Monday, December 31, 2007
A new sign has appeared at the corner of Golden and Byron.
To consider an Application for Minor Variances to permit a driveway for access to the underground parking garage in a leisure zone, two reduced parking space lengths in the underground parking garage and an encroachment into the required sight triangle located at the southeast corner of Richmond Road and Golden Avenue.
Re: 401 Golden Ave & 416-426 Richmond Road will be heard on Wednesday, January 16 2008 starting at 1:00 p.m. Ben Franklin Place, The Chamber, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa
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That's only two weeks away. Anyone who is interested in this issue should be at that meeting.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Surveyors have been seen working around the Richmond Road location. Rumour has it the store is closing January 9, 2008. No one seems to be sure if the two are related. Anyone out there able to verify? And what about the closing of the Canadian Tire. Will it affect you, or not?
* This project consists of a two storey retail complex which will include a 9,300 square meter elevated Canadian Tire store built on a suspended concrete slab. A 1,600 square metre undesignated CRU space (5 units, one in a separate building), all at grade as well as a 1,250 square metre designated CRU space - Mark's Work Warehouse at grade (base building only). 351 parking stalls will be added both under the building at grade and exterior to footprint with full development of a 6.0
acre site. (source)
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Read the full story about the budget and the parking meter at the Ottawa Business Journal website.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
A detailed site plan has recently been obtained from the Planning Department.
Here it is in PDF format.
It is dated October 12.
This site plan was not available for view at the public consultation on December 5th. Note the site plan identifies an appropriation of city-owned land to the west of Golden.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Councillor, Kitchissipi Ward
City of Ottawa
111 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa ON K1P 1J1
By e-mail: Christine.Leadman@ottawa.ca
Re: Golden Avenue closure
Dear Ms Leadman:
Thank you for organizing the public information session on December 5, 2007 regarding the proposal to close a portion of Golden Avenue between Byron and Richmond Road. Several members of the Westboro Community Association Board of Directors were in attendance. Based on our observations, feedback we have been receiving directly from residents, and further discussion as a board, we wish to raise the following points:
1. The large turnout and number of speakers are a clear indication of the high degree of interest in and concern about this issue among residents of Westboro. Based on the opinions that were expressed as well as the show-of-hands exercise conducted towards the end of the meeting, it appears to us that a majority of those in attendance were opposed to the proposed closure based on the information that has been provided to date.
2. The Westboro Community Association (WCA) has a number of specific concerns regarding the proposal itself as well as the process employed to date, including:
a. the potential negative impact of diverted traffic onto adjacent residential streets and intersections (ex. Roosevelt, Broadview and their respective intersections at Byron);
b. disruption to Westboro’s existing traditional grid street pattern;
c. increased traffic volume and congestion on Richmond Road due to the relocation of the entrance to the Westboro Station development from Byron Avenue. This could also worsen existing problems at the Berkley/Richmond intersection that have already been raised by residents at the WCA community forum you attended a few weeks ago;
d. the preliminary findings of the Westboro/Highland Park/McKellar Park Traffic Management Plan do not support or recommend closure of Golden (or any other major traffic management measures) as volumes do not warrant it;
e. closure of Golden is not part of the Richmond Road Community Design Plan;
f. lack of detailed information: the two conceptual drawings presented at the meeting did not provide sufficient detail on the full scope of the proposal and city staff were not present to answer questions from residents.
3. We are concerned that this proposal appears to have been initiated by a relatively small number of residents of Golden Avenue and that the timeline for its consideration by the broader community is being driven primarily by the approaching start of construction on the Westboro Station development. It also concerns us that it is being treated in isolation rather than in conjunction with the broader traffic planning challenges that we are presently facing within Westboro. If this proposal is to be considered further, we request that it be examined within the context of the ongoing Traffic Management Plan process. That process already includes provisions for future public open houses to solicit community feedback.
Members of our Board are available to speak with you or representatives of the City about this matter further. We understand that you are planning another community meeting in the New Year regarding Golden Avenue. We look forward to hearing from you with respect to details of that session.
