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Bel-Air Park Ice Rink - Thank You William!

After 30 years William who has been the Rink Operator at Bel-Air Park and assisting with Agincourt Park Rink, is hanging up his snow shovel.

Thank You William Brigden for volunteering for 30 years! We appreciate all the hours you volunteered to make the rink, flooding and shovelling the main rink and the additional ice surface.

You have made a difference in this community. Many residents have laced up their skates to enjoy the rink over the years.

The Bel-Air Community Association has been contacted by the City of Ottawa to operate the rink this winter.

Is there anyone or a group of residents that would like to volunteer to be the Rink Operator?

The city can provide information on how to make the rink and there is grant money available. Would need a volunteer base to maintain the rink, have access to the building at the park and to supervise the rink. Access to a snowblower would be an asset.

The rink boards are already up and just a matter of time before there is snow.

Without volunteers in the community the rink will be dormant this year.

Please contact Kathryn Loyen, Co-President of BACA if you are interested and for more information at kbloyen@rogers.com or 613 727-8415 (cell).

BACA Annual General Meeting - Sunday, November 14, 2021 from 2-4 PM via Zoom

The BACA AGM will be an online meeting via Zoom (or you can call into the meeting by phone).

Residents are invited to submit their concerns by Nov 10 to belaircommunityassociation@gmail.com to have an item added to the AGM agenda.

Interested in making a difference in your community? Why not join the Bel-Air Community Association? We need your help. Community members are welcome to put their names forward to serve on the board.

In order to attend the online AGM Zoom meeting (or call into the meeting by phone), residents are asked to become a member or renew their annual membership ($10) by Friday, November 12, 2021. An invitation to the AGM Zoom meeting will be sent out to all paid members on Saturday, November 13, 2021. Visit the Join/Renew webpage for details on paying your membership fees.

Please help to spread the word around the community and tell your neighbours.

Time to Renew Your Annual BACA Membership by Friday, November 12, 2021

It's time to renew your membership with the Bel-Air Community Association. You'll need to renew your membership by November 12, 2021 in order to join the online Annual General Meeting on November 14, 2021.

Please update your information by completing the form on our Join/Renew webpage .

The $10 annual membership fee can be paid by e-transfer to belaircommunityassociation@gmail.com OR in cash or by cheque made out to the Bel-Air Community Association and given to any of the board members.

Full membership ($10 annual fee) is for in-area members, and gives full voting rights. See "About Us" page for details of Bel-Air boundary.

Associate membership ($5 annual fee) is for those living out of the community boundary. There is no family membership.

If you have any questions, please use the form on the Contact Us webpage.

City Approves New Official Plan - News Posted on October 27, 2021

City of Ottawa News Post

10/27/2021 17:15

Council today approved a new Official Plan for Ottawa – the City’s most comprehensive planning document. It marks the first time that Ottawa has adopted a new Official Plan since 2003.

The new Official Plan will guide growth and redevelopment in Ottawa for the next 25 years and is framed around five big policy changes:

  • Growth – encouraging more growth through intensification and providing more affordable housing

  • Mobility – promoting sustainable transportation and encouraging complete streets.

  • Urban Design – ensuring intensification happens in ways that benefit the streets and communities involved

  • Resiliency – bringing environment, climate and health considerations to the forefront of planning

  • Economy – establishing a strong relationship between land use and economic development

The new Official Plan is designed to help Ottawa become a city of connected, green, inclusive and walkable communities, with greater density of housing, employment and services around rapid-transit hubs and along transit corridors.

Council approved an additional funding of $28 million for the Ottawa Public Library portion, $36 million for the City portion and $10 million for the parking facility for Ādisōke, the Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility. The extra funding was required due to price escalation in the Ottawa construction market. Given the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on labour and material supply, the project schedule has been modified and the facility’s official opening has been pushed back by one year to summer 2026.

Council received an update on the Climate Change Master Plan and heard that greenhouse gas emissions generated across Ottawa decreased by 15 per cent between 2012 and 2020. To meet Council-approved targets, the community will need to decrease emissions by five to six per cent each year over the next five to 10 years. The City’s corporate emissions decreased 43 per cent between 2012 and 2020, mainly due to efficiencies at the Trail Waste Facility. This puts the City ahead of its short-term target to reduce emissions by 30 per cent by 2025.

Council approved the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, which sets out strategies and outcomes to address the root causes of crime, social disorder and ill health, and to improve the safety and well-being of everyone in Ottawa. The plan addresses local risks to safety and well-being at the community level in six priority areas:

  • systems and strategies to address discrimination

  • marginalization and racism

  • financial security and poverty reduction

  • housing

  • mental well-being

  • gender-based violence and violence against women

The plan complements City work underway that addresses these priorities, including the 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan, the Anti-Racism Secretariat and the Women and Gender Equity Strategy.

Council approved a renewed five-year strategic plan for Long-Term Care Services. The plan emphasizes a person-centred approach to care that focuses on the emotional needs and choices of residents, with consistent staffing in a household-style setting. Person-centred care enriches quality of life for residents, empowers staff, and fosters collaborative relationships. Staff will develop a customized approach and report back with a plan to implement it.

Council also moved to extend the transfer window on OC Transpo buses by 60 minutes while R1 replacement-bus service remains in effect. Staff will update Council on timing for implementation.

For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with the City through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Variance Application for 1934 Bel-Air Drive

Please see notice below regarding the variance application for 1934 Bel-Air Drive. You are welcome to copy the the Bel-Air Community Association on your feedback on the community consultation at belaircommunityassociation@gmail.com.


Hope everyone is enjoying their summer.


Regards,


Board of Directors, Bel-Air Community Association


From: Chris Mulholland <Chris.Mulholland@amsted.ca>

Date: Mon., Jul. 26, 2021, 10:53 a.m.

Subject: RE: Community consultation on variance application

To: Bel-Air Community Association Ottawa <belaircommunityassociation@gmail.com>


Good Morning,

I’ve attached the letter we’ve circulated to the immediate neighbours – we roughly follow the 60m notification radius the City uses when sending out its own notification about the hearing. A couple addresses were missed as they lacked on site mailboxes (out notes are hand delivered as opposed to sent in the post), so should anyone inquire please feel free to pass this along to them. Our typical process would be to set up a tent out front and have an open house with anyone interested in asking questions, but in the absence of that, we’re providing contact information to call or email.

Thanks very much,


Christopher Mulholland

Architectural Designer

T: 613.836.7434 | E: Chris.Mulholland@amsted.ca

7725 Flewellyn Road | 770 Highland Avenue | 17 Springfield Road | 681 Bronson Avenue


23 July,2021

Dear Neighbour,

We are writing to inform you of an exciting construction project proposed at 1934 Bel-Air Drive. At Amsted, we strive to deliver designs that are personalized to the site and the owner, while respecting and maintaining the established community character. The current residents are making improvements to the space and function of their home. To accomplish these changes, while protecting the existing heritage architecture, the footprint will be expanded to one side. In order to permit this work, the Committee of Adjustment of the City of Ottawa must give permission for a small reduction of the side yard setback. The position of the house on the site also necessitates a variance of the rear yard setback to allow for the proposed wall to be built in line with the existing. We have submitted the application to the Committee of Adjustment and you may have received a letter from the City of Ottawa inviting you to the upcoming virtual hearing. Prior to the formal committee hearing, we would like to offer the opportunity to discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have about the design. In the absence of our usual open house meeting, please feel free to contact us directly and we’ll do our best to assist.

Thank you for your interest,

Sincerely, Christopher Mulholland

Architectural Designer

Amsted Design Build

613.836.7434

chris.mulholland@amsted.ca www.amsted.ca

Bel-Air, Bedbrooke, Field, Iris Integrated Project - Update

Prior to the road contractor mobilizing later this Summer, some work on the existing streetlighting infrastructure will be taking place to bring the street lights into conformance with the new road works. The first part of this work will be some trenching of underground cables on Bel-Air Drive between Checkers and Field Street. This work is tentatively scheduled to occur either next week (week of July 26) or the following week (week of August 3). Later in August, some new street light poles will be installed to replace the older existing poles.

College Ward Crime Prevention Strategy Information Session - July 15 at 6:30 via Zoom

UPDATE: The recording of the College Ward Crime Prevention Strategy Information Strategy is available on YouTube channel at www.tinyurl.com/CollegeWardYouTube

The information session starts about 14 minutes into the recording.

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The Bel-Air Community Association would like to make its members aware of this upcoming Crime Prevention Strategy Information Session on Thursday, July 15 at 6:30 PM via Zoom. Please see a copy of the invitation from the Councillor's office below.

College Ward Crime Prevention Strategy Information Session

Date: July 15, 2021 Time: 6:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Crime Prevention Strategy Information Session with Ottawa Police Service

Description: It is essential to all of us in the city of Ottawa to keep our youth and residents safe. To learn more about all we are doing to prevent gun violence by joining us for a Community Information Session regarding recent violent incidents in College Ward. Some of the topics discussed will include:

o An update from the Guns and Gangs unit on incidences of recent violence in College Ward and the city of Ottawa

o Crime prevention programs to serve at-risk youth

o Information on neighbourhood policing and neighbourhood watch programs


  • Attendees are required to register in advance at the link below: www.tinyurl.com/CollegeWardCrimePrevention

  • Video and audio will be muted upon arrival by the host to preserve bandwidth and prevent connectivity delays.

  • Questions and comments may be submitted live using the chat function.

  • Questions submitted to your Ward Councillor via email at Rick.Chiarelli@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2478 prior to the meeting are welcome.

  • For those who are unable to register or attend the webinar will be recorded and be available upon request.



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Good evening everyone,


We would like to invite you and your fellow neighbors to a Crime Prevention Strategy Information Session in cooperation with the Ottawa Police Service. We would appreciate if you can help us get the word out by sharing this invitation with your members.


You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Thursday July 15, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: College Ward Crime Prevention Strategy Information Session with OPS


Register in advance for this webinar:

https://tinyurl.com/CollegeWardCrimePrevention


After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.



Kind Regards,

Chantal Lebel

Director of Strategic Affairs & Communications

Office of Councillor Rick Chiarelli

City of Ottawa | 110 Laurier Ave. W.

Ottawa. Ontario K1P 1J1

613-580-2400 ex 12599

Chantal.Lebel@ottawa.ca


Secondary Dwelling Units Bylaw Proposal Before City Council July 7, 2021

On June 24, 2021 a bylaw was proposed to limit secondary dwellings (eg., a basement) to have a limit of 2 bedrooms. While that is the recommendation going to full City Council from the Planning Committee, city staff were directed to further consult given objections from some members of the public - Can you say STUDENT BUNKHOUSE?... The bylaw will be considered by City Council on July 7th! Please see the attached link to the Ottawa Citizen article. Let's protect the family oriented landscape for our residential neighbourhood.

https://ottawacitizen.com/.../coun-gower-takes-over-as...

