OSWatch Report to the AGM May 2012
OSWatch is the OSCA sub-committee that advocates on behalf of residents of Ottawa South on issues of development, urban design and transportation. Since the last AGM we have dealt with many issues including the following:
We have dealt with a number of infill developments. We supported the efforts of residents with advice, meetings with developers and representations to city committees. These developments included 34 Brighton, 65 Hopewell, 315 Riverdale and 337 Sunnyside.We have worked with other community associations and the City Planning Department on an Infill Study. We have been very actively engaged at each stage of the study and spoke in favor of the study’s conclusions at Planning Committee last month. The changes promised by this study are modest but we hope real improvements. Colonel By residents have been working with OSWatch to find a mechanism to control redevelopment on the edge of the canal. We looked at a Heritage Designation, but may pursue a zoning study instead.
Last year OSCA contributed $15,000 towards the cost of the OMB appeal on the proposed redevelopment of Lansdowne Park and represented Ottawa South in the negotiations. This year members of OSWatch organized Havana Night II in support of the Friends of Lansdowne and contributed $2,300 to the Friends. We are currently working with other community associations to mitigate the problems of traffic and parking that are inevitable if the City’s plans for Lansdowne are implemented.
OSWatch has worked with the city on the Old Ottawa South Area Traffic Management Study, and as a result a number of traffic calming measures will be implemented in the coming years. These measures include a redesign of Sunnyside with a wider median and a gateway feature at Bronson and Sunnyside, strategic use of bulb outs and introducing parking on alternating sides of the street. There will be some changes to signage and special school zone with a 40kmph zone around Hopewell Public School.
OSWatch has represented our community on committees dealing with the Banks Street south CDP and on the Canal Pedestrian Bridge Environmental Assessment. The preferred bridge site, at Fifth Ave., has been identified and the study is now focusing on design.
The OSWatch meeting agendas and minutes are available on the OSCA website www.oldottawasouth.ca.
OSWatch meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm at the Firehall (this Thursday May 3 this week because of the AGM). Everyone is welcome. All members of the Community Association are welcome to join, committee members are expected to help with the work of the committee and regularly attend meetings.