First ARAC Meeting of 2018 & Other Updates


The first few months of 2018 promise to feature busy agendas for the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee, including many items that affect our Rideau-Goulbourn ward. The first meeting of the year is coming up on Thursday, February 1st at our usual time of 10:00 am and our usual location of Ben Franklin Place. Agenda items for this meeting include:

Zoning By-Law Amendments

  • 2403 Huntley Road
  • 4534 Loggers Way
  • 5130/5208 Ramsayville Road
  • 4139 Moodie Drive
  • 2026 William Hodgins Lane
  • Manotick Area-Specific Development Charges
  • Cassidy Municipal Drain Improvements

The two local zoning by-law amendments are 2403 Huntley Road and 4139 Moodie Drive. 2403 Huntley Road is a property on the northeast corner of Huntley and Fallowfield Road, directly across from Karter’s Korner. 4139 Moodie Drive is halfway between Barnsdale Road and Brophy Drive and adjacent to the proposed Alottawata Water Park.

The 2403 Huntley Road application seeks to rezone the property from Rural Countryside to Rural Commercial in order to increase the commercial uses on the property. However, the uses will be limited to amusement centre, artist studio, convenience store, office, personal service and retail store. During consultation with residents along Kimini Drive, the use of gas station was raised as a concern and will continue to be prohibited on this property.

The applicant on 4139 Moodie Drive is Proslide Technologies, also the proponent for Alottawata. This application seeks to permit ‘research and development centre’ as well as ‘office’ as permitted uses on the property. The intent is to build an R & D centre and office building to support the water park project. The neighbouring property, 4221 Moodie Drive, is already zoned for a water park. The proposed facility will facilitate the design and testing of new water rides and emerging technologies.

The report on Manotick Area-Specific Development Charges just cleans up something that was missed when the charges report was approved a few years ago. Unfortunately, two development areas were not included at that time. The affected addresses are 1086 Antochi Lane and 5721, 5731, 5741 Manotick Main Street. The approval of this report will ensure that development on these properties is charged the appropriate amount regarding connection to the existing water supply and sanitary service.

Full reports on all of the above items are available online at

Planning Advisory Committee

The City is establishing a Planning Advisory Committee (PAC). The mandate of the PAC is to advise on the Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department’s policy priorities and its annual work plan and may also include other matters as they arise.

Several positions are available including two members from the rural area of Ottawa. They will join counterparts from the urban and suburban areas as well as specialists in the fields of architecture, planning and landscape architecture. The PAC will also include the Chairs of Planning Committee, Built Heritage Sub-Committee and the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee, which happens to be me. Members of the Planning Advisory Committee will be required to prepare for and attend meetings. It is anticipated that the PAC will meet twice per year.

For more information on eligibility, roles and responsibilities and the application process, please visit or contact Eric Pelot at 613-580-2424, ext. 22953 (TTY: 613-580-2401) or by email at

Barnsdale Road & Prince of Wales Drive

In a recent column, I announced plans for a roundabout at the intersection of Barnsdale Road & Prince of Wales Drive. An open house has now been scheduled to discuss this project and the proposed design.

Construction is tentatively scheduled to start in 2019 and is subject to change depending on availability of funding. At this open house, you will be able to:

  • Review plans displaying the recommended design;
  • Identify potential issues that may have not been addressed; and,
  • Provide comments on the recommended design.

The open house is scheduled for Thursday, February 15th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and will be held at the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority building at 3889 Rideau Valley Drive. For more information, please visit Any comments may be sent to Kunjan Ghimire via email at or by phone at 613-580-2424, ext. 21685. Comment on this open house should be submitted by Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

Winter Carnivals

No matter which part of Rideau-Goulbourn you live in, you are never too far away from a winter carnival. Shiverfest takes place in Manotick on Friday, January 26th and 27th and features a number of events including chili cookoff, curling, bingo and trivia. On the other side of the ward, the Munster Winter Carnival takes place on the same weekend. Munster will also feature a number of events aimed at families taking place at the Community Centre and Munster Elementary School. To learn more about these events, please visit our Rideau-Goulbourn website’s Events page.

The following weekend, North Gower will host its 56th Winter Carnival at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre. You can come out on Friday, February 2nd for the Kemptville Players Murder Mystery dinner theatre and then come back on Saturday for a full schedule including a pancake breakfast, bake sale, snowmobile rally, buffet dinner and talent show. Information on this will also be available on our events page.

Isle in the River Theatre Company

This year, ITR is going to do something a little different for Valentine's Day. They will be holding an Afternoon Tea at Vibration Studios (5488 Osgoode Main St.) on February 10th and 17th. ITR has selected Norm Foster's two act play Wrong for Each Other to entertain you.

