adding Lowertown properties to the Heritage Register
As part of the Heritage Inventory Project, staff has identified several properties in Lowertown as contributing to Ottawa’s heritage and will recommend that these properties are added to the City’s Heritage Register under Section 27 (1.2) of the Ontario Heritage Act. The staff report will be presented to the Built Heritage Sub-Committee and the Planning Committee in April, 2017.
Here are all the details you need to know about the Debates, Town Halls & Forums in both French and English for the Federal By-Election coming up April 3rd. In the next two weeks there will be four opportunities for you to see the candidates in person:
Date: March 21, 7:30-9:30pm
Location: Queen Juliana Hall (gymnasium) at Rockcliffe Park Public School, 350 Buena Vista Rd. (doors open towards Springfield Rd. behind the Community Police Centre).
Details: The Lindenlea Community Association, The Manor Park Community Association, The New Edinburgh Community Association, and The Rockcliffe Park Residents Association invite you to an evening of debate with federal by-election. Candidates for the Ottawa-Vanier federal by-election will present their platforms and answer your questions:
Adrian Papara, Conservative
Emilie Taman, New Democratic Party
Mona Fortier, Liberal
Nira Dookeran, Green
Date: March 26, 2:00-4:30 pm
Location: Richelieu-Vanier Centre, 300 pères-blancs Ave.
Details: Ottawa-Vanier Federal By-election is coming up April 3, 2017. A group of community associations are organizing an event to meet the candidates. Come on out and ask the questions that are most important to you! Sponsored by Action Sandy Hill, Eastern Ottawa Community Resource Centre, Ecology Ottawa, Lowertown Community Association, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, Vanier Community Association, Vanier Community Service Centre, Rideau-Rockliffe Community Resource Centre, Lowertown Community Resource Centre, Overbrook Community Association.
Date: Le 27 mars, 19h-20h30
Lieu: École secondaire publique De La Salle
501 Old St Patrick Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8R3
Détails: Dans le cadre de l'élection partielle dans la circonscription fédérale d'Ottawa-Vanier, l'ACFO Ottawa est fière de vous inviter à son débat électoral en français, organisé en partenariat avec TV Rogers Ottawa. Ce débat de style assemblée publique (town-hall) aura lieu à l'École secondaire publique De La Salle (501, ancienne rue St-Patrick) le lundi 27 mars 2017 et sera modéré par l'animatrice Ginette Gratton. Les portes ouvriront à 18h30 et le débat aura lieu de 19h à 20h30.
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L'ACFO tient à ce que ce débat soit participatif. Nous vous invitons donc à nous soumettre vos questions pour les candidat(e)s par courriel à email@example.com.
Au plaisir de vous y voir en grand nombre !
L'équipe de l'ACFO Ottawa
Date: March 31, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 400 McArthur Ave
Details: Ecology Ottawa is partnering with Citizens for Public Justice and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa to hold an all-candidates' debate on the environment in the run-up to the Ottawa-Vanier federal by-election.
The event will feature Nira Dookeran (Green Party of Canada), Mona Fortier (Liberal Party of Canada) and Emily Taman (New Democratic Party of Canada). It will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa (400 McArthur Ave.) from 7pm to 9pm on Friday, March 31.
Please RSVP to the event here http://www.ecologyottawa.org/ottawa_vanier_all_candidates_environment_debate
Vote Date: April 3, 2017
Vote in Advance: March 24, 25, 26 and 27
A proposal has been brought to Ottawa City Council to adopt the status of a “sanctuary city”, where immigrants and refugees are given the ability to access municipal services without fear of discrimination, detention, or deportation. Such policies have been adopted in other major Canadian cities.
This item will be discussed by a group representing the Sanctuary City Ottawa campaign (https://ottawasanctuarycity.ca/about/) at the next LCA Meeting March 13, 2017 at 7pm at the Routhier Centre, 172 Guigues Ave.
Open house on Sanctuary cities:
March 16, 6:00pm
More background information:
It's that time of the month...time to get together as a community, see old friends and meet new ones at the Lowertown Community Association's monthly meeting! The meeting takes place at 7pm at the Routhier Centre, 172 Guigues Ave. You'll get a chance to hear all about Sanctuary cities, the combined Sewage Storage Tunnel project, our riding's Federal by-election & updates from our Councillor and much more! Below is the meeting Agenda.
LCA expresses serious concerns with the report on the Right of Way Patio Review and proposed By-law.
Click on the above link to download a copy of the letter we sent to Councillor Fleury today, or read the text reproduced below:
February 27, 2017
Mr. Mathieu Fleury
Mr. Keith Egli
Chair, Transportation Committee
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON k1P 2J1
Via email: Keith.Egli@ottawa.ca
Dear Councillor Egli, Councillor Fleury,
Transportation Committee March 1: Right-of-Way Patio Review
I am writing on behalf of the Lowertown Community Association (LCA) to express our serious concerns with the report on the Right of Way Patio Review and proposed By-law.
This report was only circulated on February 23. It reverses, with little or no explanation, several key
recommendations made in a November 2016 report, which had been prepared following extensive public consultations last summer. We were pleased to have participated fully in those consultations last year, as did, presumably, other community associations. It also introduces issues that until now were not part of the review, including license fees and year-round patio operation. Even if the Committee does not accept all of our views on the report, the absence of any meaningful public consultation on several of its recommendations is reason enough to defer its consideration to a future meeting.
