What you can expect in 2014

Two weeks ago, this column focused on 2013 and now I’d like to take a few moments and look ahead to what we can expect in 2014.  Much focus will be on how the western development lands, in Richmond, proceed with one of the developers already having appealed their application to the Ontario Municipal Board.  The City, of course, rejected the application upon the appeal being filed.  As this moves forward, I will be sure to provide as many updates as possible to keep everyone in Richmond and the surrounding area informed.

The Ottawa on the Move program returns for its final year of infrastructure renewal.  Residents can expect to see the resurfacing of Mansfield Road, between Conley Road and Munster Road.  Resurfacing will also take place on First Line Road, Church Street, Rideau Valley Drive South, Walgreen Road, Willowlea Road and Westbrook Road.  The latter three roads listed make up the Reed industrial park off of Carp Road, north of Rothbourne Road.  There will also be some intersections improvements at Moodie Drive and Fallowfield Road as well as installation of roundabouts at Flewellyn Road & Eagleson Road and Fernbank Road & Shea Road.

From a city-wide perspective, 2014 will see the re-opening of the stadium at Lansdowne Park, to be known as TD Place.  This will mark the return of CFL to Ottawa for the 2014 season and also announce the arrival of professional soccer to Ottawa in the form of a North American Soccer League franchise, the Ottawa Fury.  Also, barring any further delays (unfortunately, I have to say that), the Strandherd/Armstrong Bridge will open this year as well.

As the year goes forward, we’ll touch on many more events and issues that take place throughout 2014.  If there is anything in particular that you’d like to see happen this year, please let me know.

West Ottawa Board of Trade People’s Choice Awards

It’s that time of year again.  It’s time to support our local community organizations and businesses at the West Ottawa Board of Trade People’s Choice Business Awards. Nominees include the Bell Warriors Football Club, Goulbourn Museum and the Richmond Legion in the Community Support/Non Profit Organization category.  In the Tourism Business category, you can vote for the Canadian Golf & Country Club, Jabulani Vineyard & Winery, Richmond Fair or Saunders Farm.  Spotlight Hair & Spa in nominated in the Health & Wellness Business category while Creekside Gardens has been nominated in the New Business category.  Royals Restaurant was nominated for Best Restaurant and nominees in the Retail Business category include That Hunting & Fishing Store and King’s Your Independent Grocer.  In the Large and Medium Business categories, local nominees include Cavanagh Construction and Amsted Design Build.  Nominations close at midnight on February 3rd.  Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Brookstreet Hotel on February 20th.

P.A. Day Camp at Baxter

The great outdoors is the place to be this winter with the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority’s outstanding Winter Adventurers PA Day Camps. Children aged six to 12 are invited to spend a great, fun-filled day with Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) interpreters and learn how to snowshoe, erect shelters, build campfires, cook outdoors and orienteer. Add a few great outdoor games to the mix and the day will be complete!

RVCA is hosting a camp this Friday, January 17 at Baxter Conservation Area from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to register, contact Andrea Wood at 613-489-3592 or andrea.wood@rvca.ca.

The camp is $40 per child ($35 for additional children in the same family) and includes snowshoe rental, snacks and the traditional reward of a frothy hot chocolate after a day of frosty fun. There is a maximum of 20 participants, so register early.

This program is being offered as part of the RVCA’s Active • Outdoor • Life series. To learn about other Active • Outdoor • Life events, visit www.rvca.ca.

Olympic Camp

This Friday, January 17th is a P.A. Day for most students and a great day to learn about the Olympics at Watson’s Mill’s Olympic Camp.  This camp runs from 9:00am until 4:00pm in the Carriage Shed.  Learn about winter Olympic sports and take part in Olympic themed crafts and games.  This is the ultimate preparation for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  Cost is $25 per child ($20 for Watson’s Mill members).  Call 613-692-MILL for more information and to register.

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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.

What's happening in Rideau-Goulbourn in 2013?

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Another year is upon us and I’d like to wish everyone in Rideau-Goulbourn a Happy New Year!  I am looking forward to a very positive, productive 2013 and I’d like to share some of the things we’ll be working on together this year.

Ottawa on the Move

The Ottawa on the Move program, which saw the 2012 resurfacing of Donnelly Drive/Fourth Line Road, as well as the portion of Dwyer Hill Road between Franktown Road and Bleeks Road, will have a large impact on the Goulbourn portion of the ward this year.  In Richmond, Ottawa Street will be resurfaced from McBean Street to Eagleson while at the same time; King Street will be resurfaced from Ottawa Street to the river.  If there are any concerns you’d like to see addressed during this project, please let me know.  In Ashton, Ormrod Road and Ashton Station Road will be resurfaced through the village as will Flewellyn Road, from Ashton Station Road to Munster Road.  In the former West Carleton portion of Rideau-Goulbourn, Rothbourne Road will be resurfaced as well.  Mansfield Road, from Munster Road to Conley Road is on the schedule for 2014.

Goulbourn Area

The planning process for the western development lands in Richmond will move forward with a community meeting on February 13.  This will be the first opportunity for the village to speak with the developer and have a look at the plans.  Another project that enters into a planning and design phase will be the Highway 7 Service Road that will connect Country Club Village to Jinkinson Road to the east.  I look forward to working with the community on both of these projects and making sure the needs of the communities are met.

