Western Development Lands update

Western Development Lands - Richmond

On November 7th, a Staff Report will come before the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee that recommends the refusal of draft approval of the subdivision application for 6335 and 6350 Perth Street.  This is the Caivan application on the northern portion of the Western Development Lands.

The rationale for refusal, as laid out in the Staff Report is as follows: the approval of the draft Plan of Subdivision and Zoning By-law amendment are premature until such time as: the issues relating to the overall stormwater management solution for the Western Development Lands are resolved; the Environmental Assessment is complete for the stormwater management; the drainage outlet matters are resolved; the subdivision layout is addressed; and the proposal for the financial plan relating to servicing is accepted.

I will provide further updates as we move forward.

Remembrance Day

November 11th, 2013 marks the 95th anniversary of the official end to the Great War.  Much has changed in those 95 years, especially in the way we receive our news.  Today, we receive even the most minor news story instantaneously, in a variety of ways from all over the world.  However, in 1918, when the news broke out that the First World War had come to an end, the fighting still continued on the Western Front.  The armistice was signed at 5:10am, yet the official ceasefire wouldn’t come until 11:00am.  In that time, an estimated 10,000 soldiers lost their lives.  Private George Lawrence Price of the Canadian Infantry was the last Canadian, and Commonwealth soldier, to be killed in World War I, at 10:58am.  On November 11th, we remember Private Price and all those members of our armed forces who were lost in the line of duty while serving our country.

Remembrance Day services take place, this year, on November 10th in Kars, North Gower and Munster and on November 11th in Richmond and Manotick.  The Kars ceremony takes place at 11:15am in front of Kars on the Rideau Public School.  The North Gower ceremony takes place at 12:45pm in Horace Seabrook Park.  The Munster ceremony is held at 2:00pm at the War Memorial in the Munster Union Cemetery.  The November 11th ceremonies both take place at 11:00am; one at the cenotaph in Dickinson Square in Manotick and the other in Richmond Memorial Park.

If attending the ceremony in Manotick, drop in at Dickinson House afterward and take in their “Dickinson House in Times of War” exhibit.  Admission is free.

City of Ottawa Remembrance Day Schedule Changes

The City reminds residents of a range of schedule changes for Remembrance Day relating to Client Service Centre hours, the 3-1-1 Contact Centre, Provincial Offences Court, transit service and transit information, Ottawa Public Health, recreation and cultural services, municipal child care services, and library services.

The flags at all City of Ottawa will be lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset to honour the memory of all Canadians who have served their country in times of war.

For complete details on schedule changes, parades and ceremonies being held in and around Ottawa to commemorate Remembrance Day, visit ottawa.ca.

Curbside green bin, recycling, garbage, and leaf and yard waste collection will take place on its regular day with no changes to the collection schedule.

Veterans ride for free during National Veterans Week

War veterans who wear their medals or uniforms may ride OC Transpo, Para Transpo and Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) for free with their companions during National Veterans’ Week – November 5 to 11.  OC Transpo is also planning other activities and service changes to commemorate Remembrance Day on Monday, November 11.  Visit octranspo.com for more details.

"Keep it to 40"

The Manotick Village & Community Association has begun an initiative called “Keep it to 40”.  This campaign is aimed at curbing speeding issues on our residential streets by creating community ownership of the problem.  For the most part, the majority of speeders are local so having a campaign that targets local communities asking them to be mindful of their speed is a good way to approach it. 

Two years ago, I wrote in this very column about speeding along Potter Drive.  Potter, specifically the 850m stretch between Watterson Street and Doctor Leach Drive is quite wide with houses set far back from the road.  It is a design feature that almost promotes speeding.  However, this is a residential street where kids ride their bikes and residents go for walks.  Do you know how much time you save by driving 80km/h on this stretch of Potter Drive instead of 40km/h? A whopping 38 seconds.

This is a campaign aimed at making our residential streets safer, so please be cautious out there.  If you come up on someone driving 40km/h on a residential street, don’t tailgate them, don’t try to pass them, you’ll get where you’re going and we’ll all be safer for it.  After all, it’s only 38 seconds.

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.

Goulbourn Jubilee Singers

The Goulbourn Jubilee Singers, alongside the Junior Jubilees, present “Winterval” Saturday, November 23, 2013 7:30pm, and Sunday November 24, 2013, 1:30pm at Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbeyhill Road, Kanata.

Under the direction of Linda Crawford and accompanied by Erna Poettcker, the first half of the performance will feature Vivaldi’s “Gloria”, with guest soloists, Sarah Burnell and Annie Duchesne, as well as a string and winds ensemble. The second half will be full of seasonal favourites.

