Plasco and Roads

With summer somewhat drawing to a close, I just want to remind you of a couple items.  On September 12th, there will be a public meeting at the Richmond Arena, beginning at 6:30pm.  This meeting will be an opportunity for Mattamy Homes to present their plans for either side of Ottawa Street in the Western Development Lands. Their current proposal calls for 1100 units, which will include singles and towns.  Please mark your calendars and come out to ask questions and provide comments on this development proposal.

A week later, it's the Richmond Fair! Hoping for some great weather once again and I hope to see many familiar faces over the course of the weekend. As usual, I will be at my booth for the majority of the weekend.  I believe I spent nearly thirty hours at last year's Fair so there will be plenty of opportunity to chat and provide comments on local issues in and around Richmond.  Looking forward to another great Fair!

August is quickly becoming a big month for events in Manotick.  A Taste of Manotick was, once again, an overwhelming success and it was followed up by this past weekend’s Soap Box Derby/Picnic in the Park event.  The 3rd Annual Soap Box Derby was bigger and better than the previous events and has become a tremendous family event.  The smiles on the kids’ faces were bright and ever apparent and two big kids, myself and Pierre Poilievre, had a lot fun in our 2012 rematch.  The good news is that Pierre did not crash into the Legion this year while the bad news is that he did not win.  All of this bodes well for the 2014 Soap Box Derby as Pierre and I are now tied 1-1.  Of course, I’m fairly certain that only Pierre and I actually care about who wins.

Congratulations to the Manotick Village & Community Association for a successful Picnic in the Park and Soap Box Derby event.  Thank you to Allan Haan, Klaus Beltzner and the entire MVCA Board for bringing such a great event to the streets of Manotick.  It is these types of events that create a community.

Plasco

Last week at Environment Committee, Plasco’s CEO Rod Bryden asked for an extension to his funding deadline to December 31, 2014.  As approved in December 2011, this project is scheduled to be fully operational by March 31, 2016.  The extension request is only on the funding deadline and does not affect the operational deadline.  For this reason, staff supported the extension as it creates no financial impact to the City of Ottawa.

At this committee meeting, I put forward a motion stating that should Plasco not achieve its funding targets that City of Ottawa staff immediately commence a Request for Expressions of Interest to find alternative technology that will allow for the lengthening of the life of the Trail Road Landfill.  If Plasco works, the lifespan moves beyond 2070 but if it doesn’t, we are back to 2035.  There are other technologies that should be explored and while similar technology is not much further advanced than Plasco is today, we shouldn’t waste any more time should Plasco fail.  This motion was approved by Committee and goes to Council on August 28th.

Manotick Main Street/Bridge Street Intersection

Many people are now aware of the recent changes made at the intersection of Manotick Main Street and Bridge Street.  These changes are the result of nearly two years of correspondence and public input from residents of Manotick.  I received several requests to implement a “Right Turn Only” lane at this intersection in the northbound lanes of Main Street.  I looked into it at that time and it was determined that the straight through lane would be overloaded unless left turns were restricted.

On March 7th of this year, I hosted a public meeting at the Manotick Arena with 117 residents in attendance.  At that meeting, I presented the proposed changes for input before moving forward.  My presentation included the “Right Turn Only” lane and the “No Left Turn” onto Maple Avenue.  The left turn restriction was implemented as traffic counts show only 10 cars per peak hour make that turn and the restriction allows for free flowing movements in the straight through lane and the right turn lane. This proposal received near unanimous support with only one resident being opposed at the meeting.

As you now know, this was implemented almost entirely consistent with the proposal I put forward in March.  The one difference is the “No Right on Red”.  I have asked staff to review this element and report back to me.  The way I see it is that we have always gone through this intersection without the red light restriction and the accident rate is relatively low.  I’ll provide an update on this as soon as possible.

Road safety a top priority as children return to school

As students head back to school this fall, the City of Ottawa, the Ottawa Police Service, and Ottawa Public Health remind all road users to be extra attentive to the rules of the road and speed limits, especially in construction zones, school zones and around school buses.

Ottawa Police Service will also be focusing on back to school road safety education and enforcement in the coming weeks.  Safer roads also mean more active and healthy children who feel safe getting back and forth from school by walking or cycling.

This back-to-school initiative is part of the Safer Roads Ottawa Program, a partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health, and the Public Works Department. This initiative has been put in place to prevent road deaths and serious injuries in the City of Ottawa, through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment.

