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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May 16th Session LRT into Kanata

This is the preparatory part of the Environmental Assessment for the section of Light Rail Transit (LRT) construction from Moodie Station through to a proposed station at the Canadian Tire Centre.   This step in the process will consider the corridor, the stations and the relevant criteria for a functional design of the LRT facility.  The central theme will be to accommodate the formal 120 day TPAP with a functional design that will produce a completed formal Environmental Assessment.    

This new functional design is to be one in which the stations are structured to encourage as best as possible the connection for pedestrians, cyclists and other transit vehicles over vehicles to LRT Stations in Kanata-Stittsville.   The existing and new Park & Ride facilities will function as they should, but the stress will be to accommodate the other modes of access more fully in the functional design than had been done in past stages.    Accommodate people who walk, bicycle or take transit better as was done for LRT Stage #2 before construction began.
Unhappily while technical constraints and grade separation are a given the Transportation Master Plan from 2013 is one on which the Stage #3 LRT proposal will be built despite the welcome involvement of the Federal and Provincial Governments in sharing the cost and leading the assessment of the bids.

The criteria for screen the potential corridors are: ridership, potential for building Intensification, natural factors, social elements, complexity of construction and the projected cost.     The corridors which survived the basic analysis are those along Highway 417.     That is to say the possible choice of a corridor along Compeau Drive, a corridor North of Highway 417, a corridor South of Highway 417  had the fewest disadvantages, but the corridor along the 1996 bus transitway proposal survived with a plus result on all six criteria at least in this initial stage of consideration.

The one element of consideration is that the process properly serves the area North of  Highway 417 in the Tanger Mall area with is expected to become a very large employment location in the immediate 10 to 15 years.     However since the choice of serving the High Tech area in Kanata North with LRT facilities is not being considered because the study group does not think that LRT trains would serve the High Tech area of Kanata North any more frequently that every 12 minutes and that is judged to be unacceptable.     They propose to use the fully designed and environmentally assessed and approved bus transitway proposed for the median of March Road.    They note that after a few months we will have LRT service used to the full and still hold to the in frequent use of LRT service to the North Kanata High Tech area.    The working population in the High Tech area is 21,000 plus.  

About 10,500 of total come from across the City.   If the LRT trains deliver 600 passengers to Eagleson Station it would take 17 and ½ trains to deliver the current employees to Eagleson and a constant stream of 100 people crowded on to busses to deliver them North.   That does not leave room for Kanata residents much of the remaining 10,500 to travel by bus.    

I cannot help but wonder whether LRT trains would need to provide service every three minutes from Centretown to Kanata to realistically serve the cross town commuters and that this could be possible because there will only be one way to get to Kanata by LRT.     Whereas there will likely be the O Train service and the Baseline Station service to take people to Barrhaven for those heading to Barrhaven as commuters.

Furthermore, there will be approximately 8,000 military and DND employees being brought to Moodie Drive Station many as commuters.   I just do not see dropping off 10,500 people at Eagleson Station and a ten minute bus ride or up to 8,000 at Moodie Station and a three minute bus ride.   The military will need to be accommodated by 2025 when the Kanata service will be in full flight.    A quick bus ride may work in good weather, but in bad weather I doubt its acceptability.   In any event a ten minute bus ride raises the spectre of many persistent complaints.

There will be a Public Open House on the Light Rail Transit for Kanata on Monday, June 5 at the Kanata Recreation Complex in Kanata’s Walter Baker Park.    The session begins at 5:30 pm with the presentation at 6:30 pm
Rod MacLean

Kanata Seniors Centre June Newsletter

Spring is off to a slow start outside but inside at the Kanata Seniors’ Centre we are busy, busy, busy.
We’re hoping May showers will bring June flowers! But in the meantime, check out our June activities.

