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Truck Traffic and Speeding in the Village
Many residents are concerned about the volume of trucks travelling through the village and about general vehicular speeding in our community. We thank you for the letters and emails.
MVCA shares those concerns and continues to work on solutions with the City and our Councillor.
MVCA's Snowperson Building Contest
Growth Management Strategy UPDATE
The City Council approved the draft Growth Management Strategy on February 10, including approval of the proposed Tewin community in the east end. They also approved a motion to do additional study of soil conditions of the prime agricultural land adjacent to Riverside South before final approval of that parcel of land for development.
City of Ottawa's New Official Plan
On the Engage Ottawa site there is a draft of the new Official Plan and twenty-two documents providing a brief overview of the New Official Plan proposed policies on specific subject areas. Each of these twenty-two documents has an associated feedback form. General questions and comments can also be submitted through the Engage Ottawa website until February 17, 2021.
ARAC agenda reviews budget, future zoning amendments, Conservation Act changes
Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee approved the recommended 2021 Budget at its December meeting and also heard about the upcoming process for future zoning amendment changes and revisions to the Conservation Act.
Beryl Gaffney Park
Next steps - The MVCA is on board for a proposed Task Force to look at how to move forward with additional amenities to Beryl Gaffney Park. The Manotick Culture, Parks and Recreation Association has proposed bringing together the surrounding community associations as well as Friends of Beryl Gaffney Park and representatives from the Beryl Gaffney family. They have suggested a process that includes a community survey on possible amenities, a review of the current Master Plan and the creation of a Ten Year Development Plan. They are hoping to have the process completed within 9 months. Details on the proposal can be found here: https://www.mcpra.org/beryl-gaffney-park
The proposed off-leash dog park in Beryl Gaffney Park will not be built. Residents feedback made it clear this was not desired in the community. They City will be looking for another location in other communities for the off-leash dog park.
The City of Ottawa is moving to make improvements to Beryl Gaffney Park using funds retained specifically for this purpose. These funds were generated through an agreement with the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority when the City transferred land for their new building at the corner of Prince of Wales Drive and Rideau Valley Drive North. Close to $1 million is now available for enhancements to the Park.
Transportation Master Plan
The City of Ottawa has launched consultations on the Transportation Master Plan or TMP as part of the development of the Official Plan. There have been opportunities to provide the City with feedback about truck routes, the need for infrastructure changes to accommodate more residents living in the south end and the need for better connectivity for cyclists between communities and for pedestrians within the Village.
MVCA has submitted comments to the City regarding the TMP Principles.