As some of you may already know, the Ayres Building in Dickinson Square has officially been sold. The building had been owned by the City of Ottawa since the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority vacated the space in 2007. Normally, I would announce the sale myself but I’m quite happy that the new owner was so excited to close the sale and announce it themselves. After all, it isn’t about me. It was just under two weeks ago that Rural Ottawa South Support Services (ROSSS) announced that they had purchased the building, allowing them to maintain the place they’ve called home for the better part of a decade.
While the Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation, along with ROSSS, finalized the deal a couple of months ago, we were awaiting the official close of the sale, scheduled for August 6th. As soon as all of the t’s were crossed and the i’s were dotted, ROSSS was free to dispense the good news. We were a bit more tightly lipped this time around as many of you will recall an announcement I made in December 2013 regarding the initial sale of the Ayres Building to a Christmas store owner. That, of course, fell through prior to the closing date so I decided to try and learn from my mistake. In the end, everything worked out and now ROSSS can continue to serve the communities of Osgoode, Rideau and Goulbourn from right here in Manotick.
With the Ayres Building sale wrapped up, the Peppermint Spa transformation of the Weaver House well underway and the development of 1125 Clapp Lane approved, the Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation has come a long way in four years. Of course, the work is not yet done and the City of Ottawa still retains the ownership of the Carriage Shed and Dickinson House. Community sentiment has spoken strongly in favour of maintaining the current arrangement at these two buildings and I will continue to work toward a solution that can be supported by the community and makes the most sense going forward. In my mind, that solution needs to make sense as much 50 years from now as it does today. No easy task but we’ve listened to the community every step of the way and I look forward to continuing that working relationship on the two remaining, and most significant, Dickinson Square properties.
Dickinson House News
Speaking of Dickinson Square, come out and visit on August 15th and 16th as there will be demonstrations of the old time Domestic Skills of Spinning and Weaving at the House. Visitors will also be able to learn about or try their hand at the techniques citizens used to cope with laundry before the advent of the automatic washer and dryer. The House is open from 10:00am until 5:00pm daily. This summer’s special exhibition is Tableware in Times Past in the Coral Lindsay Memorial Hall on the third floor. As always, admission is free, and donations toward the upkeep of the House are welcome.
Further, mark your calendars and plan to come to an old-fashioned, family oriented Barn Dance at Watson’s Mill on September 5th at 7:30 pm. There will be live folk music featuring the Ever Hopeful String Band; easy instructions on traditional circle, square and line dances; country food and refreshments. The Heritage Country Fair, with a full lineup of traditional Fall Fair events, will be in full swing on Saturday, September 5th, beginning at 10:00am. For information about the events, check www.rideautownshiphistory.org/dickinsonhouse, call 613-692-2241 or visit the House.
Manotick Secondary Plan Update
Back to business, the website for the Secondary Plan review has now been updated. You can visit Ottawa.ca/manotickplan to look at the Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendments resulting from the current review update. Please provide comments by September 5th on the draft proposals. My office will also be distributing this information via mail to all Manotick residents to ensure that everyone is aware.
Development Updates in Goulbourn
There are now two development applications in the Stittsville South expansion area. Over the last two years, the City of Ottawa has been working on an application from several firms involving the property north of Woodside Acres and south of the Hartsmere subdivision. That application is in the process of receiving draft approval after a lengthy process that included four public meetings. The results from that include a restriction to vehicular traffic from the new development onto Poplarwood Road and a monitoring program on structures and wells to ensure there are no negative impacts on existing homes in Woodside Acres.
Directly to the east of that proposal is another application, this one by Tartan Homes, which has just been submitted. This is, essentially, an extension of the previous application as the road network ties in and is key to traffic management in the area. The main roads will filter out onto Shea Road and Fernbank Road. This property is addressed as 5970 Fernbank Road and more information on the application can be found at Ottawa.ca/devapps. As information becomes available, it will be posted at that link. Further, there will be a public meeting scheduled to discuss this application as well.
Open Air Fire Permits
Residents are reminded that open air fires of any kind are prohibited without an Open Air Fire Permit.
An open air fire refers to the burning of untreated wood, tree limbs and branches where the flame is not wholly contained. The City’s Open Air Fire By-law prohibits the use of campfires, brush fires, burn drums, windrows and outdoor fireplaces within City limits. Barbecues are permitted.
While open air burning might seem to be harmless, it has the potential to cause visible haze, health problems, air pollution and nuisance concerns.
Even residents who possess a permit are required to call 613-580-2880 prior to burning to ensure there is not a burn ban in effect.
Substantial fines may be issued to residents who are not in possession of a valid permit or are found to be non-compliant to conditions and regulations within their permit. Fire permits are available at all Client Service Centres and Ottawa Fire Services’ Rural Administrative offices. A list of these sites, hours of operation and more information on fire permits can be found on ottawa.ca or by calling 3-1-1.
A Taste of Manotick
While Dickinson House is providing a taste of the past on August 15th, the rest of the village will be promoting the present. The Annual Taste of Manotick is back on Saturday, between 4:00pm and 9:00pm. This annual showcase will take place along Manotick Main Street and into the Mews. Come out and enjoy live music, delicious samples, draws and demonstrations in the heart of the village.
Also, and you heard it here first, this is a guaranteed rain free event! That is my guarantee and I know you can trust me on this as a recent Ipsos Reid poll ranked local politicians as the least trustworthy profession. See you there!!
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.