Updates around the Ward

I wanted to begin this week by thanking Waste Management and our City of Ottawa Parks and Recreation department on the success of the inaugural Concert in the Park series in Richmond.  For years, these concerts have taken place in West Carleton and Stittsville and I was very happy to work with Councillor Eli El-Chantiry, Wayne French from Waste Management and Gaetan Morin from the City of Ottawa to bring these concerts to Richmond.  For a first time showing, we had some great crowds and the weather even cooperated.  Proceeds from the canteen went toward our local Youth Connexion and 4H Club.  Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the bands and I look forward to having more concerts next summer.

Van Vliet Extension - Manotick

With the Van Vliet extension finally open, I just wanted to take a moment and thank all of the residents and visitors for their patience during this construction project.  While consultation, final funding, design and construction were all completed during this term of Council, I would like to thank my predecessor, Glenn Brooks, for his role in initiating this road extension and helping to secure the initial $500,000 of the $1.1M needed for this capital project.

During the consultation process, we had spoken about altering the South River Drive exit to allow only right in/right out traffic movements.  Obviously, this was not undertaken at this time but I feel it would be a change that would increase safety of not only anyone who still exits onto Bridge Street heading west but also those travelling along Bridge Street.  Further, I have committed to monitoring the intersection of South River Drive and Van Vliet Road to see if changes need to be made to the current two-way stop.  Does the Van Vliet extension create a need for a four-way stop at this intersection?  This is what we need to find out and I’d be happy to hear your thoughts on either of these two issues.

Dickinson Street/Circle

From one safety improvement to the next, construction is scheduled to begin shortly on the signalization of Dickinson Street and Bridge Street as well as the re-alignment of Dickinson Street between Clapp Lane and Bridge Street. The anticipated completion date for construction is November 20th. However, substantial completion is scheduled around October 30th meaning there should be no negative impacts during the Remembrance Day ceremony at the cenotaph.

During this time, it will be necessary to close Dickinson Street, between Clapp Lane and Bridge Street.  The work includes the re-alignment of Dickinson Street so that it is better aligned with Dickinson Circle on the north side of Bridge Street.  This intersection will then be outfitted with traffic control signals, which will allow safer pedestrian crossings in all directions and safer conditions for residents living on Dickinson Circle and the new residents and employees of the Orchard View on the Rideau facility.  Further, a sidewalk will be constructed on the east side of Dickinson Street which will connect to the existing interlock sidewalk that runs from the cenotaph to Watson’s Mill.  Thanks to some great suggestions from the community, this sidewalk will be interlock as well creating a consistency with the Square.

If there are any updates that need to be provided during construction, I will be sure to post them in this column.

Update on the Designation of Mineral Aggregate Resources

The City of Ottawa’s Planning and Growth Management Department is updating the mineral aggregate resource mapping within the City. The draft report, titled Proposed Official Plan Bedrock Mineral Aggregate Resource Designations, documents the various steps and decisions in the study that have led to the recommended mapping of additional bedrock areas in the Official Plan Review of 2013. The report and other information are available on ottawa.ca/ruralreview.

If you live on land affected by this proposal or within 500m of any proposed designation, your input is extremely important.  All feedback, whether in support or opposed, will weigh heavily in any final decision to further designate any lands as Aggregate Resource.  Letters were sent to all landowners and also to any property owner within 500m of a proposed designation.  Proposed areas are all within former Goulbourn and Marlborough Townships, west of McCordick Road/Eagleson Road.  Please visit the link about to find the map.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.  You can also contact Robin van de Lande at robin.vandelande@ottawa.ca (P: 613-580-2424 x43011) as he is the lead planner on this file.

Construction Update in Bells Corners

Construction at the intersection of Robertson Road and Moodie Drive began on Tuesday, August 6th. This project will likely impact residents from the Goulbourn area so I wanted to provide a heads up. Motorists and cyclists can expect traffic disruptions and delays at this busy intersection. They are advised to practice extra caution while following the direction signs around the construction zone. OC Transpo service will continue to operate through the intersection during the construction period, and pedestrian access will also be maintained.

Construction is slated for completion by early December 2013. This construction at Robertson Road and Moodie Drive intersection is a $2.6 million project that will improve traffic through the intersection and safety for commuters. This work is a component of the Network Modification Improvement and Transit Priority initiative approved by Council in 2012.

This construction work is an Ottawa on the Move project. Ottawa on the Move is about keeping our community and economy moving forward through strategic investments in a number of transportation, water, and sewer projects to build a better city and create jobs.  The Flewellyn Road, Ottawa Street and King Street resurfacing projects are also a part of Ottawa on the Move.

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.