The City's Zoning By-law is designed to set rules for development that maintain a safe, pleasant and functional built environment for Ottawa's citizens. One of the ways it does this is to restrict where parking spaces can be located on a residential lot, and how much of a property’s front yard may be paved for driveways and parking. It is intended to prevent excessive paving and loss of green space.
Recently, we've heard that the existing rules make it difficult for some suburban homeowners to widen their driveways. This is an option some property owners would like to have as a way to enjoy the convenience of side-by-side parking.
To address the situation, City planning staff are working on a zoning amendment that will make it easier to build a wider driveway in existing communities outside the Greenbelt.
Of course, widening the driveway means less greenspace, and more greenspace means less room to park. We want to make sure we balance these needs appropriately. And to do that, we need your help!
Starting in early June, you'll have an opportunity to complete a short survey on the City of Ottawa's website. The survey will let you take a look at what the current rules allow, and what might be the result if we changed them in certain ways.
Please take this opportunity to tell us what you think about this issue and the impact on your community.
The survey can be accessed at Ottawa.ca/driveways starting on June 1, and will remain online through August 16.
Door-to-Door salespeople are becoming more common, and unfortunately more aggressive as well. We've all heard stories of them trying to enter our homes under the guise of representing an energy company, or the city.
Ask to see the salesperson’s company issued identification and seller’s license or registration. Make note of his or her name, the name and address of the company, and whether the salesperson carries proper identification.
Don’t be pressured into buying anything. Watch for the warning signs: an offer of a free gift if you buy a product, an offer that is only good that day or a claim that a neighbour just made a purchase.
If you are interested in the product, ask for sales literature and then call or visit local stores that sell the same merchandise to compare prices. Some door-to-door products may be overpriced.
If you feel threatened or intimidated, ask the person to leave. Don’t leave the person unattended in any room of your home. When you are suspicious, immediately report the incident to the police.
Cancelling a contract
If you sign a contract with one of these companies, you are legally allowed to cancel the contract without penalty.
We at the HMBCA are here to help you. If you experience an aggressive door to door salesperson, or recognize them in our community, please let us know immediately so we can alert other members via Twitter and Facebook.
Jockvale Road near the Jock River Bridge will be closed completely from 7 p.m. Friday, April 19 until 6 a.m. Monday, April 22. Traffic will be required to use either Greenbank Road or Woodroffe Avenue. Local residents will still be able to access homes and businesses in the area.
The Jockvale Road widening project is a $23.975 million project that will widen Jockvale Road to a four lane divided roadway from south of Paul Metivier Drive to Cambrian Road, including a new multi-lane roundabout at the Cambrian/Jockvale/Golflinks intersection. The project also includes the replacement of the existing Jock River Bridge with two new structures. For more information visit ottawa.ca.
The Jockvale Road widening is an Ottawa on the Move project, which advanced $340 million of capital projects to be completed from 2012 to 2014. Ottawa on the Move is about keeping our community and economy moving forward through strategic investments in a number of transportation, water, and sewer projects to build a better city and create jobs.
This information is courtesy of City Councillor Jan Harder at janharder.com.
A few residents have commented on the fact that the Mattamy sales office is gone. We contacted Mattamy and this is what Ian MacPherson (Senior Project Manager of Land Development) had to say.
"We are demolishing the existing sales center and building a new one in the same location. We are also building two new model homes. During the construction the sales office will be moved into one of the model homes. We expect to start construction of the new models in the next few weeks and the new sales center in mid May. Unfortunately we are not able to build homes North of River Landing due to servicing constraints that likely won’t be available until 2016-2019."