Latest Voting Log

February 8
CENTRAL LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Voted in favour; approved at Council
This report approved the partnership between the City of Ottawa and Library and Archives Canada to build a 216,000 gross square feet new library. It will be located at 557 Wellington Street (site 8). It’s important to note that Council approved the funds to go ahead with this agreement but did not directly approve the location. This was a contentious issue especially in the downtown core. I look forward to visiting our beautiful new library in 2022.
 
BASELINE ROAD BUS RAPID TRANSIT AND COMPLETE STREET PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT STUDY (BAYSHORE STATION TO HERON STATION)
Voted in favour; approved at Council
I was happy to support the functional design for Baseline Road Bus Rapid Transit corridor. This is a strategic transit project designed to expand and connect our transitway and O-train network. It will turn Baseline Road into a complete street, and allow many residents to bypass the downtown. It will reduce transit travel by up to 11 minutes in the afternoon peak. For further details please visit: http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/transit/baseline-road-rapid-transit-corridor-bayshore-station-heron-station-planning-and-environmental-assessment-study.
PAINT IT UP! 2016 PROGRAM RESULTS
Voted in favour; approved at Council
The Paint It Up program will continue in 2017. This program is a partnership between the Public Works and Environmental Services Department and Crime Prevention Ottawa. Funding is given to successful applicants who wish to paint an outdoor mural in a neighbourhood that experiences a high degree of graffiti vandalism. This annual mural program’s application process opens in February and closes in April.
February 22
ACCOUNTABILITY AGREEMENTS WITH THE CHAMPLAIN LOCAL HEALTH INTEGRATION NETWORK (LHIN)
Voted in favour; approved at Council
This report approved the annual Declarations and Certificates of Compliance, which allows the city to provide $638,000 in funding for two adult day programs and one acquired brain injury program to support those in our community with special needs.
VEHICLE-FOR-HIRE BY-LAW – EXTENSION OF TIME FOR TAXI PLATE
Voted in favour; approved at Council
Previously, the family of a deceased taxi license holder had a one year period in which to transfer the license. This was found to be too much of a time constraint for some so it is now extended to two years. A slight by-law change accomplished this.
March 8
STATUS UPDATE ON THE AIR QUALITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE MANAGEMENT PLAN AND THE RENEWABLE ENERGY STRATEGY (ENERGY EVOLUTION)
Voted in favour; approved at Council
Work is on-going for Energy Evolution, Ottawa’s Renewable Energy Strategy. An annual status update was provided and focused on measures such as conservation and efficiency, in addition to renewable energy.
Some highlights of this strategy include the installation of electric vehicle charging station on 5 City sites, anti-idling devices in the entire fleet of City ambulances, and continued conversion of streetlights to LED.
We met with Ecology Ottawa to discuss this report and getting more concrete commitments in the 2018 budget.
STAGE 2 LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT IMPLEMENTATION – PROJECT DEFINITION AND PROCUREMENT PLAN
Voted in favour; approved at Council
This report approved the procurement process for Stage 2 of the LRT. The phase 2 improvements will provide rail connections to even more residents.
The Trillium Line South extension is set to be functional by 2021. This extension includes the very important link to the airport. Confederation Line East’s extension to Trim Road will be open in 2022, and the following year will see the opening of the western extension to Moodie Drive.
The vision for the future of our transit system is clear. Rail will allow for a faster, more efficient and more reliable transit experience in our City.
OTTAWA CYCLING PLAN MID-TERM REVIEW
Voted in favour; approved at Council
This mid-term review provided a list of affordable cycling network projects to the year 2031. Some of these projects are getting advanced due to Public Transit Infrastructure Funding (PTIF), which is a federal funding program. The review specifically mentions the demand for an increased winter cycling network as a budget pressure for future years.
In addition, it brings an opportunity to reduce speeds and improve cycling safety along McArthur.
NEW RIGHT OF WAY PATIO PROGRAM AND EVALUATION OF STREETSIDE SPOTS PILOT PROGRAM
Voted in favour; approved at Council
The Streetside Spots program had great success as a pilot project and it will now become a permanent project. Streetside spots are temporary patios that are permitted to take up a parking spot. You can see an example of one in front of Zak’s Diner in the ByWard Market.
After a lot of consultation, changes to Right of Way (ROW) patios regulations will be happening. ROW patios will now have 2 seasons: summer (April 1 to October 1) and winter (November 1 to March 31). Applicants will now pay a monthly fee as opposed to a daily one. The summer rate will be decreasing 22 percent to 27.76m2/ month and the winter rate will be $8.94m2/ month.
The pedestrian clearway of 2 metres will be enforced and raised patios must meet accessibility requirements in 2018. We are working towards making all patios accessible.
April 12
REVITALIZATION OF THE BYWARD AND PARKDALE MARKETS – NEW MANAGEMENT MODEL AND GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE
Voted in favour; approved at Council
This report approved the establishment of a Municipal Services Corporation (MSC) for the ByWard and Parkdale Markets.
The MSC is a non for profit organization, it will oversee all of the outdoor vending and also the merchants in the ByWard building. The board is expected to be named in summer of 2017, with the hiring of an executive director in the fall of 2017. The board will be assuming full responsibilities January 1st of 2018.ozone
 
