Updates on Dickinson Square

As some of you may already know, the Ayres Building in Dickinson Square has officially been sold.  The building had been owned by the City of Ottawa since the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority vacated the space in 2007.  Normally, I would announce the sale myself but I’m quite happy that the new owner was so excited to close the sale and announce it themselves.  After all, it isn’t about me. It was just under two weeks ago that Rural Ottawa South Support Services (ROSSS) announced that they had purchased the building, allowing them to maintain the place they’ve called home for the better part of a decade.

While the Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation, along with ROSSS, finalized the deal a couple of months ago, we were awaiting the official close of the sale, scheduled for August 6th.  As soon as all of the t’s were crossed and the i’s were dotted, ROSSS was free to dispense the good news.  We were a bit more tightly lipped this time around as many of you will recall an announcement I made in December 2013 regarding the initial sale of the Ayres Building to a Christmas store owner.  That, of course, fell through prior to the closing date so I decided to try and learn from my mistake.  In the end, everything worked out and now ROSSS can continue to serve the communities of Osgoode, Rideau and Goulbourn from right here in Manotick.

With the Ayres Building sale wrapped up, the Peppermint Spa transformation of the Weaver House well underway and the development of 1125 Clapp Lane approved, the Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation has come a long way in four years.  Of course, the work is not yet done and the City of Ottawa still retains the ownership of the Carriage Shed and Dickinson House.  Community sentiment has spoken strongly in favour of maintaining the current arrangement at these two buildings and I will continue to work toward a solution that can be supported by the community and makes the most sense going forward.  In my mind, that solution needs to make sense as much 50 years from now as it does today.  No easy task but we’ve listened to the community every step of the way and I look forward to continuing that working relationship on the two remaining, and most significant, Dickinson Square properties.

Dickinson House News

Speaking of Dickinson Square, come out and visit on August 15th and 16th as there will be demonstrations of the old time Domestic Skills of Spinning and Weaving at the House. Visitors will also be able to learn about or try their hand at the techniques citizens used to cope with laundry before the advent of the automatic washer and dryer.  The House is open from 10:00am until 5:00pm daily.  This summer’s special exhibition is Tableware in Times Past in the Coral Lindsay Memorial Hall on the third floor.  As always, admission is free, and donations toward the upkeep of the House are welcome.

Further, mark your calendars and plan to come to an old-fashioned, family oriented Barn Dance at Watson’s Mill on September 5th at 7:30 pm.  There will be live folk music featuring the Ever Hopeful String Band; easy instructions on traditional circle, square and line dances; country food and refreshments.  The Heritage Country Fair, with a full lineup of traditional Fall Fair events, will be in full swing on Saturday, September 5th, beginning at 10:00am.  For information about the events, check www.rideautownshiphistory.org/dickinsonhouse, call 613-692-2241 or visit the House.

A Taste of Manotick

While Dickinson House is providing a taste of the past on August 15th, the rest of the village will be promoting the present.  The Annual Taste of Manotick is back on Saturday, between 4:00pm and 9:00pm.  This annual showcase will take place along Manotick Main Street and into the Mews. Come out and enjoy live music, delicious samples, draws and demonstrations in the heart of the village.

Also, and you heard it here first, this is a guaranteed rain free event!  That is my guarantee and I know you can trust me on this as a recent Ipsos Reid poll ranked local politicians as the least trustworthy profession.  See you there!!

Manotick Secondary Plan

Back to business, the website for the Secondary Plan review has now been updated.  You can visit Ottawa.ca/manotickplan to look at the Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendments resulting from the current review update.  Please provide comments by September 5th on the draft proposals.  My office will also be distributing this information via mail to all Manotick residents to ensure that everyone is aware.

Development Updates

There are now two development applications in the Stittsville South expansion area.  Over the last two years, the City of Ottawa has been working on an application from several firms involving the property north of Woodside Acres and south of the Hartsmere subdivision.  That application is in the process of receiving draft approval after a lengthy process that included four public meetings.  The results from that include a restriction to vehicular traffic from the new development onto Poplarwood Road and a monitoring program on structures and wells to ensure there are no negative impacts on existing homes in Woodside Acres.

Directly to the east of that proposal is another application, this one by Tartan Homes, which has just been submitted.  This is, essentially, an extension of the previous application as the road network ties in and is key to traffic management in the area.  The main roads will filter out onto Shea Road and Fernbank Road. This property is addressed as 5970 Fernbank Road and more information on the application can be found at Ottawa.ca/devapps.  As information becomes available, it will be posted at that link.  Further, there will be a public meeting scheduled to discuss this application as well.

