The City of Ottawa has been working on a zoning study to determine appropriate zones and standards to permit secondary dwelling units within accessory structures in residential neighbourhoods. These types of dwelling units, often referred to as coach houses, are essentially a small apartment or suite in the backyard of a home or along a laneway.
The City already permits a secondary dwelling in a detached, linked-detached, semi-detached or townhouse dwelling in any zone where that dwelling type is listed as a permitted use. The current definition of a secondary dwelling unit is:
The Ontario government is now accepting feedback on a number of topics related to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). Comments and suggestions received during all stages of the review, as well as comments already received, will be used to help inform the government of what changes may be needed. A consultation paper will be released in fall 2016 for further comment.
Come and celebrate the long summer evenings at the 2016 Lansdowne Summer Arts series. Every Sunday evening between June 26 and August 21 there will be live, free, family-friendly entertainment at Lansdowne Park. All events are between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Check out Lansdowne’s website to find out who will be performing and when. Bring the family to Lansdowne for one of the fine concerts!
The National Capital Commission and the City of Ottawa invite you to fill out the online questionnaire on two additional crossing locations on the Queen Elizabeth Driveway:
- A pedestrian crossover across the Queen Elizabeth Driveway on the east side of Queen Elizabeth Place.
- A pedestrian crossover mid-block in Commissioners Park.
Come and experience the cuisines of Burundi and Syria at Windsor Park on Sunday, June 5th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and help raise funds for the Syrian and Burundi refugee sponsorship. The food kiosk will be part of the OSCA Art in the Park event.
The food kiosk is operated by the Ottawa South Committee for Refugee Sponsorship (OSCRS). Funds raised will help support a second Syrian refugee family sponsorship along with the sponsorship of Burundi parents and step-sister of OOS residents, sisters Anne Lyse Irakoze and Eliane Ayinkamiye, who came to Canada as refugees.
Nature Canada is putting on a free event in Brewer Park on Saturday, May 14th to celebrate the return of our migratory birds. The event will include some opening remarks by Canada's first Ornithologist MP Dick Cannings and Councillor David Chernushenko, two jaw-dropping live demonstrations of birds of prey by Falcon Education, and guided bird walks around the park by local experts.
On Saturday May 14, 2016, for the sixth concert in the Master Piano Recitial Series 2016 regular line-up at Southminster Church, the talented Justine Pelletier from Montreal QC performs a program of works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Ravel and Schubert.
Ms. Pelletier has performed as a soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and collaborated with world renowned artists including the Cecilia String Quartet, Antonio Lysy, Laurence Kayaleh and Paul Merkelo. She has been a first-prize winner in the Fondation Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, National Music Festival and Prix d'Europe piano competitions. A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City, Justine is currently finishing her doctorate at the Université de Montréal.
Jane's Walk is a festival of free neighbourhood walking tours given in the spirit of Jane Jacobs that help put people in touch with their city, the things that happen around them, the built environment, the natural environment, and especially with each other. The walks are given by local people who care passionately about where they live, work, and play. This is a pedestrian-focused event that improves urban literacy by offering insights into local history, planning, design, and civic engagement through the simple act of walking and observing.
The City of Ottawa has released a zoning proposal to revise minimum parking standards, that is, the number of automobile parking spaces that must be included with new developments.
Visit the study webpage to review discussion papers explaining the drawbacks of the existing standards, which limit the viability of small businesses, hinder urban redevelopment, increase costs, and cause traffic. View the video with background info here. The proposed changes for small-scale developments on main streets and in urban areas like Old Ottawa South offer a new approach to promoting compact development that aligns with the City’s growth objectives.