You can bring objections to any increase in the number of allowed bedrooms directly to Council through Caitlin Salter MacDonald (613 580-2424 x28136)

Email: Caitlin.Salter-MacDonald@ottawa.ca

Should you wish to be able to speak to the matter at Council she should be advised beforehand.

Please copy BACA if you send in comments at belaircommunityassociation@gmail.com.

Update on Pinecrest Creek Stormwater Management Pond and Road Work on Iris/Navaho/Whitmore

KEV have advised that further tree removals will be taking place at the Pinecrest Creek Stormwater Management Pond site this week. The removal consists of 18 Ash trees which are near the parking lot of the Extendicare and apartment buildings on Navaho.

Additionally, excavation has reached the 150,000 m3 of material and continues to be on track for completion in July.

KEV will also be doing some daytime paving/reinstatement work on Iris at Whitmore and Navaho over the next couple of days. This reinstatement work follows watermain work which took place in the same location last fall. This work will not require any road closures, only lane reductions. There will be signage and flaggers present to direct traffic. There may be momentary delays at the Iris/Navaho all-way stop.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Jessica Maxwell at Jessica.Maxwell@ottawa.ca and copy the BACA at belaircommunityassociation@gmail.com.

Public Consultation for 24-Storey and 28-Storey Development at 3156 Clyde Avenue near Baseline Road

Public consultation is taking place presently for the proposed 24-storey and 28-storey towers development at 3156 Clyde Avenue near the corner of Baseline Road.

Description : Phase 1: A 24-storey mixed-use building with 6-storey podium, 210 residential units, 821 m2 of retail space and 1,363 of commercial office space. Phase 2: a 28-storey mixed-use building with 6-storey podium, 258 residential units, 904 m2 retail space and 1,696 m2 of commercial office space and two at-grade exterior POPS.

Laurel McCreight is the city lead on this development and can be reached for any questions or concerns at Laurel.McCreight@ottawa.ca. You are welcome to copy the BACA at belaircommunityassociation@gmail.com as well. Please see link below to access the planning details.

https://devapps.ottawa.ca/.../appl.../D02-02-20-0032/details

Zoom Session on Pollinator Gardens - May 12 at 7 PM

Are you interested in making your yard more attractive to butterflies, bees and other pollinators? If so, I'll be hosting a (short) live Zoom session on Wednesday May 12 at 7:00 PM to help introduce you to the concept of a pollinator garden and the native plant species that can help our flying friends. I have partnered with the David Suzuki Butterflyway Program to help spread information and hope. It will also be a chance to meet your wonderful Belair neighbours and create opportunities for future sharing of gardening tips.

Please send an email to jengautreau@gmail.com to register for this free event.

Bel-Air, Bedbrooke, Field, Iris Integrated Project - Responses to Public Online Engagement

Update: A summary of inquiries received from residents on the Bel-Air online engagement opportunity, along with the responses is available online. Some questions received from residents dealt with very specific details unique to their properties and are not included in this list. The city will be reaching out to those residents to respond directly to them.

As a result of comments received from stakeholders (including comments from the public), some modifications have been made to the planned traffic calming measures, while still maintaining overall compliance with the City’s Traffic Calming Design Guidelines.

A revised plan depicting the proposed design elements will be posted in the near future. The project is currently in the detailed design stage, with phase 1 of construction currently scheduled to commence in July 2021. A construction schedule and phasing plan will also be posted in the future.


Here is a link to the online engagement:

https://documents.ottawa.ca/sites/documents/files/belair_comments_en.pdf


For more details on the project, visit:

https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/projects/bel-air-bedbrooke-field-iris-integrated-project#project-overview

Notice of Passing of a Zoning By-law 2021-137 - 2112 Bel-Air Drive

During the Covid-19 emergency please note that an appeal can only be mailed into the City at the following address:

110 Laurier Avenue West

Mail Code 01-14

Ottawa, Ontario

K1P 1J1

Dear Sir/Madam

You are receiving this e-mail from the City of Ottawa’s Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department because you have previously provided comments on the application for a zoning amendment outlined below.

Please find attached the Notice of Passing for By-law 2021-137, which amends the Zoning By-law to change the zoning of the lands known municipally as 2112 Bel-Air Drive. The Notice of Passing is a requirement of the Planning Act. It includes important information with respect to your rights to appeal the by-law. It also includes the Explanatory Note which gives a more detailed description of the effect of the by-law.

Please review the attached documents and if you have any questions or concerns please contact Stream Shen at 613-580-2424 ext. 24488 or by email at Stream.Shen@ottawa.ca.


EXPLANATORY NOTE TO BY-LAW 2021-137


By-law 2021-137 amends the City of Ottawa Zoning By-law 2008-250. The amendment

affects the property at 2112 Bel-Air Drive, which is located south of Bel-Air Drive, one lot

east of Field Street.

The application is to rezone the subject property from “I1A” (Minor Institutional, Subzone

A) to “R3W” (Residential Third Density, Subzone W) in the City of Ottawa Zoning By-

law.

The proposed zoning will permit the development of 27 townhouse dwellings units in a

planned unit development.

For further information, please contact Stream Shen, Planner, at 613-580-2424,

extension 24488, or by e-mail at Stream.Shen@ottawa.ca.


NOTE EXPLICATIVE AU SUJET DU RÈGLEMENT 2021-137


Le Règlement 2021-137 modifie le Règlement de zonage 2008-250 de la Ville d’Ottawa.

Cette modification vise une partie de la propriété située au 2112, promenade Bel-Air

Drive, qui se trouve au sud de la promenade Bel-Air, à un lot à l’est de la rue Field.

La demande a pour objet de faire passer la désignation de la propriété visée de « I1A »

(Zone de petites institutions, sous-zone A) à « R3W » (Zone résidentielle de densité 3,

sous-zone W) dans le Règlement de zonage de la Ville d’Ottawa.

Le zonage proposé permettra la construction de 27 habitations en rangée dans un

complexe immobilier.

Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec Kathy Rygus,

urbaniste, au 613-580-2424, poste 28318 ou par courriel à Kathy.Rygus@ottawa.ca.

Ontario Government Survey on Municipal Council Members Accountability - Complete by July 15, 2021

Would you like to strengthen the accountability for municipal council members? Share your feedback by completing our online survey by July 15, 2021.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/consultation-strengthening-accountability-municipal-council-members

LRT Stations and Pinecrest Creek Stormwater Management Pond

Theft from Vehicles

Another vehicle break-in occurred near the corner of Navaho and Forman on Monday evening. The vehicle was unlocked. This is a regular occurance in many communities throughout Ottawa. Please ensure to lock your vehicle and remove any valuables. Here are some tips from the Ottawa Police Service. https://www.ottawapolice.ca/.../theft-from-vehicles.aspx

Pollinator Garden Proposal Postponed

Here is an update on the polinator garden initiative from a Bel-Air resident:


"Due to the current lockdown and the uncertainty of what will follow, the Navaho Park Pollinator Garden will be put on hold for 2021. The City has yet to give approval, but updates will be provided when I hear back from them. If approval is granted I will be asking for deferral until 2022.


Thank you to everyone that has provided feedback, it is much appreciated and helps to make the project better. Those of you that have offered to help, I'll be in touch next year.


Thank you to BACA for their support."

Cleaning Our Community

With the current stay at home order, the Cleaning the Capital event initially planned for end of April has been postponed. Let's take a bag along on our next walk and help to clean our community. Some areas that need attention are along the NCC fences across from Putman and by Iris, the entrance to the NCC space by Forman and Navaho, the mailboxes by Ferguson near Baseline. I'm sure that there are other spots that are not mentioned as well. The community will be so grateful for your work. Stay safe and enjoy our community's beautiful outdoor space.

Zoning Amendment of 2112 Bel-Air Drive - Planning Committee Meeting April 22, 2021 at 9 AM

UPDATE - Rezoning passed at Planning Committee Meeting on April 22, 2021

The re-zoning for 2112 Bel-Air Drive passed at City of Ottawa Planning Committee Meeting this morning. It was the first item on the agenda and there was no submissions or opposition presented by residents. It will go to full Council next.


PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE:

Register by e-mail - prior to 8:30 AM on Thursday, April 22, 2021:

You may contact the Committee Coordinator (melody.duffenais@ottawa.ca) prior to 8:30 AM on Thursday, April 22, 2021.

The City of Ottawa Planning Committee will meet on Thursday, April 22, 2021 regarding the zoning amendment of the property at 2112 Bel-Air Drive (prior location of the Wells Salvation Church or the St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church) across from l’école élémentaire publique Charlotte-Lemieux.


Report Recommendation: That Planning Committee recommend Council approve an amendment to Zoning By-law 2008-250 for 2112 Bel-Air Drive to permit 27 townhouse dwelling units in a planned unit development.

Below is a link to the report outlining the Departmental recommendation and how residents can provide submissions and attend or view the meeting.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSfZwXYnlzstNYMYbAvXhsaxUT90bV-9gj9lLUnGaLwZOfhOVKepoO2_O2jQUC23ZYEqcH4tzOtAUHL/pub

Rezoning of 1277 Woodroffe - Public Comment by April 14, 2021

The City of Ottawa has received a Zoning Bylaw Amendment application to rezone the property at 1277 Woodroffe from Residential First Density Subzone O (R1O) to Residential Second Density Subzone N (R2N) to permit two long semi-detached dwellings which would have 4 units in each dwelling. The city has also received an application for a Part Lot Control Application to create the individual lots for the two proposed long semi-detached dwellings.

Residents living in the area should have received a flyer informing them of this application and how they can comment on the project by April 14, 2021.

For details, please visit the City of Ottawa Development Application website at ottawa.ca/devapps

https://devapps.ottawa.ca/en/applications/D02-02-21-0007/details


Stay Informed and Involved

1. Register for future notifications about this application and provide your comments either by faxing or mailing the notification sign-up form in this package or by e-mailing Kathy Rygus and adding File No. D02-02-21-0007 in the subject line.

2. Attend the public meeting where this proposal will be discussed.

3. Access submitted plans and studies regarding this application online at ottawa.ca/devapps.

4. If you wish to be notified of the decision on the application, you must make a written request to Kathy Rygus. Contact information is below.

5. Should you have any questions, please contact:


Kathy Rygus, Development Review Planner

Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development

Department City of Ottawa 110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor

Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 28318 Fax: 613-560-6006

Kathy.rygus@ottawa.ca

Pollinator Garden Proposal Looking for Residents Feedback

Please see the proposal below initiated by a Bel-Air resident. The Bel-Air Community Association Board of Directors have agreed to support this initiative indicating that community feedback was to be conducted to determine residents' interest and concerns. A letter was distributed directly to all homes around Navaho Park to inform them of this proposal and to get their feedback. Please feel free to send feedback to belaircommunityassociation@gmail.com so we can compile our community's interest and concerns.


