Join Us For Our First Community Open House! – Participez à notre première réunion communautaire portes ouvertes!

May 25, 2010 at 11:25 am 12 comments

We invite you to share your ideas, issues and aspirations for the future of your community.  On June 8th we will be hosting the project’s first Open House from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at Dominion Chalmers United Church.  Click here for a copy of the invitation.  Come on out and meet the project team, talk to us about what living in Mid-Centretown is all about and what you believe it should be in the future.

Nous vous invitons à venir partager vos idées, vos préoccupations et vos aspirations face à l’avenir de votre collectivité. Le 8 juin prochain, nous tiendrons la première réunion portes ouvertes sur le projet, qui aura lieu de 17 h 30 à 20 h 30 à l’église unie Dominion Chalmers. Cliquez ici pour obtenir un exemplaire de l’invitation. Venez rencontrer l’équipe du projet, nous faire part de votre expérience de vie dans le secteur médian du centre-ville et de votre vision d’avenir à ce propos.

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What We Have Heard So Far – What Do You Think? – Ce que nous avons entendu jusqu’à présent – quel est votre point de vue? Thanks to all those who joined us at our Mid-Centretown CDP Open House last night

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  • 1. Christina Johnson  |  June 8, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Thanks for providing this forum. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the open house. Would it be possible to post here highlights from the Open House?

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    • 2. midcentretown  |  June 9, 2010 at 11:08 am

      Hi Christina – sorry you couldnt make it – we had a really great turn out! All the information from the event (presentation and information panels) will be available to download from the City’s official web site (http://ottawa.ca/residents/public_consult/mid_centretown_cdp/index_en.html). Plus, we will prepare a summary of feedback that we received from the discussions. The City is aiming to have the panels available in a week and the summary of feedback will follow. Ross

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  • 3. Debbie Barrett  |  June 5, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Thanks for the response to my comments. Please ensure that the study includes specifics about how much has been collected in development levies from all the condos in the study area in the last decade and exactly where the funds have been invested. Indeed it would be helpful to have comparators for all key issues, park area per 1000 residents, social housing, community facilities, infrastructure improvements and so on.

    While I agree that the sewage challenge is City-wide, I believe that it should be identified as a key issue in the Centretown and indeed in all City plans. It’s too fundamental to just say the matter is beyond the scope of this study.

    As I gaze over the skyline, I remain convinced that privately owned “public” spaces incorporated into all developments (as in Chicago) and green roofs present huge opportunities.

    Thanks for the opprtunity to comment

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    • 4. midcentretown  |  June 5, 2010 at 10:17 am

      Hi Debbie –
      My understanding is that in Ottawa development levies go into a central pool, so it is not possible to trace what the money gets spent on.

      As part of the Community Audit, we will be doing a high level assessment of what would typically is required in a community of X size. Canada does not really have these standards, so we will be using some international standards for provision as well as our own experiences from other cities we have worked in around the world.

      Delcan on our team will be looking at sewage capacity as part of their infrastructure piece.

      We will be producing design guidelines as part of our work and green standards will certainly be part of those. We will need to work hard to get the City to make these mandatory instead of optional. This really come back to your first comment relating to development levies and what the money gets spent on. If developers want to build in Mid-Centretown, the City needs to clearly define what they expect and what benefits need tobe delivered at the local level (what will the community get out of it?).
      Ross

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  • 5. K. Dorse  |  June 4, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Mid-Centretown Community Design Plan.

    As a resident and homeowner in mid-Centretown, I see increased vehicle traffic as a growing concern. We should be able to reduce heavy traffic in the mid-downtown. Transit is an important part of this, and the future OTrain expansion should help. However, as the population grows and more and more people choose to commute, we will need to find other ways in addition to transit to solve this problem.

    Particularly, I are concerned about Kent Street. In recent years this street, along with its sister street Lyon, has become much more residential, particularly with condominium and apartment developments. By contrast, the character of the traffic on the street is becoming denser and more suited to highways, like large transport trucks and inter-city buses. An ambitious community plan for mid-Centretown should look alternate routes for this kind of traffic.

