PSA: More parking options available to residents during winter weather parking bans

Councillors Laura Dudas, Jenna Sudds and Carol Anne Meehan are pleased to announce a new pilot project allowing Ottawa residents to park their vehicles at select Park & Ride stations during Winter Weather Parking Bans.

“I am very glad that OC Transpo was able to introduce this project, and I am confident this will help address the need for suburban residents to have easy access to off-street parking during a ban.” said Councillor Dudas.

The pilot project takes effect today, and will be implemented at:

  • Riverview Park and Ride (map)
  • Innovation Park and Ride (map)
  • Chapel Hill Park and Ride (map)
  • Nepean Woods Park and Ride (map)

When a winter weather parking ban is called, residents will be allowed to park their vehicles in designated parking spaces at these OC Transpo Park and Rides. This is in addition to free parking already offered overnight during parking bans at select parking garages.

These Park and Ride locations were chosen as part of a pilot project to provide more parking options to residents during a Winter Weather Parking Ban. The locations will be monitored throughout the remainder of the winter.

During a winter weather parking ban, residents are reminded that there is no parking on city streets so that crews can plow easily and effectively. Vehicles parked on the street during a winter weather parking ban may be ticketed and towed. On-street parking permit holders are exempt from this restriction. Follow the City on Twitter @ottawacity or sign up at to received updates on when a winter weather parking ban will be in effect.

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Update: Representation at LPAT

In preparation for the upcoming Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) Case Management Conference regarding the proposed Lépine development in Innes Ward, I have been talking to the City of Ottawa’s legal team that will representing the City at the Tribunal. In these conversations, they flagged to me that my having official status at the Tribunal may have unforeseen repercussions on their case. While it is my intent to participate solely as a representative of the community and represent its concerns at the Tribunal, the legal team explained that in front of the Tribunal, I would ultimately be unable to separate myself from my role as the City Councillor and may bring into question the City having two separate representatives in the same case.

While I have always been committed to ensuring that the community’s concerns were heard directly, I cannot in good conscience do anything that could hurt the City’s case as the primary opposition to the development as proposed. With that in mind, I have withdrawn my request seeking status at the upcoming LPAT Case Management Conference regarding the Lépine Groupe development.

City staff have consistently supported the community’s position, that this project as proposed is an incredibly poor fit for the existing community and should not proceed.

Though I will no longer be attending the Tribunal as a separate party, I will be working with the City’s team to ensure that all of the concerns that were raised to me, whether at the townhall meetings, emails to my office, or in-person conversations I have had with many of you, are heard loud and clear by the Tribunal.


The City of Ottawa will hold two Public Meetings to discussed a proposed plan of subdivision on Innes Road.

Open House #1
Monday, January 27, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria at Sir Wilfrid Laurier High School (1515 Tenth Line Road)

Open House #2
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Blackburn Hamlet Community Hall, 190 Glen Park Drive

The Owner, Glenview Homes (Innes) Ltd., is proposing to develop a subdivision with a total of 289 dwelling units comprised of 180 single-detached dwellings and 109 townhouse dwellings, a future park block, and two future development blocks. Access to the site is proposed from Innes
Road with future access provided by east-west road connections into the surrounding developing areas.

Please direct inquiries to:
Steve Belan, Assigned Planner Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th floor
Ottawa ON K1J 1P1
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 27591 Fax : 613-560-6006

URGENT Lépine Update:

The Ontario Government’s Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) has set a date for the first hearing in the Lépine development appeal for 3484 and 3490 Innes Road. The hearing has been set for February 25, 2020 at 10:00am at City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W.) in the Keefer Room.

This first hearing is required for appeals of major planning matters, which this falls under, and is known as a Case Management Conference. At the Case Management Conference, parties (e.g. appellant, municipality, and/or approval authority) and other interested persons are brought together to identify if additional parties should be added to the proceeding, confirm and narrow the issues in dispute, explore opportunities for mediation and settlement and deal with any other matter so that the hearing is held in a fair, cost-effective, and expeditious manner.

As a next step on our end, we have 30 days PRIOR to the Feb 25, 2020 meeting to file a written submission to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. This is required, regardless of whether anyone seeks full party status (that means that they wish to fully participate in the appeal) or participant status (that means that they wish to make their perspectives known to the LPAT on some, or all of the issues).

With this is mind, as your Councillor, I will be making a formal written submission and seeking full party status, to ensure that the community’s concerns are represented and heard at the provincial tribunal.

Many residents and associations have also reached out to my office, looking for information on how they may also be a party, and speak out at the tribunal. In order to coordinate our efforts, I am asking that all those interested reach out to my office ASAP, so that we can ensure the community’s views and opinions are heard loud and clear.

The provincial legislation does not allow LPAT to extend that 30-day time period. LPAT will determine the terms upon which a person/group may participate in the proceedings, so it is of the utmost importance that we as a community move as efficiently and strategically as possible.