Thank you.



Hello Neighbour!


I’m writing to you today about a garden project for the park behind your house.


I’m in the process of getting support and approval for a small pollinator garden in the park on Navaho Drive. What is a pollinator garden? It’s simply a garden with flowering plants that attracts butterflies, bees and moths. As you likely know, pollinator species and numbers are in drastic decline globally. The attached sheet shows the threats that these insects face. Humans depend on these insects for up to a third of food crops.


While this is a depressing and daunting fact, there are things we can do to help our winged friends. And this help is as simple as planting some native pollinator friendly plants.


My idea for a pollinator garden is to start small, with a garden roughly 6’x6’ located in the triangular area behind the tennis courts. This small patch would contain a small bush in the center along with drought tolerant, non-invasive native flowers. Some of the species being considered are Haskap, Winterberry, and Black Elderberry for the bush and coneflowers, Black-Eyed Susan’s, Heath Aster and Prairie Snake for the flowers. This is just an example of some of the many plants we have as options. We would not use Milkweed.


This garden could also be used as an educational resource, small signs would be installed in the garden describing the flowers and why they are important. Educating the community on this issue can showcase how individuals can do simple things to make positive changes in their environment. I’m part of the David Suziki Foundation Butterflyway Ranger program and thus have many tools at my disposal for this, and for helpful information on creating a successful garden. Please go to https://davidsuzuki.org/take-action/act-locally/butterflyway/ for more information on this program.


The planning, installation and maintenance of the garden would be overseen by myself but I’m also hoping to get some keen community members involved. I’d love some help in all aspects as I’m not an expert gardener. If this project interests you, I’d love to have you onboard. The planning will be done with minimal maintenance in mind and I’ve committed to being the prime resource for three years.


I have been in consultation with the City of Ottawa, the Bel Air Community Association and the College Ward Councillor’s office. In order for this project to go ahead, approval has to be granted by all three entities. Both BACA and the Councillor have granted approval and the project is currently awaiting approval from the City. This does not mean that the project will be going ahead. One of the key components is to get feedback from the community, specifically from households directly bordering the park. I would love to hear what you think, if you would support a project like this, what your concerns might be.


Despite having begun this process, it does not in any way mean that this project is guaranteed. Your feedback is an important part of whether or not this will go ahead. Also, the City has already indicated that fewer projects of this nature will be granted approval due to Covid restrictions. It’s possible that this project may be granted approval but be put on hold until next year. There is also the real possibility that flowers will be difficult to source due to unprecedented demand for anything related to gardens.

Funding for the garden would come from grants and in kind donations. Any grants would cover the cost of soil, plants and bordering material but I’m also hoping to get in kind donations of these items as well. I believe the budget would be small as it’s a small garden, I currently have costs at under $1000 for purchased and in kind items.


This garden is an opportunity for many things. It’s an opportunity to do something positive to help mitigate habitat loss, to foster a sense of community by working together and to create an engaging community space. This year may not be the year for community spaces to be created or used but I’m hoping to make something work eventually.


Please feel free to send your feedback, concerns or questions to belaircommunityassociation@gmail.com.

Draft Management Standard for Stormwater Systems - Comment by May 10, 2021

The Canadian Standards Association has announced the start of the

60-day Public Review of the new draft CSA Standard W211 - Management

Standard for Stormwater Systems. It is also proposed to be a National

Standard of Canada.


CSA W211 will provide a methodical approach to manage stormwater

systems, particularly in light of their potential impacts on water

quality and supply and the effects of climate change on service level

requirements.


The Standard is written such that it can be applied to any size

municipality across Canada. Since there is a vast difference in

complexities between municipalities and available resources to manage

stormwater systems, the content of the Standard focuses on the

processes, procedures, policies, strategies that should be developed.

At the same time, it provides flexibility regarding these processes

etc. to meet the scale and capabilities a system owner.


The documents may be found at:

https://publicreview.csa.ca/Home/Details/4070 in English

and

https://publicreview.csa.ca/Home/Details/4103 in French


Those wishing to comment will need to register with the Public Review

site. Included here are instructions and important information. It

is important to know that only comments registered through the site

will be accepted. In other words, letters, emails etc are not

accepted and every comment must come with a proposal for amended

wording.


People would be best to get their comments in early. It has happened

in the past where many people try to access and enter their comments

at the 11th hour and they may have technology issues. Only comments

registered in the system at the time the Public Review closes will be

accepted.


If you have any questions regarding CSA W211, please contact Lynn

Barber lynn.barber@csagroup.org .

Charity Fundraising

At the request of a Bel-Air resident, the Bel-Air Community Association Board of Directors agreed to this post. Disclaimer: We are not affiliated or endorsing any particular charity.

The Covid pandemic has made it difficult for many charities to fundraise as door-to-door fundraising is not taking place. Many of us have our favourite charities and have remembered to donate during these difficult times. This is a reminder that if you are able to, please donate to your favourite charity.

If you are looking for a way to contribute, Health Partners is a charity that disseminates to a number of Canada's health charities.

Here is a link to Health Partner’s website: https://healthpartners.ca/

Easter Egg Hunt

Try to find the 22 egg suncatchers hanging in the trees on Albany, Amesbrooke, Sherman, Marygrove, Edgeland, Checkers, Castle Hill, Erindale, Woodside (both ends), Whitmore, Cline, Agincourt, Garfield and Field. Take a photo and post in comments.

Many thanks to our Easter Fairy, Valerie Falcioni for making all the beautiful suncatchers and for those neighbours willing to host a suncatcher in their tree.

Update on Pinecrest Creek Stormwater Pond

Report from KEV on April 1, 2021: The excavation work has passed the 50% completion mark, representing 120,000m3 of excavated material. Completion of excavation work continues to be on track for July.

Survey for Proposed New Vacant Unit Tax

Reminder: the deadline for the City of Ottawa's Proposed Residential Vacant Unit Tax Survey is March 31, 2021. Your feedback is important.


Have your say: https://bit.ly/3lc9bNd

Petition to Modernize Municipal Act

There is a petition to modernize the Municipal Act to provide a harassment-free work place from elected officials. You will find additional information and the petition at the links below.

https://nancyobrienbooks.weebly.com/press-room.html

https://nancyobrienbooks.weebly.com/uploads/4/0/9/0/40901273/petition-empowering_municipalities__1_.docx.pdf

Copeland Park Tree Planting

As you may recall, trees under the hydro lines at Copeland Park had to be removed. We made a request to the City to replace the lost tree canopy. The City is proposing to replant trees in Copeland Park this spring. Please see the attached tree planting plan. If you have comments, please submit by March 24 to belaircommunityassociation@gmail.com. Plans still require final approval from other City departments and underground utilities.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rtlP-6dOgNQh7VPWxXBky_4Id8rKfwyJ/view?usp=sharing

Shamrock Walk - March 17, 2021

Decorate your windows/doors with shamrocks. Take a walk and see the shamrocks in our hood.

Rat Problems in Neighbourhood

City-wide construction has disturbed rat burrows causing them to look for new homes in our neighbourhood. Residents have reported rat problems in the neighbourhood. Rats have been seen on the streets, around residents properties garbage/recycling bins, sheds, garages and even inside a resident's home. Rats can bite through water lines, wiring and cause a lot of damage to your home. We are calling on all residents to help with this problem. Here is a link to some information on steps you can take to help mitigate this problem. https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/rat-control.aspx

Note: The city sewers in the Riddell area are to be baited (with 2 follow-ups until the rats are gone). Please continue to report rat problems to 311 and email the belaircommunityassociation@gmail.com so we can help advocate for rat baiting when needed.

Notice of Overnight Work - Woodroffe Avenue starting February 24, 2021

As part of the Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit (LRT) construction will begin on Woodroffe Avenue from Iris Street to Baseline Road for the future lane widening on Woodroffe Avenue. It is necessary to reduce the northbound traffic lane during this initial period, for utilities investigation.

What

Between Iris Street and Baseline Road, Woodroffe Avenue will have a temporary lane reduction for utilities investigation. Activities will include excavation, utilities inspections, installation of traffic barriers and signage, and operation of machinery and equipment by crews. This work will generate noise. Following this work, construction will begin on road widening for a new bus lane, which is required prior to work on the Transitway at Iris Street.

When

Work will begin on February 24 and is expected to take five nights to complete. Later in the Spring, roadwork will begin on the new lane construction.

Why

This work is necessary ahead of roadwork, which is required to maintain bus routes during the 2022 Transitway detour from Iris Station area.

Where

On Woodroffe Avenue between Iris Street and Baseline Road.

Hours

Overnight lane reductions between 8 pm and 6am. Road construction work will begin this Spring, with these operations occurring primarily during daytime hours Monday to Saturday. This is subject to change based on conditions and impact.

Anticipated Impacts

Motorists travelling in this area should expect delays from the lane reduction. Pedestrians using the sidewalk on the east side of Woodroffe Avenue will be detoured to the west sidewalk. This will be in place for the week of utilities investigations, and again later as the widening work begins. Residents nearby will hear noise from the mobilization of workers and equipment, construction vehicles and machinery and construction activities. Noise will occur from the large hydro-vac trucks used. Signage and video message boards will be in place.

Future work is required in this area. Additional construction updates, such as changes to work sequencing and the duration or impact of this work will be communicated via the Stage 2 project e-newsletter. To receive these electronic updates please sign up at Ottawa.ca/Stage2connect. Be sure to select updates for “Algonquin Station” and/or “Iris Station”.

For other accommodations, or any questions, please contact:

Jessica Maxwell

Stakeholder Relations, Rail Construction Program

City of Ottawa

jessica.maxwell@ottawa.ca / www.ottawa.ca/stage2

Invitation: Public Information Session (Feb 15 via Zoom) on Upcoming Hwy 417 Impacts

In 2021, the Stage 2 LRT team will undertake significant construction activities on the O-Train West extension in preparation for future tracks and stations. Starting as early as March, ramps at three Highway 417 interchanges will be closed for various periods of times to safely complete construction of the future LRT that will run along the existing bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor, on the north side of Highway 417. The Stage 2 LRT Project team would like to invite your organization and its members to learn more about these impacts at a virtual public information session hosted by your ward Councillor, Rick Chiarelli on Friday, February 19th from 7 to 8 pm. This session will also provide an opportunity to answer any questions you may have. Information on how to register for this session is provided below.

The LRT guideway will run in a trench underneath Pinecrest Road and Moodie Drive and on a bridge over Holly Acres Road. The following ramps at these locations must be re-built and/or shifted in order to accommodate construction activities for the guideway:

Pinecrest Road:

March to November 2021: Highway 417 westbound on-ramp from Pinecrest Road. northbound

Fall 2021 to Summer 2023: Highway 417 westbound off-ramp

Richmond Road:

Spring 2022 to 2025: Highway 417 eastbound on-ramp from Richmond Rd. southbound

Moodie Drive:

April to December 2021: Highway 417 westbound on-ramp from Moodie Dr. northbound

Construction activities have been scheduled to minimize the duration and extent of impacts on all modes of transportation and the local community. Cycling and pedestrian routes will remain open during construction. The final design includes some enhanced connectivity features at some locations, such as new sidewalks and multi-use pathways. For each closure, signed vehicle detours and video message boards will be provided.