We’ll also hopefully see some additions to the Richmond Marketplace in 2013, as well as the grand opening of the new Hyde Park apartment building.  I also hope to focus on the Richmond Plaza and see how we can make this once vibrant centre something to be admired once again.

Rideau Area

The biggest project this year in Manotick will be the Van Vliet Extension, slated to begin in April.  The property has been acquired by the City and the house on site will be demolished early this year to make way for the new road construction which will see Van Vliet extended into the existing Bridge Street/Long Island Road intersection.  As part of this project, a sidewalk will be installed on the west side of the road connecting Bridge Street down to the Manotick Curling Club along South River Drive.  Although not confirmed as of yet, we are working on a project to be paired with this one as well.  This project would replace the proposed pedestrian crosswalk with a full set of traffic control signals at the corner of Dickinson Street and Bridge Street.  If it goes forward, this project would include realigning Dickinson Street so that it lines up with Dickinson Circle and would provide safe crossing for pedestrians in all directions.  I’ll have more details on this project as we go forward.

From a village planning perspective, the zoning applications stemming from the 2012 Village Review will come to Committee and Council early this year which will improve the ability for home based businesses in rural villages.  As it was pulled from the Village Review, Manotick will undergo a full Secondary Plan Review in 2013 and I will keep the community informed of the process as soon as possible.  I am looking forward to working with the community on developing a plan that meets the needs of Manotick for today and tomorrow.

In further planning for the future, the Environmental Assessment for the Greenbank Road re-alignment will continue in 2013 and will look at the intersections of Prince of Wales & Bankfield Road as well as First Line Road & Bankfield Road.  Preliminary design work will also be done at First Line & Bankfield on improving the intersection and adding control signals.  These planning projects will definitely help as we deal with future growth, especially since 2013 will see the first of many new Manotick residents moving into the Mahogany development.

The Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation will hold its first meeting of the 2013 this month.  Following that, we will enter into a Request for Expressions of Interest process which will bring forward interested parties in the properties owned by the City in Dickinson Square.  This process will then lead into the Request for Offers process.  The entire process will likely take the full year and the community will be involved as we move forward.  I will be looking to host at least two open houses to keep the community updated on the process and to gain valuable input prior to any decision making.

City-Wide

From a City-wide perspective, there will be major projects throughout the City including the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park as well as the commencement of LRT construction.  Ottawa on the Move will invest money in road projects across Ottawa including portions of Sussex Drive, Baseline Road, Fallowfield Road, Woodroffe Avenue and Meadowlands Drive, among others.  Greenbank Road will be widened to four lanes in Barrhaven between Malvern and Strandherd Drive.  On the fun side of things, Ottawa will be hosting the 2013 Women’s World Hockey Championships this April at the Scotiabank Place and planning will continue for the 2017 celebrations of Canada’s 150th.

I hope everyone has a fantastic 2013 and I look forward to working with you again this year.

Kanata Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

With Goulbourn being a part of the Kanata Chamber of Commerce, the time of year is now upon us to recognize the best we have to offer in the 2013 People’s Choice Business Awards.  Just go to kanatachamber.com to register and vote for your favourite in a variety of categories.  Local entries include the Richmond Village Association (Community Support/Non-Profit Organization), the Canadian Golf & Country Club, Saunders Farm and the Richmond Fair in the Tourism Business category and Saunders Farm as well in the Large Business category.  In the Small Business category, there is Bayview Windows, Century Roofing & Siding, Jabulani Vineyard & Winery, Kerr Karpentry, Sonya Kinkade Design as well as Sue’s Hair Advantage and Spotlight Hair Studio & Spa, both of whom are also nominated in the Health & Wellness category.  Last, but certainly not least, Rideau-Goulbourn’s very own John Curry is nominated in the Citizen of the Year category.

Citizen of the Year will be selected by a panel but all other categories are open to the voting public.  Keep in mind that all of these great local businesses are up against businesses from Stittsville so get onto www.kanatachamber.com and show your support for Rideau-Goulbourn!

Skating & Tobogganing in the City of Ottawa

The City of Ottawa has opened its 56 approved sledding hills. Outdoors enthusiasts are invited to sled while weather and hill conditions permit, and to keep personal safety in mind while sledding. Approved sledding hill locations, including those in rural Ottawa, are available at ottawa.ca. You can also join in the outdoor winter fun at one of the City of Ottawa’s 247 outdoor rinks!  Check the online map for the rink nearest you, including several in rural Ottawa.

Goulbourn Museum PA Day Event

Did you know there’s a Goulbourn in Australia? Come ‘down under’ for the day and join the Goulbourn Museum as they explore the Australian outback. Come dressed in your best safari outback attire and discover Australia’s indigenous animals with a visit from Little Ray’s Reptiles. Kids will also learn the traditional art of dot painting and make their very own boomerangs. The fun takes place on Friday, January 18th from 1-4:30 pm on the first PA Day of the New Year and is open to children ages 7-10 years (Grades 2-5). Space is limited and children must be pre-registered to guarantee a spot. Cost is $25 per child. Snacks will be provided. To register, please contact the Goulbourn Museum at 613-831-2393 or by email at education@goulbournmuseum.ca .

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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.