First of all, I’d like to thank you for confirming your confidence in me and my team to lead our community for the next 4 years. I am committed to working hard for the betterment of Sandy Hill. 2017 was another enthralling year for Team Fleury and our community. Over the last year, we have continued to work directly with you to see real progress and positive improvements in our neighbourhood and in our city.
Here are a few key projects that we have been working on:
You may have noticed new signage in our neighbourhood stating that the maximum speed for the area is now 40 km. The southern section of Sandy Hill (south of Laurier) was the first zone in Ottawa to get the gateway signage.
Each Councillor was able to select one residential area (enclosed by collector roads) to be 40 km. We plan to continue converting zones until all of our residential zones are 40 km.
The End of Bunkhouses
The first phase of the R4 zoning review now limits the number of bedrooms per unit to a maximum of 4 with a complete set of strategies including requiring all new buildings to manage garbage within the main building specifically for Sandy Hill. In mid-2017, we put in place the ultimate tool to stop bunkhouses by passing an interim control by law (ICB). The ICB is now extended for a second year to ensure all components of the R4 issues are completely resolved as part of the phase 2 work.
We have introduced new options during winter parking bans. This means that during the overnight winter parking bans, which are announced when we are expected to get 7 cm of snow or more, residents may park their cars in the Strathcona Park parking lot or the University of Ottawa parking lot (33 Mann Ave) overnight free of charge.
The goals of this initiative are to minimize snow clearing costs on the City, to make snow clearing operations more efficient, and to provide a convenient option for residents during winter storms.
Pedestrian / Cycling Improvements
The newly elevated intersection and advanced signal phase at UOttawa underpass and Colonel By Drive is a welcome enhancement for pedestrians and cyclists. Somerset East and King Edward now also has an advanced signal for pedestrians and cyclists.
We look forward to working with you in 2019 on the issues that matter most.
To receive updates about our community and to see a full array of all the projects we are working on please visit mathieufleury.ca.
Lastly, I’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Merry Christmas and happy new year!