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Better Homes Loan Program
From the City of Ottawa website: "The City is developing a proposed Better Homes Loan program to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Ottawa. The Better Homes Loan program will make it easier and more affordable for homeowners to pay for home improvements over time as they save on their energy bills.
There is a survey available through Engage Ottawa about the proposed program that closes on May 9
Centennial Park Update
April 27, 2021 - Manotick Culture Parks and Recreation Association announces they were successful in receiving funds from an Infrastructure Canada grant for the Centennial Park project.
Transportation Survey from Rural Transportation Solutions Group
There is a survey available now to all rural residents to better understand transportation needs in rural Ottawa.
The project is being implemented by The Rural Transportation Solutions Group. The Group is led by representatives from Nepean Rideau Osgoode Community Resource Centre (NROCRC) and is comprised of rural residents interested in exploring improved, effective and sustainable transportation options for rural communities in Ottawa.
The Rural Transportation Solutions Group’s activities will include collecting data regarding rural transportation needs and analyzing the results. The findings will then be presented to the City of Ottawa for consideration in the new Master Transportation Plan. The website for this project is rural-transportation-solutions-for-ottawa.info
The survey is open and will close in late May.
If you require a paper copy of the survey, please contact Carley at
Climate Change survey
The potential impact of climate change was raised several times during the consultation process so the City has launched a specific consultation on the topic. The City is looking for input from residents on how climate change is affecting them, what future impacts concern them the most and how can the City prepare for these changes in the future. The input will be used to develop a Climate Resiliency Strategy.
To help residents understand some of the risks and become familiar with what the City has done to date, staff have posted background papers on the Engage Ottawa site. The papers have identified the following changes in our environment: warming temperatures, shorter winters, more rain but less snow, and more freezing rain. Each of these could have an impact on the living environment through greater risk of flooding or another ice storm for example. You can read the papers and do the survey at https://engage.ottawa.ca/climate-resiliency
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.
City of Ottawa's New Official Plan
The City continues to hold consultations on components of the draft Official Plan to assist in finalizing the Plan for approval by Council in the fall. There has been a lot of public engagement to date on the overall Plan as well as components such as a Rural Economic Development Strategy, active transportation and urban boundary expansion.
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 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.