Proposed 8-storey seniors' block in Glebe draws fire

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A rendering of the building designed by Barry Hobin that Canderel hopes to build on Bank Street in the Glebe. (City of Ottawa)

Ward councillor slams plan that would double allowable height

CBC News

A proposal for an eight-storey building in the Glebe is coming under fire from the area's councillor and residents who worry the development's height is out of step with the traditional main street character of the area, and could set a precedent for more taller-than-allowed buildings on Bank Street.

The project, which already has the backing of the city's planning staff, will be discussed at next week's planning committee.

The proposal calls for a 160-unit building for seniors to replace a Beer Store and Mister Muffler. The building's main floor would be reserved for commercial tenants, including a new Beer Store.

The developer is asking for a number of changes to current rules, including permission to build to a height of 26 metres instead of the prescribed 15 metres, and to build closer to the sidewalk than planning rules allow.

"This project is not compatible with the traditional main street zoning, nor with the existing character of the street," Coun. David Chernushenko stated in his written comments submitted with the planning report.

'Massive presence'

Coun. David Chernushenko says the 8-storey building proposed for Bank Street is out of character for the Glebe's traditional mainstreet zoning. (CBC/Kate Porter)

Chernushenko's main issue is the "massive presence" resulting from the proposed height. In his written comments, he pointed out that a community-wide initiative completed in 2016 recommended preserving a 15-metre height limit.

He also wrote that council "formally acknowledged" that the "taller-than-normal" buildings at nearby Lansdowne Park were an exception, not a permanent change to the zoning rule book.

Local residents also expressed their displeasure with the project, and more than 500 people have signed an online petition opposing the project.

Higher downtown parking rates would curb congestion: Report

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The study was paid for independently by four city councillors who don't think widening highways is the best solution to downtown gridlock.

Emma Jackson, Metro

Adding an extra $2 to current downtown parking rates could help alleviate road congestion, according to a report commissioned by four city councillors.

A parking meter on Bank Street in Ottawa

A parking meter on Bank Street in Ottawa. Emma Jackson/Metro

In addition to the parking surcharge, the report looks at three other potential levies: a highway toll; a “cordon charge,” which would ding motorists each time they entered the downtown during peak times; and a higher gas tax.

“We’ve got congestion — it seems to be getting worse,” said Coun. David Chernushenko, one of the four city councillors who funded the report from their own office budgets.

“Let’s have the conversion about, Ok, (if we don’t want to widen roads) what are the other options?” he said.

The study suggests that hiking parking costs would be the best of the four options, projecting that the policy would reduce the volume of the daily morning commute by 136,283 vehicles. And 12,498 more people would be motivated to use transit instead, the report says.

Chernushenko said there’s no reason those people should be alarmed by a research report.

“We’re not planning to introduce any motion in this term to revisit the issue,” he said. “It was clear, rightly or wrongly depending on who you are, that council did not have the appetite at this time to look at congestion pricing.”

Congestion pricing study results to be presented at sustainable transportation event

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I am pleased to share the results of a study that I commissioned with my fellow councillors Jeff Leiper, Catherine McKenney and Tobi Nussbaum to evaluate specific congestion pricing tools that could help reduce traffic congestion and increase transit ridership. We would be grateful to hear your feedback.

The findings of a study on road congestion pricing prepared by transportation specialists CPCS will be discussed for the first time at a road user fee symposium organized by the Healthy Transportation Coalition. The study modelled four scenarios to achieve these objectives and concluded that raising the cost of parking would likely be the most cost-effective congestion pricing tool.

The report, now available here, explores four Ottawa-specific options to encourage transit ridership and increase the economic sustainability of the City's recent LRT investments, including highway tolls, "cordon" charges (a toll to enter downtown), parking rate changes and an increase in the gas tax.

The report concludes that while a cordon charge to enter the Ottawa central area could be more effective at accomplishing the stated objectives, the implementation costs given today's technology would make it impractical. Highway tolls would be less effective given the possibility of leakage onto parallel arterial roads and the inability to address north-south traffic. The study notes important jurisdictional and other challenges regarding the feasibility of raising the gas tax, and concludes that focussing on parking charges would be more useful in addressing congestion and increasing transit ridership. Although high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes were not examined in detail, the report suggests their feasibility could increase in light of provincial highway expansion plans.

