Ottawa's New Central Library

Happy March Break! I would just like to provide a reminder that I will be hosting a public meeting on the zoning amendment and site plan application for 1125/1129 Clapp Lane.  This meeting will be held at Orchard View on the Rideau, 1145 Bridge Street, on Monday, March 23rd at 7:00pm.  The format will include an open house at the beginning with a presentation slated for 7:30pm.

The proposal for 1125/1129 Clapp Lane calls for a three storey, mixed use building consisting of 45 units for independent living, underground parking and a coffee shop on the corner of Clapp Lane and Dickinson Street.  There will be display boards at the meeting showing the proposed development from a variety of angles.

OPL’s New Central Library

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is holding initial discussions on a Central Library.  The public will be invited to provide input into the spaces and services of the future building. Public input will be used to shape the functional building requirements (spaces and services) of a Central Library. The results of the public input will be made available through a report to the Ottawa Public Library Board in June 2015. 

There are three ways the public can get involved.  OPL is hosting a public session on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in Jean Pigott Place at Ottawa’s City Hall. Registration for the public session is now open. Interested citizens can register at Spaces are limited.

You may also participate in an online forum, which will be available through a live webcast of the presentations at The broadcast will be available on March 31 at 7:00pm. After the presentation, participants will be given options for submitting their input online through April 6, 2015. The webcast will be available for viewing during the entire online submission period.

Finally, you can visit the Main branch OPL at 120 Metcalfe St. from March 21-27, 2015 to write comments on an idea board located on the Ground floor.  Children can also participate by providing input on a board available in the Children’s area on the second floor.

And now a message from the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority…

Another prolonged spring melt similar to last year appears to be in the works. The difference between this year and last year at this time is that, while the depth is about the same, the water equivalent is 25 percent lower. This is based on snow measurements completed by RVCA technicians on March 2nd. The snowpack covering the Rideau River watershed has an average depth of 35 centimetres with the water equivalent of 75 millimetres. Both of these measurements were slightly above what has historically been seen at this time of year. As shovellers know, all the snowfalls we have had have been very light, which means the density of the snowpack is low. This means that the present snowpack is capable of holding a lot of melt and rain that will slowly runoff and potentially reduce the flood risk.

Long-range weather forecasts indicate that temperatures will be generally cool through March with brief forays into the plus side. The minor amounts of melting that will occur during the warmer days will be easily contained in the snowpack keeping streamflows from increasing rapidly.

Water levels on lakes and flows in the streams are below normal for this time of year. However, as conditions change through the spring melt process, water levels will increase and ice cover on lakes, ditches, local streams and rivers will become unstable posing potential safety risks. Caution should be exercised by everyone when near local streams and rivers. Parents should inform their children of the risks associated with increased flows and unstable ice conditions in area watercourses and provide appropriate supervision.

RVCA will continue to monitor conditions and will issue conditions statements as warranted.

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