INFILL ON JONATHAN PACK
On June 7, Ottawa’s Committee of Adjustment will consider a request to subdivide a piece of residential property at 28 Jonathan Pack Street. Currently it’s a large lot with a single home, and the proposal seeks to divide the property in half, keeping the house on one lot and using the other for a new house. (You can find more info here…)
The property in question is typical of many on Jonathan Pack, with large lots about 30m wide at the front stretching back about 60m. The lots on Forest Heights and Stitt Street, which run parallel to Jonathan Pack, are quite a bit narrower and considerably denser.
I don’t know enough about this application to say if it’s good or bad for the street, but I do know that we’re seeing more and more large, older properties in Stittsville been subdivided for infill development. If you’re not a fan of endless suburban sprawl, infills like this one can be a way that sprawl can slowed. What’s important is getting the design right, and ensuring that the scale of the infill is compatible with the existing neighbourhood.
HALIBURTON PARK PLANS
The City of Ottawa has posted plans for Haliburton Park, located in the new Fernbank community. The large park will include a soccer field, skating rink, splash pad, and an accessible children’s playground with swings, sand play, and play structures. Amenities also include a gazebo with picnic tables and benches.
Construction is planned for late summer 2017, with official opening in late spring/early summer 2018.
NOISE BYLAW CHANGES APPROVED
Last week, the City of Ottawa’s Community and Protective Services Committee approved some tweaks to the noise bylaw. Among the changes are the ability to lay charges for low frequency bass noise, lower the maximum sound level for construction from 90 to 85 decibels, exempt overnight waste collection from the bylaw, and reduce the permitted time for car alarms from 20 minutes to 5 minutes.
A motion to delay the start time for construction on Saturdays to 9 a.m. (instead of 7 a.m.) failed. The recommendations still need approval from City Council. You can read the summary document below.
The same committee approved a proposal to rename Cypress Gardens Park in Stittsville as Mary Durling Park.
A longtime resident of Stittsville, Durling was well known within the community where she canvassed and campaigned on behalf of numerous charities and foundations, in addition to donating her time through her own extensive volunteer efforts. You can read more about Durling here…