Motion: To invite Erwin Dreessen to present his proposal on the Poet's Pathway in the Southern Corridor. Moved by Patrick Richter, seconded by Shelley Parlow. carried.
Motion: The HCCO does not object to the Iogen proposal for a three-story building at the Iogen site as long as there is no access from Hunt Club Road. Moved by Alan Asselstine, seconded by Peter Brimacombe. carried.
Motion: To switch our account to the CS Co-op. Peter Brimacombe and Fred Winters are already members of the CS Co-op, they will be given signing authority. Moved by Alan Asselstine, seconded by Patrick Richter. carried.
Peter Brimacombe: Lack of development in the Southern Corridor forces development to the outskirts of the City. Development on the outskirts is the lowest density, it is the most expensive to service, it is the most expensive in terms of energy use, it provides no opportunity for efficient public transit, it disrupts the environment over the largest area and it intrudes into agricultural land. The City has written a report "Where will we live?" http://ottawa.ca/city_services/planningzoning/facts/where_we_live/index_en.shtml.
Figure 3 allocates 48,000 new units to the South Urban/ Leitrim area. The report confirms that this development would be the lowest density development (25 units/hectare) and that 30% of the land would be used for roads and other infrastructure. Low density means that the South Urban/Leitrim development would be very expensive to service, it would provide no opportunity for effiicient public transit and it would disrupt the environment over a wide area. The fact that it is on the outskirts means that it would further inclusions into agricultural land.
Patrick Richter: But if the Southern Corridor were developed wouldn't that reduce the natural areas and increase pollution in our neighbourhood?
Alan Asselstine: It is a question of how you build, you can build the houses side-by-side or you can build them one-on-top-of-another. The one-on-top-of-another is the most efficient and will provide the minimum impact on the environment.
Fred Winters: I like the trees in the Southern Corridor. There is rapid expansion on the outskirts of the City right now.
Peter Brimacombe: 48,000 new units in South Ottawa/Leitrim would destroy wetlands and other natural areas, it is more costly, it is a cost we cannot afford.
Shelley Parlow: There is a clear majority against development in the Southern Corridor.
Gisèle Loiselle-Branch: High density threatens surrounding natural spaces because some people would throw their garbage there.
Gisèle Loiselle-Branch: There needs to be more parking on Twyford on the side opposite the fire station. The units in the Sequoia Co-op have one parking spot each but many families have two cars. The City should give permission to pave the strip beside the road to provide more parking spaces. There is the road, beside the road a sidewalk and beside the sidewalk the strip of land.
Pat Murphy: The Sequoia Co-op would have to ask the City for a change in the site plan. She will investigate.
Shelley Parlow: The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has invited interested parties to be present at a meeting Monday February 28 at 10:00 to hear the NCC appeal of the City Official Plan. The NCC is appealing zoning that restricts development in the Southern Corridor. Patrick Richter said that he would attend.
Fred McLennan: The Hunt and Golf Club has applied to change the zoning of three lots on Hunt Club Place from residential to leisure. The application is opposed by Mr. Greg Capello who owns lots on Hunt Club Place. Hunt Club Place is on the north side of Hunt Club Road across from the BMW Dealership. The Planning Committe will hear this on March 22.
Fred McLennan: The Airport Authority has proposed to build a three story office building at the Iogen Site.
Fred McLennan: There will be public meetings to discuss Ward Boundaries. http://www.city.ottawa.on.ca/ward/ward_5_en.shtml
Alan Asselstine: The principle is one person one vote. It should be respected.
Alan Asselstine: The HCCO has its bank account at the Scotia Bank in the A&P Plaza. The Scotia Bank is charging $9 a month. He recommends moving the account to the CS Co-op, there will be a one-time fee of $15 and then $0.60 a cheque.
Next meeting: Mon 7 Mar 2005 at 7:30pm