Public Transit offers many benefits. One of them is having less cars in the urban core. To prepare for the new era, city is reviewing existing parking requirements and proposing “new ways catering to residents who wish to live a car-free, ground-oriented lifestyle in an established neighbourhood”. The proposed zoning by-law would reduce or eliminate, the minimum parking requirements in the inner urban core and near rapid-transit stations. The market forces will be a key determinant on the minimum parking deemed necessary to support a development. The exception is visitor parking for residential development, although planners are also suggesting creative solutions in that area, like allowing houses to be build without garages. In those specially designated areas, parking for retail/commercial purposes would be reduced in half. The issue will be considered at the planning committee on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. See: Zoning – Minimum Parking Requirements – Tim Moerman – letter.docx
Planners are proposing to amend the maximum permitted height of an accessory buildings and structure within the R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, V1, V2 and V3 Zones from 4.5 metres to 3.6 metres. This amendment will affect the listed residential zones city wide to reduce from a one and a half storey limit to an appropriate one storey limit. The issue will be considered at the planning committee on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.
Planning Committee latest initiative to engage residents on planning matters is Introduction of a new YouTube channel. You can now view closed captioned footage of recent Building Better Connections webcast that was held on May 4. Be sure to subscribe to the new channel to receive notifications of latest YouTube content. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMY1Tkm3_ybhQYyKVG1dMAg
New processes to protect Ottawa’s trees
Two new requirements aimed at protecting Ottawa’s urban trees took effect on Tuesday, May 24. The changes will affect those doing infill development or removing distinctive trees – any tree with a trunk that is 50 cm or greater in diameter at chest height.
Infill Development: When Building Permit applications for infill development within the greenbelt are submitted to the City, the developer must now include specific Tree Disclosure information and identify whether each tree is to be removed or retained. For trees protected under City by-laws, the applicant must follow the City’s tree protection guidelines and work with an arborist to determine mitigation strategies. For these infill developments, the applicant is required to pay a refundable deposit of $700 per lot – the average cost to plant and maintain one new tree for a two-year period – to help ensure trees are retained or replaced. The applicant can apply for a refund of the deposit upon the successful retention of the City tree(s) or, after planting a tree to City specifications.
Application process for the Urban Tree Conservation By-law. This By-law, in place since 2009, requires any property owner planning to remove a distinctive tree from private property in the urban area to first apply for a Distinctive Tree Permit. Under the new requirements: The Arborist Report must be submitted with the City’s online template in person at one of seven Client Service Centres. A $100 administrative fee will be incurred for all Distinctive Tree Permit applications.
For detailed information on these changes, visit ottawa.ca/urbantree
The City of Ottawa will be installing up to 60 Pedestrian Crossovers each year for the next three years as part of a City Council approved pilot program. Crossovers will be situated at warranted locations throughout the city, starting in the summer of 2016. In the first year, these locations will include: new crossings where no crossing existed before, retrofitting of existing crossings, and single lane roundabouts.
Pedestrian Crossovers are designated areas that allow pedestrians to safely cross roads where vehicles must yield to pedestrians when crossing. Pedestrian Crossovers are identified by specific signs and pavement markings. In some cases, but not always, they may also have pedestrian activated flashing beacons.
Some of the factors considered when determining the feasibility of a PXO installation are: pedestrian and traffic volumes; roadway geometry (roadway width); posted speed limit;spacing to adjacent Traffic Control Device; sight lines and system connectivity (e.g. connection to pathway)
Additional information such as what they are, how they work, and where they are located can be found on Ottawa.ca
PLANNING PRIMERS FOR MERIVALE ROAD
Emerald Plaza Library at 1547 Merivale Road
Monday January 11th, 2016
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Please join us on Monday January 11th, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for the first of a two-part Planning Primer* series about the Merivale Road area.
This session will be a lecture-base presentation about Transportation Planning at the City of Ottawa with a specific focus on Merivale Road. The focus of this session will be to provide information on transportation planning so that residents, landowners and businesses will have a better understanding of transportation planning in the City and how it affects the Merivale Road area.
The session will cover all types of modes of transportation – cycling, walking, public transit and motor vehicle – as well as a discussion on what your community can do to help improve transportation in the Merivale Road area.
Registration is required for this event and is limited to 30 people on a first come, first served basis. Additional sessions may be added in the future if necessary.
Please register to confirm your attendance for this session. You can register by e-mailing or calling Melanie Knight at email@example.com or 613-580-2424 ext 28439. You will receive an email from Melanie Knight confirming your registration.
A second session will be held in February to discuss policy planning and the development review process. Further details about this session will be provided in the New Year.
*Note this is not part of the Planning Primer program at the City of Ottawa and will not count towards an elective course.
Ottawa – Registration is now open for anyone who thinks snowshoes, snow sculptures or touchdowns will be part of their Winterlude experience in 2016. The annual winter festival will be held between January 29 and February 15 and registration is now open for many of the special events.
Snowshoe Ultimate Tournament Twenty-four teams of five will compete in the inaugural Snowshoe Ultimate Tournament on the Great Lawn at Lansdowne on February 14. The City is teaming up with the Ottawa-Carleton Ultimate Association and the outdoor group Mad Trapper to find the top local snowshoe team. Registration is on now.
Snowshoe running Not sure how good you are on snowshoes? The Mad Trapper and Run Ottawa will offer four separate training sessions to help you get better and stronger on snowshoes. You can register now to learn how to walk, run, cross-train and play Ultimate on snowshoes.
Blizzard Bowl Think you’re the next Henry Brrr-is, or Shiver-on Walker? Get your friends and family together to play touch football in the snow in the annual Blizzard Bowl. Organized by the Bytown Touch Football League, the tournament takes place Saturday, February 6 on the Great Lawn at Lansdowne. A maximum of 24 teams will be selected.
City Snowscapes What’s Winterlude without snow sculptures? Register for the City Snowscapes Community Snow Sculpture contest by January 22, 2016. Up to 10 teams will be selected based on creativity, technique and visual appeal. In the meantime, get your team together and plan on joining the fun at Lansdowne’s Aberdeen Square. Sponsored in part by the Government of Ontario.
For more information on Winterlude or to register for any of these events, visit ottawa.ca.