Open Air Fire Permits

Residents are reminded that open air fires of any kind are prohibited without an Open Air Fire Permit.

An open air fire refers to the burning of untreated wood, tree limbs and branches where the flame is not wholly contained. The City’s Open Air Fire By-law prohibits the use of campfires, brush fires, burn drums, windrows and outdoor fireplaces within City limits. Barbecues are permitted.

Definitions for all these terms, and further details about Open Air Fire Permits, can be found on the City’s website, ottawa.ca.

While open air burning might seem to be harmless, it has the potential to cause visible haze, health problems, air pollution and nuisance concerns.

Even residents who possess a permit are required to call 613-580-2880 prior to burning to ensure there is not a burn ban in effect.

Substantial fines may be issued to residents who are not in possession of a valid permit or are found to be non-compliant to conditions and regulations within their permit. Fire permits are available at all Client Service Centres and Ottawa Fire Services’ Rural Administrative offices. A list of these sites, hours of operation and more information on fire permits can be found on ottawa.ca or by calling 3-1-1.

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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.

Information about the proposed TELUS communications tower (Richmond)

TELUS is proposing to build a 40m communications tower at 6117 Perth Road in Richmond. The following notification was sent out by TELUS to homeowners within 120 metres of the proposed tower. There is a public meeting, hosted by TELUS, on May 1 at the Richmond Library between 6-7pm.  Below are also two pictures, one showing the exact location and the other showing you what it would look like if the tower was installed.

Re: Notice of proposed antenna system

Public Notification

  1. City of Ottawa
  2. Ward Councilor
  3. Member of Parliament
  4. Local Resident Groups
  5. Landowner within 120 metres of the proposed tower

1. TELUS is proposing an antenna system located at 6117 Perth Road (see Appendix 1 for tower location and conceptual photo) which consists of the following: a white monopole tower and an equipment shelter of approximately thirteen (13) square metres. It is not likely that lighting or markings will be required. TELUS has submitted applications to Transport Canada or NAV Canada to confirm the requirements for lighting and markings. Once completed, the antenna system will measure 40 metres in height.

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.

2. The purpose of the proposed tower is to increase network capacity and improve wireless voice and data service to TELUS customers travelling through, residing in, or working in the Village of Richmond and surrounding area.

Currently, there are no existing antenna system structures or buildings of sufficient height on which to locate TELUS equipment. The closest existing structure is approximately 1 kilometre away from the proposed tower location. TELUS closest site is located approximately 3.5 kilometres. The location of these two sites does not meet the coverage objective.

3. To meet the objective, the proposed tower must be located within the area to cover and be at a sufficient height. The proposed structure is 40 metre monopole. The antennas will be installed at the top of the monopole and flush-mounted to the tower structure. In addition to the monopole, an equipment shelter will be located within the fenced compound area.

4. TELUS attests that the proposed installation will be installed and operated on an ongoing basis so as to comply with Health Canada's Safety Code 6. The installation will also comply with any future changes to the Code as may be amended from time to time.

Industry Canada requires all wireless carriers to operate in accordance with Health Canada's Safety Code 6 which regulates human exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields from emitting devices.

For further information regarding Safety Code 6, please consult: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewhsemt/pubs/radiation/radio_guide-lignes_direct-eng.php

5. TELUS confirms that the proposed monopole will respect good engineering practices including structural adequacy. The proposed monopole is a CSA engineered tower which complies with a 37-01 CSA Standard.

6. As per Transport Canada's Aeronautical Obstruction Clearance, no lighting or special markings are required on the tower. The only lighting proposed as part of the development is a small wall-mounted fixture above the doorway of the equipment shelter.

Standard Land Company, on behalf of TELUS, invites you to attend our Community Information and Comment Session at the Richmond Public Library, 6240 Perth Street, Richmond, on May 1, 2014 between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm, or, within 30 calendar days of the date of this notice (ending May 11, 2014), to provide by e-mail or letter your comments, and/or request to be informed of the City's position on the proposed antenna system.

Omar Lababidi
Standard Land Company Inc.
Suite 600, 366 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5H 4B2
Toll Free: 1-877-598-1116
E-mail: commentsONT@standardland.com

TELUS will respond to all reasonable and relevant comments or concerns, and that the City will be taking into account comments from the public and TELUS' response to each when providing its position to Industry Canada and TELUS.

Appendix 1

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For additional questions regarding overall planning and development, please visit the City of Ottawa's frequently asked questions page.

