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.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Zoning by-law amendment proposal: 99-107 Parkdale Avenue

 

WVCA has received notificication of a zoning by-law amendment proposal (proponent is Urbandale Construction) for 99-107 Parkdale Ave. This proposal will be considered by the Planning Committee on Feb 28, 2012.

The preliminary concepts for this site are to develop a 28-storey, 161-unit concominium building with five floors of underground parking. Most notably, the amendment would increase the maximum height from 37m to 85m for the site, reduce the front yard setback from 3m to zero, and the rear yard setback from 7.5m to 3m.

To access all information relating to this proposal, go to ottawa.ca/devapps and input File Number D02-02-11-0108 in the "Search" criteria.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

How Ugly is Ottawa?

From a neighbour:

Please be aware that the Westboro Beach CA has posted the open letter Mr. Mayor, How Ugly is Ottawa? (with permission of the author) to its website.

I'd like to encourage you to send this link out on your networks, especially via Twitter and Facebook, and to write a letter
*in opposition to the proposed zoning amendment, if you oppose it.
*in support of Dr. Christoph Z

Monday, November 21, 2011

Meeting on Climate Change with Charles Hodgson

From a neighbour:

This is your invitation to come to a meeting on Saturday Dec. 3 at the Champlain Park fieldhouse. Charles Hodgson will be on site to give you his views on why local actions to ameliorate the impacts of climate are possible. You'll have lots of time to ask questions, devise strategies, and munch on some snacks that I'll prepare for the event. Have you ever co-created change? That's what this meeting is all about.

Date: Saturday December 3
Time: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Champlain Park fieldhouse, 140 Cowley Ave., Ottawa

Check out Charles' blog: http://climateottawa.ca/

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Open House on Convent Saturday 12 to 5

From Hampton Iona:

Ashcroft has just advised HICG that they will be holding an open house at the Soeur de la Visitation Convent building this Saturday.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New Executive and upcoming meetings

The WVCA is pleased to announce its new Executive:

President - Katie Paris

Vice President - Duff McLeod

Secretary - Jason Thomson

Treasurer - Susan Kennedy

Upcoming meetings (all the 2nd Tuesday of the month):

October 11, 2011

November 8, 2011

December 13, 2011

January 10, 2012

Mark your calendars now!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

September meeting this Tuesday!

It was a great summer, and now there's a lot to talk about.

Tuesday, September 13

7:30pm

Fisher Park School

As usual, everyone is welcome.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Community Meeting To Discuss Convent Site Plan

From HICG:

As we have previously advised the Community, the Site Plan approval process for the Soeurs de la Visitation Convent site is now underway with comments due from the public by September 5, 2011. Our councillor has confirmed that she is not planning to hold any public meetings in this regard but welcomes direct comments from the community.

Given the complexity of the Site Plan and the questions that many people have with respect to the Plan, the Hampton Iona Community Group has decided that it is important that the community have as much information as possible regarding the site plan, its impact and the approval process.

As such, HICG will be holding a public community meeting to discuss the site Site Plan. The meeting will be held on Tuesday August 30 at 7:00 pm at St. George's Church -Parish Hall (415 Picadilly Avenue).

We have invited representatives from Ashcroft Homes and from the City's Planning Department to attend the meeting and to be available to present the Plan and answer questions. At this time, they have not yet confirmed if they will attend.

As well, we are pleased to advise that Hampton Iona's Planner, Catherine Gravely of Sorensen Gravely Lowes Planning Associates Inc will be attending the meeting. She will be assisting us in our understanding of the plan, the impact on the community and how potential issues that we might have should be addressed. Ms. Gravely will also be available to answer any questions that we might have with respect to our recent OMB challenge and settlement.

If you have any questions about the meeting, please do not hesitate to contact us.

www.hamptoniona.ca

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Savour Ottawa Harvest Table this Sunday!

Savour Ottawa is hosting its first ever Savour Ottawa Harvest Table at Parkdale Park next to the Parkdale Market on Sunday, August 28, 2011. Please come and enjoy a taste sensation! ?

