June's ARAC Agenda, Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program & Upcoming Events

  The first barn quilt was installed on the dining hall in Richmond! This barn quilt is to celebrate the loyalist settlers of Richmond... red and grey for the uniforms, yellow and green for the fields of corn and blue for the Mighty Jock River. Thanks to Peter and Alison Tranter for the picture!

 The first barn quilt was installed on the dining hall in Richmond! This barn quilt is to celebrate the loyalist settlers of Richmond... red and grey for the uniforms, yellow and green for the fields of corn and blue for the Mighty Jock River. Thanks to Peter and Alison Tranter for the picture!

While the immediate focus is on Dickinson Day weekend, I would like to look ahead to next week’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee meeting. The Thursday, June 7th agenda includes the following items:

  • Floodplain Mapping Updates
  • Surplus Farm Severance Zoning: 1670 Lockhead Road
  • Temporary Zoning Amendment: 4041 Moodie Drive
  • Surplus Farm Severance Zoning: 6420 First Line Road

After a few months of busy meetings with the Cranberry Creek, Hard Rock Casino Ottawa, Site Alteration By-Law and the Carlsbad Springs waste recovery facility, this is a fairly light agenda in comparison.

The report on the floodplain mapping recommends approving updates to the zoning by-law to reflect new floodplain mapping conducted by the Conservation Authorities. Lands affected are within the watersheds of Constance Creek, the Ottawa River near Constance Bay, Huntley Creek, Feedmill Creek and the Rideau River between the Ottawa River and Burritt’s Rapids. The temporary zoning amendment for 4041 Moodie Drive will allow Ottawa Fire Services to continue using the City-owned site as a training facility.

As usual, we meet at Ben Franklin Place in the Nepean Council Chambers and our meetings begin at 10:00am.

Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program

The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program (ORCWP) provides funding to landowners and non-profit organizations for projects that protect surface water and groundwater quality.

Grants of up to $15,000 are available for 18 kinds of projects related to nutrient management, soil protection, water management, land stewardship, and education and innovation. 

Farmers from rural and urban Ottawa along with landowners within rural Ottawa are eligible to apply. Approved applicants must complete a 3rd or 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan (farm projects), or Healthy Home Guidebook (non-farm projects). Canadian Organic Certification is also accepted for some farm projects. Non-profit organizations can apply for education and innovation projects.

Applications will be accepted through the Land Owner Resource Centre, which works in partnership with the Mississippi Valley, Rideau Valley, and South Nation Conservation Authorities and the City of Ottawa. 

Contact the Land Owner Resource Centre at 613-692-3571 or toll free at 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1136. Visit www.ottawa.ca/cleanwater to see a full list of eligible projects and to download an application form.

The Big Give

Amidst Dickinson Days weekend, June 2nd is the date of the 2018 Big Give. Every year, churches across the country use this day to bless their neighbourhoods through a unified day of giving.  It is not a garage sale. They are not raising money. Everything is free. It is their way of helping those in need.

This year, Manotick’s newest church, the Manotick Community Church, will be taking part for the third time.  This Saturday, drop by 5492 South River Drive, former Manotick Medical Centre, between 8:00am and 1:00pm.  They will also have free muffins and coffee in the morning and free hot dogs at lunch.  Most importantly, they will have a parking lot FULL of free stuff to choose from.

The Cornerstone Wesleyan Church in North Gower is also participating at their home, 6556 Prince of Wales Drive.

2018 Food Aid Day and Mayor’s Rural Expo

This annual tradition and significant fundraiser takes place this year on Friday, June 1st between 10:00am and 2:00pm at Ottawa City Hall. The event is an opportunity for urban residents to get a taste of rural Ottawa and while they are there, partake in a fundraiser BBQ cooked by THE WORKS.

The cost of the BBQ lunch is $10 and includes a burger, side and drink (debit, credit or cash will be accepted). Music will be provided by New Country 94. As always, the event will also feature the celebrity cow milking competition.

The rural tradeshow, kicking off at 10:00am, features farmers, businesses and organizations promoting unique goods and services. Booths will be located at Marion Dewar Plaza and inside City Hall at Jean Pigott Place.

Last year the event raised $106,000 in support of Food Aid; a program run by the Ottawa Food Bank to purchase and process beef from local farmers. Beef adds nutritious protein to the diets of families requiring this support while boosting the domestic market for cattle.

Doors Open Ottawa

Doors Open Ottawa, a free annual architectural event that celebrates our community’s built heritage, is back! On June 2nd and 3rd, you can explore over 140 unique buildings that have shaped the Ottawa landscape, such as the Supreme Court of Canada, Hydro Ottawa’s new Hydroelectric facility at Chaudière Falls, the Global Centre for Pluralism, and the Bank of Canada.

Local participants include Dickinson House, Watson’s Mill, Rideau Archives, Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and the Goulbourn Museum.