Further information on these closures and detours is available on the Stage 2 website.

The February 19th information session will be held on Zoom. Registration is required. To register, please visit the registration page. Please share this invitation with the members of your organization.

For any questions or other accommodations, please contact:

Jessica Maxwell

Stakeholder Relations, Rail Construction Program, City of Ottawa

jessica.maxwell@ottawa.ca

Winter Maintenance Quality Standards Review

The City is reviewing the Winter Maintenance Quality Standards Review (WMQSR), with a focus on sidewalks and pathways, reducing rutting on residential roads, roads next to schools with no sidewalks and roads with bus stops. Residents will have the opportunity to provide feedback on their priorities as we update the Standards. Opportunities for feedback on the proposed changes to the WMQS will be available through the Survey which closes February 19, 2021.

https://engage.ottawa.ca/wmqs?fbclid=IwAR1NuPCpfHyiGfE98MH3g-oFnx_Jsy7cOyERboW7JV9MelsfYrAhfxYfmyQ

Bel-Air, Bedbrooke, Field, Iris Integrated Project

Notices and letters have been distributed to the Bel-Air homes impacted by the City of Ottawa's rehabilitation of select street segments within the Bel-Air community. The work will involve the replacement of aging road, sewer and watermain infrastructure. Features of the road works are to include widened and added sidewalks, adjustments to pavement widths, including roadway grading improvements; and implementation of traffic calming measures. Residents are encouraged to provide feedback through the Online Public Information Session by February 16, 2021. You can also copy belaircommunityassociation@gmail.com and the Councillor's Director of Operation at rachel.hennessy@ottawa.ca. Residences may want to read about the City’s Lead Pipe Replacement Program which provides support to eligible residents for the replacement of the private portion (i.e. from the property line to the meter) of a residential property’s lead water service pipe. For more details, visit:


https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/projects/bel-air-bedbrooke-field-iris-integrated-project#online-engagement-opportunity-january-28-february-16

Reminder regarding garbage, parking and property maintenance by-laws

We would like to remind residents that garbage can be put at the curb any time after 6 pm the evening prior to your collection day and no later than 7 am on your collection day. Place bags or cans on the ground as close as possible to the roadway, but not on the sidewalk, roadway or on top of a snow bank. Empty cans and bins are to be removed from the curb on the same day of pickup.

We would also like to ensure you are aware of the property maintenance and parking by-laws infractions such as not parking cars on lawns, as well as the removal of derelict vehicles and the accumulation of junk or debris around a property. You can learn more about the by-laws on the city website.

https://ottawa.ca/en/living-ottawa/laws-licences-and-permits/laws/law-z/property-maintenance-law-no-2005-208

https://ottawa.ca/en/living-ottawa/laws-licences-and-permits/laws#street-parking

Notice of Night Work at Pinecrest Creek Stormwater Pond

This notice is to advise that, as part of the Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, construction will occur day and night in the area of Pinecrest Creek Stormwater Pond.


What

Overnight construction work will be taking place. Construction crews, trucks and equipment will start deep excavation of the Pinecrest Creek Stormwater Pond. Maintenance vehicles, generators and fuel trucks will be operating as required.

When

Mid-January through May 2021, Mondays through Saturdays. No Sunday work is expected.

Why

Excavation and removal of soil is necessary for the construction of the new Pinecrest Creek Stormwater Pond. Site conditions, weather and scheduling currently allow for work to occur day and night. 24-hour operations during winter and spring will enable night work excavation to be completed by summer.

Where

Pinecrest Creek Stormwater Pond area, near Baseline Road and Woodroffe Avenue.

Hours

24 hours a day, Mondays through Saturdays. No Sunday work is planned.

Anticipated Impacts

Measures are in place during overnight operations to minimize impact to the community. All trucks will be equipped with the less obtrusive broadband back-up alarm. In addition, trucks will not reverse, debris will be loaded onto trucks and unloaded off-site, lighting will be directed to work site and not toward homes. Pedestrian and cyclist connectivity through the park will be maintained as the construction zone will be fenced for safety. Motorists and pedestrians should be aware of a high volume of construction vehicles using the Woodroffe Avenue construction access road. Spotters will be on-site to manage the increased activity, pedestrians and motorists should adhere to traffic control personnel and posted speed limits. Environmental management during construction will include noise and vibration monitoring, and dust control.

The safety of workers and the public is paramount, and we thank you for your patience during construction.

To receive electronic updates please sign up at Ottawa.ca/Stage2 and click ‘Connect with us.’ Be sure to select updates for “Algonquin Station” (previously known as ‘Baseline Station’).

For other accommodations, or any questions, please contact:

Jessica Maxwell

Stakeholder Relations, Rail Construction Program

City of Ottawa

jessica.maxwell@ottawa.ca / www.ottawa.ca/stage2

Community Safety and Well-Being Plan: Have Your Say

Everyone has a role to play in safety and well-being, and your feedback is important to continue to develop Ottawa’s Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) Plan. When we work effectively together as a community, we can address common priorities to ensure Ottawa is a safe, healthy, and vibrant community.


On October 28, 2020, City Council approved six local priorities that will be the focus of Ottawa’s first CSWB Plan: discrimination, marginalization & racism, financial security & poverty reduction, gender-based violence & violence against women, housing, integrated & simpler systems, and mental well-being.


The City is offering multiple engagement opportunities from January 18 to February 28 and they want your ideas!


This phase of community engagement will focus on gathering more detailed feedback to set strategic objectives, strategies and actions on each of the priorities. Details are available on the CSWB webpage and here is how you can participate:

  • Register to attend a City-led virtual community conversation meeting where you will discuss one of the CSWB priorities in a facilitated virtual session.

  • Participate in the CSWB online survey.

  • Join the conversation and add your suggestions to the online virtual forum.

  • Drop a pin and leave a comment on the online map feature. The City is gathering input of where residents and stakeholders experience gaps in services related to the CSWB priorities.

  • Host your own virtual meeting in your community using the CSWB Community Toolkit.

Residents and stakeholders can sign up for the CSWB newsletter to stay informed or can share their feedback with the project team at CSWB/SBEC@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424, ext. 42489.


Partner updates


Anti-Asian racism in Ottawa


Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, our City has seen increasing reports of hate incidents targeting Asian residents. Although anti-Asian racism previously existed in Ottawa, the pandemic has created a new form of anti-Asian racism that links China and the novel coronavirus.


The City's Anti-Racism Secretariat has launched an anti-Asian racism campaign. The campaign, which was spearheaded by Councillor Rawlson King, the City’s Council Liaison for Anti-Racism and Ethnocultural Relations, sends the message that anti-Asian racism has no place in Ottawa and encourages all residents to be an ally and speak out against racism. You can see the campaign on the City’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.


New Official Plan


The draft New Official Plan is a complex document. In order to facilitate your feedback, the City has created a series of one-pagers on the key topics they heard in their engagements so far.


There are twenty-one of these documents providing a brief overview of the New Official Plan proposed policies. You can select the topics of interest to you or go through them all. A link is also provided below each one-pager, taking you to a tailored feedback form. This allows you to give feedback directly on this area of interest.


If you have any questions or would like to provide general comments, you can always do so through by emailing newop@ottawa.ca.


Please sign up for the CSWB newsletter to stay in touch.

Outdoor Rinks

The outdoor ice rinks at Agincourt Park and Bel-Air Park (on Berwick Avenue) are opened for residents to enjoy. Please follow the Covid-19 safety measures.

https://ottawa.ca/en/recreation-and-parks/skating/outdoor-rinks

Update on the Stormwater Management Pond Construction in the Bel-Air Community

The construction for the Stormwater Management Pond on the NCC land between the Baseline Rd/Woodroffe Ave corner and Iris Street has started.


At the request of the city staff and the KEV construction company, the Bel-Air Community Association Board hosted an online information meeting for our residents via Zoom on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. There was a presentation by Jessica Maxwell and Damon Berlin, Stakeholder Relations staff, Rail Construction Program, Transportation Services Department, City of Ottawa. Representatives from KEV were in attendance to answer questions.


It was announced at the meeting that KEV has applied for a noise by-law exemption and intends to operate 24 hours, 6 days a week (which differs from the hours indicated in the construction flyer distributed to residents). KEV said that the benefit of running the 24/6 operation will result in less overall disturbance if they can get the majority of the 30,000 truckloads of earth removed during the winter when residents' windows are closed versus extending the excavation through the summer when windows are open and the noise would be more of an issue.


It was also noted at the meeting that many residents did not receive the flyer announcing the start of the construction project. There has been a request to have another flyer distributed with the corrected information. If you live in Bel-AIr Park or Bel-Air Heights and did not receive a paper announcement in your house's mail box the weekend of December 13-14, would you please let us know. we want to improve notice to residents by getting KEV to better distribute information.


Construction facts provided on the flyer indicate that there will be approximately 250,000 m3 of earth removed off-site via dump trucks. The approximately 30,000 truckloads will enter and exit via the 1 access at Woodroffe Avenue.


To receive electronic updates, you can sign up at Ottawa.ca/Stage2 and click 'Connect with us.' Be sure to select updates for 'Algonquin Station' (previously known as 'Baseline Station').


If you have any questions or concerns (such as noise, safety, dirt/dust, rats), please contact 311 and the Stakeholder Relations person below.


Jessica Maxwell, Stakeholder Relations, Rail Construction Program, City of Ottawa

jessica.maxwell@ottawa.ca

www.ottawa.ca/stage2


You are also welcome to copy the Bel-Air Community Association on your concerns at belaircommunityassociation@gmail.com.

Stormwater Management Pond Construction Zoom Meeting - Dec 15 at 7 PM

We have been advised that next week, the construction for the Stormwater Management Pond on the NCC land between the Baseline Rd/Woodroffe Ave corner and Iris Street will begin.


At the request of the city staff and the KEV construction company, the Bel-Air Community Association board has agreed to host an online information meeting for our residents via Zoom on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 7 PM.


The presenter will be Damon Berlin, Stakeholder Relations, Rail Construction Program, Transportation Services Department, City of Ottawa. Representatives from KEV will be in attendance to answer questions. Presentation slide materials will be provided prior to information session.


You can join the Zoom meeting with the following link or by the phone numbers below.


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Update on Council's Decision on Integrity Commissioner's Second Report

UPDATE: On Wednesday, Novemeber 25, 2020, all IC report recommendations were unanimously passed by City Council along with additional motions such as asking Councillor Rick Chiarelli to resign; writing Minister Steve Clark to request changes to the Municipality Act; requesting to restrict the Councillor's physical access to city buildings, meetings, staff and councillors; donating his salary to local organizations dealing with victims of domestic violence and harassment; and having a public apology from the Mayor.