Tickets in advance are: Adults $15.00, Children under 12 and Seniors $10.00. All tickets at the door: $20.00. Further information or tickets: Charlotte at 613-825-3357 or www.gjsingers.com

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.

Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031

Western Development Lands - Richmond

Before I get into other issues, I just want to remind residents of Richmond and beyond that the City is hosting a public meeting on a development application for 6335 Perth Street, which is the land between the Fire Hall and the Home Hardware.  This plan calls for 1000 homes phased in with between 50-100 units being built each year.  The meeting is to be held on February 13 at the Richmond Arena at 7:00pm.

Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031

The Official Plan Review for the City of Ottawa is officially underway.  The City’s Official Plan is reviewed every five years.  This is a year long process which results in an updated Official Plan that comes into effect in 2014.  As the Chair of the Rural Review Steering Committee, I am one of five Councillors on the Official Plan Sponsors Group and I look forward to being heavily involved in crafting this updated document.

Residents are encouraged go online to have their say on how their city grows in the future.  The City of Ottawa is reaching out to the public on how neighbourhoods, roads, water and sewer services, rural villages and cycling and walking pathways should be planned.  Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031 – a city-wide review of land use, transportation and infrastructure policies that feed into the City’s Official Plan, Transportation Plan, Infrastructure Master Plan and the Cycling and Pedestrian Plans – was launched on January 29.

The focus of the project and public engagement goes beyond a visioning exercise. It deals directly with proposed solutions to 12 current planning issues, which are profiled on ottawa.ca/liveableottawa. The site also features a summary of each issue and each proposal, a video, and feedback mechanisms, including a survey that is available until March 1. Residents are urged to review the information before providing their survey responses.

The rural component to this review specifically speaks to no expansion of village boundaries but also at where to direct rural growth.  Richmond, Manotick and Greely are projected to see the majority of the growth in the coming years.  However, with the current development applications in Manotick and Richmond, the projections match the planning targets so this will not create new pressure on either village.

2013 Canadian Junior Curling Championships

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the send-off for Manotick’s very own rink of Jamie Sinclair, Holly Donaldson, Katelyn Wasylkiw and Erin Jenkins to the 2013 M&M Meat Shops Junior Curling Championship in Fort McMurray, Alberta.  Along with their coach, Graham Sinclair, it was a great night to celebrate their achievements at the Manotick Curling Club and wish them luck as they headed out to Alberta.  The Championships are currently underway and at the time of printing this, Team Sinclair is 3-0.  The finals are this weekend and their progress can be followed at www.curling.ca.  Good luck girls!

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.

An Evening of Port & Chocolate at Watson’s Mill

Port and Chocolate has always been a favourite pairing and what better way to accentuate our winter season than with a night dedicated to this attractive relationship. On Friday February 8 at 7:30 p.m., Watson’s Mill is excited to host a romantic evening that will expose the tempestuous flavour of our closest comfort food with the best full bodied wine. Leading guests into this passionate night of selected tapas, sweets and port will be Lori Savignac, Chocolate Lover Extraordinaire, who will deliver classic romantic readings, explain pairings and perhaps give a little chocolate trivia. Manotick’s French Café will be providing the desserts and tapas. All proceeds go to the ongoing operation of Watson’s Mill.

Tickets for this event are $35.00 (must be legal drinking age) and can be purchased at the Watson’s Mill Office, French Café, or Manotick Office Pro. There are a limited number of tickets, so call today to reserve: 613-692-6455.

Maple Madness at Goulbourn Museum

Join the Goulbourn Museum for all things maple at their P.A. Day program February 15. Wear your most Canadian outfit, make some maple treats and learn the art of maple syrup. There will be games and activities aplenty.  The fun takes place on Friday, February 15 from 1-4:30 p.m. and is geared to children ages 7-11 years. Cost is $25 per child. Snacks will be provided.

To register please call the Goulbourn Museum at: 613-831-2393 or email: education@goulbournmuseum.ca.  The Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road, just south of Stittsville, at Stanley’s Corners. For more information, please visit http://goulbournmuseum.ca/whats-happening/, call 613-831-2393 or visit us on Facebook.

Ottawa South United Registration

Ottawa’s only GOLD-rated Soccer Club by the Ontario Soccer Association is beginning registration for all Summer Programs on February 6, 2013.  Celebrating its 10th Anniversary of Soccer Excellence, OSU is proud to offer programs for all ages and abilities.  Programs fill up quickly, so don’t be disappointed – check out our website at www.osu.ca for a list of programs and registration information.

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.

