How and why should Southminster Church, this important part of Old Ottawa South, continue to thrive in our community and why should Old Ottawa South fight to keep our R3—three storey residential zoning? At first blush, the current proposal to rezone the church property to allow a nominally 6 storey, but practically a 7 storey condominium, to be built behind the church seems like the perfect answer. But is it really so? Yes, the money the church will receive from the developer, Windmill Development, will pay for repairs that are urgently needed. But what will happen five years down the road when more repairs are required? And, has the church really gotten the best value for the property to be severed from the back? Is the only way to keep the church alive to encroach on the current residential zoning of the neighbourhood with a twenty-plus metre structure as opposed to the current R3 allowance of eleven metres? How can we save the church and the neighbourhood too and why should we care about preserving either?
The City of Ottawa has posted the preliminary plans for 1040 Bank Street, that is, a proposal to retain the existing church and to replace the assembly hall at the rear with four townhouses and a 14-unit, six-storey apartment building. To achieve the proposed redevelopment, an application for a Zoning By-law Amendment is required. You can read the planning rationale document here.
This year's choices offer a huge variety of places to visit, both near and far, with free guided-tours of over 150 historically, culturally, and functionally significant buildings. Plus, there's a shuttle bus available to ease transit between sites.
The City of Ottawa Community and Protective Services Committee will examine the Noise By-law at its meeting Thursday, May 18, 2017. There are no proposed changes to the existing process for special event exemptions. The aim is to reduce noise through: the enforcement of bass noise and vibration; a reduction in the construction noise exemption level; improved enforcement of commercial deliveries and waste collection; and a reduction in the permitted duration of car alarms from 20 minutes to 5.
City seeking public input on a commemorative naming proposal
The City of Ottawa’s Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting public consultations on a proposal to name a room in the Ottawa South Community Centre, located at 260 Sunnyside Avenue, “Deirdre McQuillan Lounge.”
If you're looking to research your house, your family, your neighbourhood, or just explore local history, the City of Ottawa Archives is a great place to start your journey.
The City of Ottawa offers a series of courses designed to help citizens become familiar with issues related to urban planning.
The instructural information from these courses—Planning Primer 1 & Planning Primer 2— is now available online, courtesy of the Federation of Citizens' Associations of Ottawa-Carleton: see the FCA Resource section for details. Also included are the materials related to the elective courses on the Ontario Municipal Board, Understanding Residential Intensification and Infill, and Secondary Planning Processes.