Queensview and Lincoln Fields Survey

The Queensway Terrace North Community Association board is conducting a survey to help with their input into the planning and development on Queensview and Lincoln Fields areas.

As a neighbouring community association, our residents are encouraged to complete the short survey link to anonymously share your preferences and habits.

Recommended Ward Boundaries - Final Report

Good afternoon,

As you may be aware, I am one of the consultants for the Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020, which has been tasked with establishing new ward boundaries for the City of Ottawa to use in the next three or four municipal elections. You are receiving this email because you signed up for project updates or are identified as a key stakeholder.

This email includes updates and information regarding:

The Round 2 public consultation results; and

The release of the Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020 – Recommended Ward Boundaries – Final Report, which recommends a realigned ward boundary system for the City of Ottawa

Round 2 Public Consultation

Round 2 public consultation ran from August 19, 2020 to September 25, 2020. During this phase, we engaged with residents and stakeholders and collected feedback on the six options outlined in the Options Report and the Supplementary Report. All Members of Council, including the new Ward 19 – Cumberland Councillor, were consulted. We also held additional meetings with some Members, particularly those in more impacted wards.

As gathering restrictions continued due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public consultation meetings were conducted virtually through Zoom. Six public meetings and three stakeholder meetings were held, which included representatives from community associations, business improvement areas, school boards and advocacy groups.

Residents and stakeholders were also encouraged to complete a survey available through ottawa.ca or, for those with limited or no access to a computer, by requesting a paper copy.

In total, 2,150 surveys, 238 submissions and comments by email and telephone, and 16 Guest Book entries were submitted during Round 2, and 137 individuals and stakeholder groups participated in the public and stakeholder meetings. More details on the Round 2 public consultation process can be found in the Recommended Ward Boundaries - Final Report, which is described below in more detail.

Release of the Recommended Ward Boundaries - Final Report

The Final Report was released today on the City’s website and its recommendations are based on the following:

The feedback on the six options for realigning Ottawa’s wards;

Identification of a ‘preferred option’;

Balancing the various components of “effective representation”; and

Previous Court and Tribunal decisions

The Final Report will be considered by the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDC) and City Council during their December 1, 2020 and December 9, 2020 meetings, respectively. The report recommends a new ward boundary structure of 24 wards, with 12 urban wards, nine suburban wards and three rural wards.

A new interactive geoOttawa mapping feature has been created so you can view how the recommended structure would affect you. PDF maps for each of the 24 wards are also available.

If you would like to send a written submission to FEDC regarding the Final Report, or register to speak about the report at the meeting of December 1, 2020, please contact Carole Legault, Committee Coordinator, at CaroleA.Legault@Ottawa.ca or by calling 613-580-2424 ext. 28934. You must register to speak by no later than 9:00 am on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Presentations to the Committee are limited to five minutes and will be made through the virtual meeting platform, Zoom. To ensure timely receipt and distribution of written comments to Members of Council, communications regarding the report should be sent no later than 4:00 pm on Monday, November 30, 2020.

Thank you for your interest in this project.

Best regards,

Beate Bowron, Project Manager, Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020

Link to Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020

Important Notice on Winter Maintenance and Parking Bans

Here is what you need to know about the winter parking ban to avoid parking tickets.

Response to Integrity Commissioner's Second Report

As some of you are already aware, the Integrity Commissioner's Second Report was released on Friday, November 20, 2020. You can view a copy of the report at the following link:

https://app05.ottawa.ca/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=7867&doctype=AGENDA

City Council will meet this Wednesday, November 25, 2020 to vote on the recommended sanction made by the Integrity Commissioner (IC) to penalize Councillor Rick Chiarelli on his conduct. Those recommendations include an additional 180 days of salary suspension; his removal from all committees, agencies and boards; and the removal of his authority to hire staff and approve budget expenditures until the end of his term in 2022. The city clerk will be asked to delegate the authority.

Unfortunately, there is limitation on sanctions available to the IC and Council so Councillor Chiarelli can not be removed from office given the current legislation under the Municipality Act.

There has been some discussion amongst a few of the College Ward community association executives regarding a response to the report. Below are a few of the options that have been discussed.

The BACA Board met last night (Monday, November 23) and approved these initiatives.

1) The community associations discussed sending an email to the Mayor and Council showing their support for the report and sanctions recommended, and given the limited representation in College Ward until the next election, asking how our ward will be represented moving forward. The BACA Board approved this initiative.

2) Some of the College Ward community associations received an email from Nancy O'Brien who has identified herself as one of the complainants in the second report. She is looking for support via a letter (template provided below) or by signing a petition to ask MPP Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to make changes to the Municipality Act so that a councillor can be removed from office under these circumstances. Here is her email template and here is the petition which was originally started by Tristan Mack, Bells Corners CA. The BACA Board approved circulating and posting these for the residents who wish to support these initiatives.

3) We had also discussed sending a second letter to Councillor Chiarelli asking for his resignation. We still have not received a reply from the first letter asking Councillor Chiarelli to resign that was sent after the first Integrity Commissioner's Report in the summer. If a second letter is to be sent, we felt that it would be important to have more than 4 community associations asking the Councillor to step down from his position. We have reached out to the other College Ward community associations to see if they would be willing to support a letter requesting the Councillor's resignation. The BACA Board approved signing the second letter provided more CAs added their signatures.

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COPY OF LETTER SENT TO MAYOR and COUNCIL MEMBERS, COPIED TO CITY CLERK & INTEGRITY COMMISSIONER (November 24, 2020)

Attention: Mayor Jim Watson and Council Members

We have read the Integrity Commissioner's Second Report and are disturbed by the conduct of Councillor Chiarelli. The Bel-Air Community Association Board of Directors fully support the recommendations made by the Integrity Commissioner and hope that Council will unanimously support these recommendations.

We do have a few questions regarding this matter.

(1) Is it possible to have further sanctions imposed for the poor treatment of the staff who came forward as witnesses (and testified under oath) but didn't lodge a formal complaint?

(2) Given the limited representation in the College Ward until the next election in 2022, how will the College Ward constituents be represented moving forward?

Thank you in advance for giving this important matter your attention.

Best regards,

Jean Mullan and Kathryn Loyen, Co-Presidents, Bel-Air Community Association

DRAFTED LETTER REQUESTING COUNCILLOR'S RESIGNATION

Dear Rick Chiarelli,

We, the presidents of College Ward's community associations, are writing to you today to ask for your resignation from the Ward 8 City Councillor position.

We have read the Integrity Commissioner's second report and are disturbed by the contents. We respect the authority and jurisdiction of the Integrity Commissioner and believe the content of the report to be accurate and truthful. Therefore, we are requesting that you do the right thing and immediately step down from your position as the Ward 8 City Councillor for the common good of our communities.

We feel that the residents of Ward 8 deserve to have representation at City Hall with an elected official whose behaviour is honourable and respectful and doesn't commit offences such as those reported by the Integrity Commissioner.

Signed by the list of supporting CA presidents, VPs or past-presidents.

******

Please let us know your thoughts on the various options.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this important matter.

Regards,

Bel-Air Community Association Board of Directors


Remembrance Day Commemorations

Despite cancellations due to the pandemic, Remembrance Day commemorations are still happening on November 11th, but mostly online. For details, check out https://www.ottawamatters.com/local-news/covid-19-alters-remembrance-day-celebrations-in-ottawa-2849662.

Post your 2020 Remembrance Day photos to our Facebook!

BACA President's Report for AGM Nov 1, 2020

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the Bel Air Community Association Annual General Meeting via Zoom.

Hope everyone is doing well as the world continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic

I am Kathryn Loyen and with Jean Mullan we have been the Co-Presidents for the 2019-2020

term.

We both would like to say Thank You to the current Board of Directors for their time

representing the community. Thank You to other members that have volunteered for events or

advocating on specific issues that impact this community. And Thank You to all the residents

that are members of the Bel Air Community Association.

Here are some Highlights of 2020 in the Bel Air Community Association:

Winter Fun Day did take place on Family Day at Berwick Park. Thank You to Tatiana Vorobej

for coordinating the event. It was a beautiful sunny winter day with a lot of people that came to

skate, paint the snow and ice and enjoy some hot chocolate and snacks.

Thank You to William Brigden for maintaining the rink at this location and to Tom Sauve who

maintains the Agincourt Rink. The boards are up, so stay tune for when the rinks open on the

BACA Facebook page and any safety measures in place for COVID.

As COVID hit and so many restrictions were put into place, many planned activities were

cancelled. However, lots of residents promoted great ideas to put pictures in our windows

based on themes such as Valentines Day and Easter and recently for Halloween for children to

look for when walking through the neighbourhood.

The GLAD Cleaning the Capital Program was able to have a fall campaign, but with new

restrictions the BACA suggested people go out in small groups and collect garbage. Let’s

continue to do our part to pick up litter safely and dispose of it. A reminder to dog owners to be

sure to pick up dog poo and dispose of it.

Thank You to Karen Yantha for contacting the property owner for apartments regarding garbage

issues. They have now installed an enclosure to contain the garbage bins.

The Board of Directors monthly meetings went from someone's home to the Zoom format in

April to continue to represent the Bel Air Community Association.

Facebook/Website redesigned thanks to Jean.

Posting information on the Facebook / Website: such as COVID updates and promoting to

thank front line workers every Wednesday, Neighbourhood Watch Updates, and posting other

relevant information. Did you know about Buy Nothing or the Parents of Copeland Park/Bel Air

Websites? Create way to network in the community.

Responding to e-mails

City of Ottawa:

Public Meeting for proposed subdivision of 2112 Bel Air Drive (July 7)

Transportation Master Plan Update

Tree Planting City and NCC

Traffic issues: Flex Poles on various streets, requesting lower speed limits around school, Slow

Down signs

Winter Parking Restrictions Feedback from residents

Bel-Air, Bedbrooke, Field, Iris Integrated Project in 2021

2021 Budget for College Ward Oct 29

Board Members participate in other meetings and BACA is part of the Federation of Community

Association (FCA), liaise with other Community Associations in Ward 8.


Suzanne Brown is the Neighbourhood Watch contact and she has provides updates on the

neighbourhood which will be provided later in the meeting.

The other board members will provide an update on the sub committees.

The board will continue to represent the Bel Air Community Association. If you are interested to

participate, please consider to join. And if not to be on the board, please continue to contact us

with information requests and concerns. Also to tell your neighbours to become members.

Thank You for attending this Annual General Meeting today.

