In December, there are a number of meetings to discuss development issues. On Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. residents of Marsh Village will meet at The Marshes to discuss the extension of Farrar Road and a new commercial building to be built on it.
On Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in Hall C, Mlacak Centre, there will be a public meeting on the zoning for the Kanata Central Business District along Campeau Drive. A group of residents have met with city staff, the developer and a representative from the proposed hotel over the past few weeks. City planner, Marc Magierowicz, representatives from Urbandale and I will be present to answer questions on the proposed zoning and to receive suggestions. The application is scheduled to go to the planning committee on Jan. 14.
The planning committee deferred the report on 2 The Parkway to a future date so that the latest proposal, for a seven storey building, can be evaluated. Some community members appeared at the Nov. 27 planning committee to object to the deferral. They wanted a vote on the 10 storey building report, produced by city staff, which rejected that height. Voting on this report would have led to an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing if the staff report had been accepted. There was a risk that the committee might have supported the 10 storey building, a situation which could have resulted in community representatives’ opposing both the city and the developer at the OMB.
Staff had recommended the deferral since a seven storey building was more in accord with their view of what should be approved for the site and the committee voted to support this. I supported the deferral, as it would permit staff to evaluate a building with a lower elevation, moving towards the community position. I’ve had further meetings with community representatives to work out the best position when the next report goes to the committee. We have discussed setbacks, open space requirements and land coverage. Check my website, or the city’s website, for the date that this item will be on the planning committee agenda.
VIGIL THURSDAY, DEC. 6 AT RESOURCE CENTRE
A vigil remembering the 14 women who lost their lives at École Polytechique in Montreal is being held on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 5:15 p.m. at the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, 2 MacNeil Crt., Kanata. This is always a very moving event that reminds us that violence against women is still a problem in Canada.
UNLOAD THE BUSES ON SATURDAY, DEC. 8
Show your support for the Kanata Food Cupboard (KFC) in our community, by donating food or money at the OC Transpo buses that will be at Loblaws stores all day on Saturday. Then join me at the KFC Christmas Depot at 2 The Parkway for the official kickoff at 5 p.m. and unloading of the buses at 6 p.m.
LIGHTING OF THE PUBLIC MENORAH to celebrate Chanukah on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Beaverbrook Mall.
THE RINK OF DREAMS at city hall is now open for skating every day. Before unloading the OC Transpo buses on Dec. 8, you can join me at the Mayor’s 12th annual Christmas Celebration (3 to 7 p.m. at Ottawa city hall) and skate, enjoy hot chocolate, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and much more.
THE AUDITOR GENERAL tabled his 2011 report last week. Details are on the city website – Ottawa.ca
THE NEW CITY WEBSITE was launched on Friday, Nov. 30. Check it to see how you can get more information and do more city business online.
THE WINNING BID FOR THE FIRST PHASE OF LIGHT RAIL was made public Wednesday, Dec. 5. Plan to view a showcase of the proposal at the Mlacak Centre on Monday, Dec. 10 from 5 to 9 p.m.