Lansdowne Traffic Meeting - Monday December 9th
Glebe residents concerned about the traffic impacts of the new Lansdowne development which opens next June are encouraged to attend a public meeting that Councillor Chernushenko is organizing for Monday December 9th. Over the past 18 months, community representatives, invited experts and City staff have been meeting to discuss the anticipated traffic and parking challenges that a redeveloped Lansdowne Park will bring. This Lansdowne Transportation Advisory Committee (LTAC) contributed to the development of a Monitoring Plan to identify specific problems, and made recommendations regarding other steps that might be taken to address these challenges. This is an opportunity to learn about the Monitoring Plan, other agreed changes, and issues still to be resolved.
Date: Monday, December 9th 2013
Location: St Giles Presbyterian Church at First Ave and Bank St.
This winter (2014) a citizens' initiative endorsed by the FCA will allow residents living on narrow streets in the City of Ottawa to report (via a website) the narrowing width of their street as a result of uncleared snowbanks. This initiative is intended to point out to the City the streets which are failing to meet the minimum navigable roadwidth established by the fire department (5.5m), a frequent issue on some of the City's narrowest streets which go without clearing of snowbanks for weeks at a time.
The website "www.ClearTheSnow.ca" that will be used for this purpose is now under construction and it will be ready to receive input from "Snow Bank Reporters" by mid-December. In the meantime we are looking for volunteer "snow bank reporters" living on or near some of the City's narrow streets Generally that means any street of 8m in width or narrower with parking on one side, or 6m in width where there is no parking (or 10m in width where there is parking on both sides). We will of course accept snow bank reporters for wider streets, but the narrow ones are the main target of this initiative.
Responsibilities of Snow Bank Reporters:
Measure (in metres) the curb-to-curb width of your street. If it's a long street, this measurement should be made on one of the narrower parts of the street.
Create an account on the www.ClearTheSnow.ca website and enter this information (street name, curb-to-curb width, and whether there is parking on one or both sides, or none). We will also need to collect the reporter's name, address and e-mail address, but this information will not be shared with anyone). Information on how to create a Snow Bank Reporter account will be sent to volunteer reporters in mid-December.
Once a week over the course of the winter measure the "navigable width" of the street at its narrowest spot and log into the website to provide an updated measurement. This is generally done by measuring the width between the snow banks (or curb if there's no snowbank) on one side of the street and the parked cars (or snow banks or curb, whichever is applicable) on the other side. Again the narrowest spot should be measured and this location can vary significantly over the course of the winter depending upon where cars are parked. Only legally parked cars (i.e. not cars "stopping" or illegally parked) should be used for this measurement. It will be very important to provide this measurement once a week through the winter (at least until mid-March) so that we can keep the web site as accurate as possible and report the worst offenders (those falling short of the 5.5m width requirement for the longest period of time).
The whole process should take "reporters" no more than 5 minutes per week. If we can get at least 40 narrow streets covered by this website, from different parts of the City, we should be able to draw significant media attention to this issue. Ultimately the goal is to pressure Council to formally establish a higher level of snow bank clearing priority for narrow residential streets found across the City. Currently there is no formal priority system in place to differentiate between wide and narrow residential streets for snow bank clearing.
Those willing to volunteer as "reporters" should send an e-mail to OttawaSnowBanks@gmail.com and indicate what street they live on.
Second Avenue Parking Garage - A Primer for the Glebe Community Association
Safer Crossing at Chamberlain for Glebe Students
Some good news for the new school year - after 8 months of lobbying efforts by the Glebe Community Association and Glashan Public School, the City agreed this summer to make a number of safety improvements to the dangerous pedestrian crossings of Chamberlain and Catherine at Kent Street.
Over 100 Glebe students use this crossing each day, as a result of a change in school boundaries in 2012.
At both intersections zebra stripes have been painted to make the crossings more visible to motorists, and countdown timers with audible signals have been installed so pedestrians know whether there is enough time for a safe crossing. Crossing times have also been adjusted to favour the pedestrians. And the City will be installing additional signage to alert drivers of the crossing.
Isabella Loblaw's construction schedule
The Loblaws store will be closing on August 12, 2013 and will remain closed for approximately 16 weeks (4 months). It is anticipated to re-open prior to Christmas 2013.
The LCBO and Beer Store locations were closed after the July 1 long weekend. Construction on the LCBO store is expected to be completed and the store to re-open in March 2014.
June 24th Lansdowne Walkabout
Photos and descriptions of the site walkabout on June 24th.
Printable PDF Kids not Cars
A PDF version is available for printing!
GCA Update Regarding The Proposed Parking Lot On Mutchmor Field
You can read the update Mutchmor Parking Fact Sheet released June 13 here...
GCA AGM Committee Reports:
Mutchmor School Planned Addition
Information about the planned addition to Mutchmor School as well as the architect's exterior and interior plans can be viewed here....
Recent re-designs are viewable using the following links. The files are large and may take a moment to open.
Mutchmor School Today
GCA letter to the OCDSB and the City
regarding the paving of Mutchmor Field
It has come to the attention of the Glebe community that the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is considering paving a portion of the green space between 3rd and 4th Avenues (referred to as Mutchmor Field) in order to make available additional teacher parking for Mutchmor School. Our understanding is that both the OCDSB and the City of Ottawa will be involved in the decision-making on this topic. The purpose of the letter is to make known in the strongest possible terms, to both the City and the school board, the objections of the Glebe community to any paving in Mutchmor Field and to highlight many other possible solutions which should be considered.
GCA Heritage Committee Feedback Regarding Mutchmor School Addition Design
Mutchmor School is a landmark 1895 heritage building in our Glebe neighbourhood and is federally listed and protected under Canada's Historic Places. All changes and additions to this important building needs to be carefully considered, visually compatible and sensitive to the heritage architecture.
The GCA Heritage Committee have reviewed the proposed architectural drawing elevations and have given feedback to the GCA Board, who have submitted a letter to the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and to the Architect.