Old Ottawa South Community Association

Planning Primer II: Development Review and Implementation

The Planning, Infrastructure, and Economic Development Department offers the Planning Primer Program to help residents become more aware of, and more involved in, the land-use planning process.  The program is a series of free, half-day courses. 

You can register for the Planning Primer II: Development Review and Implementation course until October 19, 2017. Seating is limited to 40 residents per session.

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Development Watch Southminster

Windmill Developments proposes to build a 19.2(+) metre 6-storey condominium on property currently owned by the Southminster United Church.

Residents have been consistently asking that our neighbourhood’s maximum height limits be protected by lowering the height of the proposed condominium to 15 metres. The proposed 6-storey 19.2(+) metre condo would be taller than the Church and taller than anything currently allowed in our neighbourhood.

Please send your comments by September 30, 2017 to Allison Hamlin, Lead Planner: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Planning Primer Program

The Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department offers the Planning Primer Program to help residents become more aware of, and more involved in, the land-use planning process.  The program is a series of free half-day courses. 

Primer I topics covered:

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Saving Southminster Church and Old Ottawa South Too!

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?

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1040 Bank Street, Ottawa

Southminster Plans: Zoning Bylaw Amendment

The City wants to know what you think of the Windmill Development proposal to re-zone the church property to allow for a six-storey apartment building and four townhouses to replace the community hall. Due date for comments is July 11, 2017. Your feedback should be addressed to Allison Hamlin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 613-580-2424 x25477. 

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Southminster Development Plans

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

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City Noise By-law Under Review

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.

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Commemorative Naming Proposal for Deirdre McQuillan

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.”

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