June 25: Bike Celebration Day in Fisher Heights

Holly MacDonald has offered to organize not just a bike rodeo in June, but a Bike Celebration Day.

The weather has delayed the planning, but here are some of the activities and presentations we hope to offer on Sat June 25 from 9 to noon at the community building. The block of Sutton Place in front of Fisher Heights Community Place will be closed to through traffic for the event.

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1996 Carleton Heights secondary plan covers part of Fisher Heights

There was an error in the story regarding the proposed redevelopment of 780 Baseline Road, the so-called Lone Star Plasa.

The original story stated: “The current Official Plan allows buildings up to 30 storeys [on the site]; the new OP allows buildings up to 40 storeys.”

That sentence ignored the existence of a 1996 secondary plan for Carleton Heights. The story now reads:

The city claims that the current Official Plan allows buildings up to 30 storeys; the new OP allows buildings up to 40 storeys,

Secondary plan for Carleton Heights

However, a secondary plan for Carleton Heights (between Fisher and the Rideau Canal-River, south of Baseline), outlining detailed land uses, was approved in 1996. Before amalgamation in 2000, the Ottawa-Nepean border ran along the rear property lines of the houses on the west side of Fisher and the south side of Baseline. Hence part of the site was in Carleton Heights and was included in the secondary plan. This is the rationale behind the some what strange idea that land west of Fisher Ave falls under the Carleton Heights secondary plan.

The area was identified as a minor shopping area with residential of “medium” density, namely predominantly row housing from 150 to 248 persons per hectare, and apartment buildings from 248 to 300 persons per hectare, “subject to certain height restrictions.”

This designation extended along Baseline to Marson, the first intersection west of Farlane.

The project seeks to build 875 apartment units. Assuming for an example that each apartment will house 2 people, that density is 1,225 persons per hectare.

During preliminary discussions the city considered that this secondary plan applied to the project. Subsequently, however, according to the city planner on the file, Laurel McCreight, the city’s “Policy Team” determined that “an Official Plan Amendment [regarding the Carleton Heights secondary plan] is not required.”  That decision was “based on some text amendments to the Secondary Plan that is being carried over into the New OP. There is wording in the Secondary Plan that states that mid and high-rise buildings are permitted subject to an appropriate transition.  This transition must be demonstrated in the zoning by-law materials.”

Therefore, the city’s position is that the 30/40-storey height limits apply.

The correction will also be noted in the next issue of the newsletter.

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Community Garage Sale in Fisher Heights & Area with 30 participants: June 18 at 9 am

Hi everyone,

After two years, our annual community garage sale is back. This Saturday from 9 am you can find your treasures at about 30 participants in the increasingly popular neighbourhood of Fisher Heights, located between Baseline and Meadowlands, Fisher and Merivale. From old shoes to new Tupperware, from an Italian bed to ceiling fans, there is bound to be something for you that you don’t have yet.

Although we don’t have an official end time, you don’t want to wait too long: by noon some of us are ready for a beer (hot chocolate looking at the weeather) and will pack up, while others wait for that very last blue crocheted baby hat to go.

It might be a bit cool in the morning so think of mittens and a hat; it is only nearly July after all. 🙂

Bring change

And the best thing is: no taxes! Bring cash: change is best, paying for a 25 cent tea cozy with a 20 dollars bill doesn’t really work at garage sales.

We know many people are champing at the bit at 6:20 am but don’t expect everything to be ready yet.

Mind your speed

Remember, this is a neighbourhood with young children, seniors, runners and people biking around; shoppers will be crossing the streets, so be careful if you drive through Fisher Heights. The speed limit is 40 kph, but slower is appreciated.

2022 Fisher Heights grage sale map as an PNG image

Below is the PDF version you can print out.

And here is the map on Google for you to zoom in on. Click on the top left icon for the addresses.

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Development updates near us

Note: these articles were published earlier in our newsletter that is delivered door to door in Fisher Heights. Some articles are slightly adjusted.

Residential listing hints at commercial use

A potential zoning issue is highlighted in the Realtor.ca listing (as of May 28) offering for sale a house on Deer Park Road at the northwest corner of Meadowlands.

The house is the side split model common in the neighbourhood, built in 1961.

The asking price is $829,900 , but a reference in the listing states that its location, as a corner lot abutting Meadowlands, makes it “prime for future commercial zoning (to be verified).”

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Plans unveiled to transform Lone Star Plaza

[This story has been updated to correct an error. See the separate webpage (coming soon) that discusses the correction.]

A developer has unveiled a long-term plan to transform what is known at the Lone Star Plaza 780 Baseline Road at Baseline and Fisher, over the next 10-12 years into a primarily residential, high-rise complex. The developer is Joey Theberge of Theberge Homes — http://www.thebergehomes.com/

The project as seen from Baseline in a south eastern direction

Coun Egli hosted a community Zoom meeting May 18, advertised in his weekly newsletter and through the FHACA email list of FHACA members, in which about 10 residents participated.

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June 18: Fisher Heights & Area Garage Sale: 30 participants

June 18 from 9:00 to noon (some members will continue past noon).

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City to clean up some parts of Gilbey Park

Two community residents have expressed recent concerns about what one calls “the slow and progressive degradation of our beloved Gilbey Park.”

He pointed out issues including: the need to remove “the many unsightly large piles of wood cuttings left by Hydro and other agencies;” the deteriorating condition of the paths around the lower and upper levels, being “extremely muddy because the mulch laid down years ago has simply disappeared;” a longstanding “graffiti war” on the huge rocks surrounding the gate on the reservoir area; and that “the natural log fences are broken and old and in need of repair and replacement.”

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Lengthy local power outage raises questions about hydro grid in G7 capital

From Doug Yonson

The major power outage after the May 21 storm – more than 8 days for most of us — awas hugely disrupting, and hugely upsetting, and hugely frustrating to many area residents. There will be post-mortems, but one question that arose often in our community is how sturdy, how stable, and how efficient the hydro grid infrastructure is locally.

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Nepean Hotspurs Recreational Boys and Girls Soccer 2022

Come play soccer this summer with Nepean Hotspurs’ LKP Program.

Our U13 and U14 age groups for boys and girls are hoping to include some more keen players for our 12 week play and train program beginning May 30th.

Further details can be found at nepeanhotspurs.ca/youth-summer-rec-13-14/ or by emailing club Technical Director, Fawn Mulholland: td@nepeanhotspurs.ca

We hope to see you there!

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Nepean Horticultural Society presents…

Register for the Zoom event at wilsonjohns@rogers.com

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