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Please note that during the summer months, my team and I are out and about in Innes Ward local parks and the community. My ward office will therefore be staffed intermittently. If you would like to meet, please set up an appointment by emailing Laura.Dudas@ottawa.ca or calling 613-580-2472.

Public consultation essential regarding Groupe Lépine development proposed for 3490 and 3484 Innes Road

Recently, the Groupe Lépine proposed a development for 3490 and 3484 Innes Road. This project would bring a level of density to Innes Road that is unprecedented in the area and would be a significant change to the existing design of the neighborhood.

While I recognize that rental accommodations geared towards older adults are needed in our community, and this project would help ensure that many seniors are able to stay in the community, a large-scale development such as this would nonetheless put massive pressure on our already overburdened road infrastructure. While many neighborhoods have grown or been added along the Innes Road stretch, there has not been matching growth in substantial arterial roadways and alternate routes to support them.

A project of this magnitude requires a significant amount of community input and a chance for residents to share their thoughts and concerns.

Right now, the City is asking for public feedback on the developer’s request to rezone the land to allow for more density. City staff will take this initial round of comments and share it with the developer after August 13, 2019.

Based on those comments, the developer will be asked by the City to make changes to address the community’s concerns, and to come back with an updated plan.

Residents will then continue to be asked for comments well into the fall, as City staff prepare their report.

This is a significant development being suggested for our community. Although the City does not require the developer to hold any public meetings in addition to the online consultation, I ran on a platform of ensuring smart infrastructure planning becoming the norm, and communities having a greater say in how future developments will shape their neighborhood. With that in mind, I will be organizing a meeting in early September for our community to pose their questions directly to the developer. It is important that we as residents have the most accurate and up-to-date information as possible, in order to provide an informed and honest response to the developer and the city.

I will be sharing details about the public meeting as soon as I have them. In the meantime, I ask that residents continue to send comments, whether good or bad, to the city planner, at Michael.Boughton@ottawa.ca.

Stage 2 LRT Project Update

July 8, 2019 to July 21, 2019

Overall

  • Preparatory activities (borehole drilling, silt fence installation, site office mobilization, preconstruction surveys, etc.) are currently underway on each O-Train extension to facilitate the commencement of Stage 2 construction activities in 2019.

O-Train Trillium Line South Extension

  • Uplands Structures Yard set up
    • Installation of fencing is now complete. Crews have commenced the installation of light posts and work trailers. 
    • This yard will be used for the coordination of Airport Link construction activities. 
  • Laydown areas will be established within close proximity to the Trillium Line near Bowesville Road and Uplands Drive. 
    • Site trailers have been set up and crews will begin to install temporary concrete barriers (TCBs) at each location.
    • TCB installation will take place at night to minimize impacts on local traffic.
  • Borehole drilling is currently underway in the following locations:
    • South Keys Station
    • Along the alignment between Leitrim Road and South Keys Station
  • Silt fence installation
    • Crews have almost completed the installation of 30,000 metres of silt fence along the perimeter of the Trillium Line O-Train south extension from Greenboro Station to terminus stations (Airport Station & Limebank Station). 
    • To date, approximately 90% of the work has been completed.
  • Stump pulling and grinding between Hunt Club Road and Limebank Road/Uplands Drive is now complete.
  • Crews have started to strip lands (i.e. topsoil removal) between Uplands Drive and the mainline.
  • Noise and Vibration monitoring
    • Baseline noise and vibration monitoring is taking place at properties near the Trillium Line alignment to ensure that construction and rail activities comply with applicable regulations and requirements
  • Ongoing works at the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport
    • In coordination with the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority (OMCIAA), crews are continuing to fence off Airport lands where work will occur.
  • Preparatory works at Walkley MSF
    • Preliminary preparatory work such as survey control, clean up and fencing have commenced at the future site of the new Walkley Yard Maintenance and Storage Facility. 
    • TransitNEXT will be coordinating with Capital Rail to leverage shutdown time for geotechnical investigations nearby Walkley MSF.

O-Train Confederation Line East Extension

  • Borehole drilling is currently underway at the following locations:
    • Montreal Road & OR 174 Interchange
    • Montreal Flyover
    • Trim Road
    • OR 174 median lanes (night work) between Blair Road & Trim Road
  • East day-to-day work yard set up
    • Crews will begin constructing a granular pad near Montreal Road and OR 174 to support temporary modular trailer complex, parking spaces and a day-to-day yard 
    • Work has commenced to strip top soil and pave yard access points.
    • This site will be used for the coordination of Confederation Line East construction activities
  • 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

  • Borehole drilling currently underway in the following locations:
    • Lincoln Fields Station
    • New Orchard Station
    • Between Pinecrest Station & Connaught Tunnel
    • Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (near Churchill Avenue) 
  • Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway Cut and Cover Tunnel Preparatory Works
    • The Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) Parkway is shifting north to accommodate the space required to construct a cut-and-cover tunnel between Dominion Station and Cleary Avenue
    • Crews have commenced preparatory activities to realign the SJAM by installing signage, fencing and temporary concrete barriers. Topsoil stripping will commence upon the completion of barrier installation. 
    • From July to October 2019, Sir John A MacDonald Parkway will have off-peak lane reductions between Dominion Avenue and Cleary Avenue. Eastbound and Westbound traffic will be maintained at all times.
    • The City of Ottawa continues to coordinate with the NCC’s Public Affairs Office to provide appropriate public notification (PVMS, resident notices, web updates, etc.) 
    • Crews are targeting to have the east bound lanes completed by this fall and the west bound lanes complete by spring 2020
  • West day-to-day work yard set up
    • Work has commenced to construct granular pad near Baseline Road and Navaho Drive/Transitway to support temporary modular trailer complex, parking spaces and a day-to-day yard. 
    • This site will be used for the coordination of Confederation Line West construction activities.
  • Building demolition
    • Building demolition is scheduled to occur in September 2019 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). 
  • 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 construction.

