Laura Dudas Quartier Innes Ward

Chapel Hill Park & Ride Update

February 2019

I am delivering this letter to keep you apprised of the status of the Chapel Hill Park & Ride, located at the northeast corner of Navan Road and Brian Coburn Boulevard, and to offer my assistance if any further information is required.

The Park & Ride will consist of:

  • 262 parking spaces for vehicles, including an electrical vehicle charging station;
  • a transit station equipped with bus shelters, bike racks and bike shelter, benches, emergency phones, CCTV cameras;
  • signalized vehicular access to both Navan Road and Brian Coburn Blvd; and,
  • pedestrian and cycling facilities to connect the Park & Ride east to Pagé Road, and north along Navan Road connecting to Blue Willow Crescent.

The City is also adding:

  • bio-retention facilities that will collect the stormwater from this site and treat it prior to discharge to Mudd Creek; and,
  • The Chapel Hill Park & Ride’s landscaping will include the planting of more than 600 shrubs of various types, as well as Red Oak and Morgan Red Maple trees where suitable.

The City anticipates that the Park & Ride construction will be complete by November 2019.

More information about this project is available at https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/projects/chapel-hill-park-and-ride

Should you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the City’s Project Manager Joe Mojsej at joe.mojsej@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424, ext. 16203.

Laura Dudas Quartier Innes Ward

Draft Budget 2019

In the proposed 2019 Ottawa City Budget, Innes Ward will see overdue funding increases for key road and transit infrastructure pieces that, amongst other things, put a focus on:

  • Improving area transportation
  • Renewal and recreational pathway connections to improve mobility and connect our neighbourhoods
  • The construction of new parks and renewal of older parks in established neighbourhoods

The draft budget caps the overall residential property-tax increase at three per cent. The proposed increase, including the transit levy, amounts to $113 for an average urban home, which works out to less than $10 per month.

The City’s draft 2019 budget includes:

  • $15 million to create more affordable and supportive housing, the largest investment in housing in Ottawa’s history. This investment is in addition to the $111 million the City currently provides toward housing and homelessness, such as social housing, housing subsidies, support services and homelessness initiatives. This housing funding would allow the City to start construction on about 125 new affordable units in 2019, with a focus on building near transit and light-rail stations.
  • The proposed budget would increase spending on infrastructure, including roads, sidewalks, buildings and bridges, by eight per cent, or $9.8 million. With this base funding increase, our investment would climb from $118.7 million to $128.5 million. This would close the infrastructure gap Ottawa has been facing within the next five years, twice as fast as previously planned. Eighty percent of the planned 2019 capital budget is for infrastructure renewal.
  • The proposed budget includes $7.8 million for OC Transpo to buy additional buses. It also commits $3.4 million in 2019, and $5.1 million on an annual basis thereafter, to expand transit service. The budget proposes $55.2 million to replace 79 old buses and $22.4 million to refurbish buses.
  • $5.7 million to support resident care and quality of life in the City’s long-term care homes, including the hiring of 46 additional staff.
  • $38.6 million to renew and maintain our buildings, parks, swimming pools, splash pads, fitness spaces and outdoor courts.
  • $1.49 million annually to plant 500,000 trees through this Term of Council and regenerate Ottawa’s forest cover across rural, suburban and urban communities
  • Funding for 14 new paramedics, with associated equipment, to improve response times across the city.

Innes Ward investments in the 2019 draft budget include:

Improving our transportation and infrastructure

  • $1.7 million to conduct an environmental assessment to extend Brian Coburn Boulevard and the Cumberland Transitway to the west, and for transit-priority measures along Blair Road from Innes Road to Blair Light Rail Transit Station
  • $8.5 million to resurface roads, including:
  • Anderson Road from Renaud Road to Russell Road
  • St. Joseph Boulevard from ramp 54 of Ottawa Regional Road 174 to Youville Drive
  • St. Joseph Boulevard from 100 metres east of Jeanne D’Arc Boulevard to Prestone Drive
  • Resurfacing St. Joseph Boulevard from eastbound off-ramp 54 from Ottawa Regional Road 174 to Youville Drive
  • Pagé Road from Montpelier Place to Innes Road
  • Eastpark Drive in Blackburn Hamlet
  • Designing and implementing traffic-management measures along Belcourt Boulevard and Renaud Road
  • $364,000 to renew the sidewalk along St. Joseph Boulevard from 100 metres east of Jeanne D’Arc Boulevard to Prestone Drive
  • $234,000 to renew the south sidewalk along St. Joseph Boulevard between Jeanne D’Arc Boulevard and St-Jean Street
  • $85,000 to renew the south sidewalk along St. Joseph Boulevard from 80 metres west of Napoléon Way to Duford Drive
  • Designing a connection between the Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail and Innes Road and Stonehenge Crescent
  • $50,000 to replace hydro poles
  • $29,000 to repair streetlight cable faults
  • $5,000 to replace streetlight poles at 2954 St. Joseph Boulevard
  • $8.3 million to improve intersection control measures, including at Mer Bleue Road and Décoeur Drive
  • $8.5 million to construct the Chapel Hill Park and Ride
  • Rehabilitating the Delorme Sewage Pumping Station

