I wanted to provide you with an update on
the rezoning and site plan application, D02-02-19-0060, commonly referred to as
the Lépine development.
Through hundreds of emails and during my
town hall in August, the community made absolutely clear that it is not
supportive of this application. The City’s planner has since relayed these
concerns to the developer. Following receipt of the comments, the applicant,
Groupe Lépine has gone over the City and filed an appeal with Local Planning
Appeals Tribunal, a provincial level
tribunal that hears cases related to land-use matters across Ontario. Lépine’s
claim to the tribunal is that the City failed to make a “timely” decision on
the zoning amendment.
I sincerely want to
thank you for your involvement and passion on this application. I have made no
secret of my lack of support for the development as it is currently presented,
and I remain hopeful that LPAT will share my concerns about the current
designs. I will continue to provide updates to the community as I receive them.
At the October 23rd, 2019 City Council meeting, I am bringing forward an inquiry to City Staff to look into the inadequacies of the OC Transpo bus system since the launch of LRT Stage 1; and to come up with specific solutions to remedy the situation as soon as possible.
The level of bus service from OC Transpo has been completely unacceptable with over-crowded stations, packed buses, cancelled buses, and missing scheduled stops. This inquiry to City Staff directs them to produce clear and concise solutions to improve the transit service levels throughout the City and bring the service up to a level that residents expect.
Preparatory activities (borehole drilling, top soil stripping, site office mobilization, pre-construction surveys, tree clearing, etc.) are currently underway on each O-Train extension.
O-Train Trillium Line South Extension
Walkley Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) – In coordination with OC Transpo Rail Operations, preparatory works such as surveying, clean up, trackwork and fencing are underway at the future site of the new Walkley Yard Maintenance and Storage Facility. – Foundation excavation for the future Walkley Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) is currently underway.
Top soil removal is currently taking place between Uplands Drive and Airport Station along with culvert installation and embankment construction
Uplands Structures Yard set up is complete and being utilized to support ongoing construction activities.
3200 metric tonnes of rail has arrived in the Port of Prescott. Rail will be delivered to Ottawa by truck this fall.
Caisson drilling is currently underway at Uplands Drive to support the construction of the future bridge structure.
O-Train Confederation Line East Extension
Tree clearing along Ottawa Road 174 between Blair and Green’s Creek is underway.
East site office and day-to-day yard set up (Montreal Road and OR 174) – Office trailer installation is nearly complete with utility connections underway. – This site will be used for the coordination of Confederation Line East construction activities, targeting occupation in October.
Pre-construction surveys – East-West Connectors (EWC) have retained DST Consulting Engineers to carry out a pre-construction survey of the homes and buildings located within close proximity to the project. They will be documenting properties to establish the existing conditions of the interior and exterior of buildings near the alignment, prior to construction.
O-Train Confederation Line West Extension
Tree clearing will begin in October at several priority areas including Iris Station to Baseline Station, Moodie Light Maintenance and Storage Facility (LMSF) area, and the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway area.
Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (SJAM) Cut and Cover Tunnel Preparatory Works – Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway is shifting north to accommodate the space required to construct a cut-and-cover tunnel between Dominion Station and Cleary Avenue. – Off-peak lane reductions between Dominion Avenue and Cleary Avenue are anticipated in late October, although bidirectional traffic will be maintained at all times. – Gravel spreading, watering and compaction are currently underway – Crews have commenced asphalt spreading in areas where compaction has been completed.
West site office and day-to-day yard set up (Baseline Road and Navaho Drive) – Granular pad installation is complete and most of the office trailers have arrived on site. – This site will be used for the coordination of Confederation Line West construction activities.
Building demolition is currently underway within the project limits: – On the east side of Connaught Avenue between Severn Avenue and Hanlon Avenue (three houses). – On Richmond Road, east of Cleary Avenue (one strip mall). – Crews have commenced preparatory activities such as tree removal, decommissioning utilities and site fencing.
Borehole drilling is currently underway in the following locations: – Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway nearby Churchill – Dominion Station
Borehole drilling is scheduled to occur at the following locations: – Lincoln Fields Tunnel Portal – Pinecrest Creek SWM Pond – Tunney’s Pasture Station
Pre-construction surveys – East-West Connectors (EWC) have retained DST Consulting Engineers to carry out a pre-construction survey of the homes and buildings located within close proximity to the project. As indicated in the east update, DST will be documenting properties to establish the existing conditions of the interior and exterior of buildings near the alignment, prior to the start of construction.
is incredibly exciting that the LRT Stage 1 is launching. With the initial
public launch taking place over the weekend, riders will get the chance to
become familiar with the Confederation Line, the trains, and the brand new
However the real test is Monday, when thousands of OC Transpo riders will be taking their first commute into work and school. With that in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to share some tools from OC Transpo which can help ease the transition on to the new LRT.
Rest assured that residents will have the plenty of opportunity to become familiar with the new system, and the existing bus routes will continue to run alongside the LRT until October 6. After that time, most of the routes through downtown will be discontinued, and new neighborhood routes will serve the surrounding communities and feed into the new LRT stations.
At today’s Transportation Committee, I will table a motion in support of the City of Ottawa funding all 16 warranted crossing guard positions as identified necessary by the City.
The City of Ottawa provides crossing guard services for children going to elementary schools at intersections that have met the criteria laid out by the Transportation Services Department with the City of Ottawa.
Today, I am asking that the City fund all the crossings that have met the necessary criteria, and warrant a crossing guard, as funding 10 out of the 16 locations seems to be a relatively arbitrary cut-off.