The Wellington Village Community Association

The Wellington Village Community Association (WVCA) is a volunteer, non-profit community group of local residents that represents over 1,500 households in our neighbourhood.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Updates for the week of January 13

Hello Wellington Village neighbours,

There's a lot to report on this week.

Scott Street:
We met with Jeff Leiper and city staff to discuss the WVCA's opposition to the widening of Scott Street (see post from last week). We were informed that the City is exploring the possibility of widening the street (Island Park to Ross Avenue) since it will already be undergoing construction this Spring. As a result of the construction, there will be an eastbound lane closure and a detour (projected for June to December 2020). The City has hired a consultant to work on the lane closure/detour and has been tasked with providing a cost analysis for the widening of the street. The city staff's rationale for widening the street is to accommodate a high amount of traffic on the "worst day" during the Stage 2 LRT bus detour. All of this will be discussed at an upcoming public consultation, tentatively scheduled for early February. As soon as we receive more information about the public consultation we will let you know. As always, please contact the president@wvca.ca if you have any questions. 

Infill Development:
The WVCA also met with community members and the owner and Project Designer for 9 Gilchrist Avenue to discuss their proposed development. The proposal includes demolishing a single family home to build a three storey triplex; requesting variances on lot width and area. It was adjourned at the Committee of Adjustment and is scheduled to be heard on January 22nd. 

Transportation Master Plan:
You have until January 24th to sign up on Engage Ottawa to provide comments on the Transportation Master Plan. Now is your chance to tell the city what's important to you about how our transportation system works. 
https://engage.ottawa.ca/transportation-master-plan

Residential Fourth Density (R4) Zoning Review:
The City has extended its deadline for commenting on the R4 discussion paper. You now have until February 21st. Although the vast majority of Wellington Village is zoned R3 or R1, much of Hintonburg and Mechanicsville are zoned R4 which allows for up to low-rise apartment buildings. Please take some time to read the discussion paper and provide your comments here:
https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/projects/residential-fourth-density-r4-zoning-review

Also, you can check the zoning in your area (and more) at GeoOttawa: http://maps.ottawa.ca/geoOttawa/

Community Events:
Thank you party for Constable Dawn Neilly- Saturday, January 18th, 1-3pm, Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington St. W. 
Champlain Park Winter Carnival- Saturday, January 25th, 12-3pm, Champlain Park
Westboro Beach Winter Fun- Saturday, January 25th, 1:30-3:30pm, Westboro Beach
Mechanicsville Winter Carnival- Sunday, February 2nd, 2-4pm, Laroche Park
Fisher Park Winter Carnival- Sunday, February 9th, time to be confirmed, Fisher Park 



Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Scott Street Sewer and Watermain Rehabilitation Project

The WVCA would like to inform our readers and the community that we have received the following information from the City of Ottawa about construction, and a subsequent temporary road closure, on Scott Street, scheduled to begin in Spring 2020. 

Please note the highlighted section in the 4th paragraph that mentions how LRT staff have requested the widening of Scott Street from the south side. It goes without saying that this will negatively impact a large number of residents and is of great concern to the WVCA. We are committed to doing what we can to stop the City from moving ahead with these plans. We want to hear from you. Please send your thoughts and concerns to: president@wvca.ca


"As you may be aware, LRT Phase II is proposing to detour Transitway busses to Scott Street, from Tunney’s Pasture to Churchill Avenue, beginning as early as late-2021.  LRT will begin intersection modifications in 2021 along Scott Street to accommodate the detour.  The City’s Asset Management Branch reviewed the infrastructure beneath Scott Street within these limits, and identified a number of ageing sewer pipes and watermains that were in poor condition. The purpose of the Scott Street Sewer and Watermain Rehabilitation project is to replace the infrastructure that is in poor condition prior to detouring the Transitway busses onto Scott Street.




The Scott Street Sewer and Watermain Rehabilitation project involves the replacement of existing local sanitary sewer and watermain along Scott Street, from Island Park Drive to Ross Avenue, as well as the installation of a deep storm sewer crossing Scott Street, just east of Island Park Drive.  Localized sewer spot repairs at various locations along Scott Street will also be completed, including replacing the local sanitary sewer from Clifton Road to McRae Avenue. The current project schedule is for construction to begin in Spring 2020, with completion in late-Fall 2020, in order for LRT’s Contractor to begin their roadway and intersection modifications to Scott beginning in early 2021.  A Public Information Session is being planned for late-January or early-February 2020 for residents to review the project design, and to ask questions to City Infrastructure Services and LRT Staff. 


In order to safely allow the work to proceed as part of this project, the City’s Traffic Management group has approved a temporary road closure of eastbound Scott Street, between Island Park and Ross Avenue.  The City preferred the westbound direction be maintained throughout the corridor for the duration of the closures.  The proposed construction is not expected to significantly affect the existing Multi-Use-Pathway (MUP) adjacent to the Transitway.  In fact, it is expected that the existing MUP will be widened to improve active travel operations for cyclists and pedestrians throughout the duration of the construction projects.


Regarding the reinstatement of Scott Street following the construction, the original proposal was to reinstate the roadway to existing conditions and lane configurations.  During the design period, staff from LRT requested that our design consultants complete design for additional roadway widening on the south side of Scott Street within our project limits.  The roadway widening would permit a 4-lane cross section to be used along Scott Street during the future LRT Phase II Transitway detour, in an effort to improve and transit service reliability during the detour.  We are still in early stages of this design, but additional information should be available over the next few months."  