For disability-related accommodation required to participate fully in this event, please contact the City at doorsopen@ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1. For more information on this event, please visit Ottawa.ca/doorsopen.

North Gower Farmers’ Market

The North Gower Farmers’ Market is now open! You can visit the market at 2397 Roger Stevens Drive between 8:30am and 1:00pm on Saturdays until October 6th. For more details, please visit www.northgowerfarmersmarket.wordpress.com.

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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. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Clapp Lane, Kanata South Link, Flowing Creek and Hobbs Drain & More!

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In my last column, I provided an update on the Clapp Lane development at 1125 Clapp Lane. As many of you are likely aware, this is a property that was acquired by the City of Ottawa and subsequently sold for the development of a seniors independent living centre by the Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation. The builder is Reichmann Seniors Housing. RSH acquired the property from Joe Princiotta following the sale from the City.

Further to the last update, you can expect to see activity on the site this week. The general contractor, Laurin, will be setting up their trailer as well as fencing and signage. Over the next two weeks, the contractor will carry out work to prepare the two houses for demolition. Both demolition and tree removal are scheduled to begin April 9th.

There will be an Open House regarding this property on April 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Manotick Place Retirement Community (1145 Bridge Street). Parking is available across the street in the Clapp Lane lot. This is an opportunity for the community to get an update on plans. Coffee/tea and cookies will be served. 

Kanata South Link Info Session

The City of Ottawa invites you to a Public Information Session to review information with respect to the Kanata South Link project that is planned to begin fall 2018 with completion in spring 2021. Design drawings will be on display for your review. Staff will also be on hand to provide information and receive comments. This session is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the Kanata Recreation Complex.

The purpose of this project is to widen Old Richmond Road and a portion of West Hunt Club Road to improve traffic capacity across the Greenbelt from Kanata South. The proposed work will widen sections of these roads to four lanes, including roundabouts and intersection modifications. Design is nearing completion. Construction will take place on the following roads:

  • Old Richmond Road (Hope Side Road to West Hunt Club Road including Roundabouts at three intersections)
  • West Hunt Club Road (Old Richmond Road to East of Moodie Drive)

Plans for future adjacent work including the Preliminary Design of Hope Side Road and West Hunt Club Road will be available for viewing, as well as the Preliminary Design of the Wetland Compensation Plans required for this project.

City staff and the project consultant will be on hand to discuss the project, construction impacts and to respond to questions. Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please contact Carolyn Newcombe.

If you are not available to attend the meeting or would like additional information, please direct your comments to the City of Ottawa Senior Infrastructure Engineer, Carolyn Newcombe, at Carolyn.Newcombe@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424, x28230.

Flowing Creek & Hobbs Drain Floodplain Mapping Open House

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) has completed hazard mapping studies for Flowing Creek and Hobbs Drains, which are tributaries of the Jock River.  Members of the public are invited to an upcoming open house to review regulations and hazard maps. 

These studies provide new mapping that show areas that are prone to natural hazards such as flooding and erosion and have natural environmental features such as wetlands. The mapping will be used by the City of Ottawa when updating their Official Plan and Zoning Schedules and in the review of development applications under the Planning Act. RVCA will also use the mapping to guide the review of development applications submitted under the RVCA’s Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the open house and/or provide comments on the mapping. Conservation Authority staff welcome historical records of past flood events, news clippings, photographs and even anecdotal stories to help confirm the reasonableness of calculations and resulting hazard mapping. 

The open house is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10th from 4:30pm to 8:00pm at the Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Arena Hall in Stittsville. For those unable to attend the open house, mapping can also be seen online at www.rvca.ca/flowing-creek-and-hobbs-drain-hazard-mapping-studies. To understand how mapping may affect your property or to provide comments, please contact an RVCA Resource Specialist at development@rvca.ca or complete an online property inquiry form at www.rvca.ca/regulations-planning/general-property-inquiries.

This study is being done through a collaboration involving the City of Ottawa and the Rideau Valley, Mississippi Valley and South Nation Conservation Authorities. The City recognized a need to update its zoning schedules based on up-to-date flood risk mapping, and has provided contributions enabling the Conservation Authorities to move ahead with these studies sooner than would otherwise be possible. The RVCA is currently working on several studies in the Ottawa area. For a complete list on ongoing work, please visit www.rvca.ca.

Volunteer with Doors Open Ottawa

The City of Ottawa is proud to present Doors Open Ottawa (DOO). On June 2nd  and 3rd, more than 140 of the city’s historically, culturally, and functionally significant buildings will open their doors for free public viewing, including several right here in Rideau-Goulbourn.

Each year, the City helps connect participating buildings with volunteers for this event. From greeting visitors to assisting as tour guides, volunteers play an important role in the success of DOO. It is a pleasure each year to see familiar faces assisting at participating buildings in our community. If you are interested in getting involved with this fantastic event, I encourage you to attend one of the upcoming volunteer information sessions to learn more:

  • May 14 from 6 pm to 8 pm – Room 1A, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive
  • May 17 from 6 pm to 8 pm – Councillors’ Lounge, City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West

For more information, please contact heritagevolunteers@ottawa.ca.

