Manotick Secondary Plan review clarifications

Clarifications of Manotick's Secondary Plan review

At the recent Manotick Secondary Plan meeting, and in conversations leading up to it and following it, I have heard some comments regarding the position that the Secondary Plan review will not look at regional traffic issues, such as Bridge Street as a truck route.  I feel I should take a moment and elaborate on why that is the case.

First off, it is important to note that a Secondary Plan is defined by Ontario’s Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing as “a land use policy plan for a district or large neighbourhood within a municipality which provides more detailed land use policies and designations than those found in a municipal official plan.”  A Secondary Plan is the only real opportunity for a community to look at land use without having a development application before them.  As many of you know, this Plan has not been reviewed since amalgamation so I think it is important that we focus firmly on land use, especially in the village core.

When it comes to transportation and traffic issues, one thing is already certain: we all know Bridge Street is a problem.  It would be pointless to conduct further study into Bridge Street traffic when it has been studied to death in recent years and we won’t know what impact the Strandherd/Armstrong Bridge has until it actually opens.  Following that opening, I will continue to push for a City-wide truck route study as the last one was completed nearly 10 years ago.  The truck route study is just one of many tools to look at traffic issues.  We also have localized studies as well as things like the Greenbank Road Realignment Environment Assessment which look at the transportation network around Manotick.  Further, with every phase of the Mahogany development, a local traffic study must be conducted to determine the impacts of the new growth on our roads.  Needless to say, we have many different methods of studying traffic issues but only one to study land use.

The Manotick Secondary Plan is your opportunity to say what you picture the village core looking like in twenty years.  What kind of development do you see occurring in the village? Should we have specific architectural design guidelines so that the historic nature of the core is protected?  It is only a matter of time before a developer suggests a building height higher than 3 storeys so where do you envision that type of building being built?  With infill development becoming more common and with the future move of the Royal Bank from its current location, it is very important that we take this opportunity and focus specifically on land use.  This is a unique opportunity for you to tell a potential developer what they should build rather than the other way around.

While the first public meeting is behind us, there are still opportunities to provide your comments.  Please visit www.ottawa.ca/manotickplan to learn more about the Secondary Plan review and send any comments to Rose.Kung@ottawa.ca and please copy me on any emails.

TELUS Community Information and Comment Session (Richmond)

On Thursday, May 1st, TELUS will be holding a Community Information and Comment Session at the Richmond Library, from 6:00-7:00pm.  The purpose is to discuss their proposed 40m communications tower at 6117 Perth Street.  The tower would be located on the northern portion of this property, approximately 200m west of Huntley Road.  In terms of a visual example, it would look like two towers that are currently behind the Tim Horton’s on Eagleson Road in Kanata South.

Industry Canada is responsible for the approval of this antenna system and requires TELUS to review this proposal with nearby public and the local municipality. After reviewing this proposal, the City of Ottawa will provide its position to Industry Canada and TELUS. For more information, you can visit rideaugoulbourn.ca under the Issues page.

Carp Landfill Expansion Information Meeting

A Community Information & Comment Session has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 6th from 6:30pm to 9:00pm at NeXT Restaurant, 6400 Hazeldean Road, Stittsville. Waste Management is hosting the meeting and presenting their proposed zoning. City planning staff will be in attendance in order to outline the process for zoning and public input, as well as to listen to comments and questions and to obtain names and contact information from those wishing further information on the application, or to be notified of further action in relation to the file.

The proposed use will serve as an extension to the adjacent existing landfill located at 2301 Carp Road. It will allow for the facility to accommodate industrial and commercial waste. The proposed zoning will see an additional use permitted under the existing zonings to include ‘waste processing and transfer facility’ and ‘solid waste disposal facility’.

The ultimate use would include a waste disposal facility, new vehicular entrance via Carp Road, a landscape buffer along Carp Road, infiltration basins, stormwater ponds, attendant booth, and weigh area, and public drop-off area. Existing buildings and parking are proposed to be retained.

North Gower Cooperative Nursery School Electronics Recycling Event

As part of their annual fundraising efforts, the North Gower Cooperative Nursery School is hosting an electronics recycling event on Saturday, April 26th from 8:00am until Noon.  Drop off your old electronics at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre in North Gower.  If you have items you’d like to get rid of but can’t make it on Saturday, let me know and arrangements will be made to pick up the items.

A Brush with Art” Spring Show and Sale

The artists of the Manotick Art Association have been busy for the past few months creating new works of art in preparation for their annual Spring Show.  Over forty local artists will be displaying works in watercolour, oil, pastel, and acrylic, as well as photography, pottery and glasswork.

The show will open Friday evening, May 2 at 6:30pm with a Vernissage that includes music, wine and tasty appetizers from many of Manotick’s fine eateries, this is always a very popular event; and at just $10, tickets will be going quickly.  Tickets are available at Manotick Office Pro, Lindsay & McCaffrey in the Manotick Mews or by calling 613-692-6281 or 613-821-3163 or at the door.

Entry to the show is free on Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4 from 10:30am to 4:30pm.  Part of the proceeds from the show will be donated to art programs at local youth associations.  We will also be collecting cash donations in support of Manotick Outreach – Food Cupboard.

The venue for the Spring Show and Sale is the Manotick Curling Centre, 5519 South River Drive.  There is plenty of free parking at the Centre and on the surrounding streets.

Goulbourn Museum Jewellery Workshop

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Goulbourn Museum is offering a jewellery workshop for adults that combine nostalgia with a splash of sparkle. Local artist Wendy Southin of Dragonfly Dreamers will lead the workshop. Participants will make a double-sided framed collage necklace using vintage photos and can either choose from a wide selection of images available at the workshop or bring their own small photos that fit within a 1.5 inch square, or 1 x 3 inch space.

The Vintage Charm Jewellery Workshop takes place Sunday, May 4th from 1:00- 4:00pm at the Museum. With Mother’s Day around the corner on May 11th the timing couldn’t be better. Participants can design a special necklace for their mothers, or even spend the afternoon together at the workshop. Cost is $35 per person and includes supplies and afternoon tea. To register call 613-831-2393 or email: education@goulbournmuseum.ca

2014 Show Choir Canada

South Carleton High School is competing in the 4th Annual Show Choir Canada National Championshipfeaturing 13 of Canada’s top youth choirs beginning on Monday, April 21. These high school choirs will be competing for more than $25,000 in prizing and the prestigious title of “Canada’s Show Choir Champion”.  Rogers TV will broadcast the event so you can watch along.

The competition, taking place at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, showcases the High School Nationals as well as the 3rd Annual Junior/Middle School Invitational. The teams at both events are assessed by a judging panel of four top industry experts from across North America and Europe.

South Carleton will be featured in the “Small Size Schools with no Arts Program” category which will air on Friday, April 25th at 7:30pm and Tuesday, April 29th at noon. For more information visit: www.showchoircanada.com.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491.