We encourage feedback on any and all issues of concern to residents. Please join us at our monthly meetings to discuss issues or send an email to President@khca.on.ca. We look forward to hearing your views!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Fall Giveaway Day 2013

Details from the city website at http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/garbage-and-recycling/garbage-collection/giveaway-weekend :


Don't put your unwanted stuff in the garbage. Set them out at the curb on Give Away Weekend. Tour your neighbourhood, community and city to find hidden treasures.

Giveaway items could include:

  • Books, CDs and DVDs
  • Old furniture and small appliances
  • Construction materials - including drywall and hardware such as nails, bolts and screws
  • Kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans
  • Unwanted gifts
Please consider safety when deciding which items to set out to the curb.
The Consumer Product Safety Bureau of Health Canada advises that used children's items such as baby walkers, yo-yo balls, cribs, car seats, strollers, playpens, bath seats, mattresses, blinds, toys and other child-related items should not be placed at the curb for Giveaway Weekend.

Rules for setting out items

  • Place items at the curb
  • Place stickers or signs on items with the word "FREE"
  • Ensure any items that you want to keep are away from your giveaway treasures or tucked away safely in your garage
  • At the end of the day, bring any uncollected items back to your home

Giveaway Weekend etiquette

  • Respect other people's property, don't walk on people's lawns and gardens
  • Take only the treasures marked free at the curb
  • Don't discard previously picked-up treasures on another person's lawn
We wish you best of luck in finding hidden treasures. It's another way to reduce our waste and protect our most precious treasure - the environment (and landfill and pocketbooks).

Remember:

  • Leftover items can be donated to charitable organizations
  • Visit usedottawa.com for some ideas for recycling your used items
  • You can get tips from the Junk Brothers on how to transform your trash into treasure
  • Check out FullCirclesOttawa who encourage the re-use of items that are already out in society and are no longer needed in their original homes
  • Other websites to help get rid of unwanted items include Ottawa FreecycleCraigslist and Kijiji
  • Use our Waste Explorer to determine how to get rid of items that are not allowed to be placed curbside for garbage collection.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Workshop on Official Plan, Transportation, Cycling and Pedestrian Plans



17 October, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Kanata Recreation Centre

You and your friends and neighbours are invited -- a Citizens consultation workshop sponsored by Federation of Citizens Associations on the City’s Official Plan, Transportation Master Plan, and Infrastructure Master Plan.  Your will help City appreciate your community of interest.

Summary and report to be provided.

Official Plan And Master Plans linked to Schedules and Map S2



A Draft Official Plan Amendment to the City of Ottawa Official Plan has been tabled with the City’s Planning Committee. The change to the Official Plan is considered as a Comprehensive Review pursuant to Section 26 of the Planning Act. The Draft Amendment is being circulated for technical and public review and comment on the proposed text and mapping changes to the Official Plan.

This is a supplemental circulation for technical and public review of new and amended schedules as follows:

1.      The new draft transportation schedules flowing from the update of the Transportation Master Plan;
2.      Changes to Schedules A and B and the introduction of an new Schedule M to address changes at the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport; and
3.      An amendment to Schedule A for the Village of Vars Secondary Plan.

The proposed  schedule can be viewed and downloaded together with the other information related to the proposed amendment from the City website.

Schedule S2 Kanata Town Centre and Katimavik [ PDF 835 KB ] consists of  Map S2

This Map amends Schedule B to the Official Plan to change the designation of land located on Katimavik Road in Kanata from Mixed Use Town Centre and General Urban Area to Major Open Space. This recognizes land set aside for park and storm water facilities.