Two seatings of beautifully prepared, locally grown and raised foods will take place at 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm. The menu has been created by chefs who are committed to using local food. The cost is $50 (plus HST) per person for a three-course meal plus two samples of beer and/or wine. Tickets are available online at http://www.savourottawa.ca - buy your tickets now before they sell out!

Featuring prominent local chefs from:

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Learn more about the proposed infill housing solutions

After numerous consultations with the public in February, staff have developed a number of proposed solutions to resolve this issue. Residents are invited to hear more about the proposed solutions and ask questions following the presentation at the upcoming meeting. A report on the issue will be brought to Planning Committee in the fall of 2011.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Champlain Room, 2nd floor, Heritage Building
Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
7 to 9 pm
Presentation at 7 pm followed by Q&A
Plan to attend this meeting and send your comments on the proposed solutions for infill housing no later than Friday, September 30th, 2011 to:
Selma Hassan, Planner
Infrastructure Services and Community Sustainability
Planning and Growth Management Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa ON K1P 1J1
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext 25192
Fax: 613-580-2576
E-mail: selma.hassan@ottawa.ca

http://ottawa.ca/residents/public_consult/infill/index_en.html

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Fall Cleaning the Capital campaign / la campagne Le Grand m

Pitch in to give your city a clean sweep during the Fall Cleaning the Capital campaign


Ottawa - Residents of all ages are invited to join the City

Monday, August 8, 2011

Invitation to a Heritage Forum for Ottawa Communities

Are you worried about losing heritage buildings and resources in your community? Are you wondering how to identify and protect the heritage of your community? Do you know where to get advice on researching heritage buildings? what tools are available to protect heritage and how to get them in your community? how to find the expertise you need to convince others (including City Councillors and developers) that your heritage resources are worth protecting?


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Applications going to the Committee of Adjustment on August 17

Minor Variance Applications near Wellington Village
Public Hearings being held at the August Committee of Adjustment meeting (August 17, starting at 1pm, Ben Franklin Place, The Chamber, Main Floor, 101 Centrepointe Drive)
1) from 201 Parkdale Group Inc. for 201 Parkdale Avenue
Purpose of Application: A 15-storey apartment building is currently under construction, and the Owner is now applying to reduce the required number of onsite visitor parking spaces.
Relief Required: A reduced number of visitor parking spaces of 8, whereas the by-law requires a minium of 18 visitor parking spaces.
2) from Falsetto Homes Inc. for 222 and 226 Northwestern Avenue
Purpose of Application: "The Owner wants to demolish the existing detached dwelling on the property and subdivide the property into two separate parcels of land to create separate ownerships for a new 2-storey semi-detached dwelling, with roof top deck, with one unit on each of the new parcels.
Relief Required: for 222 Northwestern and 226 Northwestern, to permit a reduced lot width of 7.62 metres, whereas the by-law requires a minimum lot width of 9.0 metres
Contact the Committee of Adjustment (cofa@ottawa.ca, 613-580-2436) or WVCA for additional information on any of these applications.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Communications from Katherine Hobbs: Inquiries at Council

The WVCA received this email from Councillor Katherine Hobbs:

Good Afternoon,

I wanted to bring to your attention three inquiries I submitted at the last City Council meeting. Inquiries are formal requests for information from staff that are entered into the official record of Council, on matters of importance in a Councillor

Friday, July 15, 2011

Halloween at Parkdale July 22

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Halloween at Parkdale July 22

 

 

This event was rained out Monday and will take place Friday, July 22.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Ottawa Eco-Fair

Ottawa Eco-Fair

Saturday, September 17, 2011 10 am

Have your say online! Help make Ottawa

From the City of Ottawa:

Ottawa

Wellington West Quest

Event Date: June 25, 2011

Event Time: 9:30am

Location: Starting point: Great Canadian Theatre Company, 1233 Wellington St W

Link: www.wellingtonwestquest.com

A free Family Scavenger Hunt!
- Uncover the secrets of a neighbourhood
- Learn what's in a name
- Spot a cow in the sky
- Unscramble a message on a bus
- Find the path of bygone trolley car
- Think like Canada's Edison

All ages welcome. The game will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted in support of the Ottawa Food Bank.

Draw for prizes donated by Wellington West businesses.

