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Old Ottawa South Community Association

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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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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Robertson House

Front (north) facade (Kathy Krywicki, 2008)
Front (north) facade (Kathy Krywicki, 2008)

32 Cameron Avenue
c. 1887
Residential

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This 1 1/2-storey brick veneer structure was built around 1887 in the then-rural area south of Ottawa. The pitched roof, double-gabled façade, ornate verge boards, and one-storey veranda with its extensive woodwork and central gable are all of architectural interest. The chinoiserie pattern of the railings reveals the handiwork of a proficient local carpenter, but many of the other decorative elements – ranging from the eight-pointed stars in the verge board to the dentils and spindles on the upper part of the veranda – were all manufactured by machine in local planning mills, and could be ordered from design books or catalogues. The L-plan of this house and the asymmetrical façade reflect the ultimate triumph of the romantic sensibility over the Georgian symmetry that had lingered in the Ottawa area.

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Road Renewal Project Open House: Wed. Mar. 29, 2017

The City of Ottawa is hosting a public information session on road renewal in the northwest portion of Old Ottawa South, where the existing watermain, sanitary sewer, and road infrastructure has reached the end of its useful life and is in need of replacement/upgrading.This open house is an opportunity to review the design, ask questions, and provide comments on the proposed works.

The proposed work will involve the construction of new watermains and sanitary sewers along with full road reconstruction. House services will also be replaced up to the property line. Cycling lanes on Aylmer Avenue in the eastbound direction, and on Seneca Sreet in the southbound direction, will be implemented through pavement markings.

The City is planning construction activities from May 2018 to June 2020, with winter shut down periods from November to April.

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