    Ways to do this may be through the designation of no heavy vehicle zones, traffic calming and bike lanes. Particularly as mid-centretown becomes more densely populated and residential, there is a great deal to recommend these measures, especially the addition of more bike lanes to bring commuters through the city centre.

    I hope that you find this input helpful in your deliberations.

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    • 6. midcentretown  |  June 4, 2010 at 10:27 am

      Thanks for your thoughts. I agree that Kent Street is a major concern in the neighbourhood. We would love to see the traffic reduced an these streets and have them given back to the community as active neighbourhood streets instead of just on and off ramps for the 417. We have long been advocates for making these two-way streets and introducing more traffic management. However, this is a problem that needs to be given a lot more detailed technical consideration than what we can offer through the CDP process. We will certainly put forward recommendations and ideas for making the conditions better, but we will not be able to test every option. Some good news is that the City is planning on undertaking a major Mobility Study in the fall that will lool at movement issues in detail. This will be a huge piece of work for the City. We will keep you informed as it unfolds.

      Anyway we look at it – fixing Kent (and Metclafe/Lyon/O’Connor) will be a big issue in this study.
      Thanks again for your thoughts
      Ross

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  • 9. Richard Akerman  |  June 4, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Is there a Twitter hashtag for the Centretown Community Design Plan (CDP) study? If not, it needs to be something short, maybe #ccdp2011

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    • 10. midcentretown  |  June 4, 2010 at 10:19 am

      Hi Richard – we are not moderating or creating a twitter hashtag for this project (one step at a time!). Please feel free to create this yourself to keep the conversation going.
      Cheers – Ross

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  • 11. Debbie Barrett  |  May 28, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    One of the principles of Ottawa’s Official Plan is to provide access to the basic which I infer to include clean water. As recently as May 20, 2010 raw sewage was dumped into the Ottawa River. While Council may have good intentions, insufficient funding has been allocated to address the root cause of the problem. Consequently, there should be a moratorium on all new development until such time as the infrastructure is in place to support growth. Other creative approaches such as monumental increases in developmental charges to fund the shortfall may also be warranted. It is time to put a stake in the ground and commit to the Official Plan principles.

    Any plan for Centretown or any other community is simply rearranging the deck chairs in the absence of a firm plan to cease harming the environment and provide a sustainable solution for clean water.

    Once the sewage challenge is addressed it would be appropriate to talk about a proactive approach to integrating subsidized housing into all new developments, green roofs and lobbies as public open spaces (refer to Chicago), collaborative partnerships with places of religious assembly to explore mixed-use development opportunities, wireless envelopes, more open spaces and many many more trees. (But not like the poor examples on Bank Street submerged under concrete – I give them a summer – hope the City has a good guarantee!)

    In the meantime, please correct the spelling of the url for this blog in all notices – tomorrow only has one “m”. This is the second piece from the City delivered this week with blatant errors – the tax bill insert contained errors for the epost url in both French and English! Please pretest before your distribute!

    And please modify the web site to ensure that it complies with ODA standards for accessibility. Fine print and green on green are not acceptable!

    Many thanks

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    • 12. midcentretown  |  May 31, 2010 at 8:40 am

      Hi Debbie – Thank you for your comments. I have notified the City of the frustrating errors with the url, so hopefully that will be fixed.

      Part of this study does include looking at infrastructure – such as sewage and water capacity – I agree that there needs to be a better understanding of where these systems are currently at with regard to capacity and quality of operations. We have heard mixed reviews to date. That said, the infrastucture study should be city or district wide, which is a much larger piece of work that this particular study.

      Protecting rental and affordable housing is also an important part of the study – safeguarding the rights of those who already make Centretown home. We anticipate that recommendations will come forward with regard to how we could potentially strenghthen existing rights – at the moment, I am of the opinion that this is something that Ottawa lags in behind compared to other cities in Canada.

      Finally, I couldn’t agree more that Centretown needs more community amenities – parks, trees, services, facilities. The question is, who will pay for these important new facilities and what kind of incentives might be needed to bring these absent uses to Centretown?
      Ross

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