June 1: Bigger Than Us: The World of Forensics 1:30pm
June 6: Outdoor Games start 9:30pm Join us every Tuesday for a game of Bocce or Boules outside.
June 7 &14: 55 Alive Driver Refresher. Register at the front desk
June 8: Learning Series: FreeNet 1pm
          Book Club 2pm The Golden Son
June 15: Canada Day BBQ 10:30-1 pm

Please NOTE: The Kanata Seniors Centre will be CLOSED for annual maintenance June 24th to July 3rd. We will REOPEN on Tuesday, July 4th at 8:30 am.

The Kanata Seniors’ centre will be CLOSED on Saturdays in JULY and AUGUST.

We Hope to see you soon.

DiscoverRec: Make a Splash this Summer!

Make a Splash this Summer!

8 outdoor pools
55 wading pools
118 splash pads
4 supervised beaches

Great Leaders Make the Difference in Your City's Summer Camps!

Our leaders are multi-talented and well trained, so parents can have confidence that their camper will have a rewarding experience.  Our leaders have often been campers themselves and bring their unique expertise to the programs. Happy parents report: 'My son had another amazing year and thoroughly enjoyed his experience. He met friends, learned new ideas and skills, experienced a variety of activities and just plain old had a fun time.'

Register now!  ottawa.ca/summercamp

Looking for courses available at a specific facility? 

You can search JoinOttawa for programs near you.

Francophone Summer Camps

The City of Ottawa is offering this summer a large variety of francophone summer camps for children aged between 4 and 12 years old. Bring all your energy to camp for days of adventure and making friends. Sports, games, crafts, special events and much more! It's now possible for you to register to all our summer camps so please visit our cyber guide at Ottawa.ca for more information. Register quickly as spaces are limited!

2017-18 After School program registration now open

Games, sports, crafts, quiet homework time and much more. Our After School programs offer opportunities for your child to make new friends and be active and qualify for the Children's Fitness Tax Credit. We are a HIGH FIVE® organization, which is Canada's only quality assurance standard for organizations providing recreation and sport programs to children aged 6 to 12. We are committed to implementing safety and quality measures for our children's recreation and sport programs, focusing on healthy child development. Contact the location nearest you for details.

Ottawa Fit 150

In order to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, participating recreation centres across Ottawa will be hosting 150 special fitness events. These 150 special events and programs will run from June 3 to December 31, 2017. Find out more about events near you! 

Celebrate National Health and Fitness Day – Saturday, June 3

Come join us on June 3, 2017 to celebrate National Health and Fitness Day and kick off our Ottawa Fit 150 celebrations in honour of Canada's 150th birthday!

Participating recreation facilities will be hosting open houses on June 3 during their regular hours of operation. Join us to receive:
·        2 for 1 passes for fitness classes*, weight room or pool access**
·        A tour of the facility, a chance to meet the staff
·        Giveaways and swag
·        More information about membership features and opportunities

Get Water Wise – Save Lives

As temperatures rise, we look forward to our favourite summer activity, swimming. Whether it's in the pool, at the beach or cottage, or getting wet at the local wading pool, we think about the fun, but not always the safety. From June to September, at least one person will drown every two weeks within Canada. The Ottawa Drowning Prevention Coalition is committed to raising public awareness of water safety with drowning prevention tips for parents and caregivers.. Remember, adult supervision is essential no matter how well your child swims. Now is a good time to learn to swim. We have swimming lessons for all ages. 

Doors Open Ottawa - June 3 and 4

Explore Ottawa's culture, history, and architecture for FREE June 3 and 4, 2017! During the first full weekend in June, over 150 historically, culturally, and functionally significant buildings will be featured in honour of Canada's 150th birthday! From Carp to Cumberland, over 80,000 visitors will explore some of the city's most interesting places, and you're invited! If you're interested in the downtown sites, take a ride in the Free Ottawa Citizen Doors Open Ottawa shuttle bus. 

Get Fired up this Summer!