Wallace Beaton, Chair, Westboro Community Association
Cherolyn Knapp, Vice-Chair, Westboro Community Association
cc. WCA Board Members
Nancy Schepers, Planning, Transit & Environment Department, City of Ottawa,
Douglas James, Planning Branch, City of Ottawa
Suzanne Woo, Traffic & Parking Operations Branch, City of Ottawa
[end of letter]
As always, we at the WCA welcome your feedback. Please use the "comments" function (below) and share your thoughts, questions, and comments.
Were you at the December 5 meeting? What are your thoughts about the proposed street closure? What, if any, are your concerns?
Monday, December 10, 2007
The Westboro Community Association's community forum on November 20 was well-attended. Thank you to all of you who came out that evening.
This was our first community event following our AGM in September and we were very pleased with the outcome. Our goal was to provide an opportunity for community members to give the Board of Directors guidance to help us prioritize our tasks for the coming year.
Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Christine Leadman was also in attendance.
Although there are many issues that affect Westboro today, the issue of traffic emerged as the top concern for Westboro residents. Smaller scale traffic-related issues which affect individual residents were all discussed, but it was made clear we need to look at the big picture as well. Business development, increased traffic volume, parking, public transit – these issues are all interrelated and affect each other.
Some of the issues raised included:
- The Exchange: problems turning on to Richmond from Berkley
- Westboro Station: impact on nearby residential streets, proposed closure of Golden.
- Athlone at Scott: speeding and pedestrian safely
- Eden at Richmond: lack of proper signage
- Edison/Avondate: impact of residential intensification
The WCA has formed a transportation committee with a sub-committee to cover traffic issues. Our aim is to (a) educate ourselves on these issues to the best of our abilities and (b) best represent Westboro's interests to Councillor Leadman and to the City of Ottawa.
If you are interested in traffic/transportation issues and have some knowledge in this area, please consider a volunteer position with the WCA. We can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
FYI, the application was denied.
There's been a lot of buzz about this issue, so it should be an interesting evening. :)
Churchill Senior Centre (345 Richmond Road)
December 5, 2007
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Thursday, November 29, 2007
the closure of Golden Avenue between Richmond Road and Byron.
The meeting will be held on December 5th from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the
Churchill Senior Centre located at 345 Richmond Road.
(Please note, the following information is from the office of Councillor Leadman.)
The idea behind the road closure is to create a unique concept for the Richmond Road corridor to benefit the community and its residents. The portion of Golden Avenue in question was never intended as a roadway, it was originally a bus turnaround point until the 1990s. Closing this small portion of road will result in the extension of the Byron Linear Park for public use. It will connect Golden Avenue to the Mainstreet by extending the sidewalk and will create a gateway into the Richmond Road corridor.
As well this concept speaks to many important components of the Official Plan, such as the need to keep the movement of traffic on the arterial roadway or major collectors and the need to promote pedestrian and cycling activities. It will make our community much more attractive, unique and green.
The above sets the tone for the growth of communities within the urban core and particularly along the mainstreets that has experienced the highest level of intensification. This measure is put in place to promote growth but at the same time provide compatibility with the neighbouring community. It's intended to promote people, not cars.
Thursday, November 29
7 to 9 p.m.
Churchill Seniors Centre
345 Richmond Road
Residents and businesses will also have an opportunity to make a presentation to all of Council from December 3 to 7, 2007.
Monday, November 19, 2007
If you are a Westboro resident, this is your opportunity to give your Board of Directors some direction. We have already been busy with a number of community consultations as well as addressing business and residential development issues with the City, but we need to hear more from you so that we can set priorities for the coming year.
You are invited to meet the new Board of Directors and share concerns and ideas about issues affecting Westboro: including transportation, business and residential development, and greenspace. Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Christine Leadman will also be in attendance, ready to answer questions and hear feedback from community members.
Even if you weren't able to make it to our AGM, you are welcome to attend our community forum and become a member of the association.
Hope to see you there!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
What do you think about this kind of chain moving into the Village?
