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Tuesday Planning Committee preview: Bill 73, Annual Development Report, 180 Metcalfe

There are several items of significant interest coming up on Tuesday’s Planning Committee agenda (if that kind of thing floats your boat).

1. City staff have developed a response to Bill 73 – Smart Growth for Our Communities now in front of the Ontario’s Legislature. The response to that bill by the City’s Planning and Growth Management department is on the agenda of our meeting, and appended to this post below. I’m in full agreement with some of staff’s positions:


I'm taking a pie in the face, apparently

Awesome, Kitchissippi! Well before deadline, you raised $1000 for Ottawa West Community Support - thanks in part to a top-up donation yesterday by the Wellington West Business Improvement Area.

Thanks to your generosity, I'll be taking a pie in the face at the OWCS' annual BBQ,June 26. It starts at 11:30 AM, at 1137 Wellington Street West. We're thinking pie (or pies) get thrown at noon. Throwing honours will be raffled away.


Committee Of Adjustment - Decisions from June 3rd Hearing

Attached is a summary of decisions from the June 3rd Committee of Adjustment hearing.


Hamilton loses bid to rein in CMBs

Community mailboxes (CMBs) have become a hot point of contention in Kitchissippi as the first phase of rollout is underway. Several postal walks have seen pads installed this week and last.

I've been clear in my opposition to CMBs in the urban core since last spring. This May, I and colleague Catherine McKenney participated in a public forum to express our concerns. The loss of greenspace in neighbourhoods not designed to accomodate CMBs and the increased workload and cost to municipalities are particularly concerning.


Orrin-Reid-MacFarlane update

I would like to provide an update on the MacFarlane Avenue, Orrin Avenue, and Reid Avenue reconstruction project. At the Public Information Session held on March 3, 2015, it was indicated that construction was planned to start and finish in 2015. City staff has reviewed the current status of the project with the Consulting Engineer and have decided that the best course of action is to postpone the start of construction to 2016. Due to some unforeseen issues, the timing of the project was extended.


Market Mobile in Mechanicsville

An exciting new initiative spearheaded by the Somerset West Community Health Centre is on its way to Mechanicsville: the MarketMobile!


Rosemount Library update

I’m very pleased to say that this morning Council approved a list of applications to be made to a new federal infrastructure fund, including a request to help fund an expansion of Rosemount Library.

The approval follows on the heels of last night’s ok at a special meeting by the Library Board of the application. If we’re successful at winning the federal funds, the Library has now committed to match up to $1 million to renovate the Rosemount branch.


Reid Park update

For several months, I and community leaders have been grappling with what to do with Reid Park in the Civic Hospital area, and the funding set aside for it. Today, I’d like to invite your feedback on how we move forward to ensure the biggest bang for our buck.


Winston Square Grand Opening - June 6!

For months the buzz has been building, and we're a few short days away from the Winston Square urban park grand opening! The whole city is invited to the party on June 6.


Committee of Adjustment - June 3rd Applications

Here are the current applications for variances and divisions being heard on Wednesday, June 3rd at the Committee of Adjustment. The meetings are open to the public and any interested party can appear before the Committee to present their views in support of or in opposition to an application. Public Hearings are held in the Council Chambers at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, and are regularly scheduled for 1pm and/or 3pm.