Western Development Lands

Public Meeting on Western Development Lands

In December, I mentioned that there was a tentative date set for a public meeting on a portion of the Western Development Lands. That tentative meeting date has since been confirmed. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 13 from 7:00-9:00pm at the Richmond Arena. This meeting is for an application of a subdivision at 6335 Perth Street and the developer is Caivan Developments.

The Western Development Lands stretch from the Jock River to the northwestern corner of the village, north of Perth Street. Caivan Communities is the landowner for 60% (53 hectares) of these lands, for which this development application accounts for. The remaining 40% of the lands on the Jock River portion are owned by Mattamy Homes and no application is currently before the City at this time.

In its present form, this application calls for approximately 1000 homes on 25 hectares of the 53 ha owned by the developer. 2.6 ha would be a drainage channel, 1 ha would be dedicated as an active park, 5.9 ha would be the storm water pond and 6.3 ha would be natural areas, otherwise known as passive open space. The remaining 12 ha would be streets. All of these figures are taken from the concept plan. The proposed development is made up of 60-70% single detached homes, with attached townhouse units making up the remainder of the development. Build out will be phased, with approximately 50-100 units completed per year.

There are plenty more details that need to be discussed and looked at, though, and this meeting will be an opportunity for residents to ask questions on the issues that matter most to the village. Further, it is important to note that this development cannot move forward until there is a major upgrade to the pumping station and the pipes that connect Richmond into the rest of the system in Kanata. These upgrades have not yet been finalized.

Winter Carnival Time!

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Winter Carnival season continues this weekend with the North Gower Winter Carnival.  I’d like to thank everyone who came out to Shiverfest in Manotick this past weekend; it was nice that it warmed up…a little.  Congratulations on a successful weekend to the Manotick Village Community Association and all Shiverfest sponsors, including the Kiwanis Club, the Lions Club, the Manotick Legion and the Ottawa Fire Department.

North Gower Winter Carnival

The fun continues this weekend in North Gower with the 51st Winter Carnival.  Events include a Spaghetti/Shepherd’s Pie dinner on Friday evening, beginning at 4:30pm, followed by the Talent Show at 6pm, skating on the outdoor rink, and a movie night at 7:30pm.  On Saturday, come back to the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre for a pancake breakfast at 8am and sleigh rides, tobogganing, skating and indoor games throughout the day.  The Carnival concludes on Saturday evening with a Pig Roast dinner at 4:30pm followed by a great performance from local resident and six-time Juno Award winner, Keith Glass.  Tickets for the dinner and concert are $10/person, $5 for kids under 10.

Munster Winter Carnival

This weekend is the annual winter carnival in Munster.  Hopefully, residents of Munster can come join me at the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, February 1st at 7:00pm at the Munster Community Centre, followed by public skating on the outdoor rink and a screening of Madagascar 3.

On Saturday, February 2nd, the festivities continue with a pancake breakfast in the basement hall of the Munster United Church at 8:00am, followed by outdoor games at the rink at 10:00am.  Over at the Munster Elementary School the fun begins at 1:30pm with the Little Tyke Zone.  The evening is capped off with a bonfire and fireworks at the Community Centre.  Let’s hope for great weekend weather and get out and enjoy the incredible community spirit Munster has to offer!

The Royal Ottawa’s “Power to the Parents”

As parents and caregivers, you have got the power to transform your child’s experience with mental health. Join The Royal Ottawa February 5th at 7pm in the auditorium for the Power to the Parents mental health information session. The Royal will provide you with practical tips and tools to empower you to reach out and connect with your children through meaningful conversations around mental well-being. The Royal’s Annmarie Nicholson along with Ian Fisher from the Ottawa Police Service will share their experience as parents supporting a child through mental health concerns and crisis.

In addition to learning practical tips and tools, the session will give you an understanding of:

  • the realities faced by youth today
  • how to lay the foundation for open communication
  • how to recognize when a child might be in distress
  • how to take a reasoned and responsive approach

With a final note on self-care, parents will leave the workshop feeling ready, willing and able to reach out to their youth and also care for themselves while doing so.

This event is free and you can register at www.theroyal.ca.  The Royal Auditorium is located at 1145 Carling Avenue.

City of Ottawa March Break Camps

School will be out for a week of fun March 11 to 15 during March Break and the City is offering more than 100 action-packed camps in sports, arts, water fun and more.

Find your neighbourhood adventure and register online at ottawa.ca/recreation:

  • Take to the ice with hockey, skating and curling camps
  • Try aqua camps, indoor soccer or rock climbing
  • Wow family and friends with talents developed in computer, magic or movie camps
  • Star on stage in acting, singing and dance camps
  • Get messy with clay, paints and glue
  • Work on your leadership skills and make new friends

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.