2019-2020 NCC and City Park Report for AGM Nov 1, 2020

Last year at the AGM, we had reported on 60 trees added to the NCC land between Iris and Maitland (@ Cline) plus 2 benches were added along the NCC pathway near the old Church and east of the Cline entrance. Hydro One had cut down many trees under their power lines through the NCC property and Navaho Park plus many residents properties. The BACA was successful in its request to the City to get trees for Navaho Park and Garfield Parks which will be planted by November 2020. We had requested additional trees for the NCC land for this year but wasn't successful but have put in a request for next season (2021).

Bench at Bel-Air Park: The memorial granite bench from the old St. Michael's Anglican Church at 2112 Bel-Air Drive has been moved to the Bel-Air Park on Berwick. The bench was donated from the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa and they have offered to add a plaque. Thank you to the staff at the Councillor's office and city staff for their help in moving the bench.

Fencing at Garfield Park: We requested the completion of fencing at the Garfield off-leash dog park. The park is currently open to Garfield Drive and 2 homes backing onto the park. We would like to have the park closed in for the safety of the dogs and those driving by. We will also ask to have the sewer top grids changed to less open grids to avoid injury to the dogs.

Jean Mullan, Co-President & Chair of NCC & City Parks Committee

2019-2020 Traffic Committee Report for AGM Nov 1, 2020

1. We have had an unusual situation with our Councillor being on leave for part of the

year. Nonetheless, several matters have moved forward.

2. Flexiposts have been installed on Navaho Drive between Iris Street and the tennis courts

at Laxton Crescent. Unfortunately, the flexiposts between Iris and Baseline have still not

been put up – still a concern at Forman Cres and Navaho Drive. A request has been

made to have the speed limit reduced to 40 KPH on Navaho Drive south of Iris.

3. The Councillor’s office has been approached repeatedly to have the speed limits in the

school districts reduced to 30 KPH. This would include on Agincourt Ave. at Agincourt

Public School, St. Daniel’s Catholic School on Field Cres and Charlotte Lemieux French

Public School on Belair drive.

4. We want to thank the more than 25 residents who submitted recommendations to the Councillor’s

office regarding wintertime parking in June and July.

5. In general, we are pursuing having he speed limit throughout the community reduced to

40 KPH and hoping that this does not have to be agreed to street by street through

petitioning by residents.

6. In October, a Bel-Air community member shared with the Board that there was a fourth

accident in front of his house on Field Cres – these accidents have occurred over a

period of several years. The Traffic committee and Board are now pursuing traffic

calming measures and a reduced speed limit for Field Cres including at St Daniel’s

School.

7. The traffic committee is always looking for more engagement. Please contact

the BACA email to join in the fun!

Michelle Meyers, Chair, Traffic Committee

2019-2020 Development and Housing Committee Report for AGM Nov 1, 2020

The major highlights for Development and Housing:

- sale and development of 2112 Bel-Air Dr (old St Michael's church)

- proliferation of rental development in the area


  1. 2112 Bel-Air Dr:

The property was sold to Uniform Development in Ottawa, a boutique builder with a good reputation for constructing high-end developments. The plans show the construction for 27 units, mainly row homes. We hosted several meetings with the community and the builder to ensure all our concerns about parking, traffic, water pressure, winter snow storage and flooding have been addressed. We have been pleased with the responses from Uniform. At this point, we have heard no firm dates on the start of construction.


  1. Rental unit construction:

Our community is mainly composed of single family homes and it is zoned for that especially the zoning that doesn't allow for duplexes. When I brought up the fact that our homes were being bought specifically to be converted to rental units, I was pointed to the Ontario law for secondary dwellings. As well, these converted main floor/basement rental units were not considered a duplex even though they were on the same foundation. We basically have NO say in how our community is being redeveloped since there are several bylaws and laws that contradict each other and allow owners to bypass the intent of our community as a single family home community.

We are also finding more homes being converted to rooming houses. I worked with Rick to have a bylaw amendment to ensure homes with 8 or more bedrooms to be considered as a rooming house and not allowed in our community. We know of one home on Navaho Drive that was being marketed as having 8 bedrooms but we have no recourse now that the home has been constructed. These rental property earmarked for student type housing are very lucrative where the renting of individual rooms far surpassing the rent for a 3 bedroom unit.

The problem with these rental units is the city has no power to enter the home to investigate any infractions. I was working with Rick on a new bylaws and licensing of these rental units but hopefully Rick will have more to say on these changes.


In summary, I have found it extremely frustrating navigating the bylaw BS that allows these rental units to be developed. My only recommendation to the community is to continue monitoring development and call the city bylaw department at 311 to ensure these developments are inspected before they are completed and to insure all the building permits have been issued.

Thank you,

Brent Webster, Chair of Development and Housing Committee

Neighbourhood Watch News for AGM Nov 1, 2020

Hello all,

I do hope this finds you well.

In reviewing the crimes in our neighourhood there are no crimes in Bel-Air. I am surprised since I get the odd call from some residents about incidents yet they do not appear on the tool I use to review crimes. A few items worthy of note:

1. Although I realize that there have been workers in our neighbourhood as they prepare for the upgrades to our water and sewer system, it's quite possible that you may have seen workers entering your yards, looking for services. Having said that, I'm told that late at night, one resident has reported suspicious activity in his yard. Although it was reported to the Police, it does not appear on the crime reporting tool that I use.

2. Recently, one dog walker was approached at Iris and the Bike path, asking for money. May I suggest that for those of you that walk in the neighbourhood (and there are many including me :-), that you leave your wallet and mobile device(s) at home.

3. Oct. 24th Damage to property, Field Street: a drunk driver slammed into a few vehicles on Field Street north of Iris before stopping on Field south of Iris The person was arrested on the scene.

4. Although Bel-Air seems to be crime free as far as the Police Report would indicate, there are crimes in neighbouring communities that you may be interested. In fact, my Watch area has expanded to a few residents in Copeland Park.

5. Nearby incidents:

a. Woodroffe at Iris: Robbery - personal - items taken 8pm Oct. 7

b. Cline near Sherman: theft 11 am Oct. 19

c. Apartments on Baseline; Oct. 7. 5 pm; mischief to property

d. College Square in the area of Chatters or so: Theft: Sept 25, 8pm.

Here are News from the Ottawa Police

1. Reminder: Important tips to protect your vehicle from car thieves

(Ottawa) –The Ottawa Police reminds the community that the risk of thefts, and repeat thefts, of high-end Lexus and Toyota vehicles in Ottawa is still very present, particularly with larger SUVs, RX350, 4 Runner and Highlander There have been 11 luxury vehicle thefts in the past week.

We remind car owners of the following tips to protect their vehicle:

• Make your vehicle less vulnerable to theft by parking it in a locked garage and or by blocking it in tightly with a second vehicle. Exterior lighting and video surveillance around the driveway can also serve as a deterrent.

• Consider installing an after marker electronic immobilizer devices which can interfere with the starting of the vehicle.

• Be vigilant that there is no damage to the door locks mechanisms as this could be an indicator that your car has been targeted.

• Consider protecting your vehicle with devices such as car alarms or steering wheel locking devices such as "The Club".

• GPS tracking devices have become increasingly popular. Some even allow the vehicle owner to electronically "fence-in" their vehicle whereby an alarm cue would occur if the vehicle were to leave the fenced-in area without authorization.

• Locks to restrict access to the on-board diagnostic plug exist and when applied can impede a thief from re-programming a key.

• If you are selling your vehicle, be wary not to let anyone have access to your car keys and do not let your vehicle out of your sight. This prevents a thief from copying your key during a “test drive” so they can return to steal it.

• Finally, good old fashioned neighbourhood watch is a great deterrent. Be vigilant and call 911 to report any suspicious vehicles in your neighbourhood. Most thefts occur between midnight and 5am in the morning.

Investigators have not yet seen the use of signal amplifiers in Ottawa. In the event that this technology makes its way to Ottawa, a simple line of defense is to consider keeping any vehicle with a proximity key fob inside a radio frequency shield device (RFS device). This will prevent the key fob’s signal from being amplified to the vehicle from inside the house protecting it from being driven away.

2. NEW RELEASE: HOME TAKEOVERS REPORT & INFOGRAPHIC

o It’s normal to invite a friend, family member or someone you know into your home. A home takeover happens when you can’t get them to leave and they start acting in a way that makes you feel physically, financially or emotionally unsafe.

o If someone won’t leave your home

o It’s important to act if your home has been taken over, or if a guest is refusing to leave.

o Call someone you trust for help, such as a family member, support worker or landlord. You can also report the problem to the Ottawa Police Service on 613-236-1222 ext. 7300.

o If you’re feeling scared, find somewhere safe to stay. Call 911 if you think your life is in danger.

o Access our resources – and watch our videos – to learn about the warning signs and what to do if you or someone you know is a victim of a home takeover.

o We also offer presentations and workshops on home takeovers, tailored to your community or to your building’s needs. Email us at cpo@ottawa.ca to book your session.

Stay well.

Suzanne Brown, Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator, Bel-Air

Agenda and documents for AGM

Here is the agenda and other documents for the Annual General Meeting on Sunday, November 1, 2020 from 2-4 PM. All paid members will receive an invitation to the online meeting hosted via Zoom on Saturday, October 31, 2020.

2020 AGM BACA Agenda

2019- AGM draft minutes

BACA Special General Meeting 2020-09-21 Minutes

AGM2020Fin1

Auditor Certificate2020

BACA.Constitution.as ratified 2020-09-21.pdf

Neighbourhood Watch News (see above news post)

Have Your Say About Your Ward

What services and infrastructure do you want to see in College Ward? Now is your opportunity to have your say as the City develops its budget for 2021.

Next year’s budget will be a challenging one due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City is working on a budget that limits the property-tax increase to no more than three per cent – keeping Ottawa affordable, especially for those who have faced financial hardship because of the pandemic.

We are in unprecedented times and there are a lot of financial unknowns, meaning 2021 will be a lean year for Ottawa. Since the City will have fewer options for how to spend its money, your feedback will be especially important to make sure we’re investing our dollars where they're needed most.

There are many ways to share your comments about our ward and the priorities you would like to focus on:

• Post feedback or ask questions on social media using #OttBudget.

• Call 3-1-1.

• Use the tools on Engage Ottawa.

• Contact our office at (613) 580-2478 or Rick.Chiarelli@Ottawa.ca.

After the draft budget is tabled at City Council on Wednesday, November 4, you can also speak at a standing committee, commission or board meeting when they consider their portion of the budget in November and December.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, ward budget consultation sessions will be virtual this year. Please join us on October 29th at 7:00 pm to discuss investments in our community.

Your feedback is valuable, and we look forward to working with you and the rest of our community about how to allocate funding in College Ward.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Oct 29, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Draft Budget 2021

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ds7acKSSR_uXtBnFNkWMSg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you are unable to attend at this time, the consultation will be made available on our YouTube channel for your convenience.


Rachel Hennessy

Director of Operations

Offices of Councillor Rick Chiarelli

City of Ottawa | 110 Laurier Ave. W.