Column: Dickinson Square, Richmond Development and more

The most awkward vote an elected official ever has to make is the one that pertains to his/her own salary. Be it municipal, provincial or federal elected officials, we all have to vote at one point or another on what we should make. This issue has been in the news lately with the proposed cost of living allowance to City Councillors, effective January 1, 2013.

During a debate in North Gower in the Fall of 2010, all five Rideau-Goulbourn candidates for Councillor were asked whether or not we would support/accept a pay increase during our term, if elected.  Coming from a job that paid less than half of what I would make if elected, I said no. In my effort to keep my word to the individual who asked the question, I dissented from the proposed increased at Council on February 13.  However, along with Councillor Mark Taylor, I put forward a motion that would allow me to opt out of the pay increase and remain at the same salary for the remainder of this term.  This motion was rejected at Council on a vote of 15-6.  I am now forced to accept the pay increase that I had committed not to accept.  Councillor Taylor has committed to giving the money back to the City, Councillor Peter Clark has already donated the increase to a charity of his choice.  What I want to ask of you is: where should my increase go?  It would be wrong of me to vote against the increase and then turn around and accept it, therefore should I write a cheque for the difference back to the City of Ottawa or should I donate it to a charitable or community organization?  I want to hear your thoughts on this issue.

Dickinson Square: Request for Expressions of Interest

As many of you are aware, the City of Ottawa acquired six properties in Dickinson Square in 2008.  At that time, the Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation was formed with a mandate to protect and preserve the heritage nature of Dickinson Square but also to repay the expenditure to the City of Ottawa through sale or lease of any or all of the properties.  The properties included Watson’s Mill, Dickinson House, the Carriage Shed, the Ayres Building, the Weaver’s House as well as the properties to the north, known as the Clapp and Holloway properties.  Shortly after, Watson’s Mill was sold to Watson’s Mill Manotick Inc. and further, the Holloway property was deemed unsuitable for construction.

The Requests for Expressions of Interest is the stage in the process where we seek interest in the properties.  No resolution will be determined through this process, nor will any sale.  Its purpose is to gauge interest in any or all of the properties and to make aware to any proponent the objectives of the MMQCDC in preserving the heritage qualities of the Square.  This process will conclude in April and will involve City staff meeting with proponents, providing information concerning the properties and explains the objectives for adaptive reuse and redevelopment.  As with the rezoning, much of the direction has been derived from the Manotick Secondary Plan and the visioning sessions that were conducted by the Manotick Village Community Association and Dickinson Square Heritage Management Inc.  This direction helps staff inform the proponents as to what would fit in the Square and respect the village and its history.

This issue will be discussed at the March 7 meeting that I will be hosting to discuss a variety of Manotick issues.  That meeting will take place at the Manotick Arena at 7pm.

Richmond Development

On February 13, the City hosted a meeting to discuss a development application from Caivan Developments at 6335 & 6350 Perth Street.  This meeting was well attended by many residents from Richmond and I want to thank them for their attendance and comments during this meeting.  Many of the comments made were consistent with the comments heard during the Community Design Plan process for Richmond.  Issues such as drainage, communal well systems and sewer services were key issues raised.  These are outstanding concerns from the CDP process and as per Council direction in 2010, must be resolved prior to any development outside the current serviceable area in Richmond. Other comments included transportation issues as well as parks and recreation.  As soon as possible, we’ll make comments heard at the meeting available to the public. More information about this application can be found at www.ottawa.ca/devapps.  Please provide any comments on this proposed development to myself or to Cheryl.McWilliams@ottawa.ca.

North Gower Cooperative Nursery School

Straying from the usual dance and silent auction, this year the NGCNS will present their first ever Casino Royale & Silent Auction at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre in North Gower on Saturday, February 23.  The evening will include black jack, poker, martinis and some appetizers provided by AJ’s Catering as well as The Whalesbone Oyster House.  The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be yours truly so come on out and enjoy a great night all the while supporting the Nursery School.  Doors open at 8:00pm and tickets are available at Roxy’s Salon in North Gower, Kit & Kaboodles in Manotick and from any NGCNS parent at a cost of $15.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  For more information, please visit www.ngcns.com.

And now a message from Watson’s Mill…

Watson’s Mill Presents…Manotick Files De-Classified

On Wednesday February 27 at 7:00 pm, local resident and man-about-town, Rich McDonald will open the de-classified files on Manotick’s political past. If there is one thing Rich knows, its politics. He served as a municipal councillor in the Ottawa area for 24 years and was the Chair of a number of municipal committees including: Planning, Recreation, and Transportation. He has seen it all and through first-hand accounts, he will reveal what really went on when Manotick Main Street got its first traffic light. It’s time the public hear the real stories of the village from the construction of the public library to the icy reaction of Manotick’s first Recreation centre.  Rich was there for it all and he is not afraid to tell the back stories behind them all.