Friday, November 16, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Two supporting documents, the Transportation Master Plan and the Infrastructure Master Plan are included in the review.
City Council wants residents to have their say in how the city should manage its growth and take part in influencing the policies and strategic directions that guide the Official Plan and all the Master Plans.
To start the consultation process, staff have prepared a number of White Papers, which explain a variety of issues and options on topics such as intensification, transportation challenges, the environment and climate change.
Residents have also prepared Discussion Papers with recommendations for changes to the Official Plan and Master Plans as a result of the Rural Settlement Strategy Workshop held earlier this year.
For more info, as well as a schedule of upcoming events, go to the City of Ottawa website.
Also worth checking out: Ottawa Talks. Post your thoughts in this online forum. [Edited to add: wow - the forum is surprisingly complicated to use. Anyone try it out yet?]
This kind of event organization is very much a volunteer effort. Please help us spread the word. Thank you!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Click here to view a copy of the notice in PDF format.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Moderated by Rita Celli, host of CBC Radio's Ontario Today and co-organized by the West Wellington Community Association and the Hampton-Iona Community Group. For more information, contact Judith Shane (613) 725-9147.
When: Tuesday, September 25th
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: All Saints Anglican/First United Church, 347 Richmond Road (just west of Churchill) in Westboro
For more information, send an email to Wallace Beaton at email@example.com or go to www.yourbigdecision.ca
Thursday, September 20, 2007
A new board was elected, our updated constitution was ratified, and we heard a great presentation from David Jeanes.
Meeting minutes will be posted soon.
A big thank-you to everyone who came out and to the committee members who helped organize this event.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Please forward this message to your friends and neighbors.
Our AGM will be on Wednesday September 19 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Churchill Seniors Centre at 345 Richmond Road. (Map here.)
On the agenda:
- the election of a new board (if you'd like to put your name forward, please let us know ASAP)
- review of our constitution
David Jeanes, VP of Heritage Ottawa and President of Transport 2000 Canada will also be speaking.
We'd like to encourage everyone to walk to the AGM. On-site parking is limited. Please note, if you are parking on-site, you must check in at the front desk. There is some street parking available.
Hope to see you there!
Friday, September 14, 2007
1. A last-minute announcement has been received of an event entitiled "The Future of Ottawa's Growth - 2006-2031 Population Projections / La croissance future d'Ottawa - Projections démographiques 2006-2031". This event, to be held Monday September 17 from 6pm to 9pm at Festival Room at City Hall, appears to be the public release of city population projections in the context of revision of the Official Plan. The spoken presentation (presumably written material is available throughout) is to occur at 7pm. To attend the event you are to register by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday Sept. 14 (i.e. instantly!!) No information about this event has been found on the city website.
2. The Property Tax Working Group has completed its report which can be found at http://www.fca-fac.ca/Misc/WGprtax.pdf .
The working group believe they have come up with a new system that is easier to understand, provides consistency and predictability to taxpayers, is transparent and, as a bonus, eliminates the need for MPAC and its associated expense. It differs from the current political party platforms, which are outlined in the document. Please review the proposal with your organization -- the working group would like to discuss and, if possible, approve it at the next FCA meeting on Sept 27. If you have questions, please forward them to Don Stewart, Chair of the Property Tax Working Group at email@example.com.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
WCA was incorporated in 1977 and its By-Laws (also called a Constitution) set the “rules” for how the organization will operate, including rules about membership, election of directors, and financial matters.
Over the past few months, the working group discussed and drafted, and then presented a document to the Steering Committee, which is in support of the proposed changes. The new document is longer than the 1995 version, and we hope that it will help us to modernize and reinvigourate the Association in a positive manner. The proposed document will be presented at the AGM on September 19, 2007 and members will be asked to vote to accept the changes. Please take a moment to review the existing Constitution and the proposed replacement. (Revised copy is here in PDF format - original document is here.)
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave your comments below if you have any questions, concerns or comments on the proposed document. We look forward to seeing you at the AGM.
