Ashton area power outages

Recently, we have seen an increase in the frequency of power outages in the Ashton area, with outage reports coming from Flewellyn Road, Ashton Station Road, Lucas Lane, McCaffrey Trail and so on.  These outages seem to consistently impact between 600 and 700 customers in that area.  As a result of this increased frequency, I reached out to Hydro Ottawa’s Chief Operating Officer, Norm Fraser, to inquire about what was occurring and what would be done to address the situation.

Hydro Ottawa confirmed their commitment to providing reliability in their system and working to mitigate future power outages.  Specifically, Hydro Ottawa is going to install several sensors that will help them pinpoint the cause of future power outages, helping to speed restoration time. Hydro Ottawa crews have also surveyed the overhead line, and have identified areas where additional tree trimming would be beneficial. Hydro Ottawa is already proactively replacing several pieces of equipment in poor condition, and will also scan all equipment in this region to identify others that need to be changed.  Additionally, their engineering group is investigating whether the electrical system in the area can be reconfigured to provide additional redundancy and resiliency.

I will continue to provide updates on this matter as Hydro Ottawa works to improve their service to this area.

For Manotick area residents, I just wanted to give a heads up that I am working with Joe Princiotta on setting up a public meeting before the end of March to discuss his plans for 1125/1129 Clapp Lane.  I should have the meeting details in next week’s column.  In terms of Dickinson Square, I should have an update on that soon as well.  You can expect to see the Ayres Building back on the market in the coming weeks.

Minto Mahogany Zoning Amendment

In last week’s column, I mentioned that the Minto zoning amendment application will be on the agenda for this week’s Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee.  This application dates back to summer 2014 and, of course, we held a public meeting that was well attended on November 25, 2014.  I’ll just take a moment to refresh your memory on the details of this proposed zoning amendment.

The site in question is bound by Manotick Main Street to the east, Mahogany Creek to the west, Century Road East to the south and Chriscraft Way to the north. The site has an area of 5.1 hectares and has draft plan of subdivision approval. The remainder of Phase 1 of Minto’s Mahogany Community known as Phase 1A is located to the immediate north and west of the site. Phase 1A is under construction with 91 registered units. The area further west and northwest of the Phase 1A lands is reserved for future phases of the Mahogany Community.

The proposed zoning changes include:

  • Adding an exception to the V1Q zone to reduce the minimum lot area from 540 square metres to 428 square metres and to decrease the minimum lot width from 18 metres to 14 metres. This would permit a new lot size (currently only 18 metres lot widths are permitted in the V1Q zone); and
  • Create a new Village Residential Third Density, Subzone B, Exception xxxr (V3B [Exception xxxr]) to allow for a revision to the lot layout as a result of the removal of the rear lane in the southeast corner of the site. This will provide for an increased lot width of 11 metres in areas where the current width is 6 metres. The new exception zone will require different setback provisions and reduce the maximum lot coverage from 60 per cent to 50 per cent. The street has been moved closer to the site’s corner, while providing a circuitous route around lots 105 to 120, connecting to Spindrift Circle.

A Draft Plan of Subdivision application was submitted concurrently with this Zoning By-law amendment application in order to amend the existing approved draft plan, which applies to all of the Phase 1 lands. The revised draft plan of subdivision proposes a total of 211 units, an increase of 14 units from the originally approved plan of subdivision. The new lot sizes and model designs will be in keeping with Mahogany’s architectural style and standards.

It is important to note that the overall development will not see a change in density.  The entire development is capped at 1400 units.  This increase in Phase 1 density will be offset by a decreased density in future phases.

Upcoming Events

March Break Craft Workshops for Creative Kids

Creative kids will make glove monsters, letter art & spy gardens at three craft workshops being offered at Goulbourn Museum this March Break.  The workshops are geared to children ages 6-11 and will run on Tuesday, March 17, Wednesday, March 18, and Thursday, March 19 from 9:00am to Noon. Kids can sign up for all three or just for one.

At the Tuesday workshop, children will transform colourful gloves into “Little Monsters” of their own design. On Wednesday, they will use texture and pattern to produce a one-of-a-kind piece of "Letter Art", and on Thursday, kids will pretend to be spies as they convert an ordinary flower pot into their very own "Spy Garden” featuring a secret compartment!

Cost is $20 per day or $50 for all three workshops (snacks are included). Please note that parents will be required to fill out a drop-off waiver for each child. To register call 613-831-2393 or send an email to: education@goulbournmuseum.ca. During March Break the Museum will be open Monday - Sunday from 1-4 p.m. for extended playtime in its popular Village Store.

Older Adult Plan Consultation and Celebration

Mayor Jim Watson will host a consultation event, funded by the Province of Ontario, to help shape the City’s Older Adult Plan 2015-2018 and to celebrate the many accomplishments of the current plan since it was adopted in 2012.

This event will take place between 10:00am and 3:30pm at Ottawa City Hall on Wednesday, March 18th. Register for this consultation and celebration at ottawa.ca/olderadults or call 3-1-1.

The Older Adult Plan was adopted in October 2012, reinforcing Ottawa’s commitment to becoming an age-friendly and caring community. Among the accomplishments to be celebrated are:

Improved accessibility of buildings and outdoor spaces, including the installation of benches; improved access to supports for vulnerable older adults who have low incomes or are socially isolated; additional tailored programming for older adults in the areas of fitness, computer literary and CPR training; enhanced communication means, including an older adult portal on ottawa.ca and printed guides of City programs and services for older adults

Feedback acquired at the March 18 event will be used to update the plan and ensure it continues to meet the current and long-term needs of Ottawa’s older adults, including access to essential supports, programs and services. The updated plan will go to both the Community and Protective Services Committee and Council for approval later in 2015.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491.