Watson’s Mill Presents … is a community lecture series offered to the public as a way of educating, entertaining and creating a conversation. The village of Manotick has large number of interesting and knowledgeable residents with engaging stories to tell and on the last Wednesday of each month we have the opportunity to hear them speak. Admission is $2 for Watson Mill Members and $5 for General Public, in support of Watson’s Mill programming.  Call for more details: 613-692-6455.

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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.

Planning Primer: Heritage Planning Elective Course 2012

If you have taken both Primer I and Primer II, you are invited to register for this elective course. If you have not taken the Primer series, please do not register for this session. The concepts and information that are imparted in the core courses are integral to understanding the material presented in the elective courses.
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COLUMN: Two Major Files Coming to Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee - March 1, 2012

Two major files are coming to Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee at its March 1, 2012 meeting.  The meeting is scheduled for 9:30am in the Champlain Room at Ottawa City Hall.  The files are the zoning amendments for the Minto Mahogany subdivision in Manotick and the Maple Forest Estates subdivision in North Gower.

Mahogany by Minto

Phase 1 of this subdivision was draft plan approved by the Ontario Municipal Board on October 20, 2011.  This zoning amendment is to bring the lands in line with the draft plan of subdivision in terms of how the lands are zoned, which is currently Development Reserve.  Phase 1 will consists of 197 units, 146 of which will be single detached homes with the other 51 being attached units.  There will be two access points, one off of Manotick Main Street across from Antochi Lane and the other will come off of Century Road.  Again, all of these details are a part of the Draft Plan Subdivision and the Zoning Amendment is just the next step in the process.  As mentioned in a previous column, Minto plans to service all of the Phase 1 lands this summer and expects their sales office to open this fall with first occupancy coming in spring of 2013.

Maple Forest Estates

Officially known as 2190 Maple Forest Drive, Phase 5 of this development in North Gower was draft plan approved by City Council on August 10, 2011.  This development would see 50 homes added to the existing development off of Roger Stevens Drive.  If approved, this development would eventually connect the existing development with the back end of the Alfred Taylor Recreation Facility and would include walking paths so that those residents could easily enjoy the recreation facilities.  This Zoning Amendment will allow the development to proceed according to the approved site plan.  More details on the site plan and zoning for both this and the Mahogany development are available online at www.ottawa.ca/devapps.

Mill Tavern “Raise the Roof” Quiz Night

The Watson’s Mill Team is thrilled to announce that our friends and partners at the Mill Tavern are helping us “Raise the Roof”.  The Quiz Night takes place on Tuesday, February 28th and starts at 7pm, with proceeds to the Watson’s Mill roof campaign.  Cost is $15/person but the value is priceless.  WMMI challenges community members: recruit your friends and family, and see who will champion the evening’s trivia.  From personal experience, these quiz nights are a lot of fun and incredibly challenging.  They take place on the last Tuesday of each month and proceeds always go to a great cause.  Come on out on the 28th and test your knowledge, I know I’ll be there!

Scott Moffatt Kids Classic

July 12, 2012 marks the date for my first annual Scott Moffatt Kids Classic Golf Tournament.  The event will take place at the Canadian Golf & Country Club near Ashton.  My goal is to raise money to help build and replace play structures throughout Rideau-Goulbourn.  The tournament date coincides with Take a Kid to the Course Week and I truly hope many parents will bring their kids out for a fun day of golf.  I’ll have more details on this event in the coming weeks and months but I’m also soliciting volunteers who would be interested in helping me put this together.  I’ll be looking for help with organizing the event, acquiring sponsorships as well as assistance on the day of the tournament.  If you are interested, please contact my office and we’ll see how we can put you to work.  Hopefully we can make this a successful event that will benefit kids and families all across Rideau-Goulbourn.

Rural Review update

Land use planning staff has been conducting a Rural Review for the City of Ottawa. This is an update on some of the components of the project. Other components of the Rural Review to be undertaken in 2012 include Mineral Aggregate Review, Country Lot Subdivisions Review, Drive-through Facilities Study and Review of Severance Policies.
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Column: The Year Ahead

Happy New Year Rideau-Goulbourn! I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas and any time off you may have had around the holidays. After an exciting and challenging 2011, we still have plenty to do in 2012 and I’m excited to begin my second year as your Councillor. Here is a glimpse at what to expect in 2012.
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