A full house greeted the Capital Ward candidates on Thursday, September 27, 2018 eager to hear views on neighourhood and city issues. The meeting was sponsored by the six community associations of the area, including OSCA.
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.
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.