Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee Update

Many of you may recall that in November of 2013, I took the initiative of adding the house at 5514 Manotick Main Street to the City of Ottawa’s Heritage Register.  This home, known locally as the Falls House, was listed for sale and I felt the community needed to have the opportunity to have it protected from the wrecking ball, if it came to that.  If it were not on the Register, the house could simply be demolished with no significant prior notice being given.

Since that time, the property was sold to a local individual who has been looking to repurpose the building and develop the balance of the property.  Through his planning process, it became evident that an adaptive reuse of the home was problematic because of the condition of the building itself.  After bringing that to my attention, I toured the home and then invited several community leaders to tour the property as well and meet with the new owner.  At that time, it was clearly evident that the building was, unfortunately, going to have to be torn down.  As a result, the property owner applied for a demolition permit late last month.  It is with great regret that this conclusion was reached and I can assure you that the owner did his due diligence before getting to this point.  I have been working with the owner for nearly a year.

Since the Falls House is on the Heritage Register, there is a 60 day period in which the City of Ottawa may determine the heritage value of the home to see if it warrants designation.  After conducting a Heritage Survey and Evaluation of 5514 Manotick Main Street, it was determined that the property does not meet the criteria for heritage designation. I have a copy of the survey which I am more than willing to share if you would like a copy to read.  That said, the permit for demolition will likely be issued by the end of September.

In the meantime, the property owner is working with an architect to advance the development of the property.  At the meeting with community leaders, there was much discussion on what could be done in keeping with the village and with the vision set out in the Manotick Secondary Plan.  A concept plan of the property should be forthcoming and I am hoping I will have something to show you prior to the demolition of the home.  Ideally, we want to avoid a situation where the lot remains vacant for a considerable amount of time.  I’ll continue to work with the owner and the community as we progress.

If you have any questions on this property, please do not hesitate to ask.  I would very much like to thank those community leaders who took their time to consult with me and the owner during this process.  It is much appreciated.

Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee

As summer draws nearer to an unfortunate close, the one silver lining is that we return to our schedule of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee meetings (Insert the sound of crickets here).  Our regularly scheduled meeting for September has been bumped up to Tuesday, August 30th.  We will be returning to our regular home at Ben Franklin Place, starting at 10:00am.  The agenda for this meeting includes the following items:

  • Zoning By-Law Amendments for Surplus Farm Severances at the following addresses:

    • 1331 John Quinn Road (Osgoode)

    • 1075 John Quinn Road (Osgoode)

    • 6220 and 6284 Malakoff Road (Rideau-Goulbourn)

    • 9339 Russell Road (Cumberland)

  • Front Ending Agreement for Design & Construction of the Richmond Sanitary Trunk Sewer

  • Zoning By-Law Amendment for 4041 Moodie Drive

  • Naming a future park in the Richmond Gate subdivision after Sarah McCarthy

The Richmond Sanitary Trunk Sewer item is with regard to the extension of services from the existing sewer system in Richmond to the new development in the western portion of Richmond.  The rezoning of 1441 Moodie Drive is a temporary rezoning that will allow Ottawa Fire Services to complete a training program that will involve some minor burning events.  These will be monitored and contained by Ottawa Fire Services.  The property is currently owned by the City of Ottawa with an entrance off of Barnsdale Road.

Also on the agenda is an Omnibus Zoning Amendment which includes an amendment to zoning provisions relating to agricultural uses.  Essentially, this doesn’t really change what is already in practice; it just makes certain things that are already being conducted permitted.  As it stands now, there are minimum lot sizes in the rural area where agricultural uses are to be permitted.  What this means is that, if you owned a 10 acre parcel of land in the AG zone, you are not technically allowed to farm it.  This amendment changes that to permit agricultural uses on any property over 2 acres in size in the AG zone.

As always, our ARAC meetings also feature an Open Mic session at the end.  If you’d like to attend the meeting to speak, or just to listen in, you are more than welcome to do so.  In fact, you are encouraged to.  As mentioned earlier, our meetings are at Ben Franklin Place beginning at 10:00am and there is plenty of free parking available onsite.

Dickinson Square’s Heritage Country Fair

On September 2nd and 3rd, come out to Dickinson Square in downtown Manotick for the 2016 Heritage Country Fair.  Friday evening’s festivities include a barn dance at Watson’s Mill featuring the Ever Hopeful String Band and their caller, Pippa Hall.  The dance begins at 7:30pm.  Tickets are available at Dickinson House and the Mill for $10, children under 12 are free.

The fun continues on Saturday, September 3rd, with plenty of activities for the whole family.  The Country Fair runs from 10:00am until 4:00pm and will feature a family dog show at 10:00am, live music throughout the event, a baking contest, model train display, food vendors, art contest, horse and carriage rides and more.  At 1:00pm, the ITR Theatre Company will be performing “Monday’s Child” on the lawn of Dickinson House.  Don’t miss that!

The Heritage Country Fair is always a lot of fun for everyone and a great way to showcase our historic Dickinson Square.

Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital

The City of Ottawa and Tim Hortons are pleased to announce the annual Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital campaign, which will take place from September 15th to October 15th. Early-bird registration is now available. Go to ottawa.ca, or call 311, to register for the cleanup. The interactive map online will show you which locations have already been claimed, allow you to register your own project site and choose the cleanup supplies that you need.

Volunteers who register their cleanup project before Wednesday, September 14th have a chance to win one of many early-bird prizes donated by our generous sponsors. Volunteers who submit a final cleanup report by Monday, October 31th will be eligible for more prizes.

This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.
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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.