The report's lead author, CPCS' Vijay Gill, will be one of several speakers at the March 28 event Road User Fees: Key to Sustainable Urban Transportation (click here for details), along with City Council Environment and Climate Protection Committee Chair David Chernushenko.

"Managing congestion using pricing tools is increasingly recognized by cities worldwide as a way to increase transit ridership, lower greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and address commuting frustration," Chernushenko says. "Our goal in commissioning this research and analysis from CPCS is to contribute to an ongoing conversation about how to best to encourage sustainable transportation and support our significant investment in LRT. This is a very important discussion for Ottawa to have."

Take a look at the report here.

Dépôts de déchets ménagers dangereux 2017

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Tout produit corrosif, inflammable ou toxique est un déchet dangereux. Ces types de produits peuvent contaminer l'eau et les décharges et ne devraient jamais être jetés dans l'évier ou mis aux poubelles.

Débarrassez-vous en plutôt à un des dépôts de déchets ménagers dangereux organisés par la Ville d'Ottawa, et ce, pour les résidents d'Ottawa seulement. Ces dépots d'une journée prennent place de 8 h jusqu'à 16 h, et on y accepte également les déchets électroniques résidentiels :

Dimanche 30 avril
Rideau Carleton Raceway
4837, chemin Albion

Dimanche 7 mai
pré Tunney
251, promenade Sir Frederick Banting

Dimanche 4 juin
Progressive Waste Landfill
3354, chemin Navan

Dimanche 25 juin
parc-o-bus d'OC Transpo
3355, chemin Fallowfield

Dimanche 20 août
Kanata Research Park
411, chemin Leggett

Dimanche 17 septembre
pré Tunney
251, promenade Sir Frederick Banting

Dimanche 1 octobre
parc-o-bus d'OC Transpo
1201, chemin Trim

Samedi 28 octobre
Dépôt de neige de Barrhaven
promenade Strandherd à Kennevale

Produits acceptés (volume maximale de 100 litres):

aérosols
bouteilles de propane
désinfectants
ampoules et tubes fluorescents
extincteurs
engrais et pesticides

interrupteurs et thermomètres à mercure
aiguilles et seringues
médicaments
peinture et vernis
produits nettoyants pour les fours et les fenêtres
produits chimiques pour la piscine

Des déchets électroniques résidentiels sont aussi acceptés à cet dépôts. Les déchets liquides ou dangereux de sources industrielle, commerciale et institutionnelle ne seront pas acceptés.

Vous pouvez également éliminer de façon sécuritaire un bon nombre de déchets ménagers dangereux, notamment les ampoules fluorescentes compactes, les piles, la peinture et l’huile, en retournant ces produits chez les détaillants participants. Visitez le navigateur de déchets pour en apprendre davantage.

 

Conseils pour réduire le nombre de déchets ménagers dangereux

  • Utilisez un produit de rechange non dangereux. Certains produits ménagers, de rénovation et de jardinage sont plus écologiques que d'autres.
  • Soyez un consommateur averti. Si vous devez acheter un produit dangereux, n'achetez que la quantité dont vous avez réellement besoin. Évitez les achats en grandes quantités et les achats en masse lorsque ce n'est pas nécessaire.
  • Lisez les étiquettes. Assurez-vous que le produit que vous achetez a bien les qualités requises avant d'en faire l'achat. Après l'achat, suivez les instructions sur l'étiquette concernant l'utilisation, la ventilation et l'entreposage.
  • Donnez vos produits dangereux en trop à quelqu'un qui s'en servira. Des proches, des amis, des voisins, des groupes communautaires et des organismes de bienfaisance pourraient utiliser les produits que vous avez en trop.
  • Dans la mesure du possible, évitez les aérosols. La plus grande partie des produits contenus dans les aérosols se retrouvent dans l'air. Achetez plutôt des produits de rechange moins dangereux.

 

Merci de vos efforts!