What’s New

14 06 2013

Welcome to the McKellar Park Community Association.

The community association has launched this blog to  better reach and engage our neighbours of all ages.

WHAT’S NEW?

TRANSIT:
Quick link to LRT Report and Action Plan

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June 14, 2013

UPDATE:  Community Association representatives attended a technical update meeting hosted by the City and it’s consultants on June 13, 2013. Councillor Katherine Hobb’s has provided information on her website on the mitigation measures now being considered for the preferred line along the Parkway from Dominion to Cleary: See Katherine Hobb’s website.   The City indicated that they had taken the following issues into consideration: protect Byron corridor; protect the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway; maintain access to the waterfront and a pathway system; and noise and safety concerns. There is further information on the City’s website.

These measures do not  address the concerns raised at the LRT Muffin-Meet hosted in our neighbourhood on May 5th (see the report above).  More specifically, there was no further information on the Carling route and the mitigation measures proposed for the parkway are not fully underground.

PLEASE ATTEND CITY HALL OPEN HOUSE WITH YOUR QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS ON MONDAY, JUNE 17 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.  We were informed that all comments will be noted by City Staff in each of the themed breakout rooms.  We recommend that the City also hold a plenary session at the end of the Open House to ensure that all public input has been captured.

PLEASE ALSO ATTEND THE NATIONAL CAPITAL COMMISSION’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING ON JUNE 27 at 9:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the NCC Headquarters at 40 Elgin Street, Room 324.  Check their website to confirm date and time.

We also encourage you to ensure that you submit your concerns in writing . See Muffin-Meet Action Plan above for people who you should contact with a cc to MPCA (MPCA.blog@gmail.com).

NOTE:  There will be a community meeting hosted by Underground Solution on Sunday, June 16 from 7 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the McKellar Park Field House.  It is a meeting to discuss the City’s proposal before Monday’s Open House. 

June 12, 2013

The City has put forward various proposals for a western light rail transit which would have a direct impact on our neighbourhoods.

Our Councillor Katherine Hobbs, along with Councillor Taylor, are hosting a consultation.   Community association leaders are invited to discuss the mitigation measures and design changes proposed for the Western Light Rail Transit Corridor project on Thursday, June 13th at 8 a.m. at City Council Chambers.

There will be a public open house and consultation on Monday, June 17th at 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at City Hall.

The City’s  preferred train proposal along with all the other train alignment will be considered by the Transportation committee on July 10th. Mayor delays vote

This is  part of the city’s official plan review taking place right now which includes the transportation plan.

In order to hear directly from the residents, the community association, along with Neighbours for Smart Western Rail, hosted a muffin meet, held on May 5th, 2013 at McKellar Park Field House.

Over 100 voices were captured in the LRT Muffin Meet – report  With the city exceeding its intensification targets for our area, it is no surprise that people at the meeting were determined to protect their parks, access to the river, open space, and shaded walking paths.

Overwhelmingly, people did not feel the city’s explanations on rejecting the Carling Route was sufficient to outweigh the benefits of this route  to present and future users of transit.  There were concerns about all the northern routes proposed and the detailed responses to the City’s preferred route on the Parkway from Dominion to Cleary.

To date, the city has released the city treasurer’s cost analysis of the Carling Route to the public .  Many people want to see the full analysis applied to each objective of western LRT so that they can have confidence that the best route is chosen.

For more information on the Western Light Rail see:

City of Ottawa’s Preferred Green Line proposal

City of Ottawa’s other northern routes still being considered

Neighbours for Smart Western Rail advocacy group which aims to protect the Byron Linear Park and to keep the community aware of options being considered.

Underground Solution advocacy group, found on Facebook, which aims to protect access to the river and parkland by a tunnel.  There is a unity meeting hosted by Underground solution on Sunday, June 16th at 7 to 9 p.m. at McKellar Park Field House.

WALKING AND BIKING . . . . what needs to change?

The city’s  official plan review, conducted every five years, is  called “Liveable Ottawa” asking us all how to better plan for where we live, work and play.  Everyone from this community should go online and find your street on the map and start there to show where sidewalks, bike paths and crosswalks are needed in your neighbourhood.  The more people who fill out the survey, the more likely we will get the these built in our neighbourhood!  Your voice counts !!!

Go to  http://ottawapedestrian.metroquest.com/ for walking paths
Go to  http://ottawacycling.metroquest.com/ for cycling paths
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