The City will continue to see major construction and renewal in the fall months and will provide mobility options to residents. For more information about how the construction will affect residents, visit ottawa.ca

ROSSS Walk of Care

Join Rural Ottawa South Support Services on Saturday, September 7th for their Annual Walk of Care fundraising event.  This event will include a 5km walk along the Osgoode Multi-Use Pathway from 9:00am to 1:00pm, a BBQ, prizes and entertainment.  Come out and support your parents, grandparents, seniors and adults with physical disabilities as ROSSS raises funds to provide programs and services to help these individuals remain in their homes, living independently.  For more information, please visit rosss.ca or call 613-692-4697.

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.

Column: Richmond Development Update

Before I delve into my scintillating column, I just wanted to let everyone know that I will be at the new Tim Horton’s in Richmond this Thursday, June 27th between 6:00am and 10:00am as part of my Councillor for Hire initiative.  Feel free to come by and I’ll do my best not to screw up your order!

Richmond Development Update

Last February, the City of Ottawa facilitated a public meeting for Caivan Developments regarding the northern portion of the Western Development Lands, which straddles Perth Street.  At that time, Mattamy Homes, the owner of the southern portion, had not yet filed an application pertaining to that property.  Since that time, Mattamy has submitted a development application consisting of 1100 homes (848 single family homes, 172 townhouses, and 80 back to back units).  This proposed development would also include a school lot as well as two parks, one being over three hectares.

Recently, Mattamy asked the City’s Planning staff to facilitate a meeting in the coming weeks.  In consultation with my office, I suggested that a summer meeting was not appropriate for this type of application and recommended a September meeting instead.  Once I received a specific date, I will confirm but this public meeting is expected to now be scheduled in September, rather than July.  We provided two months notice for the Caivan meeting and I feel Richmond deserved the same two month notice for the Mattamy application.

You can find more about this application at www.ottawa.ca/devapps.  Select Ward 21 and look for the application addressed 6305, 6420, 6431 Ottawa Street.

Rockin’ the Pines

This Saturday, June 29th, Rideau Pines Farm is hosting a great new event called “Rockin’ The Pines”.  This is a family friendly event on the grounds of Rideau Pines, located at 5714 Fourth Line Road.  This event will feature magic acts, balloon twisting, face painting as well as a bouncy castle for children.  Entertainment will also include a variety of live music acts beginning at 1:00pm with the last act taking the stage at 10:00pm.  There will also be a fireworks display in the evening.

One of the new street food vendors will be on site all day, Ottawa Streat Gourmet and Royals Restaurant will also be providing food to this event as well.  Admission to this event is $25 for the day and all food and drink options are quite affordable.  Proceeds from “Rockin’ The Pines” will be donated to CHEO.

For more information on this exciting event, please visit www.rockinthepines.com.

Canada Day in the Gower

Why drive all the way downtown this Canada Day when you can enjoy the festivities and relax in right here in North Gower? Celebrations start at 1:00pm with the annual bike parade. Decorate yourself and your bike in Canada’s colours and meet at the North Gower Marlborough Public School for a parade down to the Alfred Taylor Centre. There are prizes to be won for the most uniquely decorated bike. All ages are welcome to participate! Afterwards, opening ceremonies will commence at 1:30pm and be held at the pavilion for the singing of O Canada, as well as greetings from elected representatives. The fun will continue at 1:45pm with rides and activities including a gumball bouncing house, volcano climbing wall, kiddie slide, dunk tank, cow milking and plinko! In addition, come and meet special guest, Miss Teen Ottawa, Chelsea Vineyard as she will be joining us in the Gower. Finally, bring your lawn chair, relax, and have a chat with your neighbours and enjoy the fireworks at dusk. A special thank you to all our community volunteers who make Canada Day in the Gower possible!

North Gower Farmers' Market

The North Gower Farmers' Market will be holding their annual Strawberry Social on Saturday June 29th.  There will be free strawberry shortcake while quantities last.  The North Gower Farmers' Market can be found on Rogers Stevens Drive in the village North Gower. 

This authentic country market has more than fifty vendors selling everything from produce, meat, eggs, and all kinds of homemade baking.  We also have many local artisans that have everything from cutting boards to sewing and knitting to art.  Stop by Heather's Café for a great lunch or breakfast.  The market is located at 2397 Roger Stevens Drive and is open 8:30am until 1:00pm every Saturday until Thanksgiving.  For more information please visit our website www.ngfarmersmarket.com or call 613-489-9794.

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.