Delorme Sanitary Sewage Pump Station Rehabilitation

The Delorme Sanitary Sewage Pump Station, located on the corner of des Épinettes Avenue and Jeanne D’Arc Boulevard, will soon be undergoing rehabilitation. This $5.8 million project is a proactive investment in replacing sewage pumps, the backup generator, and electrical and control systems. All residents within a 100-meters radius of the construction zone have received a notice from the contractors, detailing the work impact on their property.

Construction work will begin around July 23 and is expected to continue until spring 2020. Starting on July 25, there will be a temporary lane closure along Jeanne D’Arc between the intersections of Sunview and des Épinettes, with construction signs placed along Jeanne D’Arc for the duration of the lane closure. During this time, traffic will continue to be monitored by Ottawa Police Services and OC Transpo service will continue to run consistently.

For more information on the project, you can contact the project manager, Jean-Yves Moreau, by emailing him at Jean-Yves.Moreau@ottawa.ca, or by calling 613-580-2424, ext. 44230.

Rezoning application for 3484 and 3490 Innes Road

The City has received an application to rezone 3484 and 3490 Innes Road, situated on the south side of Innes Road and east of Pagé Road, on land that was formerly known as the Golf Land.

The land is currently zoned Development Reserve and the application is to have the land rezoned as Arterial Mainstreet, with site-specific exceptions to permit 12- to 16-storey buildings and reduced parking requirements, to accommodate eight mid-rise to high-rise residential apartment buildings and small-scale retail and service commercial uses fronting onto a central pedestrian plaza.

Residents can provide their comments directly to the city planner and learn more about the rezoning application on Ottawa.ca. https://app01.ottawa.ca/postingplans/appDetails.jsf?lang=en&appId=__BHF5A6

A public consultation will be held in the coming months and information will be published on this website and on Ottawa.ca.

Chateau Laurier Heritage Designation

Today, Ottawa city council voted on a motion to revoke the heritage designation for the Chateau Laurier’s extension. I share the intent behind the motion, the planned rear addition by the owners of the Chateau Laurier is atrocious. It is the 5th design, each one a marginal improvement, yet completely tone-deaf to the concerns raised by councillors, residents, and anyone who appreciates the beauty of the existing landmark.

With all that said, I did not vote to support this motion. While I despise the design, it would result in a legal battle paid for by taxpayers and could ultimately even lead to one of the previous dreadful designs being built.

The hotel owners notified the city in a letter that they would immediately pursue legal action, either by taking the city to Superior Court or to the Province’s Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. The city’s own lawyers have determined that in both instances the hotel’s owner would be successful, and the city is all but guaranteed to lose in court.

During those proceedings, the owner, Larco has indicated it will argue that the city acted in “bad faith”. They would then have the option to ask to revert to any of the previous design versions, all of which were worse than the current version. As a reminder, the initial version was 12-storeys and towered over the existing heritage building. Both the city’s lawyer and the General Manager of Planning have indicated that this would be an option available to Larco.

The cost of a legal battle would be borne by the taxpayer. The city’s lawyer has told us to expect fees between $150,000 and $200,000, and the city likely having to pay the legal fees for the hotel owners. At a time when budgets are tight, both for the city and taxpayers, this is money that would be taken away from other city priorities and services.

The previous City Council approved the Heritage Permit with three conditions on July 3, 2018. Council gave city staff the authority to determine whether the owner and their architect had met those three conditions.

While I have no interest in finger-pointing, the authors of the original motion that set out the conditions, should not have authorized this blank cheque on design, allowing the private owner to unambiguously meet council’s vague requirements in a way that was not supported by residents.

The motion that was before council today, while admirable in intent, was misguided and misled the public as to the level of authority council has at this point in the process. In an attempt to have meaningful input over the future addition, act in good faith, and have a constructive dialogue with the private owner of the Chateau Laurier, I have joined with my colleagues: Councillors Gower, Sudds, and Luloff in sending Larco an open letter expressing our strong desire and hope that they will revise the design and heed the very real concerns of Ottawa residents.

Let me make clear again: I hate the design; I think it is ghastly and insults one of Ottawa’s most iconic landmarks. However, while I appreciate the desire for a “principled stand”, I cannot in good conscience vote in favour of a motion that I know will cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars and produce the same or worse results.

Provide input on new park name in Chapel Hill South

The community has an opportunity to name a new park which connects Chapel Hill South to the new development by Caivan. While this park is currently named after the Caivan development where it is located, residents have until July 29th to suggest potential new names and may do so by filling out the form below.

Following the close of the survey, suggested names will be vetted by the City.

Update on LRT Stage 1

Based on news received at this morning’s Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO), I am cautiously optimistic that the LRT Stage 1 will be ready for transfer to the City of Ottawa in early August. I will continue to take RTG to task and hold them accountable for their performance and delivery on this project.

I am sharing the presentation received at FEDCO, which includes information about the remaining project timelines, and steps for transitioning to LRT from bus rapid transit.

As the city prepares to launch LRT service, I encourage riders visit OCtranspo.ca to understand the upcoming changes to their daily transit routes.

I look forward to having Innes ward residents on board the train soon.