At the planning committee on Jan. 14 it is anticipated that the applications for zoning at 2 The Parkway and for the Town Centre Lands will be on the agenda. At time of writing these have not yet been confirmed so check on Ottawa.ca or my website for confirmation.
My position on 2 The Parkway has been consistent with that of the community – to maintain the five-storey limit, ensure that any building is well set back from both Teron Road and the Parkway, to save the large trees along the Teron Road and as many others as possible, to have no vehicular access onto Teron Road and for parking to be underground. The latest submission meets all of those points except for height, which has been reduced to seven storeys. I understand that planning staff are comfortable that the seven-storey limit meets the existing Official Plan. If that height is recommended to the committee (at time of writing I haven’t seen it) then I will support the recommendations. Taking it to the OMB to try to get five storeys would be unlikely to succeed since the zoning would conform to the city’s Official Plan and the OMB is required to make their decision based on the Official Plan.
Congratulations to the hundreds of residents who worked on this item and have succeeded in getting the height reduced from 16 storeys to seven storeys. Quality participation with logical suggestions and well documented concerns does make a difference.
BE CAREFUL VENTURING ONTO ICE
With the cold weather we’ve been having the ice is becoming thick but may not yet be safe. Generally follow this guideline:
* 15 centimetres for walking or skating alone.
* 20 cm for skating parties or games.
* 25 cm for snowmobiles.
* 35 cm for fishing huts.
Clear blue ice is usually the strongest; white opaque or snow ice is half as strong as blue ice. Grey ice is unsafe. The greyness indicates the presence of water.
COMMUNITY RINKS & SLEDDING HILLS
Thank you to the many volunteers who keep our outdoor community rinks flooded, clear of snow and available for free community skating. In Kanata North many of the rinks are now open. Major rinks are near All Saints, Stephen Leacock, Ecole Publique and Juanita Snelgrove Park. Community groups get a small stipend from the city to cover basic expenses but community volunteers are critical for their maintenance. Check with your community and offer to help out.
The city’s 56 sledding hills are now open, including Walter Baker Park on Terry Fox. Many other locations are used informally. Please ensure that any hill used is safe, without obstacles and with a clear run out that will not end at a road.
Under the 40 per cent agreement the Kanata Golf Club is available for cross country skiing.
ZERO WASTE AT CITY HALL
The city is encouraging everyone to work towards achieving zero waste – that everything is reused or recycled. As a start, at city hall offices will no longer have waste baskets. They will continue to have blue boxes for paper and at several locations there will be green bins and blue bins for other waste. I’m encouraging all residents to do what they can to approach zero waste. As well I’m putting out a challenge with details to be available at my Jan. 14 ward council meeting.
Save Jan. 14 and come to the next ward council meeting in the program room at the Kanata Senior’s Centre from 7 to 9 p.m. I’ll report on the closure of the Beaverbrook library during construction of an addition, on a new waste challenge, provide updates on zoning and development issues, on the 417 construction and on revisions to the city’s Official Plan and Master Transportation Plan. All are welcome to attend.
OVERNIGHT WINTER PARKING
If you haven’t yet signed up for an alert when overnight parking is not permitted due to snow conditions then do it now. There is a sizable fine if vehicles are left on the road and the ridge of snow/ice creates a hazard for others. The alert is free and lets you know both when the ban starts and when it is lifted. Details are at ottawa.ca.