Ottawa. Ontario K1P 1J1

613-580-2400 ex 25264

Rachel.Hennessy@ottawa.ca


Halloween Pumpkin Hunt

Ottawa Public Health is recommending not to do Trick or Treating this year due to COVID. Here is an idea to decorate our homes so kids can at least walk around in costumes.

On Halloween put a pumpkin outside or in your window. Parents/caregivers can take their child out for a pumpkin hunt putting a treat in their child's bag every time they spot a pumpkin!

Don't forget to share your photos on our Facebook! Happy Halloween!

Bel-Air Community Association Annual General Meeting (AGM)

posted Sep 28, 2020, 10:27 AM [ updated Sep 28, 2020, 3:44 PM ]

Sunday, November 1, 2020 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m..

Online Meeting via Zoom (or you can call into the meeting by phone).


Interested in making a difference in your community? Why not join the Bel-Air Community Association? Community members are welcome to put their names forward to serve on the board. We also need members for the Bel-Air community's Traffic Committee and the Housing and Development Committee.


In order to attend the online AGM Zoom meeting (or call into the meeting by phone), Bel-Air residents are asked to become a member or renew their annual membership ($10) by Friday, October 30, 2020. An invitation to the AGM Zoom meeting will be sent out to all paid members on Saturday, October 31, 2020. Visit the Join/Renew webpage for details on paying your membership fees.


Please help to spread the word around the community and tell your neighbours.


Covid-19 Update

We are at a critical point in the COVID-19 pandemic, What we do now - limiting close physical contact to people within your household - will help us in the weeks ahead. New Ontario government restrictions & Ottawa Public Health recommendations were announced: https://ottawa.ca/en/news/what-you-need-know-about-social-gatherings-october?fbclid=IwAR1Mdmt0CIEhxwsDQZk1g0LnKJOQFaCl0xGKfx57-DyfqvT3cHKPaVcp6oQ

City of Ottawa Cleaning the Capital

Bel Air Community residents, let’s do our part and pick up litter during the fall campaign until October 15.

When you are out and about in the neighbourhood, pick up garbage. If possible put the garbage bags with your curbside collection schedule. If you need garbage bags and vinyl gloves, please contact Kathryn Loyen to get supplies: kbloyen@rogers.com or text 613 282-3845.

Share your photos on our Facebook! Thanks for keeping our neighborhood clean.

Ottawa's Transportation Master Plan Online Questionnaire

posted Sep 21, 2020, 4:37 PM

The public and stakeholders are invited to review consultation materials and fill out an online questionnaire on the City of Ottawa’s Transportation Master Plan by October 23, 2020. For more details and to complete questionnaire, visit:

https://engage.ottawa.ca/transportation-master-plan

City of Ottawa Ward Boundary Review: Round 2 Survey by September 25, 2020

posted Sep 20, 2020, 9:05 PM

The public has until September 25th, 2020 to give your feedback on the Ottawa Ward Boundary Review: Round 2 Survey at engage.ottawa.ca.


Baseline Station to Barrhaven LRT Public Consultation by Sept 23, 2020

posted Sep 20, 2020, 8:57 PM [ updated Sep 20, 2020, 9:00 PM ]

You are invited to view and provide feedback on the materials prepared for the second public consultation event for the Barrhaven Light Rail Transit (Baseline Station to Barrhaven Town Centre) and Rail Grade-Separations Planning and Environmental Assessment (EA) Study by September 23, 2020.

Due to the public health guidelines for COVID-19, this public consultation will occur online at the study’s website for a period of two weeks (September 9th – 23rd, 2020).

Details of the Online Event:

When: September 9th – September 23rd 2020

Where: Study Website: English: www.Ottawa.ca/BarrhavenLRT [ottawa.ca] and French: www.Ottawa.ca/BarrhavenTLR [ottawa.ca]

What: The material presented will include:

• A brief review of the information shared to date

• The evaluation of alternative designs;

• Woodroffe, Southwest Transitway and Fallowfield Road rail grade-separations at the VIA Rail Smith Falls Subdivision;

• Preliminary Recommended Plan for the project;

• Preliminary impact assessment;

• Implementation and staging plans; and.

• Next steps.

The website will also include three (3) videos to present the information described above as such:

Overview Presentation of the Preliminary Recommended Plan

Presentation of the Preliminary Recommended Plan for the Baseline Station to Nepean Sportsplex Station Section

Presentation of the Preliminary Recommended Plan for the Nepean Sportsplex to Barrhaven Centre Section

In addition, presentation boards and roll plans will also be available describing the Preliminary Recommended Plan for the project.

Your feedback is an important component of the study. Primary means for providing feedback include submission of the Comment-Questionnaire form (posted on the project website) or sending email to the City Project Manager. Any comments received will be collected under the Environmental Assessment Act and, with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record. Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require alternative means to provide feedback, please contact the City Project Manager as noted below.

Jabbar Siddique, Senior Project Manager, Transportation Planning, City of Ottawa.

Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 13914

Email: jabbar.siddique@ottawa.ca

https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/projects/barrhaven-light-rail-transit-baseline-station-barrhaven-town-centre-and-rail-grade-separations-planning-and-environmental-assessment-study


Tree Planting

posted Sep 20, 2020, 8:53 PM

The City of Ottawa Forestry Services’ fall planting program will run this year. They are planning to plant at Navaho Park and Garfield Park as part of the fall program. The fall planting program will begin at the end of September and run through to mid-November.

They are also now accepting tree planting requests for 2021. Find out more at:

www.ottawa.ca/forestry


Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste

posted Aug 3, 2020, 8:04 PM

The second Household Hazardous Waste Depot in 2020 will be held:

Tuesday, August 18 to Saturday, August 22, 2020.

Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Westbrook Snow Disposal Facility - 200 Westbrook Road.

No electronic waste will be accepted at this site.

https://ottawa.ca/en/garbage-and-recycling/hazardous-waste-and-special-items#disposal-household-hazardous-waste

Property Maintenance and Parking Concerns

posted Aug 3, 2020, 9:38 AM [ updated Aug 3, 2020, 11:10 AM ]

For any property maintenance and parking concerns including cars parking on lawns, please report to city by-law.

https://ottawa.ca/en/living-ottawa/laws-licences-and-permits/laws/law-z/property-maintenance-law-no-2005-208

https://ottawa.ca/en/living-ottawa/laws-licences-and-permits/laws#street-parking


Bel-Air, Bedbrooke, Field, Iris Integrated Project

posted Jul 19, 2020, 4:39 PM [ updated Jul 19, 2020, 4:41 PM ]

The City of Ottawa is undertaking the design work for the rehabilitation of select street segments within the Bel-Air Community. The work is being conducted to replace aging road, sewer and watermain infrastructure. The replacement of this aging infrastructure will assist in addressing flooding issues experienced within the community.

The project limits include:

  • Bel-Air Drive from Checkers Road to Garfield Avenue,

  • Checkers Road from easement between 1092 and 1096 Checkers Road to Bel-Air Drive,

  • Bedbrooke Street from Bel-Air Drive to Iris Street,

  • Field Street from Bel-Air Drive to Iris Street,

  • Iris Street from Field Street to 125m east.

Project timing

Design: Underway.

Construction Start: expected to begin in 2021.

Construction Completion: expected in 2022.

Project budget

Approved project funds to date are $1,050,000.

Public engagement

A public information session is expected to be held in the fall of 2020, to present the design drawings to the public. At this time attendees will be able to review the design, ask questions and provide comment on the proposed works. More information will be provided.

Contact information

For further information or to provide comments, please contact the City’s project manager:

Marc Tremblay(link sends e-mail), C.E.T.

Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure Projects

Design and Construction Municipal

100 Constellation Drive, Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8

Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 14391

Notice of project commencement (July 2020)

COVID-19 is an unprecedented situation and the City of Ottawa is committed to protecting people and the community. The Province of Ontario has allowed certain businesses and workplaces to reopen, including all municipal construction projects, as long as they comply with strict measures for public health and safe operations. In addition to the City’s ongoing work on critical infrastructure projects, we are now able to resume work on other construction projects that were paused due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The City is working closely with the industry and complying with restrictions and recommendations provided by municipal, provincial and federal health officials, as well as the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

The City of Ottawa is undertaking the design work for the rehabilitation of select street segments within the Bel-Air Community. The work is being conducted to replace aging road, sewer and watermain infrastructure. The replacement of this aging infrastructure will assist in addressing flooding issues experienced within the community.

What: The Bel-Air Drive, Bedbrooke Street, Field Street and Iris Street Integrated Project will involve the replacement of sanitary sewers, watermains, miscellaneous storm drainage infrastructure, roadways, sidewalks, and streetscape/landscape treatments within the City’s right of ways. During the design phase, various investigations may be required, including, property investigations to determine building drainage and service connections. Where required, these property owners will be contacted directly. Environmental and geotechnical investigations may also be required within the City’s right of way.

Why: The existing road, sewer, and watermain infrastructure is aging and needs to be replaced.

When: Design work has already commenced and will include environmental and geotechnical investigations, supplementary survey work and other field investigations, many of which will be taking place this summer and fall.

The design is expected to be completed by late spring of 2021. Subject to budget approval, construction is currently expected to begin in early summer of 2021 and run through the fall of 2022. The construction schedule will be confirmed through the design process.

Where: Work is planned to take place within the following street segments:

  • Bel-Air Drive – from Checkers Road to Garfield Avenue

  • Checkers Road – from easement between 1092 and 1096 Checkers Road to Bel-Air Drive

  • Bedbrooke Street – from Bel-Air Drive to Iris Street

  • Field Street – from Bel-Air Drive to Iris Street

  • Iris Street – from Field Street to 125 metres east

Who: The City has retained the services of Novatech to manage and complete the required engineering efforts.

Accessibility

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. The City makes every effort to provide access through and around construction sites. If you require special accommodation, please contact the project team listed below. Accessible formats and communication supports are available, upon request.

Public Involvement

A public information session is expected to be held in the fall of 2020, to present the design drawings to the public. At this time attendees will be able to review the design, ask questions and provide comment on the proposed works. More information will be provided.

Contact Information

For any emergency outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, please call the City at 3-1-1.

For further information about this project, please contact:

City’s Project Manager

Marc Tremblay(link sends e-mail), C.E.T.

Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure Projects

Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department

100 Constellation Drive Ottawa, ON, K2G 6J8

Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 14391

Design Consultant Representative

Nathan Quinn(link sends e-mail), P.Eng.

Project Manager

Public Sector Engineering

Novatech

240 Michael Cowpland Drive Ottawa, ON, K2M 1P6

Tel: 613-254-9643, ext. 293


Pinecrest Berm Application Cancelled

posted Jun 23, 2020, 4:27 PM

The Bel-Air Community Association (BACA) received notification this afternoon from NCC that KEV has pulled their application to build the Pinecrest Berms in the Bel-Air community. Thank you to the residents who made submissions to KEV. Your submissions provided the Bel-Air Community Association Directors with the arguments from residents which we presented at our meeting with NCC on May 27, 2020. Please see the NCC response below.

