Unfortunately, I am beginning this week’s column with some bad news that just came to my attention Monday morning. As you may or may not know, the City opposed a zoning amendment with regard to the Barnsdale Lands. Specifically, the addresses in question are 3552, 3680, 3806, 3818, 3882 Barnsdale Road; 3872, 3971, 3976 Greenbank Road; 3894, 3910, 3972 Prince of Wales Drive. The amendment would have seen those lands rezoned from Agricultural to General Rural. As stated, the City opposed the amendment, City Council supported that opposition and the zoning amendment was defeated. However, as per usual, the applicant appealed the decision to the Ontario Municipal Board.
The rationale for the City’s opposition was that we are in the middle of an update to our Land Evaluation & Area Review and the zoning amendment was premature. That is a position that I fully support and I have been working with staff to ensure that we complete our LEAR update as soon as possible. The applicant argued that their zoning amendment shouldn’t be held up by the LEAR and, for some reason, the OMB agreed. This is quite disappointing as our LEAR update is a cooperative effort between the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs. Seeing as the OMB is also a Provincial body, I’m concerned that Agricultural lands are not getting the protection they need. Municipalities, like Ottawa, can oppose agricultural re-designation all we want but if the Province isn’t going to back us up, we won’t stand a chance. All to say, the Barnsdale lands are now zoned as General Rural.
Rideau Valley Drive South
Many Kars residents have been awaiting construction on the Rideau Valley Drive South project this summer. Due to the myriad of Government approvals required, the start date was a bit of a moving target. If this was a simple resurfacing, the work would be done by now but since the project involves the renewal of the storm water system which drains into the Rideau River, the City of Ottawa required approvals from both senior levels of Government.
Nonetheless, I can tell you that the project was tendered in August and awarded to Cornwall Gravel. This firm most recently did the Van Vliet extension in Manotick and did a tremendous job. At this point, we are just awaiting final approval from the Ministry of Environment and our tentative start date is mid-September. The project limits are from Dorack Drive to the first bridge at the south end of the village. Additional aspects of the job include a pathway from Dorack Drive north to Cobe Terrace that will be separated from the road. Additionally, we still have plans to resurface from the bridge to Lockhead Road and that work will take place in 2016.
Para Transpo Policy Review Consultation
OC Transpo is currently reviewing its policies for both Para Transpo customer eligibility and booking processes. Public consultations will take place on September 17th, 22nd, 30th and October 6th at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West.
There are 16 sessions, four per day, with a registration limit of 20 people per session. Para Transpo customers, caregivers, community agencies, hospital representatives, long-term care facilities and the general public are invited to register.
To register for one of these sessions, please visit octranspo.com, call 613-842-3636 ext. 2652, email firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 613-244-4329.
Customers and stakeholders who are unavailable to attend a session, but still want to contribute, are invited to provide feedback until October 9th by filling out a questionnaire available online at octranspo.com. The questions posed in the questionnaire will be identical to those posed at the consultation sessions. For more information on the Para Transpo stakeholder consultations, visit octranspo.com.
Dickinson House: Heritage Country Fair
The Heritage Country Fair is this weekend! Come out to the old fashioned Barn Dance at Watson’s Mill, Friday, September 4th at 7:30 pm. The Ever Hopeful String Band will provide the toe tapping music, and easy instructions on traditional circle, square and line dances will be available. Catering will be provided by Mill Street’s Take Another Bite. There is an admission charge of $15 for this event; children under 12 will be free.
The fun continues on Saturday beginning at 10:00am at the Heritage Country Fair where a full lineup of traditional fall fair events will be in full swing. The Public is invited to enter the various contests from a Dog Show to an Art Contest to a Flower & Vegetable Show. There will be Carriage rides, a Puppet Show and live music throughout the day. For information about the events, call 613-692-2241 or visit rideautownshiphistory.org/dickinsonhouse. The events on Saturday are free of charge.
ROSSS Walk of Care
The Rural Ottawa South Support Services’ Walk of Care, presented by Orchard View Retirement Living, will be held on Saturday, September 12th. The event takes place on the Osgoode Multi-Use Pathway, soon to be named the Doug Thompson Pathway, at 9:30am. The exact starting point along the pathway is at 5479 Osgoode Main Street. For more information and to register online, please visit rosss.ca.
SEATS for Kids Family Fun Day
Although this event isn’t in Rideau-Goulbourn, I was asked to help spread the word and I do have a bit of a soft spot for Carp. SEATS for Kids and boom 99.7 are hosting a Family Fun Day at the Carp Fairgrounds on September 13th from 9:00am to 2:00pm. OC Transpo, Ottawa Public Safety, Ottawa Fire Services and Ottawa Police are going to be there with giveaways and vehicles for children to climb on. There will also be a bouncy castle, face painting, a silent auction, and a chip wagon. SEATS for kids will also be running a drop-in car seat clinic with certified technicians. SEATS for Kids is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that is dedicated to increasing the appropriate and correct use of child restraints in the National Capital Region.
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.