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Two Local Students Receive Community Awards
Each year, the MVCA recognizes the community work of two graduating high school students with a $500 scholarship.
This year, we are happy to award South Carleton Student Mia Hasle with one of the scholarships for her work with seniors in local retirement communities, the Legions Remembrance Day Poppy Campaign and the Manotick Public School Spring Fair. Mia plans to attend York University in the fall.
Noah Gilbert, a student at St. Mark High School, was awarded the second scholarship for his community work with seniors as well. Noah also worked on community clean up initiatives and the St. Mark canned food drive and was an active member of the local cadets.
City of Ottawa's New Official Plan
The City has released a full report on what 8,500 residents had to say about the draft Official Plan, “As We Heard It”. The report provides a snapshot of the comments that were received from multiple submissions and does not include a detailed summary of everything they heard.
It is also releasing ward-specific reports which you can find on Engage Ottawa. The rural ward reports highlight rural economic development, the concept of villages as 15-minute neighbourhoods, the support for agri-tourism, and renewable energy policies.
City Releases Consultation Report on Well-Being Plan
The City heard from hundreds of residents when it asked for input into the creation of a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan in 2020. A report on those consultations has been posted on the City’s Engage Ottawa site in advance of release of a draft Plan.
The result was the identification of the following top priorities for the Plan: Housing; Discrimination, marginalization and racism; Mental health; Systems change and systems security; and Financial security.
The full consultation report is available at Engage Ottawa
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
Transportation Master Plan
The FAQs on the draft Official Plan have also provided an update on the timeline for the draft Transportation Master Plan (TMP) – a critical document for Manotick as it will outline future road network designations.
It notes that the completion date for the TMP has been pushed back to 2031. This is due to the delay in undertaking an Origin-Destination Survey which would provide insights into travel trends throughout the City. The Survey has been delayed until the fall when it is assumed that residents will be operating in a non-pandemic environment. A Survey taken now would be skewed by the number of residents who are either working from home or not working due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
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.
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.