Going on vacation? Need to accommodate your busy schedule? Try out Flex it handbuilding and wheel studios this summer! Flexible pottery allows you to pay for individual studio slots and build a schedule that suits you. View the guide and register today.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Planning and Development E-newsletter - May 2017

Now available! Château Laurier development proposal As We Heard It Report

Read a summary of the responses to the Château Laurier addition proposal's feedback form. Our As We Heard It report summarizes the responses sent via our online feedback form between February 14 and March 15, 2017.

Go to ottawa.ca/chateaulaurier to find out more and read the As We Heard It report.


Elgin Street and Hawthorne Avenue Redesign

Rendering of the proposed redesign of Elgin StreetOn May 10, City Council approved the functional designs for Elgin Street (Laurier Avenue to Queen Elizabeth Driveway), Waverley Street (Elgin Street to Jack Purcell Lane) and Hawthorne Avenue (Pretoria Bridge to Main Street). The watermains and deep sewers under these streets are among the oldest in the city, dating back to the late 1800s. The need to replace this aging infrastructure created a unique opportunity to assess the road surfaces and redesign them to meet the City of Ottawa’s Traditional Mainstreet designation in the Official Plan, Complete Streets policy and Accessibility Design Standards. The City consulted with community groups, business owners, residents, and the Urban Design Review Panel on the vision and redesign options for these streets. More than 300 residents participated in two public meetings and submitted over 1000 written comments in response to an online feedback form.

The redesign will include:
·        Widening the sidewalks on Elgin Street and Hawthorne Avenue
·        A two-lane cross-section with turning lanes at select intersections on Elgin Street between Lisgar Street and Argyle Avenue
·        A westbound bicycle lane, two eastbound and one westbound vehicle lanes on Hawthorne Avenue between Colonel By Drive and Main Street
·        A posted speed limit of 30km/h on Elgin Street between Lisgar and McLeod Streets
·        Traffic calming measures and flexible space for on-street parking, patios and seasonal uses on Elgin Street
·        Six flexible on-street parking spaces, trees and seating areas on Waverley Street between Elgin Street and Jack Purcell Lane 
Please refer to the staff report for more information about the approved redesign.

The City will begin working on the detailed designs of the roads, sewers and watermains, with construction expected to begin in 2019. 

Identifying and Protecting Heritage Properties

Preserving our city's heritage resources is a priority for the City of Ottawa. To ensure better management of our built heritage resources, the City has initiated the Heritage Inventory Project. This project will involve a city-wide survey and evaluation of all built structures in order to determine which resources contribute to the city's cultural heritage.Our aim is to provide the public, developers, City staff, elected officials, and other stakeholders with a clear understanding of heritage assets within our city.The outcome of the project will be an easily accessible, online map-based inventory of Ottawa's heritage resources.

Learn more about the heritage inventory project.

Cleary and New Orchard Open House

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Ukrainian Hall, 1000 Byron Avenue
4 to 9:00 p.m. with presentations

By attending this session, residents will find out more about the progress to date for these two projects in the Richmond/Byron Corridor:

Cleary and New Orchard Planning Study

A review of the lands around future light rail stations to determine appropriate redevelopment and potential public realm improvements. Staff recommendations will result in changes to the existing Richmond Road/Westboro Secondary and Community Design Plans

Byron Linear Park Renewal

With the realignment of the Ottawa Light Rail Transit under the Byron Linear Park, there is an opportunity to design the park to meet the community needs.  Based on previous public consultation, a preliminary plan has been prepared that will guide the final design for the park.

Food Aid and Mayor's Rural Expo

Food aid and Mayor's Rural Expo poster. Friday June 2, 2017. Downtown City Hall 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Get involved at an upcoming event

May 30
Plan of Condominium at 231 Eric Czapnik Way
Orleans Client Service Centre
255 Centrum Boulevard
6 to 8p.m.
More info: evode.rwagasore@ottawa.ca

May 30
Final Community Information Session - Mer Bleue Urban Expansion Area and Community Design Plan
Rendez-vous des aînés francophones d'Ottawa
3349 Navan Road
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
More info: taavi.siitam@ottawa.ca

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