(ABOVE: Artist’s rendering of the Rideau LRT station downtown. Via City of Ottawa.)
It was great to see City Council approve plans for Phase 2 of light rail transit (LRT) today. The $3-billion project includes an extension of the rail line west from Bayshore to Moodie Drive by 2023. That’s good for all west end commuters.
But there’s one thing that’s bugging me: I keep hearing councillors and other officials use the phase “bringing light rail closer to Kanata”. Continue reading
UPDATE: Police are investigating a stabbing in Glen Cairn on Sunday night. One media report says it took place near John Young Elementary School / Rickey Place Park, while the initial report from the Ottawa Paramedic Service placed the incident near Hazeldean and Castlefrank. Continue reading
UPDATE, MARCH 8: The Ottawa Citizen has a more details about the events on Friday from a bank hold-up on Hazeldean Road to the police incident in Toronto that evening.
UPDATE, SATURDAY, 11:00pm: Via the Ottawa Citizen: “A 30-year-old Ottawa man shot dead by Toronto police late Friday had struggled with bipolar disorder for most of his life and thought of himself as a ‘lost boy.'” (See also CBC Ottawa.)
UPDATE, SATURDAY 9:30am: We were just told by police that they are no longer searching for Devon Lafleur, and there is no danger to the public.
(via City of Ottawa)
Starting Friday March 4, traffic pattern changes will be in effect on Eagleson Road at Emerald Meadows Drive in Kanata South for approximately ten days to accommodate a culvert replacement located just south of Emerald Meadows. Continue reading
We noticed a few tweets recently — both critical and celebratory — about a speed limit increase on Eagleson Road. The stretch between Katimavik and Hazeldean has been increased from 60 to 80km/h.
The city has posted a new zoning bylaw amendment application for 1039 Terry Fox Drive / 5331 Fernbank Road. Part of that land is the farmland where you always see cows grazing on the east side of Terry Fox.
Here’s a summary from the planning documents:
The subject lands are approximately 25.5 hectares in size and consist of vacant lands currently being used for agricultural purposes. The lands are bound by Fernbank Road to the south, the Trans-Canada Trail to the north, Terry Fox Drive to the west and a pedestrian pathway to the east. A hydro corridor runs east-west along the northern portion of subject lands and a branch of the Monahan Drain runs through the center, just north of Cope Drive.
Surrounding the property, to the north is the Castleglen residential subdivision consisting of single detached, semi detached and townhouse dwellings. To the south is the future Bridlewood Trails residential subdivision and to the southwest is a commercial centre. To the west is the future Blackstone residential subdivision, which is within the Fernbank Community Design Plan. To the southeast is the existing Trail West community consisting of single detached and townhouse dwellings and to the northeast is the South Kanata Business Park.
The purpose of this application is to rezone the subject lands to accommodate a mix of employment, residential, retail and commercial uses. The plan proposes employment lands for the northern portion of the subject lands, north of the Monahan Drain and south of the Trans-Canada Trail. Residential uses are proposed north of Cope Drive and south of the Monahan Drain. The residential zone would consist of medium density residential uses in the form of approximately 225 units. Retail commercial uses are proposed north of Fernbank Road and south of Cope Drive. In the concept plan, the retail commercial uses are outlined as neighbourhood-orientated retail stores.
The subject lands are currently zoned Industrial Business Park Industrial Subzone 4 (IP4). The applicant is purposing to rezone the lands to Industrial Business Park Zone (IP), Industrial Business Park Zone with exceptions (IP [xxxx]) and Residential Fourth Density Zone (R4). The proposed IP Zone for the northern portion of the lands will permit a wider range of employment uses and performance standards. The proposed IP Zone with exceptions for the portions of the lands south of Cope Drive will permit retail store and retail food store as secondary uses and increase the maximum individual and cumulative gross floor area. The proposed R4 Zone for the portions of the lands north of Cope Drive and south of the Monahan Drain will permit a wide range of residential building forms ranging from detached to low-rise apartment dwellings.