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EMC West CCA Election Article

May 23rd, 2013 Comments off

Carlington community association AGM yields new president; Diane Zilkowski replaces outgoing president Josh McJannett, who congratulates community on its teamwork

From   Ottawa West News

By                 Steph Willems

The Carlington Community Association has emerged from an active past year more successful and knowledgeable than ever before.

Last week's annual general meeting provided a forum in which to reflect upon and celebrate recent accomplishments, while also taking care of administrative matters.

With past president Josh Mc-Jannett not seeking re-election, Diane Zilkowski was placed in the top spot following an election from the assembled members. The rest of the executive will consist of familiar faces.

A relatively new addition to the community, Zilkowski recently joined the association and played a large role in formalizing the community's response to the contentious 1110 Fisher Ave. development. Zilkowski put her name forward to the association's nominations committee because she felt the stated values of the association align closely with her own beliefs regarding communities.

"The priorities you have established are what communities are all about," she said, adding since moving to Carlington she's quickly become enamoured with the neighbourhood.

"There's so much energy

and so many incredible people I've met so far," she said.

The formal response to the 1110 Fisher proposal Zilkowski was involved in was a key occurrence in both the community - and community association's - evolution and growth. That six-storey, 42-unit proposal, which would have been adjacent to single-family

homes, brought the contentious issue of intensification and land-use to the community's doorstep. In his president's report, McJannett praised the association's growing membership for raising the bar with their initiatives.

"It's been a great year for the community association," said McJannett. "We've seen tremendous engagement from everyone."

The association's main efforts are directed at creating a greener, safer community, fostering a sense of community and encouraging positive development within its boundaries.

Those goals were met thanks to the hard work of members, said McJannett.

Successful events from

past years were carried over with similar results this time around, while new endeavors, such as the greening committee's community clean-ups and tulip-planting initiative, have brightened up the Carlington streetscape and brought neighbours together. The association's winter carnival, held in Alexander Park (which the association has adopted) was also a hit. On the security front, the association held a graffiti-reporting spree and invited Hintonburg Community Association security committee member Cheryl Parrott to share her knowledge and experience on reducing and reporting neighbourhood crime. The association's membership broke three figures this past year and now stands at

131, with money in the bank to fund the coming year's activities. River Coun. Maria McRae, invited as guest speaker, congratulated the association for its productive year and growing influence in the continuing improvement of the neighbourhood. McRae updated association members on issues related to the area, mainly infrastructure upgrades. Resurfacing is expected to begin soon on Crerar Avenue, between Merivale Road and Fisher.

Residents who asked for onstreet parking to be removed from Fisher will be disappointed, as not enough demand exists at this point. City traffic engineers would argue that parked cars serve to reduce vehicle speed on a given stretch of road, said McRae.

Carlington Yard & Plant Sale

May 22nd, 2013 Comments off

City of Ottawa – Online Consultation Pedestrian Plan and Cycling Plan – May 7 to June 7, 2013

May 16th, 2013 Comments off

If you bike or walk around Ottawa – the City of Ottawa's latest online consultation may be of interest to you!

As part of the Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031 review of the Cycling and Pedestrian Master Plans, the City is asking Ottawa residents to provide their input on the future of walking and cycling using a unique online tool.

Cycling Plan

Pedestrian Plan

Cycling Plan

Pedestrian Plan

The tool is available at ottawa.ca/liveableottawa until June 7, 2013.

Through a series of maps and questions, you will be presented with proposed plans for:

  • The City's ultimate cycling network
  • Neighbourhood cycling routes, and
  • A winter cycling network

The tool allows you to provide feedback on these proposals and also to:

  • Plot your preferred cycling routes.
  • Identify physical barriers that impede cycling or walking route connectivity.
  • Identify the need for a sidewalk or pathway to complete pedestrian connectivity.
  • Provide feedback on how comfortable you are when crossing intersections and walking along roadways.

How will the City use this information?

The feedback collected through this tool will be used to, among other things:

  • Refine the pedestrian and cycling networks and policies
  • Inform cycling and walking safety programs.
  • Assist in the prioritization of projects that will be tabled at Transportation Committee in July

 

CCA Development Committee: Open House discussion about 999 Merivale Road

May 7th, 2013 10 comments

Update May 18, 2013: Superior Construction has graciously released to us their concept drawing of the proposed development on 999 Merivale Road.

 

999MerivaleRoad

 

The Carlington Community Association's Development Committee is co-hosting a preliminary public viewing of development plans for the lot at 999 Merivale Road. This project has yet to be formally submitted with the City of Ottawa Planning Department and the meeting is the result of an offer from the project applicant to share details of their initial proposal with the community.

If you are interested in knowing more about this proposed development, join us tomorrow (Wednesday May 8) at the Alexander Community Centre in the Little Rascals room at 7pm.

Annual General Meeting

May 2nd, 2013 Comments off

 

All members of the Carlington Community Association (CCA) and interested members of the wider Carlington community are invited to attend the CCA's Annual General Meeting Tuesday May 14th, 2013 (time and location details below).
GET INVOLVED

Those interested in standing for election to the board or participating as voters must be members of the association at the time of election. There will be an opportunity for non-members to sign up at the AGM in order to participate. Annual CCA memberships are available on a pay-what-you-can basis with a suggested fee of $10 per individual or $20 per household. You can also sign up online here.

JOIN THE BOARD

The CCA board is made up of a President and a maximum of eight board members. CCA members directly elect a President and up to eight board members at the AGM. Executive positions (such as Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, etc.) are normally selected by the board in June. At this time the nomination committee is looking for community volunteers willing to stand for election as President and as board directors.

This is a great opportunity to get involved in making Carlington an even better place to live. Please contact Chelsea or Wendy (613.761.5631) if you:

  • are interested in standing for election;
  • wish to find out more about what is involved in being CCA President or a member of the board; and/or;
  • want to know more about the nomination/election process;

DETAILS

Date: Tuesday May 14, 2013
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: Alexander Community Centre, 960 Silver Street

River Ward included in City infill study

May 2nd, 2013 Comments off

Councillor McRae and the Deputy City Manager of Planning and Infrastructure have worked to include our Ward (River Ward)  in a formal study regarding infill development. Residents are invited to participate in this process by providing feedback regarding the challenges and opportunities related to the height, massing and setback of infill housing. The study will also look at opportunities for discreet intensification on larger, R1 lots.

A feedback form is available at www.ottawa.ca/infill and community members can provide feedback by May 17, 2013. Once this feedback is received, the City’s Zoning Consistency Team will organize site visits to conduct individual analysis. Workshops will be organized with different communities and the architectural community. The Team intends to prepare recommendations for the Planning Committee and City Council for December 2013.

The CCA Development Committee is currently in the process of reviewing this information and preparing a submission. If you would like to contribute to this effort or have questions about the CCA's position please contact CCA Development Committee Chair Phil Bartlett.

The Councillor has advised that the first public workshop will be held in June 2013. We will share more information as it becomes available.