Regional Group development in Manotick

On January 22nd, 2015 I hosted a meeting at the Manotick Arena to discuss vacant lands within the village of Manotick.  One such property up for discussion was at 5721, 5731 & 5741 Manotick Main Street.  This is the field at the end of Century Road abutting Kelly Marie Drive.  As a result of the community discussion at that meeting, a developer put forward a plan to acquire the property and work with a builder to bring forward a project that fit what the community was looking for.

The applicant, Regional Group, submitted their application last week.  It proposes to develop the site to accommodate 54 townhomes and 30 single detached dwellings. Access to the homes will be provided via a public road network, with two connections to the existing Kelly Marie Drive, and one connection to Manotick Main Street. Parklands will be dedicated to the City and will be located at the east end of Kelly Drive, where water access will also be available. Public services (water and sanitary) will service the proposed development.

The site is currently zoned Village First Density, Subzone A, which permits for single detached dwellings. The proposed zoning amendment would establish zoning provisions that allow for townhome dwelling types, and the appropriate open space zoning for the proposed park block. A 30 metre setback limit will also be established for lots abutting the water to prohibit development in this area.

The proposed development will be very similar to Regional’s project in Kemptville, known as eQuinelle.  It will be geared toward older adults looking to downsize and remain in the village, an option that has not been widely available in Manotick.

Also on the development front, the applicant for the proposed seniors’ residence at 1125 Clapp Lane has requested an extension to their application.  The extension will run to August 1st, 2017.  In the meantime, it is expected that they will bring forward an updated plan with minor revisions.  I will keep you posted on this project in future columns.

Farewell to Rev. Dubord

On Sunday, August 7th, Rev. Michel Dubord presided over the congregation at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church for the final time.  After 18 years, Rev. Dubord is moving on.  While I do not attend St. John’s, I know Michel well because of his involvement in the Richmond community. Whether it was an issue close to the church, the congregation or the community at large, Michel was there to help.  He has been involved in the push to find more community space for our youth and seniors and he has been involved in working to welcome a Syrian refugee family to the village.  He has a true passion for community and, for 18 years, it has shown.  Over the last five and a half years, I have had the pleasure of working with him in my role as Councillor.  Michel, congratulations on your time at St. John’s and best of luck in your future endeavors.  You will be missed.

Walk of Care Details

Rural Ottawa South Support Services’ Annual Walk of Care takes place this year on September 10th at 10:00am at the Osgoode entrance to the Doug Thompson Multi-Use Pathway (5479 Osgoode Main). To register, forms can be picked up at both Manotick and Metcalfe offices, or online at

The Walk of Care is an annual fundraiser for ROSSS; a non-profit, charitable organization that delivers and arranges for a wide variety of services to help individuals and their families living in our catchment area. From meals to visiting and transportation to day programs, ROSSS is committed keeping seniors, adults with physical disabilities, and their caregivers connected to their community. 

West Ottawa Ladies Chorus

The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus (WOLC) mixes it up singing selections from the classics, secular, popular, show tunes, jazz and swing. And they have fun doing it. Consider taking your voice beyond the shower and joining a group that not only sings, but enjoys a vital social atmosphere. Enthusiasm is the key ingredient needed to become one of the 'Ladies'. Anyone who is not familiar with WOLC can check them out on Facebook or iTunes. Rehearsals are scheduled to start mid September and there are a few openings in each vocal range. Don't read music? Director Robert Dueck prepares each vocal part on MP3s to take away the fear and enable members to learn their parts at home. WOLC hold rehearsals twice weekly so members can choose which is more convenient or they can attend both.

This young dynamic group, now in its fifth year, has grown from a mere twelve to over thirty voices. Committed to bringing joy to the community, the WOLC perform at local senior's residences leading up to a full concert performance. The spirit of Christmas is celebrated with music and this chorus delivers to an ever-growing audience.

A meet-and-greet at the end of August/early September will give prospective singers a chance to meet the director and some of the chorus members and give them a chance to sample some of the repertoire. A gentle audition will confirm your voice range. For more information, email



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