Please see the website for more info!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Byron Path Parade and Fundraiser - June 18th at 10am

An all ages friendly parade will take place next Saturday, June 18th starting at 10am.

Meet at the Byron Linear Tramway Park (just east of Island Park on the pathway) at 10:00 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to bring instruments and noise makers - the more the better. I encourage you to wear something silly and/or colourful too. It is a parade after all. :)

Participants will walk/roll along Byron Pathway, celebrating the pathway our community has been fighting for, then cross at Hilson, and head to Iona Park where there will a bubble party! I have no idea what a bubble party is, but it sounds exciting!

There will be coffee and lemonade as well as a bake sale at Iona. Proceeds will go to the OMB appeal for the Convent Site.

Please contact grace.anita@gmail.com for details/questions.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

WVCA June meeting

WVCA June 2011 meeting

June 20, 2011

6:45-7:45 p.m.

Fisher Park School, Room 112 (first floor)

C'mon out and let's continue working hard for Wellington Village!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

WVCA response to "Outcry scuttles Byron Linear road"

Dear Ottawa This Week,

The Board of the Wellington Village Community Association (WVCA) feels that the 'Byron Linear Park versus the residents of Shannon Street' reporting on the debate over vehicle access to the Westboro convent redevelopment - as characterized in the May 25 article "Outcry scuttles Byron Linear road" - is both unfortunate and inaccurate.

The opening sentence of the article stated that "The Byron Linear Park has come out on top over the residents of Shannon Street in the debate over vehicle access to the Westboro convent redevelopment."

On the matter of a proposed southern access for the convent property, community members have expressed, at the WVCA Annual General Meeting and through other fora, their concern and sympathy for the plight of Shannon residents as well as their opposition to the proposed cut through the Byron Park.

Community members' clear sentiment is that the interests of local residents and the broader community appear to have carried little weight in decision-making by the city on this issue to this point.

Above all else, the WVCA Board believes that residents should not be pitted one against another in a case where we all have the best interests of the community in mind. We would much prefer to see attention focused on exploring alternative solutions.

Status update: Wellington Street West CDP

From the City of Ottawa:

I wish to provide you with a status update of the Wellington Street West Community Design Plan.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Race Weekend in Wellington Village

Congratulations to ALL the runners who took part in the various races over Race Weekend. It was exciting to have Sunday's marathon and half-marathon go through Wellington Village.

Did you race?

Do you know someone who did?

Did you cheer them on?

Add to the Comments and tell us all about it!

Minor Variance Applications within Wellington Village

Public Hearings being held at the June Committee of Adjustment meeting (June 1, starting at 1pm, Ben Franklin Place, The Chamber, Main Floor, 101 Centrepointe Drive)

1) from James Cocks and Jan Leahy for 296 Carleton Ave/33 and 37 Gould Street (corner lot)

Purpose of Application: "The Owners want to demolish the existing detached dwelling and shed located on the property and subdivide the property into two separate parcels of land.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

NCC REMINDER: Greenbelt Public Consultations

PRELIMINARY LAND USE CONCEPTS FOR THE GREENBELT
Public consultation


The National Capital Commission (NCC) is

WVCA response to May 21 Ottawa Citizen article

Your May 21 article, "No road will cut through Byron linear park"

gives the impression that Councillor Hobbs is withdrawing her support for the Byron cut because she believes that the wider community would prefer to see the park preserved at the expense of the residents of Shannon Avenue. The Board of the Wellington Village Community Association would like to point out that no such view was presented to the Councillor at our Association's annual general meeting on May 17.

At the meeting, WVCA members expressed their concern and sympathy for the plight of Shannon residents as well as an opposition to the proposed cut through the Byron Park, which was sprung on the community with limited notice. Our members also expressed their frustration with the process to date. The clear sentiment was that the interests of local residents and the broader community appear to have carried little weight in decision-making by the City.

Above all else, the WVCA Board believes that residents should not be pitted one against another when we all have the best interests of the community in mind. We would much prefer to see attention focused on exploring alternative solutions that are respectful of local residents and of the Community Design Plans that citizens and the City have invested so heavily in developing - including staff time and taxpayer dollars. In fact, a number of options worthy of further consideration were raised at our meeting.