Do you know a Snow Angel who deserves recognition?

A Snow Angel is a neighbour or friend who has volunteered to help you, or someone you know who needs some assistance by clearing snow or ice from their property. If you know of a resident of Ottawa who is a Snow Angel, the City of Ottawa wants to thank them!

Snow Angels will be recognized with a certificate signed by Mayor Jim Watson and a custom keychain with a snowflake symbol and Ottawa logo.

To nominate a Snow Angel, please provide the name and address of the candidate, as well as relevant details (who they are helping and how) by emailing communitypride@ottawa.ca or by regular mail Attention: Snow Angel Program, City of Ottawa, 100 Constellation Crescent, 5th floor, K2G 6J8.

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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. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Doors Open Ottawa is back June 4-5!

When I last spoke of the Water, Wasterwater & Stormwater Review, I mentioned that the report and any recommendations were to be delayed to give staff more time to assess all of the comments from the eight consultation sessions.  As you may have already heard in recent days, the item is now scheduled to come back in September.  I will keep you updated on any developments over the next few months.

Photo Radar

In my March 23rd column, I summarized some of the opinions surrounding the issue of photo radar and its use on Ottawa streets.  Originally scheduled to go to Council in March, it was referred, for a more fulsome discussion, to Transportation Committee, which occurred earlier this month.  Leading up to this committee meeting, many of the comments heard city-wide aligned with the comments that I had heard in Rideau-Goulbourn.  As a result, a substitute motion was brought forward that, instead of asking for a blanket approval for the use of photo radar, asks the Province to allow the City of Ottawa to run a pilot project for photo radar exclusively in school zones.

Many arguments were heard for and against the use of photo radar.  Some wanted to see it used anywhere and everywhere.  Some wanted it to be used as a revenue tool.  Others fundamentally opposed its use. The motion to test it in school zones was a compromise motion that garnered the support of the Committee and, ultimately, Council.  At the Council meeting, I seconded a motion put forward by Councillor Stephen Blais that also seeks to have all School Zones double as Community Safety Zones.

There is no real timing for next steps on this issue.  The request goes to the Province and they will determine whether or not to allow the use of photo radar.  If yes, the City of Ottawa will then further consider the factors of implementation, such as the limit to set it at and the awareness of the zones.

ARAC

The June meeting of the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee is being held on Friday, June 3rd as the Thursday is the date of the Rural Expo and Food Aid Day.  The time and location are the same as always; 10:00am at Ben Franklin Place.  Agenda items include:

  • Water Environment Strategy: Phase 2
  • Zoning By-Law Amendments: 1613 Devine Road, 3940 Dunning Road

The Zoning By-Law Amendments are both for surplus farm severances.  As you can see the agenda is quite light.  The Water Environment Strategy was presented to Environment Committee last week but is mandated to be reviewed by ARAC as well.

Doors Open Ottawa

On June 4th and 5th, the public will have access, at no charge, to more than 120 buildings around the Ottawa region. Doors Open Ottawa offers something for everyone, from municipal facilities and government buildings to private businesses, artists’ studios and places of worship, to embassies and high commissions of countries from across the globe.

Shopify hosted the launch event at its Elgin Street headquarters and will be among the 19 new locations participating in the Doors Open Ottawa weekend in June. For the fifth consecutive year, there will be a free accessible OC Transpo shuttle bus sponsored by the Ottawa Citizen. More than 50 participating buildings can be accessed from the shuttle loop, giving everyone a wide choice of amazing facilities that can be reached quickly without a vehicle.

For a full list of participating buildings, including which ones are accessible, and information about the shuttle bus, visit ottawa.ca/doorsopen.  Rideau-Goulbourn buildings include Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind National Headquarters, Watson’s Mill, Dickinson House, Ayres Building (Home to ROSSS), Rideau Township Archives and the Goulbourn Museum.

Ottawa4FortMac

Ottawa Senators player Chris Phillips and Mayor Jim Watson invite you to support the Canadian Red Cross’ emergency appeal and the United Way’s relief efforts directed towards helping the residents of Fort McMurray rebuild their lives and their community, by attending their fundraising event: Ottawa4FortMac.

The fundraiser will feature an evening of live country music, a pizza dinner catered by local pizzerias, local craft beer sampling and western-themed activities such as wild mechanical bull rides. Ottawa-born Country sensation Kira Isabella, Ottawa Country group River Town Saints and Country brother duo The Abrams will keep you dancing all night long.

Ottawa4FortMac will happen on June 8, 6:30pm until 10:00pm at Lansdowne Park in the Aberdeen Pavilion, 1000 Exhibition Way.

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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.