Replies to Questions Sent To Councillor's Office



                           Received September 6    at 3:25 pm
Good afternoon Rod,
I just wanted to provide you with an update on some of the items that you have inquired about to our office. Please find below a list of your inquiries along with the response that our office has gathered from staff thus far. A few inquiries are still under review and investigation, however as soon as our office gains a response, I will be sure to let you know.
1.       When will the Eagleson Park & Ride pedestrian access improvements be completed?
           Construction details to be announced this Fall.
2.       Has Vanstone-Belleview residents flood mitigation meeting been set?
Latest letter went out in August advising impacted residents of the most recent updates.            
3.       When will the Young’s Pond Park upgrades meeting for residents be held?
            The Councillor will be addressing this matter with residents this Fall.
4.       Has there been progress on providing a crossing  guard (for children walking across toward Katimavik Elementary and Centrepoint Academy West) on Katimavik Road at Watts Creek Park bus stop crossing to Cattail Creek Park in the morning and in the evening from the Cattail Creek Bus Stop to the Watts Creek bus stop; 
As this is a new request, the City’s School Zone Traffic Safety Program Coordinator has advised that he has opened a file for this location and will advise in the spring of 2014.  The City conducts all of our reviews at that time to correspond to the budget process.  All locations are to be evaluated during the same timeframe (April, May and June) to determine if a guard is warranted.
5.       Also has there been progress on providing assistance for children crossing (to Castlefrank Elementary & Holy Redeemer Catholic Elementary)  Castlefrank at McCurdy North?   
As this is a new request, the City’s School Zone Traffic Safety Program Coordinator has advised that he has opened a file for this location and will advise in the spring of 2014.  The City conducts all of our reviews at that time to correspond to the budget process.  All locations are to be evaluated during the same timeframe (April, May and June) to determine if a guard is warranted.           
6.       Is the Report on traffic Count at Castlefrank and Tamblyn/McCurdy intersection ready?
Report details to be announced this Fall.
7.       We welcome Katimavik Road North side paving from Whitney to Town Centre.  Has there been an progress on:
a)      constructing a sidewalk on south side of Kakulu Road from Shearer Park Bus Stop to Drainie Drive and
As of fall 2012 the Councillor has brought this matter to staff’s attention, and this segment of Kakulu was assessed and added to the sidewalk request database.  Funding for these types of projects is done on a priority basis. Because of this, it is not possible to provide an estimated timeline as to when work is expected to be completed.
b) Constructing the sidewalk on Kakulu North Side from Eagleson up to Burrow Condo sidewalk cut off
            This segment of Kakulu has also been added to the sidewalk request database. However, as mentioned above   funding is based on a priority basis.
8.       When will Bus Route #164 be adjusted serve West Side of Pickford Road from Kakulu to Irwin Gate?
            Our office has inquired further with OC Transpo regarding this matter, and once further information is gained we will be sure to let you know.
9.       Can residents on Brodeur and Beaufort be assured that there will be no impact from  Peary Way flood mitigation berm on their Beaufort and Brodeur homes? 
The berm construction along Cattail creek is meant to minimize the risk of flooding of homes in the low lying areas in case of another culvert blockage and/or a severe rainfall event.
                          With respect to any impact to homes on Brodeur and Beaufort, the top of the                                berm is at an elevation of 95.25 m, and the spill elevation over Katimavik Road is 95.0m.  As a result, the water would spill downstream at elevation 95.0.   The lowest edge of property on Brodeur is at elevation 95.75 m and the house is at elevation 96.75 m. Computer simulations have shown that during 100 year events, the water in the creek would not rise above the berm height of 95.25 m, which is 0.75 m lower than the property and 1.75 m lower than property elevation near the home.  Properties in this area will therefore not be impacted by water levels in the creek.
In 2009, water spilled over Katimavik and no flooding impacts were reported on Brodeur or Beaufort. Under a worst case scenario, water would again breach Katimavik, but would not impact Brodeur and Beaufort.  This solution was discussed with the Rideau Valley Conservation and they had no issues with the impact the berm would have on creek water levels.
10.   What are the difficulties to making it convenient to cross Castlefrank Road at Parson’s Ridge directly from Bus Stop to Bus Stop?
            Request has been sent to Traffic for them to look at this location.
11.   Has there been progress on installing street lighting on Chimo Drive where Cattail Park and Larsen Park meet Chimo Drive?
Street Lighting has investigated the request for lighting at the entrance to the park. A street light where both park entrances commonly cross Chimo has been approved, and is to proceed with the installation within the 2013 construction season.
       12. The City needs to place many more benches at lighted locations in Katimavik
              Hazeldean City Parks that can be checked by constables from patrol cars at any time
              of the day or night
            Our office has reached out to management in Recreational Planning and Facility Development for further response and information.
13.  Has the City determined the feasibility installing benches at the Walter Baker skateboard area and also erecting billboards in area of Kanata’s Walter Baker Park Skateboard area such that young artists may demonstrate their talents?
Management in Recreational Planning and Facility Development will also be reviewing this inquiry further. Once further information is gained our office will be sure to let you know.  
14.   We very much appreciate the City’s Trees in Trust Program. Yet because of the destruction of ash trees, why the program is not provided with more resources to plant and maintain more trees?  
            Our office has contacted staff to gain more information on the above inquiry. Once further information is gained our office will be sure to let you know.
15.  Also why is it that the City’s Trees in Trust Program is restricted to putting trees on the road allowance i.e., city property?  Trees should be planted and supported within the road allowance dimensions on private roadways as well along City streets.
                       Our office has contacted staff to gain more information on the above inquiry.   
               Once further information is gained our office will be sure to let you know.

