As per August 2021 our building at 31 Sutton Place can be used, but in a very limited fashion. We have three rooms, but the reality is that only one can be used, our main room.
Here are the sizes of the rooms. The main room and the board room can be connected, making space for a total of maximum 15 (12 +3) people for a quiet type event, and 10 (8 + 2) when there is dancing/food/beverage involved. The change room is not connected with the other rooms. There are a total of three doors in the outside perimeter of the building allowing for ‘one way traffic’ if needed.
Dimensions of our rooms
Main Room: about 875 ft2 – 12 people. If a program or rental includes dancing/food/beverage, the max occupancy is 8
Board Room: about 200 ft2 – 3 people. If a program or rental includes dancing/food/beverage, the max occupancy is 2
Change Room: about 400 ft2 – 5 people If a program or rental includes dancing/food/beverage, the max occupancy is 4
Obviously, hand washing, social distancing and masks are still required until further notice. Yoga Partners on Monday evening takes place outside on the north side patio as long as the temperatures allow.
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It has been a while since we were in touch with you. Here are some updates from the Fisher Heights & Area Community Association.
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If you did not have the opportunity to listen in at the ZOOM meeting about the plans for the Merivale Lands that Claridge wants to develop, you can find the presentations back here. The plans are not approved yet, so nothing is carved in stone. Roughly 2000 units could be built over the next ten years.
There’s a NEW market in town; The Nepean Night Market will run every Sunday night from 5-9pm, in the Mr. Lube parking lot at Merivale and Baseline! Join in for some live music, good food, and a whole lot of fun while supporting local businesses! For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The first one was already a big success with vendors selling out and food vendors doing brisk business apparently. A bit more on it here: https://showwiz.ca/show/nepean-night-market/all/
New Civic Hospital
The FHACA board has sent a letter to Councillor Egli addressing several concerns we have around the traffic safety and congestion that may occur when the hospital parking garage for 2500 cars will be built. (starting next year!) Although we are far enough away for immediate issues, we might likely find ourselves stuck in traffic or in unsafe situations on a bicycle with a likely increase of traffic on Prince of Wales. We also asked to look into the helicopter flights over our heads and what the impact in the future might be.
Monday night yoga partners are now doing their yoga in the park at our community building. We are closely monitoring the city’s guidelines so that we can eventually move into our building again. Check in with info.FHACA@gmail.com if you would like to know more about our community yoga. There are also day time yoga classes, but they are on line (Zoom) until further notice.
Doug, our treasurer, has closed the books for the book year and we are in good financial shape, thanks to frugal financial management. Details to come at the next AGM, hopefully in the fall in person again.
New butcher on the block
Board member Jayne learned there will be a new butcher on Merivale Rd, where Swan’s Garage used to be (next to the Fish Market). We are happy to see yet another specialised retailer coming to Fisher Heights (although the vegans/vegetarians among us are probably less pleased 🙂
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Fisher Heights residents Corey Peabody dove head first into the official plan and sent us some feedback. Note this is a combination of cut and paste from several on line documents as well as some of her own comments crafted into a beautiful webpage :-). It is not like we will become the next Hintonburg (coffee roasters anyone?), but times they are achanging.
What is the Official Plan & why is it important?
The new Official Plan, once approved, will be the City’s primary planning document to guide growth and redevelopment in Ottawa for at least the next 25 years. The draft new OP must be based on the requirements of the Province’s Planning Act and the Provincial Policy Statement. The new OP will also inform other City master plans to ensure that services such as water, roads, parks, green space and transit are available to support the new development.
I would like to warn you – the Draft Official Plan document is 263 pages long and one of the most impenetrable and difficult to understand documents I have ever dealt with.
Where are we in the consultation process?
The first draft was released on November 20 2020. The city is asking for feedback by February 17 2021. Because the draft document is so complex, the city has thoughtfully provided no less than 21 one-pagers and feedback forms on subjects of interest. They can be found here. While the one-pagers are definitely very helpful briefs, the problem with the bite-size info and sending comments on those is that you get the feeling that you are missing the real show. But do comment!
For well over a year, a group of community organizations, including CAFES, Ecology Ottawa, City for All Women (CAWI), Greenspace Alliance, Healthy Transportation Coalition and Just Food, have been meeting under the label People’s Official Plan (POP) both at a convener level and at a residents’ level through organizing large consultative workshops. The first was at the Bayswater Innovation Centre, the second at Nepean Sportsplex and most recently on Dec 12 2020 we met in a well attended on-line workshop looking at the Draft OP and 15-minute neighbourhoods.
Residents have until Feb 17, 2021 to comment on 21 one-page summaries on specifics sections of the OP, such as Housing, Employment, Parks, Water Resources and Climate Change, to name a few.
Three reasons I think this is more important than ever
Intensification is the emphasis of the new OP. And there is very little land being taken in along the edges of the City for new urban expansion (as seen in newspaper articles the past two days). So intensification will have to happen from within.
Transit corridor – evolving neighbourhood
We live in an area that is bordered by Baseline Road that is going to become a major transit (bus) corridor. Our neighbourhood has been classified as “evolving” in the new OP which means “expected to gently evolve from a suburban to a more urban form of buildings and site layouts”. We are also nearby to the triangle lands behind Loblaws (which extend to Myers Motors land beside St. Augustine’s Church) which are classed as “transforming” lands which means “areas expected to undergo significant development”.
I took the City’s “Planning Primer” course yesterday evening (that is offered for free by the City) and discovered that some older neighbourhoods that are currently zoned R1, that are near transit lines (that’s two ticks for our neighbourhood) could be re-zoned to become R4 neighbourhoods that would allow three storey, six-living-unit buildings on certain parcels of land (likely street corners). This is how the City could meet its intensification targets, by providing additional housing space near major transit corridors but at the expense of established R1 neighbourhoods.
The Zoning by-law will also be re-written. (So could this be an opportunity to voice our concern about allowing commercial cube trucks to be stored in driveways? (I digress….)
I realize that many of these decisions may have already been made, but I think it is important to be informed as to what is happening or could happen in your neighbourhood. And while (apparently) change is good, knowing it is coming is better than being surprised by it!
This is the web location of all the OP documents; the one page summaries are here as well as a feedback form for each:
The City is reviewing the Standards, with a focus on sidewalks and pathways, reducing rutting on residential roads, roads next to schools with no sidewalks and roads with bus stops. Residents will have the opportunity to provide feedback on their priorities as we update the Standards.
In February or early March, staff will present a report to Committee and Council with proposed new rules for short-term rentals (STR), based on a regulatory framework approved by Council in November 2019.
Femmes Remarquables Ottawa Distinguished Women (FROTTAWADW) is currently accepting nominations of exceptional women for its bilingual site.
Launched in March of 2020, FROttawaDW.ca is a virtual public space that acknowledges and documents with worldwide reach, local women whose achievements and contributions have enriched the quality of life for Ottawa’s citizens.
On Christmas Eve, (Thursday night) at 6 pm, join the Ward 9 community in jingling your bells outside your door or on your balcony for 1 minute. The whole family can participate in sending a fun message to Santa that our community is COVID-wise and that we are taking all precautions to keep our community safe, remaining hopeful and looking forward to Christmas Day and ringing in the New Year.
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