Well another year has arrived, the festive season is ending and it’s back to city business. I enjoyed family time but then came down with their ailments and missed being able to see my 13-year-old granddaughter playing the harp at Ben Franklin Place on New Year’s Eve. The best laid plans …!
This year will be a busy one, and it appears, a snowy one for now. Please note that city staff have been working full-out to deal with two major snowfalls and a number of minor ones. The snow has created high snow banks, reduced visibility, delayed buses, and caused slippery driving and walking conditions – so take extra time to get places and use the OC Transpo apps to check on actual bus arrival times. Snow removal started in major pedestrian/road areas and is continuing in local areas, including parts of Kanata North. Do continue to report problem areas to 311 or myself but be aware that a response may take some time, depending on weather conditions. Much of this work is done overnight so keeping your car off the side of the road, even when there is no advisory, is good practice.
The first ward council meeting, on Jan. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m., of 2013 will update you on a number of imminent items, including reviewing the planning committee recommendations for zoning at 2 The Parkway, which will have been dealt with that morning, zoning of the Kanata Town Centre to go to Committee in February, closing the Beaverbrook Library for about 18 months while an addition is added – and what services will be available elsewhere, information on winter storms and how the city deals with them, what’s happening with Ottawa Downtown and the first meeting on the drainage study for both Watt’s Creek and Shirley’s Creek, which drain the KNL lands. An added bonus is the latest update on the Blanding Turtle study. All are welcome and questions and comments on any issue can be made. The meeting will take place in the program room of the Kanata Seniors Centre, in the Mlacak Centre, 2500 Campeau Dr.
ZONING ISSUES AT PLANNING COMMITTEE
I’ve been informed that 2 The Parkway will be at the planning committee on Jan. 14, recommending a seven-storey building well set back from both Teron Road and the Parkway. I will be discussing how to deal with the report with the KBCA beforehand and will bring the results and any follow up to ward council. I believe that the community has made a huge difference in what has been presented to the committee. The staff have recognized this input, which has resulted in both a reduction in height from the original proposal, a reduction in the number of units, and better setbacks from the roads. I’ve informed staff that subject to minor revisions which may come forward from the community after reviewing the final report, I am prepared to accept the staff recommendations.
PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE – Wednesday, Jan. 30, open house #2: Shirley's/Watts SWM Study and Blanding's Turtle Management Plan, 6 to 9 p.m., upper hall A, Kanata Recreation Complex, 100 Walter Baker Place.
The City’s consultants will hold an open house and discussion period on the preliminary findings of the drainage study related to drainage from the Beaver Pond and Shirley’s Brook. This is an opportunity to hear the findings and make comments before the final draft report is sent to a final public meeting, most likely in April. This study does not deal with how the KNL lands can be drained but will provide background studies that can be used to develop a drainage plan for those lands.
Monday, Jan. 14, 9:30 a.m., 2 The Parkway at planning committee.
Monday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m., ward council (see details above).
Thursday, Jan. 17, noon, information session on wills and power of attorneys. Details are on my website.
Thursday, Jan. 17, 5 p.m., Downtown Moves open house, at city hall.
Sunday, Jan. 20, 1 p.m., BMGCA Family Fun Day, at Juanita Snelgrove Park.
Tuesday, Jan. 29, kick-off of Official Plan and Master Transportation Plan review.
Wednesday, Jan. 30, public open house and meeting on drainage and turtles.