ON-STREET PARKING REGULATION CHANGE POLICY
Voted in favour; approved at Council
Currently should a resident wish to change an on-street parking regulation they must complete a petition process to garner the support of their neighbours. This report cements that process in order to create a fair and consistent approach.
It should be noted that if, upon evaluation, there is no safety issue identified then a petition is provided to the requestor. If the new request would cause a safety concern it will not be pursued.
POLICY FOR POSTING A 30 KM/H SPEED LIMIT ON AN EXISTING ROADWAY
Voted in favour; approved at Council
Due to an increase in requests for 30 km/ hour signage on roads, transportation staff have made a list of criteria that must be met in advance of action. Please see the list of criteria below. It should be noted that an artificially low speed limit can cause non-compliance and disregard. Special preference will be given to areas with schools, seniors homes, lack of sidewalks, visibility issues and existing traffic calming measures.
Criteria:
-operating speed needs to be 35 km or less
-strong pedestrian presence
-infrequent transit operation (3 trips/hour or less)
-lane width total must be 7m or less (including parking)
-current speed limit not higher than 50 km
-daily traffic volume of 2,500 or fewer vehicles per day
Unrelated to this report, we are planning to implement a 40km zone in the southern section of Sandy Hill in early 2018. The province recently passed the Safer School Zones Act, which will allow gateway signage of lower speed limits instead of signing every street. We are waiting on the province to put forward the necessary regulatory changes for us to move forward.
April 26
AFFORDABLE HOUSING LAND AND FUNDING POLICY
Voted in favour; approved at Council
This report is administrative in nature. It changes definitions and simplifies wording of the current bylaws. When the City of Ottawa sells off surplus residential land a portion of the proceeds goes to supporting the development of new affordable housing. So far this has amounted to $8.7 million in revenue. Funds go toward such things as building permit fees, transit development charges, and planning fees.
May 10
HERITAGE INVENTORY PROJECT: ADDITIONS TO HERITAGE REGISTER – LOWERTOWN AND SANDY HILL
Voted in favour; approved at Council
This report adds properties in Lowertown and Sandy Hill to the heritage register in accordance with Section 27 of the Ontario Heritage Act. We met with the community associations, and held a public open house to discuss the intricacies of the Heritage Register. We believe it is important to recognize our lovely local historic buildings.
ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT – 137 AND 141 GEORGE STREET
Voted against; approved at Council
This report permits a temporary parking lot for a maximum period of three years or until the development of the approved 22-story mixed use building goes forward. I did not support this because it is a dangerous precedent to allow vacant lots to even temporarily become parking lots. This practice is highlighted by the parking lot behind Notre Dame Cathedral on Sussex. This parking lot was meant to be temporary but has now been present for 20 years.
WAIVER TO PERMANENT SIGNS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY BY-LAW – MURAL AT 261 MONTRÉAL ROAD
Voted in favour; approved at Council
You may have noticed a gigantic mural on Montreal Road right beside Bobby’s Table (at 261 Montreal Road). Generally, the City of Ottawa has a three story limit for murals, which makes this one the tallest in the City. The Business Improvement Association (BIA) held a block party to celebrate. Our new mural celebrates Inuit culture.
APPLICATION TO ALTER THE FORMER ST. CHARLES CHURCH, 135 BARRETTE STREET, A PROPERTY DESIGNATED UNDER PART IV OF THE ONTARIO HERITAGE ACT
Voted in favour; approved at Council
This report allowed changes to be made around the church while protecting its heritage value. Linebox studios is adapting this former church into residential properties. After much consultation, we are happy with the results, which include a section of cycle track on Beechwood. We are glad that the applicant’s changes reflect our community’s feedback. For more information or to see the designs please visit: http://webcast.ottawa.ca/plan/All_Image%20Referencing_Zoning%20Bylaw%20Amendment%20Application_Image%20Reference_D02-02-15-0091%20Urban%20Design%20Review%20Panel%20Submission%20March%202016.PDF.
May 24
NOISE BY-LAW REVIEW
Voted in favour; approved at Council
Slight changes to the noise by-law were made through this report. For instance, the maximum noise threshold for construction exemptions was reduced from 90 dB(A) to 85 dB(A), and there was a reduction in time a car alarm is permitted to go off to 5 minutes from 20 minutes.
SECTION 37 – FIVE-YEAR REVIEW
Voted in favour; approved at Council
This report responded to Council motions from March and April of 2012, which directed staff to review the implementation of Section 37, to review the best practices of other municipalities and review a protocol for circumstances where an application is abutting or straddles two or more ward boundaries.
June 14
PROPOSED 2018 BUDGET TIMELINE AND CONSULTATION PROCESS
Voted in favour; approved at Council
This report approved the budget timeline for the tabling, review and adoption of the subsequent year’s budget. Public consultation will take place in September and October then budgets will be tabled at Council November 8. Discussions/ debate will take place until the council meeting on December 13 when voting will take place.
OC TRANSPO EQUIFARE
Voted in favour; approved at Council
On March 10, 2017, OC Transpo lauded the Equipass – a monthly bus pass priced at $57 for residents with lower incomes. Since this time many residents have asked for a equitable single fare option for all OC Transpo services. This will be considered as part of the 2018 budget process.
 