                                          October 4, 2013 9:43 am
I just wanted to follow up with you regarding your additional questions raised that were not yet answered. Please refer to the list format below, in order to ensure clarity.

1.)    #8.  When will Bus Route #164 be adjusted to serve the West Side of Pickford Road from Kakulu to Irwin Gate?
At this time, there are no plans to extend Route 164 to serve the west side of Pickford Road from Kakulu to Irwin Gate. Staff have explained service on this stretch of roadway is currently provided by Route 161 and additional service is not recommended at this time for the following reasons:
When OC Transpo considers route or service changes, they do so following their Transit Commission approved service standards which stipulate that changes be made on the basis that they provide a greater benefit than inconvenience to the most customers. A detour of Route 164 to Pickford Road would result in greater inconvenience than benefit experienced by all customers.  In other words, there would be more (existing) customers who would be inconvenienced by a longer travel time than there would be  customers who would benefit from a shorter walking distance if Route 164 were to operate on Pickford Road.

In addition, a detour of Route 164 to Pickford Road as suggested would require additional resources (time added to the schedule and bus resources), and they do not have any funds in their budget to provide this service at this time.
OC Transpo has explained they will continue to monitor the service in this area and make adjustments as the needs of their customers change.

2.)    #10.  What are the difficulties to making it convenient to cross Castlefrank Road at Parson’s Ridge directly from Bus Stop to Bus Stop?
Staff have (i) undertaken a site investigation on Castlefrank Road and Parsons Ridge Road, (ii) reviewed the latest accident statistics at the intersection of Castlefrank Road and Parsons Ridge Road, (iii) reviewed the latest traffic counts on Castlefrank Road and (iv) have the following comments/information for you related to the concerns with pedestrian crossing movements at the intersection.

Function and Physical Configuration of the Streets
Castlefrank Road functions as a “major collector” street and is constructed to the latest urban standard cross section.  Parsons Ridge Road functions as a "local" residential street and is also constructed to the latest urban standard cross section.   The Castlefrank Road/Parsons Ridge Road is constructed to a “T” type configuration, with Parsons Ridge Road being constructed on the stem of the “T”.    Castlefrank Road functions as the “through” street at the intersection at this time.  An O. C. Transpo bus stop is located on the east side of Castlefrank Road at the intersection.

Latest Accident Statistics at the Intersection
A review of the latest accident statistics indicates no collisions occurred at this intersection during the 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2012 time period.  This indicates traffic operations and pedestrian crossing movements are being undertaken in a satisfactory manner at the intersection at this time.