If you have any questions, please reach out to my office at or 613-580-2472.

Update – Lépine Development, 3484 and 3490 Innes Road

As of today, no date has been set for the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT) hearing into the Groupe Lépine proposed rezoning and development of 3484 and 3490 Innes Road (the former Golflands site).

However, last month Groupe Lépine opted to submit its proposed development to the Urban Design Review Panel (UDRP). The UDRP is an independent advisory panel, which operates at an arm’s length from the City and is comprised of architects and urban designs experts that reviews development applications to Ottawa. The UDRP does not receive delegations nor public submissions, as it only provides recommendations to development proposals based on best practice guidelines; it does not provide binding decisions.

As part of their submission, City staff did advise the Panel that “does not support this Project as proposed” and that it had “fundamental issues” with the proposed design of the site.

In their findings, the Urban Design Review Panel agreed. A few of the issues cited by the Panel was the development’s lack of porosity; that internalizing the commercial spaces does not contribute to the public domain; that vehicular circulation conflicts with pedestrian flow; and that the height of the proposed buildings need to transition better with the existing height of the surrounding community.

The Panel’s findings echo my concerns and those of our community. Although, Groupe Lépine has not indicated it will halt its appeal to the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal, the provincial tribunal that hears cases related to land-use matters across Ontario, I remain hopeful that the developer will come to the table, and work with the community and City to address our concerns.

I will continue to provide updates as they become available. For more information on the development application that was submitted to the city, visit

Innes Ward Newsletter December 2019

Happy Holidays!

As we head into the holiday season, I want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

With 2019 winding down, I ask that you indulge me as I take a moment to look back at the successes and difficulties we have experienced throughout the past year – my first year as your Innes Ward Councillor.

This past year also saw us moving forward with much-needed steps towards improving transportation safety in our community. Whether through traffic-calming measures, new crossing guards at our schools, new pedestrian crossings, or new cycling infrastructure, we have made transportation safety gains that will continue into 2020 and beyond.

This year, many public spaces in our community were built, or saw rejuvenation, with August Park opening this past summer, Champagne Park and Ruisseau Park being revitalized, and numerous multi-use pathways and benches added across the ward.

We have also faced challenges. This past fall, Light Rail Transit (LRT) launched with great fanfare. In the days and weeks that followed however, we saw several mechanical and service issues affect the new system. I know I am not alone when I say this failure to meet expectations has been more than disappointing to say the least. While the system continues to improve, I remain confident that we will continue to see service reliability improvements into the new year.

As the new year begins, our community will also start to see some exciting changes. In the spring, the Blackburn Arena will receive its first major renovation since it was built. We will be adding new community gathering spaces, improving the accessibility of the building, and soon we will be adding a splash pad in the park nearby. The overall arena renovation is a project that has been long overdue and will support not only our sports teams, but our entire community.

Our community will also see a major resurfacing project on Innes Road in 2020. Innes is a major east-end arterial roadway, and as anyone who regularly travels it knows, this project is a much-needed improvement that when complete will help with general east-end traffic circulation.

The new year will see the beginning of another project that I am particularly passionate about; the development of the East Economic Corridor to support the LRT Stage 2 expansion. As LRT expands eastward, this project will lay the groundwork for the revitalization of St. Joseph Boulevard, as well as for numerous improvements along the corridor surrounding the new rail line and its stations.

The East Economic Corridor project will provide the opportunity to make improvements to the interconnectivity of our transportation infrastructure, and ensure that it is easy and seamless to connect to the new LRT stations. To help compliment the Corridor project, the new Chapel Hill Park & Ride, which opened ahead of schedule this past fall, will be seeing new expanded bus service in 2020.

Our greenspaces will also see enhancements in the coming year, with extensive tree plantings under the new Urban Forest Management Plan, and investments to protect and revitalize the east-end watersheds. Additionally, we will see work begin on new area parks at Trails Edge and Spring Valley, as well as the renewal of Carrière Park.

As 2019 comes to an end, it is time for reflection on the past year, while looking to the future. I have been so honoured to represent you at City Hall, and looking to the next year with all the upcoming plans and projects, I know that the work has only just begun.

Have a wonderful and safe holidays, and I look forward to seeing everyone in 2020.

Official Plan Amendment: East Urban Community Phase 3

The City has received a planning application for an Official Plan amendment for the East Urban Community Phase 3 lands.

More information about this application can be found on the City’s development application website at the following link:

Comments can be submitted to the file lead until January 18, 2020:

Robin van de Lande, Urban Planner
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 43011

Application for Subdivision and Zoning By-law Amendment – 3604 Innes Road

The City has received a planning application for a subdivision and a zoning by-law amendment for 3406 Innes Road.

More information about this application can be found on the City’s development application website at the following links:

Plan of Subdivision

Zoning By-law Amendment

Comments can be submitted to the file lead until January 14, 2020:

Steve Belan, Development Review Planner
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 27591
Fax: 613-560-6006