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DCA opposes rezoning 73 Aberdeen

The Community Association reviews all rezoning and Committee of Adjustment applications in the former Dalhousie Ward. We comment on many, and oppose some. Many of our letters are short and not reported here. This case is more interesting and involved. After some correspondence back and forth with the city planner, we sent in this letter:

14 May 2010

Douglas James

Re 73 Aberdeen Street, D02-02-10-0018

The Dalhousie Community Association opposes the application for rezoning 73 Aberdeen Street.

The property is currently residential zoned. Like on all the short dead-end streets running west off Preston, there are the occasional non-conforming uses adjacent to houses. It is good planning to reinforce the residential fabric of the neighborhood and not facilitate its erosion by primarily non-residential uses.

All the prior neighborhood plans and the currently underway CDP call for continued residential uses on these streets, and for reinforcing the residential nature of the side streets and f…

DCA Minutes, May 5, 2010

May 5, 2010

Present: Eric Darwin, chair; Ida Henderson; Archie Campbell; Catherine Boucher; Charles Akben-Marchand; Craig Haynes; David Seaborn; Maija Kagis, secretary; Phil Robinson; Sean Darcy; Laura Bergen; Michael Hatfield; Stephen Bolton

Guests: City staffer Colin Simpson from the cycling group, and consultants from McCormick- Rankin: Kimberley Hunton; Meghan Whitehead.

1. Presentation re: segregated bike lanes. Colin Simpson, City of Ottawa; See power point attached. They are open to receiving comments to the end of June.

Members had questions re: effects on business; on neighbourhoods; parking losses.

2. Adoption of minutes, with corrections to spelling of Michael and Charles’ names. Adoption: moved by Charles A., seconded Ida H.

3. Elections for the board: David Seaborn reviewed task of each position.

President: Eric Darwin, acclaimed

Vice President: Charles Akben-Marchand, volunteered, acclaimed.

Secretary: Sophie Z. and Maija K. sharing (acclaimed)


Cleaned up

Craig #1, Ida, Eric working on the Primrose staircase on spring cleanup day. Photo by Craig #2.
Ida is THE neighborhood gardener. Eric got promoted to garbage bag carrier.
We left calling cards this time ... which will compost in time...
I noticed on the Empress staircase that someone is tossing perennials onto the foot of the slope. Not planting them, just tossing them. I tried to stick several in the stoney ground by scooping out hollows and adding some dirt. I wonder if the donor taught his kids to swim by tossing them off the deep end of the pier on a stormy night.