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By-law 2017 Kitchissippi stats

By-law services has sent us their year-end wrap-up of calls for service. It's a fascinating scan though I haven't done an analysis of the numbers. You can see our ward-specific stats here and the city-wide stats here (or click either file below).


Planning Advisory Committee members sought

Last March, as part of the City's mid-term governance review, the City had proposed creating a new Planning Advisory Committee that would have been mostly made up of senior City staff and councillors. The Committee is a requirement of new legislation passed by the Province, and I and others were concerned that a top-heavy committee made up of more City people than residents wouldn't fulfill the spirit of Bill 73.


114 Richmond Rd - Ashcroft Homes Convent Development - additional information on application

I want to thank the nearly 100 residents who came out last night to hear and provide feedback on Ashcroft’s proposal to partially demolish the Soeurs de la Visitation convent at the Qwest development on Richmond Road. We’ve attached the plans below, let us know if you have any issues opening them. 


Consultation: vehicle-for-hire accessibility fund

The City is consulting on how it should spend more than $450,000 that's accumulated in the vehicle-for-hire accessibilty fund. The fund was set up when the City approved the operation of companies such as Uber. Here's the details:

For immediate release:
January 8, 2018

Give feedback on the Vehicle-for-Hire Accessibility Fund

Ottawa – Tell the City how you think it should allocate more than $450,000 in the Vehicle-for-Hire Accessibility Fund.


Champagne auto storage lot comments due January 9

I wanted to take this opportunity to remind residents that comments are due January 9 for the Mastercraft Starwood application to continue to use their vacant lot at 115 Champagne to store Otto’s BMWs.

I haven’t yet submitted my own formal comments, but have had a discussion with staff to express my opposition.

By way of a quick re-cap, the developer has been renting the lot for which they have planning approval to build a second phase of condos to Otto’s for around a year and a half.


190 Richmond Rd – development update

In May 2017, residents will remember that the development application to build two six-storey buildings on the back portion of the property at 190 Richmond Rd. (the Superstore site) was approved. Since the approval, the applicant has been working through their site plan control application for the development. That site plan was also approved and the notice of decision will be provided shortly. The developer is eager to get the project underway.


There are two potential changes being proposed:


Committee of Adjustment agenda, January 17

I won't have a newsletter out for another week, but it's worth a peek at the Kitchissippi items coming up on the January 17 agenda of the Committee of Adjustment (CoA). The full details including plans are here.

(Don't subscribe to the newsletter and wondering what the CoA is? I've got a handy draft primer up here.)


Concerns over new inclusionary zoning regulations

For several years, those of us with concerns about housing affordability have been anticipating the granting of power by Queen’s Park to municipalities to force developers to include a proportion of new housing developments as affordable housing. Dubbed “inclusionary zoning” by the sector, it’s a potentially important way to address the shortage of affordable housing in Ottawa, and to mitigate the effect of gentrification in our most popular neighbourhoods.

Kitchissippi is very much one of the city’s most popular neighbourhoods.


Happy Holidays, Kitchissippi!

It has been a remarkable 2017 in Ottawa! It's a joy to think back on so many exciting moments like La Machine and the Juno awards, as well as the many smaller events here in the ward to which so many contributed. Even as we continued to grapple with the growth in the ward, Kitchissippi's volunteers and community leaders worked hard to build our capacity and a more equitable, inclusive, just and prosperous Ottawa.


Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Roy Duncan Park

Please join us on Saturday, December 16 at 4:00pm as we light up the tree at Roy Duncan Park!

Alongside the Westboro Beach Community Association and Van Lang Tenants Association, we will be serving some hot chocolate, roasting some marshmellows over a fire pit, and stringing some lights. All are welcome to join and participate, consider bringing your own mug for hot coco!