COMMUNITY NOTES: from the desk of Councillor Gower

In his weekly update, Councillor Gower sends greetings for the holiday season; shares updates on the COVID-19 vaccine, new proposed developments and the renewal consultations for the Village Square Park.

Seasons Greetings!

As we reach the end of 2020, we want to take this opportunity to send Season’s Greetings to you and your family. We hope you get a chance over the next couple of weeks to celebrate and spend some time with your loved ones. 

We are so lucky to live in such a great community. We’re seeing a record number of houses decorated with Christmas lights. You’ve been making donations to local charitable organizations such as the Stittsville Food Bank and Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre.  You’ve been helping neighbours with shoveling snow or flooding a local rink.

We’ve all come together to support each other during a very challenging year. We are all thankful for the generosity and spirit we see every day from the residents here in Stittsville.

Merry Christmas! • Happy Hannukah! • Happy Holidays!

With COVID-19 still present in our City, we can expect the holidays to be a little different this year. We’d like to encourage Stittsville residents to come together and to step outside your home on Christmas Eve at 6 o’clock and ring a bell for one minute. This is something the whole family can participate in by sending a fun message to Santa that our community is COVID Wise and we are taking all precautions to keep our community safe, remaining hopeful and looking forward to Christmas Day and the New Year.  We look forward to hearing the bells ringing at 6:00p.m. on Christmas Eve!

COVID-19 Updates

Vaccines
Last week, health care workers who work in some of Ottawa’s long-term care homes were among the first individuals in the province to receive tdoses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

There will be a phased and scheduled vaccination campaign to make COVID-19 vaccine available to everyone in Ottawa, however it will take many months before large segments of the population are vaccinated.

We know there are individuals with questions and concerns about this new vaccine, and to ensure residents have the most up to date information, OPH has launched a COVID-19 vaccine website page, which will be updated regularly.

The City of Ottawa’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force continues work on a plan for vaccine distribution as it awaits further details from the provincial and federal governments.

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Local development updates

The City is hosting a public meeting via Zoom on January 20 to discuss a subdivision application for 5618 Hazeldean Road. The land is located in the Fernbank area, between Richcraft’s Bradley Commons Subdivision and Iber Road. The subdivision includes residential, commercial and school uses, all surrounding the next phase of Robert Grant Avenue between Abbott and Hazeldean. More info here…

The City of Ottawa has received applications for the last phase of Mattamy’s Fairwinds subdivision. The municipal addresses are 521 Brigatine Avenue and 501 Khamsin Street. Mattamy is proposing a mix of singles and townhouses on the temporary stormwater management pond site, which will be decommissioned soon. A public meeting is scheduled for February 2nd. More info here…

The City of Ottawa is accepting comments until January 7, 2021 on a Site Plan Control application for 1518 Stittsville Main Street. Inverness Homes wants to build a mixed-use building with a two-storey restaurant/office space along Stittsville Main Street, and a four-storey 33-unit residential apartment in behind. More info here…

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Village Square Park consultation results

Thank you to the 66 residents who completed the survey! You told us how special Village Square Park is and how important it is that the renewed playground remain train themed.   

The most requested play features were slides of different sizes to suit different ages, swings, a train and a climbing element. Residents also asked for benches, improvements to the safety of children playing next to the bike trail, shade, lighting, bike racks and landscaping. 

Other suggestions, such as a splash pad, fall outside of the scope of this playground renewal project but may be considered as new projects in the future should need and budget allow. 

The design team will consider all comments received during the consultation in developing the concept plan, which will be made public in March 2021.

Stay informed on City initiatives by subscribing to Councillor Gower’s e-newsletter at http://eepurl.com/dOOTwX‘. You can also contact him by telephone at 613-580-2476 or email Glen.Gower@ottawa.ca. Follow him on the web – glengower.ca.


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