Friday, September 7, 2007
Click here to download it in PDF format. (There are two per page.)
Anyone else willing to help spread the word, please contact us at email@example.com.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
What do you think?
Email your comments to Douglas James of the Planning, Transit and Environment Department (firstname.lastname@example.org) by August 15.
More information about cash-in-lieu of parking is available at the City of Ottawa website.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Friday, July 6, 2007
We need to hear from the people of Westboro. What should be the WCA’s priorities? How should it go about meeting its objectives? What kind of organization do you think it should be? Do you want to see more parks, better roads, less infill development, more infill development, historical designations, social events, political connections, business links... We want to hear from you now.
Please send your comments to email@example.com before August 18, 2007.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
The city has sent a clear message to Westboro developers: Think about what the community wants before you build.... [read the rest of the news story on the Ottawa Sun website.]
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
It's early yet, but there's a potential deal in the works between Westboro Bakery and the owners of the Baker Street Cafe on Richmond Road. Nothing is final, but this might mean the bakery will end up with a space inside Baker Street. (Which, by the way, serves a fantastic breakfast between 7:oo - 3 p.m. Run, don't walk, and order their two egg breakfast. Or a cinnamon roll. They are made fresh daily.)
Despite some of the obvious overlap (the bakery and the restaurant both serve coffee and sandwiches) I hope something can be worked out.
The bakery's new location on Hinton is a go. Anyone have more details about it?
Thursday, June 21, 2007
If you're concerned about where Westboro is heading (and what it's going to look like within the next 25 years) you might find this of interest.
- Read the report to PEC as submitted by Nancy Schepers, Deputy City Manager. Don't forget to scroll down to the bottom of the page. The summary of the comment sheets from the March open house might be of interest to some because they reflect many of our concerns... especially as it relates to green space and cut-through traffic.
- Read related article in the Ottawa Citizen
What do you think about the CDP for Westboro?
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Meet your City Councillor for an informal discussion of issues affecting your community. Everyone welcome!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Fisher Park Community Centre in Fisher Park School
250 Holland Avenue
Friday, June 8, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
2) Westboro Market on Richmond Rd. is
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
(If you recall, only the main part of the building was given Heritage designation.)
Monday, June 4, 2007
FYI - it's going for a cool two million. Here's a real-estate listing, complete with photo.
Believe it or not, it used to be a theatre.
Here's a bit of the backstory from an email from Heritage Ottawa VP, David Jeanes.
"The Westboro Theatre, (3 photos in the book), at 381 Richmond Road, opened in 1941 and closed in 1955. It was a basic little auditorium building with a 494-seat faintly art deco interior. There was a taxi dispatch office at the front for Westboro taxi, a poster display case, a box office window, and the front door facing the street with a black and white tile façade and a flat neon sign instead of a marquee.
The theatre had no stage and was just for second-run movies. It was built as a labour of love by Ben Stapleton, who also built the once-majestic Centre Theatre on Sparks Street."
(This info is from a book by Alain Miguelez, “A Theatre Near You: 150 Years of Going to the Show in Ottawa Gatineau”, Penumbra Press, 2004, pages 246-249.)
Friday, June 1, 2007
Diane had a final meeting with John Doran from Domicile recently, and the verdict is in. Westboro bakery will be closing at the end of June.
Holtz Spa, Harry Rosen, and (another?) Bridgehead coffee shop.
What are your thoughts? What kind of retail would you like to see in Westboro?
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
The next couple of months is about increasing membership.
- WCA will be at the upcoming Music in the Park event at Dovercourt. Look for us between 11-2 p.m. on Saturday June 2.
- WCA will also have a table & signup sheet at Westfest. Wallace and Andrea are going to develop a 1/2 page handout.
The goal is to host an AGM in late September (date TBA). In the meantime, we've divided ourselves into three groups:
- communications, outreach, membership
- Big picture/mission/constitution
- AGM planning
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
The next one is scheduled this Thursday, April 26th in the Dovercourt boardroom at 7:00 p.m.