“A chance meeting in a restaurant, after four years apart, sends a couple flashing back through the highs and lows of their courtship and marriage. It is a hilarious and often heart-breaking look at the rollercoaster ride of a relationship.”

Tickets are $28 per person (includes the afternoon tea) and are now on sale at or by calling 613-800-1165. There are only 50 tickets available per show.

As always for IRT’s Valentine's shows, proceeds will go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. 


If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit

COLUMN: City of Ottawa's Website

I’d like to start off this week by thanking and congratulating all the volunteers involved with the successful running of the 50th North Gower Winter Carnival.  It was another great year in North Gower with incredible weather that helped bring out many families and nearly 100 snowmobiles for the Snowmobile Poker Rally.

The third in the Rideau-Goulbourn series of winter festivals is this weekend in the quaint village of Munster.  I’d like to personally invite you to join myself and the Munster Community Association in kicking off the Munster Winter Carnival on Friday night at 7pm at the Munster Community Centre.  How many times can I say Munster in one paragraph?  The grand opening will be followed by an evening public skate on the outdoor rink and there will also be a movie night at Danby’s Bar & Grill featuring “Winter – A Dolphin’s Tale”.  The events continue throughout Saturday with a Chili Cook Off, Pancake Breakfast, Kid Zone, and contests at the local rink.  Cap off the night with live music at Danby’s.  Please visit for the full schedule of events.

The City of Ottawa’s website not only has a new look, but has new functionality.  My goal as Councillor is always to provide better service to the residents of Rideau-Goulbourn and the rest of Ottawa.  Through the newly created Service Ottawa program, we are doing just that.  Last week, we launched the first phase of the new  In the coming months, there will be a second launch of the site that will make it even more user friendly, but for now, here are some of the changes.

Residents can now complete 250 service transactions online such as book and pay for last-minute ice time, make some payments, report graffiti, make a Bylaw or Parking complaint, request a recycling bin or a garbage and recycling calendar, request road maintenance, register for classes and activities, and report a pot hole.

The new Service Ottawa gateway is located on the right side of the main page and is extremely easy to use.  Upon issuing any service request, you will be given a tracking number and you can use the Service Ottawa program to follow up online to see what action has been taken.

The Service Ottawa program will produce a $40 million savings annually by the end of 2014.  For those of you who do not regularly use the internet, rest assured that calls can still be made to our 311 call centre or also by calling 613-580-2400 if you are outside the 311 call area.

Watson’s Mill Wine Tasting

The Wine Tasting event at Watson’s Mill takes place on Friday, February 24 from 7:30-9:30pm.  Featuring the great crew at Main Street Cellar, this super event is sure to tickle the most knowledgeable taste buds in town! With their paid admission, participants will be lead through a fun evening of specialty wines paired with even nicer hors d'oeuvres. Are you up for the challenge?? Event proceeds to the Raise the Roof campaign; in partnership with Manotick's Main Street Cellar. Tickets are $35 per person, and available for purchase at the Watson's Mill office or by phone with a visa card. Call now: space is limited! 613-692-6455. Must be legal drinking age.

OC Transpo Route 201

 For just over a month, the 201 has been running on Mondays and taking Richmond residents into Carlingwood and other destinations.  After looking at the design of the route over the first few weeks, I requested a slight change that would see the bus go through King’s Grant.  Starting in April, this change will be made.  Currently the bus turns left at Huntley and into Stittsville.  The change will see the bus continue down Perth Street, turn into King’s Grant and come back out onto Huntley via Queenston.  It is a minor change but one that will allow the 201 to touch all neighbourhoods in Richmond.

Cupids & Crafts

Create heartfelt decorations, gifts, and cards at Goulbourn Museum's next family craft & activity day. Join your children at the Museum on Sunday February 12th from 1-4pm for the annual Cupids & Crafts event.

This family event costs only $3 per child and is recommended for children ages 4-12. Parent accompaniment required. Please call 613-831-2393 or email to register and guarantee a spot.

Please note: the History Centre will be closed during the event. The Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road, just south of Stittsville, at Stanley’s Corners.

Column: Upcoming Winter Festivals

Feeling down and upset because you don’t have tickets to the NHL All-Star Game this weekend? Don’t be! Look no further than Manotick Shiverfest to fill the void and make you ask "NHL All-Star Game? What NHL All-Star Game?!" Shiverfest begins Friday night with events throughout the weekend and wrapping up with the one of a kind and ultra challenging trivia event at The Mill Tavern Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY!
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