Saturday, February 6, 2016

Lebreton Flats: Make your comments!

We hope that you have had a chance to review the two proposals for the redevelopment of Lebreton Flats. If not, you can view details of both online via the National Capital Commission’s website until February 8th. The DCA will explore opportunities for hosting materials for review after that date.

The official public consultation continues until February 8th online. The questions are straightforward, and they ask what you think about each of the proposals and general overall comments.

It’s important that you take the time to express your concerns and what you would like to see at Lebreton Flats through this process. It is the primary way that we can signal to the NCC and proponents what we are looking for in the eventual development.

Remember: what we’ve seen so far are proposals, and may change a great deal even before a winner is selected.

The DCA will not be advocating for one proponent or another, but does believe that the following issues must be considered and reflected in whatever proposal is selected.

Below are elements that we will be highlighting to the NCC, the proponents, and other decision makers. If you are interested, please feel free to use this to help guide your comments.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

January Newsletter: Lebreton Flats Redevelopment and Transitway Detours


Lebreton Flats Redevelopment.

The NCC will be holding a public open house for the two bids to redevelop Lebreton Flats on January 26th and 27th at the Canadian War Museum.

This will be the only scheduled opportunity for the public to view and provide in-person comments on the proposals. It will also be the first opportunity to see officially what they include. An online consultation will continue into early February.

It has been widely reported in the media that both remaining bids will include an NHL-ready arena. There has been no other details as of yet about other aspects of proposals, including greenspace and residential and commercial uses.

There is every reason to be disappointed that this process has remained relatively opaque with limited opportunity for the public to provide feedback. We would encourage you to attend the open house in person if possible as well as to provide your thoughts to the NCC afterwards.
We would suggest that you consider the following matters. 

Print this and bring it with you!:
  • How does the proposal interact with the existing community? Does it connect in logical places? Is it easy to walk from nearby neighbourhoods, such as Chinatown and Little Italy, or are there apparent barriers that keep these areas separate, including not enough places to cross the LRT track?
  • Do any proposed commercial uses reflect the needs of the neighbourhood? What would you like to see there?
  • Do you think that there is an appropriate mix of housing types? Is there enough space for families? Are there rentals? Is there any affordable housing?
  • What is envisioned for any greenspace? Is it the sort of thing that you would use? What could improve it?
  • Do you think that the primary use (e.g. an Arena) is appropriate for public land?
  • How does the primary use animate the space on a regular basis, and how could that be improved? Does it have shops/services around it, or is it just blank space?
  • Will this development swamp our neighbourhood in cars like during other busy events, such as Bluesfest? What’s being done to minimize traffic?
  • What will be built first? Is all the nice stuff left to the end?

The NCC can choose to move ahead with a proposal, take parts of it, or reject everything outright. We will see at the end of January what we think should be the best option.

LRT Transit Detours Begin

On Sunday, the Albert Street Transitway detours will begin and will continue to sometime in 2018. Welcome to the buspocalypse.

We will monitor the implementation of the detour and continue to impress for any changes necessary to improve the situation in our community. The first snowstorm of the year was an early reminder that inclement weather can easily throw a wrench into the best-laid plans. We have also noted that the fencing along Albert St. has been damaged already, and have highlighted this with the Rail Office for repair.

We will keep an eye out for problems, but need your input as well. If you identify issues, please highlight them to us at the contact information below. Attached is the public notice from Ottawa's Rail Office.

Keep in Touch!
Questions? Comments?  Email president@ottawadalhousie.ca.
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Friday, July 3, 2015

DCA July Update: Priorities, Park Updates and More!




1) AGM Update
2) DCA Priorities Project Update
3) McNabb Park Re-Opening: July 5th 11-4
4) Get involved in a DCA committee!

1) AGM Update



On June 16th, the DCA held it's annual general meeting at the Dalhousie Community Centre. There, we heard from Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar, who updated us on some of the matters affecting the neighbourhood at the federal level, including home delivery of mail and the NCC LeBreton Flats process, and Councillor Catherine McKenney, who provided an update on some of the matters affecting the ward and goals she has for improving how the community can interact with the city. The DCA also released the results of the Dalhousie Priorities Project, details of which are below.

The DCA board was also elected. Thanks to all those that have opted to join the board, as well as those who have served in the past year. 

2) DCA Priorities Project Update

At the Annual General Meeting, the DCA released the results of the Dalhousie Priorities Project, which had been running through the winter and spring.

The goal was to work towards achievable and tangible hyper-local projects. They needn't be large, complicated or expensive. They may require a small change or action by the city, but just as easily could be something that we as residents can take care of ourselves. The goal is to find ways to make our neighbourhood a little bit better.

This is a list pushing for community gardens, small ways to improve walking or biking facilities, and adding to our neighbourhood.

We'll be telling you more about how these roll out in the coming months. But ultimately, we will need your help to get them done. If you are interested in more information, email president@ottawadalhousie.ca.

In the meantime, you can see the full plan at the DCA website.

3) McNabb Park Official Re-Opening

The renovations to McNabb Park, including the construction of new playground equipment, a skateboard park, and a tremendous gate/public art project are now complete. To celebrate, an official opening will be taking place this weekend, with prizes, free bike tune-ups and food. Details are below from the councillor's office. 


