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Old Ottawa South Community Association

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    We need your support

    At a time when community matters more than ever, we're at risk of closing our doors. Due to COVID-19, our beloved Firehall has been largely closed since March. Now, without more funding, we face shutting down for good. Please, donate to the Campaign to Save Our Firehall, and help us continue providing programming, serving our community, and bringing friends and neighbours together for many years to come.

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 SAVE OUR FIREHALL

We are now “ringing the bell” and calling on all residents to help Save Our Firehall! We need your help to keep our community centre open. Restrictions due to COVID-19 have had a huge impact on our Firehall’s ability to sustain itself. To thrive, the Firehall relies on revenues from the programs it delivers. The City owns the Firehall and maintains it but doesn’t cover operational costs. If we are to make up the shortfall in operational costs, we need to fundraise. How can you help? You can help by pledging your financial support on a monthly basis. No amount is too small or too big. Every donation counts. Monthly pledges add up over time and with many families pledging their support we can make sure that our community centre remains open in 2021.

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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: Allison.Hamilin@ottawa.ca.

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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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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, Allison.Hamlin@Ottawa.ca 613-580-2424 x25477. 

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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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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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Green Dreamers

Old Ottawa South's Community Garden Brigade
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Senior Watch OOS

Creating an age-friendly community.
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613-247-4946