The WVCA Board agrees with the decision to remove the issue from the May 24 Planning Committee agenda in order to allow for a clear understanding of the facts, the consideration of alternatives and broader community consultation.

THE WELLINGTON VILLAGE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Friday, May 20, 2011

WVCA response to email sent by Councillor Hobbs re. withdrawal of support for removing access from Shannon

Dear Councillor Hobbs,

The Board of the Wellington Village Community Association would like to correct the misunderstanding of the tone and content of discussion at our May 17 AGM, as characterized by yourself in your below email.

On the matter of a proposed southern access for the convent property, our members expressed their concern and sympathy for the plight of Shannon residents as well as their opposition to the cut through the Byron Park that was sprung on the community with limited notice.

Our members also expressed their frustration with the process characterized by misrepresentation and misinformation that has led us to this point. Their clear sentiment was that the interests of local residents and the broader community appear to have carried little weight in decision-making by the city.

Above all else, the WVCA Board believes that residents should not be pitted one against another in a case where we all have the best interests of the community in mind. We would much prefer to see attention focused on exploring alternative solutions that are respectful of local residents and of the Community Design Plans that citizens and the City have invested so heavily in developing - including staff time and taxpayer dollars. In fact, a number of options worthy of further consideration were raised at our meeting.

The WVCA Board fully concurs with the decision to remove the issue from the May 24 Planning Committee agenda in order to allow for a clear understanding of the facts, the consideration of alternatives and broader community consultation.

Wellington Village Community Association Board of Directors

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

WVCA AGM a success

We'd like to thank all those who attended our AGM this past Monday at Thyme & Again. Some great discussions, a new vital Board, renewed members. It was a great way to celebrate the 2010-11 year and plan for 2011-12.

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More on the Convent

From the WCA:

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Issue of vehicle access to convent site through Byron Linear Park going back to Planning Committee next week

A few

Monday, May 9, 2011

Wellington Village Community Association Annual General Meeting (WVCA AGM)

Please plan to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Wellington Village Community Association!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

7:00 p.m.

Thyme & Again (upstairs)

1255 Wellington Street

Please attend to celebrate the past year and help us plan for the coming year! See you there!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Update: Soeur de la Visitation Convent site development

This text comes to us from the Hampton-Iona Community Group. Read on!

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There will be a community wide meeting on Thursday May 12 at 7:00 pm in the Lobby of the Hilson Public School to review the current status of the upcoming OMB appeal for the Soeur de la Visitation Convent site development. While the meeting will provide the community with an update on the status of the OMB appeal and the OMB negotiations, the main purpose of the meeting is to organize the community regarding these upcoming OMB activities.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spring Cleaning the Capital

Event Date: April 30, 2011

Event Time: 9 am to 2 pm

Location: Parkdale Market

As part of the City of Ottawa's "Spring Cleaning the Capital" campaign, Wellington West BIA and our community partners, Hintonburg Community Association, Hintonburg Economic Development Committee and Wellington Village Community Association, are getting ready to get-down and clean-up our neighbourhoods!

On Saturday, April 30th, we need everyone's help to clean our parks and streets. At 9 am we will be handing out supplies - craft bags and graffiti removal kits - to participants at Parkdale Market on the north side (on Armstrong). People can work together in teams or go directly to their favourite local spots to pick up the trash and debris accumulated over the winter. Please bring your own gardening gloves if you have them.

By 2 pm, the City of Ottawa's garbage trucks will be coming to pick up all our filled bags at the same location at Parkdale Market. When you drop off your bag, look for the WWBIA table and fill out a ballot to win prizes donated by local Wellington West shops and services. We would like thank everyone who participates and takes care of our public space. We couldn't do it without you!

Hope to see you on Sat April 30! If you have any questions, please call 613 875 2242.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Come to Acorn Rescue and Sapling Give Away

A Distinctive Tree Permit has been issued by the City of Ottawa to fell a healthy, magnificent Champlain Oak (see photo of tree at www.champlainoaks.com). The bur oak is at 115 Northwestern Avenue, the subject of a recent development proposal. Last month, Mr. Sam Falsetto (developer) was blocked by the Committee of Adjustment and the community from building a three-and-a-half story double with in-law suites, rooftop lookouts, and multiple back decks at this site. He has now obtained a building permit for a single dwelling, and a tree cutting permit that was issued April 15.

