HMBCA requests quick action to update Hunting Regulations in our community

hunting-regulations-mapToday the HMBCA sent a letter to City Councillor Jan Harder asking for quick action to update the Hunting Regulations in and around our community.

Late last week a stray long gun bullet was discovered in a home on the Western edge of Half Moon Bay. While the Ottawa Police investigation continues, the HMBCA raised the question of if, or why, rifles can be discharged in the areas surrounding Half Moon Bay. It has since been discovered that the Schedule 1, Ward 3, Plan 1 “Discharge of Firearms Not Permitted” map has not been modified since May 31st 2002. As our community was built much later than 2002, we are not within the "Discharge of Firearms Not Permitted" area.

Please read our letter to Councillor Harder below:


February 11, 2015

Jan Harder
Ward 3 City Councillor
Ward Office
Walter Baker Centre
100 Malvern Drive
Nepean, ON K2J 2G5

Sent by E-Mail

Dear Jan,

As you are well aware a stray bullet from a long gun entered a home in our community of Half Moon Bay. The Community Association would like to thank you for your ongoing communication with our representative in sharing information about the investigation.

As you can imagine our community is quite shaken by the matter. Many of the residents in the Half Moon Bay Community Association catchment area reside in our community because we are closer to trails, the Jock River and enjoy an outdoor lifestyle where we are very close to amenities but also have a sense of nature. We are a growing community with the expectations to double in size and the next 3-5 years with many young families.

We are most alarmed at Schedule 1, Ward 3, Plan 1 “Discharge of Firearms Not Permitted” map has not been modified since May 31st 2002. Our entire community spanning from the north/south boundaries of the Jock River to Barnsdale Rd and the east/west boundaries of Greenback Rd to Cedarview Dr is impacted.

We would like to thank you for your public response to the matter at hand and your commitment to work toward a resolution and change the Firearms Boundaries for our community. We would like to extend our support to expedite this process in any way possible. We have an engaged membership who have mobilized in the past to advocate for schools to be established in our community, and given the seriousness of this matter, our expectation is they would rally for this amendment to be accelerated.

We look forward to working with you on this matter, appreciate the ongoing communication and will wait to hear about next steps from your office.

Kind regards,

HMBCA

City of Ottawa Snow Removal Plan

Ever wonder when your street will be plowed after a winter snow storm? The City of Ottawa has provided this great infographic demonstrating their plan.

Note that most residential side streets are not plowed until 10-16 hours after the beginning of snow accumulation. While the overnight parking ban is in effect from 1am-7am, this sometimes means that the majority of our streets are not plowed within the parking ban hours.

Please be courteous to your neighbours and try to keep your vehicles off the streets until plowing has been completed.

City of Ottawa's Snow Removal Plan

 

Have your say for the design of a new park in Half Moon Bay South

Lamprey Park

Proposed Park Concept Under Design

Mattamy Homes, in partnership with the City of Ottawa, is developing a new park in the Half Moon Bay South community. Given that the park is small -- about 0.4 hectares, as well as the corresponding budget, amenities such as a splash pad and puddle rink (which requires a heated storage unit and lighting) cannot be included in the park design. This is common practice for parkette development throughout the city.

The City understands that these amenities are highly sought after by residents and will be taken into consideration in future parks planned for Half Moon Bay South.

Two play equipment themes are being proposed:

Option A: Futuristic theme and Option B: Stone theme [ PDF 2.942 MB ] (opens in a new window)

In both cases, a set of four-seat swings will be provided as well as a slide, climbing structures, and other gross-motor skill building equipment for children typically between the ages of two to five years old.

Other park amenities include:

  • Asphalt pathways
  • Benches near the play equipment as well as those removed from the active zone for more peaceful relaxation
  • Deciduous trees for shady relief, and
  • A potential gateway entry feature to the park (still under review for feasibility)

Mattamy Homes will build the park in the spring or early summer of 2015. This is an opportunity for residents in the neighbouring community to comment on the proposed amenities for the parkette.

Project timelines

  • January 5, 2015  - Comment period closes
  • January, 2015  - Compilation of comments and potential revisions to drawings
  • Winter, 2015 - Development of construction drawings
  • Summer, 2015 - Parkette construction by Mattamy Homes

Contact:
Jeannette Krabicka
Park Planner
Development Review, Branch: West
Planning & Growth management Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424 ext 20047
E-Mail: Jeannette.Krabicka@ottawa.ca

Municipal Elections are today – Get out and vote!

This is your chance to have a say in the future of our School Boards, Barrhaven, and the City of Ottawa.

Voting takes place 10am to 8pm today.

Where do I vote?

If you're unsure of where to vote, enter your address on the City's Voting Location Search tool.

My information is missing, incorrect, or I didn't receive a voting card

You can still vote! Show up to the voting location for your address and bring I.D. with you. More information can be found on the City of Ottawa's voting website.

Hear what the candidates have to say

The Half Moon Bay Community Association invited candidates to submit a message to you. Read the messages from the candidates who replied below (in the order received):

Andrea Steenbakkers (OCSB Zone 4 Trustee) has submitted a message that she has stepped down from the campaign for personal reasons. She encourages all voters to visit the websites of the other candidates Greg Deernsted and Spencer Warren.

Councillor Harder’s Spring Open House

What: Spring Open House for Councillors Harder and Desroches
When: Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Walter Baker Sports Centre, Upper Concourse

This is your chance to see displays from a number of city services, such as Ottawa Public Health, Park Planners for Wards 3 & 22, Traffic and Stakeholder Relations, Greenbank widening project, Hydro Ottawa, Barrhaven Canada Day Committee, Oktoberfest Ottawa 2014 and much more!

Representatives from the Half Moon Bay Community Association will be there as well.

We look forward to seeing you there!