McNabb Park Official Re-Opening

July 4 @ 11:00 am 4:00 pm

You’re Invited! 
Location: McNabb Park, 435 Bronson Ave., corner of Bronson and Gladstone
McNabb Park will officially re-open this Saturday at 11 a.m. and it promises to be a fun day with activities for families, sports enthusiasts and music lovers!
Speakers include Councillor McKenney, Mayor Jim Watson, artist Tim desClouds, who designed the beautiful entrance gate, and skateboard community representative, Aaron Cayer.
After the ribbon cutting, there will be the unveiling of the commemorative plaque in memory of Charlie Bowins in the skateboard park.

Refreshments will be served and there will be a BBQ provided by Union Local 613.

Afternoon skate park activities, organized by Antique Skate Shop, will include Charlie Bowins Best Trick, game of skate, and an open skate. Prizes will be rewarded to anyone smiling and skating.
There will also be live music around noon featuring the local Harea Band.

Plus lots more fun things to do, including:
    • Little kids area – hullahoops and bubbles
    • Kids soccer
    • Bike Rodeo: City of Ottawa information tables on bike safety etc., free bike bells and lights
    • Free bike tune-ups provided by Right Bike
    • Indoor skate park in McNabb arena 

4) Get involved in a DCA committee!

Care about transportation issues, local planning, greenspace, or want to help organize events in the neighbourhood? The DCA will be re-invigorating it's committees in the next few months. You need not be a member of the board to be a committee member, and the time commitment will be as little (or as much!) as you would like. Committees will meet locally at mutually convenient times.

Currently we are looking to have four committees:

1) Planning: Which focuses on development applications and other such issues in the neighbourhood.

2) Transportation: Looking at improving how we get around in the community, including pushing for better pedestrian and cycling facilities and keeping roads safe for residents.

3) Greenspace and Gardening: This will focus on improving the greenspace in our neighbourhood, including community and guerilla gardening.

4) Outreach: This will focus on the outward facing elements of the DCA, including organizing public events and communicating with members.

If you are interested in participating in these, please email president@ottawadalhousie.ca with COMMITTEE in the subject line.

Friday, September 12, 2014

All Candidates Debate: September 23rd



Ottawa's municipal election is fast approaching, and residents of our ward will have an important choice to make on October 27th.

To help you in that process, the Dalhousie Community Association, in conjunction with the Preston BIA, Chinatown BIA and CKCU FM will be hosting an all candidates debate on September 23rd at St. Luke's Church. Doors open at 6:30 and the event begins at 7pm.

There are 10 people running to represent us at City Hall, and the person that's elected will play an important role in shaping our community for years to come. This is a great opportunity to see what the contenders have to say.

What do you want to hear them discuss? The DCA is finalizing the format of this debate, and welcomes input on themes you would like to see raised. Feel free to comment on this post or email president@ottawadalhousie.ca


Monday, June 23, 2014

Planning Committee meets today to consider the Preston-Carling Community Design plan, which will shape our neighbourhood for decades to come. We've issued the press release below to highlight some of our concerns.

There are a number of elements that need to be amended to protect the things that matter most in our community. For more information, you can visit www.savelittleitaly.ca.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DCA AGM, with Guest Speaker Dr. Mark Kristmanson




The Dalhousie Community Association will be holding its annual general meeting on Tuesday, April 29th at 7:00PM at the Dalhousie Community Centre.

We are very excited to welcome Dr. Mark Kristmanson, CEO of the National Capital Commission, as our keynote speaker. Our neighbourhood is bounded to the north and south by NCC land. The redevelopment of Lebreton Flats is gradually reshaping the northern portion of our neighbourhood, and the parklands along the Ottawa River and Dow’s Lake are important greenspaces to our community.

At the meeting, we’ll also provide an overview of the past year in our neighbourhood, what’s coming up in the year ahead, and elect new members of the board. This is your chance to get involved in helping make our neighbourhood a better place.


Residents Start Pedestrian Audits of the Transitway Diversion Route


More from the Albert/Scott bus diversion efforts: 

22 April 2014 | Frustrated by four months of waiting for a critical safety report on the proposed diversion of buses through their community during the Confederation Line construction,  community members will undertake their own audit Thursday night. 
Residents have been asking the City for copies of the Pedestrian and Cycling Safety Audits prepared by Rideau Transit Group in preparation for the diversion of 2500 buses a day onto Scott and Albert streets, but  City officials and RTG say the report is not ready.  
"We're frustrated because the report is supposed to be the basis of safety measures that were described in early December. If that's the case, how can it now not be ready? This is critical information for the community," says the Hintonburg Community Association's Cheryl Parrott, one of the safety audit organizers. 
The first audit will be with the Women's Initiatives for Safer Environments (wiseottawa.ca) and will look at safety on the proposed new multi-use pathway that will be built on the north side of Bayview Transitway Station through the Bayview Yards.  Residents will also do an audit of the multi-use pathways on the north side of Scott and Albert streets from Holland to Empress. There will be four teams auditing different areas, looking for issues associated with lighting, hiding places, calling for emergency help and more. 
The organizers are also planning a walkability audit in May. 
Date:  Thur Apr 24 - rain or shine
Time:  7:15pm to get instructions and audit forms
Audit start:  about 8pm - when it is dark
7:15pm Meeting at 170 Booth ( at Albert) basement meeting room CCOC building - buzz to get in.
For further information, please contact Cheryl Parrott, 613.620.9453 (c).
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