Monday, June 11, 2018
Over 150 residents from the Glens Community, Country Place and Riverside as well as few environmentalists gathered to listen to the car dealership presentation. Almost all gathered were there to protest the idea to locate car dealership next to the Rideau River and along the scenic route. There were many concerns, environmental (car dealerships are not seen as the environmentally friendly establishments), light pollution and the biggest of all traffic. The intersection of Prince of Wales and Hunt Club is already the second dangerous intersection in the city, with traffic jams every rush hour. The site can only have right in right out access, that will be made difficult by additional turning and cycling lanes planned for later. The list of issues raised by residents is long. So far it was decided and agreed that the applicant will provide site plan. At issue is the Official Plan Section 4 that imposes additional requirements on the lots abutting the Rideau River being UNESCO World Heritage Site, National Historic Site,and a Canadian Heritage River. Among many others policies are prohibiting land uses that require outside storage or large paved areas or that produce noise, fumes and dust. There are number of stakeholders that will review the proposed plans. The actual AGM part addressed upcoming tree bylaw and urban canopy master plan delivered by the City Forester Martha Copestake. Safety concerns were addressed by CPO Sherry Jordan. Short review of dealing with the flying schools and the noise they generate was given by fellow Revelstoke residents. Councillor Egli presented recent issues, assisted with the new board election and presentation of door prizes.
More than 80 Glens residents listened with interest to this year AGM presentations. Councillor David Chernushenko, Chair, Environment and Climate Control Committee, brought yet unreleased fresh from the presses Final Urban Forest Management Plan entitled Putting Down Roots for the Future. The plan stresses importance of all trees and mentioning that large trees require special considerations. Councillor Chernushenko presented some of the recommendations acknowledging many concerns received from our community. Of interest to the Glens are Heritage Tree By-law, incentives for tree conservation and neighbourhood stewardship. Improving the effectiveness of the Urban Tree Conservation By-law is long overdue. Glens also expressed interest in working closely with the city on this initiative. Steve Willis, General Manager, Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development touched on many infill related issues and the possibility of obtaining heritage landscape designation that would protect our rapidly vanishing white pines. Supervisor representing By-Law & Regulatory Enforcement Services explained how the by-law works and what to expect. Constable Sherry Jordan, Community Police mentioned her limited involvement in the community traffic issues and strongly suggested reporting any issues. Finally our Councillor Keith Egli reviewed past and current issues and concerns. The most discussion centered on the newly released Merivale Grade Separation study especially costs, the need and community impact.
As usual event ended with prizes donated by local residents, businesses and the city.
Over 100 residents attended and listen to the presentations from Councillor Keith Egli, Jeremy Doherty, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Jasmin Isabelle, Deputy City Treasurer, Corporate Finance and Constable Sherry Jordan, Community Police. Glens social affairs were discussed by Nicole, Patricia and Stephen. Residents were encouraged to participate and help organize this year picnic in Pineglen Park and larger event celebrating Canada 150’s birthday in 2017. Many questions were asked, few laughters exchanged. Glens are welcoming a new board with new ideas and fresh energy. Councillor Keith Egli presented Glens President Agnes Warda with the Ward 9 Volunteer pin for her special contributions to ward 9 and the community. Many residents won special door prizes donated by businesses and few of our residents. Special thanks to: Edward Jones (Brian Kelly, Coldwell Bankers Realty (Sue Briard), Ramada, Country Place, UB Nail Spa and other donors who wish to be anonymous.
Meeting was attended by the Fire Department: Philip Muggleton, Deputy Chief, Communication Standards, Education, Planning, Safety & Innovation and Assistant Division Chief, Prevention John Gillissie. Hydro Ottawa was represented by Wray Munro and Rob Cameron. Timothy Murray represented Community Police. Councillor Keith Egli presented our resident Marilyn Booth with the Ward 9 Volunteer pin for her special contributions to enrich Glens community.