     


Thursday, November 28, 2019

Unveiling of Gallery Wall for 100th Anniversary of Wellington Village: Friday, Nov 29th

Wellington Village will soon have a new gallery wall thanks to a collaboration between the Wellington West Business Improvement Area (WWBIA), local historian and WVCA board member, Dave Allston, local artist Pascale Arpin, and others. 


The gallery wall is in honour of the 100th anniversary of Wellington Village and will include photos curated by Dave Allston and artwork by Pascale Arpin.


The official unveiling will take place on the side of Wild Willy's Plants & Flowers (1252 Wellington Street West) on Friday, November 29th at 9am. Mayor Watson, Councillor Leiper and MPP Harden are expected to attend as well as the collaborators and other representatives from the WWBIA and the WVCA.


In June, the WVCA worked with the WWBIA on a 100th anniversary celebration at Exposure Gallery where the WVCA was presented with a commemorative frame from the City of Ottawa.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Ongoing Discussions Concerning the Mizrahi Development


On October 23rd, we informed you that the construction for the Mizrahi development at 1445 Wellington Street West (corner of Wellington and Island Park) had begun.


Since that time there has been a "pre-construction" meeting where Mizhari Developments presented new plans to the Councillor's office and members of the community. Those plans now include staging of the construction equipment in the existing parkette which means the mature trees will need to be cut down. The City and Councilor Leiper both agreed that staging on Wellington is not possible as it would force a sidewalk closure which would pose a danger to pedestrians. In addition, the plans include a Gate 3 located on Rockhurst Avenue which, according to Mizrahi, is necessary for the delivery of certain materials but that Gate 1 and Gate 2 on Wellington will be primarily used.


These new developments are of great concern to the WVCA and we communicating those concerns to Mizrahi and Councillor Leiper. Discussions are ongoing and we will continue to update the community as it unfolds.


Please contact the WVCA at wvca@wvca.ca if you have any concerns. We will do our best to work with Mizrahi and Councillor Leiper's office to address the communities' concerns.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

1445 Wellington Construction Has Begun (north east corner of Wellington and Island Park)


As you may have already noticed, the construction for 1445 Wellington St. West began this week.

Although a pre-construction meeting is being planned by Jeff Leiper's office, unfortunately, Mizhari is moving ahead before this pre-construction meeting can take place. Here is the initial construction schedule:  

Timeline:
Week of October 21, 2019:
October 21 – Fast Fence Around 1445 Wellington installed by EOD
October 22 – 1445 Demolition Begins
October 25 – 1445 Demolition Tentative Completion
October 25 – Backfill Demolition
Week of October 28, 2019:
October 30 – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
October 31 – Bell will begin to remove poles at North-side of site (behind Sales Center)
October 31 – Disconnects scheduled for 1451 Wellington
November 1 – Mobilization of Drill Rig
Week of November 4, 2019:
November 4 – Mobilization for Demolition of 1451 Wellington
 
Sadly, the parklette is being impacted by the construction. Mizhari decided that in order for them to build this project, they need to stage in the parklette, which will require the trees to be cut down. Clearly, the WVCA is not happy with this decision. The alternative option would have seen them stage on the Wellington West sidewalk and part of the road. Obviously, this is not ideal as well and would greatly impact the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. Mizrahi is paying the City for the tree loss and new trees will be planted in the parklette when that is being developed.
 

 

Sharing Info: FCA Event- A new Official Plan for Ottawa- Sat. Oct. 26

The WVCA would like to pass along the following information about an upcoming event:


The Federation of Citizen's Associations of Ottawa is hosting a workshop on Saturday, October 26 titled, “A new Official Plan for Ottawa – Launching Community Discussion”. The workshop is open to all (although it would be helpful if attendees could register in advance).

There are two objectives for the workshop. One is to stimulate discussion among community groups about the new Official Plan project. The other is to encourage community representatives to organize similar discussions in their respective communities.

A poster publicizing the workshop is found at  http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/191026wp.pdf  (see image below). Participants are encouraged to look at the city’s documents entitled “Five big moves” which will serve as basis for discussion. A draft agenda for the workshop is found at http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/191026wa.pdf

Following the FCA-FAC event, an optional discussion from 1200 to 1330 about climate action, featuring a light lunch, has been organized by Greenspace Alliance for Canada’ Capital and by Ecology Ottawa. Detail is included in the draft agenda document.



Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Rental Accommodations Survey- Phase 3- Deadline: October 18th

If you haven't gone to Engage Ottawa yet we suggest now would be a good time to check it out. https://engage.ottawa.ca/


Engage Ottawa is the City of Ottawa's new method to consult with residents on numerous topics at their convenience. Residents can also follow the progression of consultations, including The New Official Plan and the Recreation Facility Infrastructure Standards and Strategy, as they move through various stages.

Right now, you have until Friday, October 18th to complete a survey for Phase 3 of the Rental Accommodations Survey.


This survey seeks input from residents regarding rental accommodations including short-term rentals as the City of Ottawa is "considering new rules to address municipal and community concerns regarding rental accommodations".


Make sure you register or log on to provide your feedback before the 18th.