Because our goal has been to save and celebrate the Champlain Oaks, we are suggesting another way for the community to conserve and give new life to the tree we are about to lose.

Friday, April 15, 2011

April 2011 meeting this Monday!

You are welcome to attend this month's meeting. See you there.

Monday, April 18, 2011

7:30 pm

Fisher Park School

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

Minutes and meetings, meetings and minutes

Here are the February and March 2011 meeting minutes:

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

March meeting this Monday!

You are (always) welcome to attend this month's meeting. Get up-to-date on current community issues, voice your opinion. Listen and be heard.

Monday, March 21, 2011

7:30 p.m.

Fisher Park School

Friday, March 11, 2011

Sustainable Finances

Sustainable Living Ottawa West (SLOWest) is pleased to offer The Seventh Generation Learning Series in partnership with Tucker House Renewal Centre.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Councillor finds Kitchissippi residents oppose levy

Councillor Hobbs issued a press release today:

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Next meeting this Monday

Monday, February 28, 2011

7:30 p.m.

Fisher Park School

All are welcome!

Rosemount Library program/Wellington Marbles

The Wellington Marbles

Melissa Ramsden from the Public Art Program of the City of Ottawa will discuss The Wellington Marbles, sculptures commissioned for the Hintonburg and West Wellington neighbourhoods.

Wednesday March 2

7:00 p.m. (90 min.)

Registration is available on the

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Kitchissippi Public Meetings

Councillor Hobbs is inviting residents to have their say on the possible purchase of parkland at the former Les Soeurs de la Visitation site.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:



DATE

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Statement released by Councillor Katherine Hobbs office re: former La Soeurs de la Visitation property

Good afternoon everyone,

The following statement was released by Councillor Katherine Hobbs office with regard to the former La Soeurs de la Visitation property.

Statement from Councillor Katherine Hobbs, Thursday February 17, 2011

This morning Councillor Hobbs met with city staff to discuss the appraisal value for a proposed piece of parkland at the former Les Soeurs de la Visitation site.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

January 2011 Meeting Minutes

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WVCA Minutes January 24 2011
Next meeting: February 28, 2011; 7:30 p.m.; Fisher Park

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Bike Share Program survey

In partnership with SLOWest, Causeway Work Centre is currently undertaking a feasibility study to determine whether a community-based Bike Share Program will work in Ottawa West. A Bike Share Program is a sustainable transportation program that offers bicycles for public use for short trips. For the Ottawa West project, the bikes would likely be available through 3-4 stations located on or near Wellington St/Richmond Rd; the details will be determined as the feasibility study progresses. As part of Causeway

Monday, January 17, 2011

January 2011 WVCA meeting

Next Meeting:

Monday, January 24, 2011

7:30 p.m.

Fisher Park School

See you there!

Cave Creek Collector Phase II

From the City of Ottawa:
Notice of Public Open House

Cave Creek Collector Phase II

Sanitary Sewer from Carling Avenue to Byron Avenue

The City of Ottawa invites you to attend the third public Open House meeting for the Cave Creek

Collector (CCC) project. You will have the opportunity to review the design plans on the proposed

installation of the CCC sewer along the following alignment:


  • Clarendon Avenue

Recruitment of Volunteer Members for Transit Commission, Committees and Boards

From the City of Ottawa:

You may be aware that, each year, the City of Ottawa appoints volunteer members to various committees and boards.

2011 Planning Primer Program

From the City of Ottawa:

Have you ever wondered how land-use planning is done? What those black and white signs in your community mean? How a zoning application is made? How to make a presentation to Planning Committee? What land-use planners do for your community?

Now is your time to find out

The Planning and Growth Management Department offers the Planning Primer Program to help residents become more aware of, and more involved in, the land-use planning process.

Monday, January 10, 2011

SLOWest - Seventh Generation Learning Series

Sustainable Living Ottawa West (SLOWest) is pleased to offer The Seventh Generation Learning Series in partnership with Tucker House Renewal Centre.