'As you know, KEV’s application was for berms at two locations, Pinecrest as well as Connaught. As part of the application, the NCC has required that KEV complete a full review of the soil contamination prior to any excavated soil being placed on NCC lands at both sites. Based on this requirement, along with BACA’s opposition to the berms at Pinecrest, KEV have now indicated that they will be pulling the application for the Pinecrest site. This would mean that KEV would not create berms at Pinecrest and would proceed with soil being moved off-site, according to the original agreement for the stormwater management pond.'

Notice of Online Public Meeting: Proposed Plan of Subdivision at 2112 Bel-Air Drive on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 4:30-6 PM via Zoom

posted Jun 19, 2020, 2:30 PM

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING CONCERNING A PROPOSED PLAN OF SUBDIVISION

File No.: D07-16-19-0032

This notice is to advise that the City of Ottawa will hold a Public Meeting on Tuesday, July 7, 2020

from 4:30 pm to 6 pm through Zoom (video conferencing) to discuss a proposed plan of

subdivision. The proposed subdivision applies to 2112 Bel-Air Drive. Instruction to participate is

available on the following page.

The Owner, Uniform Developments, is proposing to develop 27 townhomes.

The City of Ottawa may choose to give or refuse to give approval to a draft plan of subdivision.

The Planning Act, as amended, limits the rights of appeal from such a decision to certain defined

“persons” and public bodies. It should be noted that the list of “persons” who may appeal is

narrowly defined (such as electricity and gas utility operators) and does not include a general

member of the public.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at the public meeting, or make written

submissions to the City of Ottawa in respect of the proposed plan of subdivision, before the City

of Ottawa gives or refuses to give approval to the draft plan of subdivision, the person or public

body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the City of Ottawa to the Local Planning Appeal

Tribunal.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at the public meeting or make written

submissions to the City of Ottawa in respect of the proposed plan of subdivision before the City

of Ottawa gives or refuses to give approval to the draft plan of subdivision, the person or public

body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Local Planning Appeal

Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

If you have received this notice because you are the owner of a building within the area of the

proposed plan of subdivision, and the building has at least seven (7) residential units, it is

requested that you post this notice in a location visible to all of the residents.

Additional information relating to the proposed plan of subdivision is available for inspection by

the public.

Please direct inquiries to:

Mark Young, Assigned Planner

Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department

110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th floor

Ottawa ON K1J 1P1

Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 41396 Fax: 613-560-6006

e-mail: mark.young@ottawa.ca

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This meeting will be held through remote electronic participation in order to comply with an

Order in Council (filed March 28, 2020 and extended on June 5, 2020) pursuant to the

Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, which prohibits organized public events of

more than five people.


Remote Participation

The chosen technology for this meeting is Zoom, which allows for participation by telephone, as

well as by computers and mobile devices.

Persons who intend to participate during the meeting may wish to register/sign up in Zoom, if

they have not already done so. The following information is provided for your consideration and

guidance during remote participation in the meeting:

How to Join the Meeting

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/91664878092?pwd=RE9qbXA0WGYwNGtUUEVPNGJtNE9lUT09

Zoom ID: 916 6487 8092

Password: 225751

Or Telephone:

Dial 1 438 809 7799 (Toll Free)

Webinar ID: 916 6487 8092

Password: 225751

Format of the Meeting

The meeting will begin at 4:30 pm on July 7, 2020. The format of the meeting will be:

1. Opening remarks.

2. Presentation by City staff.

3. Presentation by the applicant.

4. Question and answer period.

5. Wrap up by City staff.


To ask a question to the presenter or to make a comment during the meeting, there are a few

options available:

1. Provide a list of your questions to City staff ahead of the meeting by emailing Mark

Young at mark.young@ottawa.ca. Staff will ask the question on your behalf during the

meeting or respond to your question prior to the meeting. Please limit it to two questions

per participant.

2. Register to ask questions prior to the meeting by emailing Mark Young. City staff will go

down the list of requested speakers during the question and answer period, and you

may ask questions during the meeting.

3. You can also use the “raise hand” function in Zoom during the question and answer

period, and you will be placed on the requested speakers list.

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Other Considerations

Project information can be found on the City’s devapp website:

https://app01.ottawa.ca/postingplans/appDetails.jsf?lang=en&appId=__BPX40J

If you join the Zoom meeting through your phone, please Do not put the phone on hold at any

time, as this will result in broadcasting “hold music” online once your mic function is unmuted

To optimize call quality when using a laptop, a headset with microphone is best if available to

you; otherwise, whether using your laptop microphone or cell phone, please speak directly into

the receiver and do not use speaker phone

Notice of Public Meeting - 2112 Bel-Air Drive.pdf

Updated Plan 2112.pdf

Public Notice: Pinecrest Creek Pond

posted Jun 12, 2020, 12:21 PM

Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit Project, West Extension Notice of Construction, Pinecrest Creek Pond, June 2020. This notice is to advise that, as part of the Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, trucks, crews and equipment will begin work in the area of Pinecrest Creek Pond. Work will begin with hydro line relocation in the Pinecrest Creek Pond area. This will be followed by the start of the Pinecrest Creek Pond construction this summer, once the provincial ECA permit is received.

WHAT: Crews, trucks and equipment will be temporarily relocating hydro lines and cabling, using the designated access on Woodroffe Avenue, followed by Pinecrest Creek Pond excavation and construction. The pond construction will involve deep excavation, hauling, retaining wall construction, and a realignment of the Pinecrest Creek. Final landscaping and planting will occur at the end of the project in 2023. Environmental management will include dust control, sweeping trucks, wildlife protection, with noise and vibration monitoring.

WHEN: June 2020 through 2021. WHY: The Stage 2 LRT project includes the construction of Pinecrest Creek Pond which will treat stormwater runoff from 435 ha upstream thereby improving the quality of water flowing into the Ottawa River. The temporary relocation of utilities in advance of excavation is necessary to ensure the viability of infrastructure.

WHERE: Pinecrest Creek Pond area, near Baseline Road and Woodroffe Avenue. HOURS: Construction activity will occur during daytime hours between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., Monday to Friday. No weekend or night work is expected for this.

ANTICIPATED IMPACTS Pedestrian and cyclist access in the park will be maintained. The multi-use pathway will continue to be fenced for safety. Motorists should be aware of construction vehicles accessing the park at Woodroffe Avenue with increased activity in the area. Motorists should adhere to traffic control signage, posted speed limits and watch for traffic control personnel. The safety of workers and the public is paramount, and we thank you for your patience during construction. Stay up to date with Stage 2 by signing up for our newsletter at ottawa.ca/stage2. To learn more or if have any questions, contact: Damon Berlin Stakeholder Relations, Rail Construction Program City of Ottawa damon.berlin@ottawa.ca www.ottawa.ca/stage2

Public Notice 030W - Pinecrest Creek Pond_June 2020 (1).pdf

Pinecrest Creek_Rendered 2019.12.jpg

Human Needs Task Force

posted May 26, 2020, 9:56 PM [ updated May 26, 2020, 9:59 PM ]

A Human Needs Task Force was implemented as part of the City’s Emergency Management Plan and emergency response to COVID-19 to ensure that they are responsive to the emerging needs of the community.

The task force is currently focused on service coordination for immediate, medium and long-term response associated with five emerging needs:

  • Outreach to isolated populations,

  • Food security,

  • Transportation,

  • Volunteer coordination, and

  • Housing and homeless needs.

Contact information:

Email HNTF@ottawa.ca(link sends e-mail)

Call 613-580-2424 ext. 26753

Please ask anyone facing difficulty to call 3-1-1. The City of Ottawa has many supports in place for residents in need and are expanding their capacity to meet local needs.

COVID-19 Survey for Seniors

posted May 25, 2020, 10:01 PM [ updated May 25, 2020, 10:02 PM ]

The Council on Aging wants to hear about your experiences during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With questions about how you are coping, managing anxiety and staying connected, your responses will be used to support Ottawa’s seniors during this and other public health crises.

Click on the link to complete the survey online. It will take about 15 minutes.

If you would prefer to complete the questionnaire over the phone, call 613-789-3577 ext. 4 and leave a message. Someone will call you back within 24 hours to collect your information.

Make sure your voice is heard.

Public Consultation on Proposal for Berm Creation on Bel-Air Community NCC land

posted Apr 10, 2020, 3:19 PM [ updated Apr 11, 2020, 12:18 PM ]

Last week, some Bel-Air residents received a Public Consultation letter from KEV, the consortium of Kiewit, Eurovia and Vinci. KEV is the organization responsible for constructing the Bel-Air Stormwater Management Pond on the NCC land near Baseline and Woodroffe, and for building the Stage 2 O-Train LRT Confederation Line East and West Extension. The letter is seeking Public Consultation on a proposal to use the soil extracted from these projects to build 5-12 meter (16-39 ft) berms on the Bel-Air Community's NCC land on both sides of Iris Street. The proposal also includes building berms in Connaught Park. The original letter requested public feedback by April 15 which has now been extended to April 20. The proposed start date for the work is early summer 2020. An electric sign has also be installed along the NCC pathway by Iris Street to inform the public.

Please see the email below and the attachments for additional information and diagrams. You can also visit the website at www.connaughtpinecrest.ca.

Feedback, questions or comments on the proposal can be emailed to info-KEV@kiewit.com by April 20. You are also welcome to provide a copy of your feedback to belaircommunityassociation@gmail.com so we can learn more about the questions and concerns of our Bel-Air residents.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to respond to this important request for Public Consultation by April 20 during these unprecedented times of COVID-19.

Yours sincerely,

The Board of Directors, Bel-Air Community Association


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From: Info-KEV <Info-KEV@kiewit.com>

Date: Thu, Apr 9, 2020 at 2:48 PM

Subject: Public Consultation Pinecrest And Connaught Park

To:

FOR YOUR REVIEW AND DISSEMINATION:

Please find the attached information on a Public Consultation. A new federal land use application has been initiated, for landscaping on federal lands, in two areas: Connaught Park, and the Pinecrest Creek corridor.

A Federal Lands Use application will be submitted to the National Capital Commission (NCC) in Ottawa by the consortium of Kiewit, Eurovia and Vinci; who are constructing the Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit Confederation Line East and West Extensions.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, and safety restrictions, we have launched an electronic public consultation format, in lieu of in-person consultations, in order to share information on this proposal and to receive feedback from area communities. This revised format will continue to inform, provide opportunity for input, and engage residents.

See attached document, which provides web and email addresses.

Feedback deadline is April 20, 2020.

The proposed start of activity is early summer 2020.

LRT- Phase 2 - Pinecrest - Concept Plan_20.03.05_Rev1-compressed

Public Consultation notice for Federal Land Use application_final_EN FR.pdf