Column: March 14, 2019

Zoning Amendment - 2596 Carp Road

On March 8, the City’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) approved a zoning amendment at 2596 Carp Rd. The amendment would permit construction of a concrete batching plant, where raw materials are mixed to make concrete for use in construction projects across Ottawa. The applicant would be prevented from starting construction until Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks determines that air, noise and dust emissions from the plant would be compliant with all provincial regulations. In addition, to address traffic concerns, the applicant will be required to submit a Transportation Impact Assessment to the City. Huntley Creek runs through the property, and while no new development is proposed near the creek as part of this project, City planning staff have recommended further re-zoning on the surrounding lands to prevent future development adjacent to the creek. The plan for this site also proposes increased landscaping near the creek, which would encourage regeneration. This item will be tabled at City Council on March 27.

Budget 2019 Approved

On March 6, City Council approved Budget 2019. Of significant note, this budget approved funding for a new community building to be constructed in the Corkery community. In 2019, funding of $550,000 has been earmarked as the first contribution toward the estimated project costs. A further approximately $900,000 has been flagged for this project in 2020. Other Ward 5 specific budget highlights include:

- $4 million to design and build 47 culverts
- $2 million to retrofit, rehabilitate & replace components of communal well drinking systems, including the Carp Well System
- $1.8 million for road surface treatments
- $1.6 million to renew the Fitzroy Harbour Bridge
- $820,000 to resurface roads
- $620,000 to renew the Ritchie Side Road Bridge
- $605,000 to preserve roads
- $180,000 to renew the Kilmaurs Road Bridge
- $125,000 to upgrade gravel roads
- $560,000 towards making repairs at various community buildings
- $38,000 for fitness equipment for Langstaff Park
- $10,000 for safety netting for the baseball diamond at Fitzroy Harbour

Stage 2 LRT

At the March 6 City Council meeting, Council approved Stage 2 Light Rail Transit. This project will expand the O-Train by 44km to the west, south, and east and add 24 new stations. The expansions will be completed in 2022, 2024 and 2025 respectively. Stage 2 is funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa. The total project cost is $4.6 billion.