UPDATE TO THE REVIEW OF WINTER OPERATIONS ON ROADWAYS REPORT
Voted in favour; approved at Council
The City of Ottawa is on track to save $600,000 this year in winter roadway operations. We saw positive results from designing five plow routes to better collect snow and provide more equitable service delivery. More training was provided to crews on salt application. Ottawa continues to exceed provincial standards.
 
DESIGNATION OF MACDONALD GARDENS PARK, 99 COBOURG STREET, UNDER PART IV OF THE ONTARIO HERITAGE ACT
Voted in favour; approved at Council
As many of you know MacDonald Gardens Park is rich in history. This report officially designates it as a heritage park. The Friends of MacDonald Garden Park hosted a celebration to mark the occasion in August.
June 28
CITY OF OTTAWA MUNICIPAL SPORT STRATEGY 2017-2022
Voted in favour; approved at Council
This strategy sets out the priorities, goals and action plans that will guide the City of Ottawa’s involvement in sport programming for the next five years. The strategic priorities spell the word SPORT: Space to play, Partnerships, Open to everyone, Recognition and support of volunteers, Tourism and sport. To view the strategy please visit: http://app05.ottawa.ca/sirepub/cache/2/l4mkb4jtb1piqynrvep4oryj/45290709112017082111947.PDF.
 
SANDY HILL – PROPERTY STANDARDS, WASTE AND OTHER MATTERS
Voted in favour; approved at Council
This report introduced a Site Plan Control for any new development in Sandy Hill. This allows the City to address the location and adequacy of storage bins through site planning for new buildings. Before the Property Maintenance By-law modifications, when a property was in violation of an existing by-law, an officer was required to allow 5 days for receipt of notice prior to enforcement. Now, the notice of violations will be deemed received on the third day, which is the minimum legal period. In addition to sending by mail, a notice will also be posted on the front of the building allowing for a variety of ways to communicate with the occupants and property owner, who can both be held responsible for continued non-compliance. One of the big changes that the new waste initiative will bring is that all bins, including recycling bins, must be stored at the rear of the property, out of sight from the street. (Please note: one green bin may be placed at the front of the property.) If a property has more than 8 bins in the rear-yard, they are required to be stored in an enclosure.
This is great news for our community, as we receive a high number of complaints regarding rats, skunks, raccoons, and ongoing garbage complaints from the neighbourhood. It is a pilot that if successful could be expanded elsewhere in our City.
 
URBAN FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN
Voted in favour; approved at Council
This plan focuses on working towards sustainability, protecting existing trees, increasing knowledge about the urban forest, expanding community engagement, fostering tree resiliency and diversity, and managing the urban forest more proactively.
BACKFLOW PREVENTION PROGRAM – IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE
Voted in favour; approved at Council
Our Backflow Prevention Program protects drinking water quality by ensuring the appropriate installation and inspection of devices that prevent water from flowing back into the system, thereby reducing the likelihood of contamination. While creating this report is was important to balance implementation costs for property owners with water protections. As a compromise the plan has a 10-year implementation date.
July 12
INAUGURAL BOARD APPOINTMENTS FOR THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES CORPORATION OF THE BYWARD AND PARKDALE MARKETS
Voted in favour; approved at Council
The brand new Municipal Services Corporation (MCS), which will be the organizing committee for the Byward Market is getting staffed. This report approves the appointments of 6 directors and 3 members of the executive committee.
 
ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT – PART OF 43 STE-CÉCILE STREET
Voted in favour; approved at Council
This report allows a farmer’s market to take place on Saturdays in Optimiste Park for a temporary period of three years. Since the development of St Charles Church has begun the Beechwood Market has made the move to Optimiste Park. The farmer’s market is open Saturdays 9 am to 2 pm until October 7.