Speed Limit on Castlefrank Road
The speed limit on Castlefrank Road is 40 km/h.   This is the lowest speed limit that can be established on a City street at this time.
               Traffic Volumes on Castlefrank Road
No traffic counts have been undertaken at the intersection of Castlefrank Road and Parsons Ridge Road.    The latest eight hour manual traffic count was completed at the adjacent intersection of Castlefrank Road and Kakulu Road on 2 August 2013.  The following is a summary of the information obtained from this traffic count:

·         The total traffic volume on the section of Castlefrank Road south of the intersection was approximately 550 vehicles during the a.m. peak hour time period;
·         The total traffic volume on the section of Castlefrank Road south of the intersection was approximately 900 vehicles during the p.m. peak hour time period; and
·         The total traffic volume on the section of Castlefrank Road south of the intersection was approximately 5,100 vehicles during the entire time period of the traffic count.
             The peak hour traffic volumes on the street are within the upper range of traffic volumes
             generally experienced on a "major collector” street in the City at this time.  

Pedestrian Crossing Movements on Castlefrank Road
The installation of (i) pedestrian warning signs on the Castlefrank Road approaches to the intersection and/or (ii) pavement markings to demarcate a pedestrian crossing location on Castlefrank Road is not required on the street, as the guidelines used to recommend these types of traffic control measures are not satisfied at this location  at this time.

A review of the files indicates no specific investigations have been undertaken to determine if the installation of all-way “STOP” controls and/or traffic control signals are required at the intersection with Parsons Ridge Road.    It is also unlikely these types of traffic control measures would be required at this intersection, due to the low traffic volumes approaching the intersection on Parsons Ridge Road.

The only action we can suggest is (i) for pedestrians to continue to exercise caution when crossing Castlefrank Road at this intersection and/or (ii) walk to the adjacent intersections (i.e. Kakulu Road or McCurdy Drive) to cross the street if they have concerns with crossing during the time periods when the traffic volumes are the greatest on the street.

3.)    #12.  (a)  The City needs to place many more benches at lighted locations in Katimavik Hazeldean City Parks that can be checked by constables from patrol cars at any time of the day or night.
Would you please be able to provide our office with a few preferred sites for bench additions, and our office will ask the Parks and Recreation Department to add the locations to their list for consideration once funding becomes available.
4.)     #12  (b)  Has the City determined the feasibility installing benches at the Walter baker skateboard area and also erecting billboards in area of Kanata’s Walter Baker Park Skateboard area such that young artists may demonstrate their talents?
The Councillor and City staff have decided that they will not be installing a bench at the skateboard park at Walter Baker as it could be affected by the expansion planned for the park. The expansion plan identifying the new footprint that will be funded through sponsorship, has not been determined yet and additional costs could be added if a new bench needed to be moved.
In regards to erecting billboards for young artists, staff have explained it would be best to explore the Paint it up! Program. For more information on the program I would encourage you to follow the below link.
http://ottawa.ca/en/youth-engagement-mural-program
5.)    Is the transit way from Bayshore to Moodie ready to be built? Is the functional design complete?
Staff have confirmed that the functional design is complete. The Infrastructure Services Department is working on preparing the tender documents, however there is no funding from the Province or the Federal government at this time.
6.)    #14 & #15 We very much appreciate the City’s Trees in Trust Program. Yet because of the destruction of ash trees, why the program is not provided with more resources to plant and maintain more trees? Also why is it that the City’s Trees in Trust Program is restricted to putting trees on the road allowance i.e., City property? Trees should be planted and supported within the road allowance dimensions on private roadways as well along City streets.                
The Trees in Trust program makes up only a part of the tree planting initiatives coordinated by Forestry Services (about 30%). As you know, this is for the planting or replacement of a tree in front of a residence where a tree has been removed or where no tree has been planted. Forestry also works with community groups for requests for tree planting in parks, at City facilities, and for larger streetscaping projects. As well, through the City’s Emerald Ash Borer Strategy, Forestry Services has been proactively planting new trees in areas of high ash concentration since 2009 in advance of the loss of ash trees. Forestry also has a very large replacement program for ash trees that are being removed. Reforestation projects, community tree plantings, commemorative trees and schoolyard grants are also part of the tree planting that Forestry completes each year.
With regard to planting trees on private property, Forestry’s programs, aside from schoolyard grants, are only for replacement and planting of trees on City property. The Forestry Department has explained they understand that the loss of trees from EAB on private property will be great, however their mandate at this time is on City property only.
I hope the above information has helped address all your inquiries. Should you have further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office.