As well as our objection to the process, LCA has serious difficulties with several proposals insofar as they will impact visitors, residents and other businesses in Lowertown and specifically, the ByWard Market.
Extending the patio season
The November report recommended shortening the summer patio season so that it would run only from 1 April to 30 September. The current report proposes, with no explanation, extending operations year-round, including the winter season. In some cases, winter patios make sense and some currently are operating successfully on private property in Lowertown. However, little consideration appears to have been given to the possible problems created on several small, narrow, crowded streets in the Market where summer sidewalk patios now operate. Among them are the obvious difficulties of snow removal. For example, while the By-law would allow the City to order removal of the patios on two hours’ notice in the case of a snow emergency, in Lowertown these are often permanent or semi-permanent structures that cannot be easily moved. These unsightly, unused structures are likely to sit unoccupied and vacant occupying space along the sidewalks during many months of the year since it may prove cheaper to leave them in place.
Patios on raised platforms
The November report recommended eliminating all raised platforms, except where needed to correct the steep slope of a sidewalk. This was based on the problems these often large and unsightly structures create for sidewalk maintenance, accessibility and their impact on the streetscape. The current report, without explaining why, apparently sees no problem. It proposes allowing them without any restrictions, beyond the basic accessibility requirements all businesses must comply with under provincial legislation in any event. In the Market, these platforms not only are an obstacle for pedestrians and obstruct the streetscape. They also are used by bar owners to differentiate their businesses from their competitors. During the summer months, the patios are simply an extension of their business premises. Allowing these structures to be placed on sidewalks and streets as a “spot” patios and encouraging their operation year-round effectively will hand over to bar owners large parts of whole streets in the Market for their private use.
Currently audio speakers are prohibited on sidewalk patios. The November report noted the impossibility of enforcing the existing rules and proposed allowing them until 11:00pm. The proposed By-law will allow them, but only until 11:00 pm if the patio is near a residential or mixes commercial residential zone. The City’s noise By-law is left to deal with any problems. The noise by-law is at best only a partial solution to the problem of noise from patios, both day and night time. The changes being proposed in the report will allow patio speakers to operate year-round, including on new “spot” patios. The problems of enforcement of the current rules in the Market for sidewalk and private patios,
which are not covered by this review, is well documented. To simply expand the rules to allow the use of
speakers without any consideration of strategies or new resources to enforce them is unfair to residents and irresponsible.
The centrepiece of the review launched last spring was the proposal to establish for every street in the city a minimum 2 metre pedestrian “clearway” – a “well-designed, straight, continuous, unobstructed pathway for pedestrians” mapped out by special design teams. All existing patios on a given street would need to be redesigned to accommodate this clearway, not just meet the minimum accessibility requirements imposed by provincial legislation. A-frame advertising signs would be specifically prohibited. The current report carries forward this concept, but is very short on specifics. A clearway will be required, but is not defined in the By-law. Improving the pedestrian environment had been the principal objective of the review initiated last spring. Instead, the report now states the objective is “to provide flexible design options for patios” and give owners “latitude to determine how best to configure their patio”. The introduction of pedestrian clearways is especially important in Lowertown. Several very narrow streets in the Market are now crowded with outdoor sidewalk patios that do not provide a 2-metre space for pedestrians, let alone anything resembling a straight, continuous unobstructed pathway running the length of the block. Accommodating a 2-metre pedestrian clearway likely will mean major changes, including the removal of one or more sidewalk patios, on several streets.
The report states that staff will work with owners “to determine how their patios can come into compliance” and prepare a report next year “to determine progress…in meeting the new By-law”. This implies far too much flexibility for existing permit holders. We would have preferred wording that makes it clear that compliance with the new By-laws will be mandatory of all existing, as well as new, permit holders, including in those situations where an existing patio may need to be redesigned, made smaller or even removed completely.
Proposed Action by the Committee
1. LCA is seeing some of these proposals, notably the year-round operation of these patios, for the first time. Others reflect changes to recommendations made in November for which little or no explanation has been provided. Given a lack of any meaningful public consultation on these proposals, LCA would prefer to see this item deferred to a future meeting. This would provide for an opportunity for further consultation to ensure that all the implications of some of these proposals have been adequately considered in areas such as Lowertown where their impact will be felt most.
2. If this is not possible, we would request that any decision by the Committee to approve the report to explicitly reflect the understanding that:
Thank you for your attention to this important matter before Committee March 1.
cc. Members of the Transportation Committee
(via Rosemary Theriault: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lowertown Winterfest Monday February 20th at Jules Morin Park! If anyone wants any information or to volunteer this year please contact Aysha @613-789-3930 Ext 324
A brief message below on the Château Laurier development project:
This is to advise you that the Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department has received an application for Site Plan Control (D07-12-16-0193) for 1 Rideau Street, the Château Laurier hotel. The Site Plan Control application will be circulated shortly. 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 in the coming weeks. Details about the proposal will also be available on www.ottawa.ca/devapps next week.
A website has also been created to provide information on the review process and to answer frequently asked questions about the proposal. It will go live next week and can be accessed at www.ottawa.ca/chateaulaurier. Interested individuals can participate in the public consultation process for this proposal in several ways. They may:
• Complete a feedback form online
• Send an email to email@example.com
• Contact the file lead, Allison Hamlin, at 613-580-2424, extension 25477
• Attend a community information and comment session
• Submit written comments to or speak at the relevant Built Heritage Sub-Committee, Committee of Adjustment or Planning Committee meetings
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