Improving our greenspaces and recreational facilities

  • $2 million for upgrades at the Blackburn Arena
  • $1.3 million to replace:
  • Training centre roof at Fire Station 54
  • Roofing system and fire alarm panel at Ottawa Public Library – Orléans Branch
  • New play structures and equipment at Ruisseau Park
  • $1.2 million to build the new Trailsedge East Park
  • $1.1 million to build the Spring Valley Trails Community Park
  • $529,000 for a new gym at Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans
  • $407,486 to build the new Orléans Village Park (Caivan)
  • $7,500 for soccer field fencing at Carriere Park
  • $2,000 for a bulletin board at Patrick Dugas Park
  • $321,000 for a playground and shade shelter at Notre-Dame-des-Champs Park
  • $169,000 to renew the playground at Champagne Park
  • $126,000 for a baseball scoreboard and batting cage at Heritage Park
  • $4,000 for bulletin boards at Blue Willow Park and Silverbirch Park

I want to thank everyone who shared their suggestions and priorities for the budget with me. Whether it was during the two Innes Ward budget consultations held last month, or directly with my office, the feedback received was instrumental in identifying the community’s priorities. I would encourage you to read over the draft budget information above or the more in-depth version at ottawa.ca and provide any comments or feedback to me at Laura.Dudas@ottawa.ca.

As always, you can also attend any committee or board meetings to share your thoughts about the budget. The list of committee dates can be found on Ottawa.ca.

The budget goes to Council for approval on March 6, 2019. I look forward to hearing your thoughts in the coming weeks.

Sincerely,

Laura

Laura Dudas Quartier Innes Ward

Brian Coburn Expansion Update

January 2019

I want to provide you with an update on the Brian Coburn Boulevard/Cumberland Transitway Environmental Assessment Study:

  • In early December, the National Capital Commission (NCC) granted the City access to their lands to drill bore holes. That work began this month, and will continue until February.
  • The study area has been expanded to include the widening of Blair Road to allow for transit priority from the East to the Blair Light Rail Transit Station. I can confirm that the expanded scope will not delay progress on the overall Brian Coburn Boulevard Extension.
  • The study team is conducting a high-level evaluation and screening of the seven options, as presented in previous community consultations, with the intent of short-listing it down to four options. I have made it clear to city staff that the option proposed by the community is my preferred option.
  • Once the four options are identified, City staff will present them to the NCC’s Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty, the date of which has yet to be set. Although the meeting is closed to the public, I have informed the NCC that I will be in attendance to speak on behalf of the project.
  • The City will hold a public open house in the spring to provide information about the shortlisted options, as well as plans for transit priority along the extension. I will share more information about this open house as soon as it becomes available.
  • An additional public open house is planned for fall 2019. The recommended option based on the studies, staff expertise, the NCC’s feedback, and public consultation will be brought to Transportation Committee, of which I am a member, in early 2020.

The study also identified that the land at the corner of Brian Coburn Boulevard and Navan Road (2983 – 3053 Navan Road) may need to be acquired by the city to accommodate the road extension.

As many of you know, this land is being considered for a commercial development. City staff are recommending that a holding provision be placed on that development for a short period of time to allow the city to conduct an Environmental Assessment, which will determine if any portion of that land is required for the Brain Coburn Boulevard Extension. I would be remiss to not postpone the commercial development, knowing that it would delay the Brian Coburn Boulevard Extension and cost taxpayers significantly more to acquire the land once it has been developed.

I will continue to provide updates on this, and other projects throughout the Ward and the east end, as they become available. If you have questions, email me at Laura.Dudas@ottawa.ca.