Showing posts from 2013

Help keep the buses off Albert St.: ACTION NEEDED

As you may know, the city is planning on using Albert St. as a replacement for the Transitway for the duration of LRT construction. This plan will see Albert St. widened to have as many as 7 lanes to allow hundreds of buses an hour move through our neighbourhood. All this behind our homes, alongside narrow and decrepit sidewalks with no efforts to mitigate noise or emissions. Our Hintonburg friends have a very good break down with the documents the city didn't want you to see.  You can read them all here .  I've posted a flyer below that outlines how you can take action to change this plan. This diversion will have devastating effects on the health, safety and liveability of our neighbourhood. There are obvious alternatives (the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, Carling, and the Queensway). The plans for the Transitway diversion show what little regard the City bureaucracy has for our neighbourhood. They were developed in secret with no consultation with the community. Ot

Albert St. - The New Transitway?

Construction of the new LRT is barrelling ahead, with boring machines already working their way below downtown. When they are done, the city will have to take the transitway offline to allow for construction of new stations and the rail line. All those busses have to go somewhere. The current proposal seems to be to move them all to Albert St., right in our backyards. Fortunately, there's still time to make our concerns heard. A public meeting is being held on December 3rd (Tuesday!!) at Tom Brown arena to discuss this. Bring your questions and concerns and make sure that the Rail Office and Rideau Transit Group know that we must  be consulted before they make major changes to our neighbourhood. Albert= The New Transitway?

DCA Comments to Transportation Committee on Kettle Island Bridge

Transportation Committee will be considering the proposed Kettle Island Bridge today; the DCA submitted the following comments.   DCA Comments to Transportation Committee on proposed new Interprovincial Crossing, June 5

DCA Supports Creating New Park on OCDSB Ottawa Technical High School Lands

Tonight, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board wil consider a motion tonight that effectively confirms 2008's Escarpment Area Plan. In that plan, the OCDSB would pass over the former playing fields to the city to create a new park and would be given permission to redevelop the rest of the site for mixed-use. The DCA supports this. Below is our letter to the OCDSB board to that effect. Ottawa Technical High School Park Space Plan

Claridge "Icon" (505 Preston St) Planning Committee Comments

The condo boom in Little Italy continues! On Tuesday, Ottawa City Planning Committee will consider an application for a tall tower at the corner of Preston and Carling. Claridge's "Icon" would be, at least for a little while, the tallest building in the city. You can read the staff report recommending approving the development here.  As you can read below, the DCA has a number of concerns about the implementation of the building, how funds used to improve the community ("Section 37") are being apportioned, and the need for a more comprehensive strategy to improve the neighbourhoods public realm. DCA "Icon" (505 Preston St) Planning Committee Comments