CITY INFILL TREE CONSERVATION PROGRAM

One important characteristic of City View and concern identified by City View residents is the alarming way our trees are disappearing!

Perhaps a better understanding of city guidelines and regulations will help us to monitor and be aware of activity in our community to help us preserve our existing trees.

Here is the City of Ottawa’s Infill Tree Conservation Program, as it applies to Infill construction and the regulations concerning existing trees.

Please click on the INFILL TREE CONSERVATION PROGRAM
or visit:
http://documents.ottawa.ca/sites/documents.ottawa.ca/files/treeinfill_pamphlet_en.pdf

If you observe events which are not supported by the city position  on trees and infill construction please call By-law at 311  and / or email us at Cityviewassociation@gmail.com

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Report on Trees & Green-space Effects

Here is a very interesting report on how green-space and parks affect people and communities. To see the  full report, please click on PARK PEOPLE or visit their website www.PARKPEOPLE.CA

A few  highlights are:

PARK PEOPLE: IMPACT REPORT 2015

“Research shows that residents of neighbourhoods with greenery in common spaces are more likely to enjoy stronger ties than those who live surrounded by barren concrete.” – The Trust for Public Land, 2006.

25.6%: Increase in regular exercise when people have access to free public places, like parks

57%: Would select one neighbourhood over another if it were close to parks and open space.

One tree Generates:
$31,250 worth of oxygen
$62,000 worth of air pollution control,
$37,500 worth of water
$31,250 worth of soil erosion control

Cities are where most Canadians choose to live, work and play. Parks are “green engines” that help address nearly every issue cities face from health to food security, from public safety to community cohesion. More than ever, parks are at the center of public life. Park People builds stronger communities by animating and improving parks, placing them at the heart of life in the city. We hope you’ll join us in leading a city park renaissance.

www.PARKPEOPLE.CA| 416.583.5776 | INFO@PARKPEOPLE.CA

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Notes on the Annual General Meeting

For those who missed the Annual General Meeting:
Councillor Chiarelli spoke about:

  1. SNOW REMOVAL CHANGES: The city has changed from clearing snow after 5cm to 7cm.  If you were not happy with this year’s snow removal, please send a message to: rick.chiarelli@ottawa.ca
  2. RAPID TRANSIT ON BASELINE:.  The busses will travel in the middle lane.
    Details can be found on the City of Ottawa web site. http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-consultations/transit/baseline-road-rapid-transit-corridor-bayshore-station-heron
  3. 21 WITHROW TAX LEVY: Please Note: The property has NOT been sold.
    Councillor Chiarelli noted that many residents have not voiced their opinion about whether they are in agreement or not.  We can understand those who voted NO.  We would have voted No also because we think that the City of Ottawa owes City View a park.  We have paid a lot of tax dollars to the city and had little in return.  The new infill houses pay a development fee of over $20 000 to the city.  Not a park in sight.  Doug Frobel Park will be redeveloped this year.  That is because it is way past its life cycle.We voted YES for the levy.  This is City View’s last chance to keep some green-space for the future generations.  If this land is developed, we have lost this opportunity forever. $5 a month/ $60 a year is a small price to pay for creating a legacy which will outlive us and preserve the lungs of our neighbourhood.  Because of Infill, we have lost a lot of mature trees.  This is changing the character of City View.

So, IF YOU HAVEN’T VOTED or would like to CHANGE YOUR NO VOTE to YES, you can find a copy of the levy on our website:  www.OurCityView.ca

  1. STUDENT HOUSING: Rick says that he will work on this to bring forward his recommendation to council in thenext few months.  This would mean a licence to rent a room or rooms in your house.  This would help control the growing number of rooming houses in our neighbourhood.

Other City View Community News:

City View Community Association Executive is still looking for a Secretary, Communication/Web Site Director, Traffic/Transportation Director, and Business Liaison Director.  For more information, please email us. cityviewasociation@gmail.com

We are forming a Social Committee to work on our two big social functions:

  1. June 25Strawberry Social for Seniors.  We have applied for a grant from the provincial government.  If the grant comes through, this event will also include a free roast beef dinner.  Others may buy a ticket to also attend.
  2. The second function is: City View celebrates Canada 150 on September 17.
    We will have a photo booth, bouncy castle, wagon rides, horse rides and more.

We need help for these two events. Even an hour of your time will be appreciated.

There are about 18 more of the “Slow Down For Us” signs.  If you would like one, please send us your address and we will drop it off. cityviewasociation@gmail.com

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7 pm Thursday, April 27 A. G. M. Public Meeting

Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 7 p.m. Annual General Meeting

Note: *NEW* LOCATION
City View United Church Hall, 6 Epworth Avenue,

Speeding/Traffic: Cst. Sherry Jordan
Doug Frobel Park Update, Splash Pad, Trees, Infill: Rick Chiarelli.

Question Period,
Annual Memberships $10 or  3 Years for $25
50/50 Draw

Click Here for A.G.M. FLYER

 

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LEVY UPDATE: Good News!

Thank you, THANK You, THANK YOU! for all the amazing support to preserve 21 Withrow. Every day there are more responses delivered via email, Canada Post, as well as hand-delivered forms.

We are glad to hear from all sides, however we are happy to share that so far we have over 96% support in favour of buying 21 Withrow. Please keep those forms coming!

Need a copy of the form?  Click HERE!

If you haven’t already sent in your form,  send an email, mail it, drop it off or call us; we will pick it up.
Together we are saving 21 Withrow Ave and preserve it for our children, grandchildren and future generations!

We are looking forward to working with the city and with sponsoring partners, City View Association and its members to make this 150 Legacy Project a reality!

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Sunday Morning Update

We are glad to report our numbers in support of preserving this piece of Canadian history right here in our neighbourhood are growing. Every form is bringing us closer and closer to our goal.

Take a drive by; take a good look at 21 Withrow. Then imagine what it would look like filled with row houses or low rise apartments. A big piece of our neighbourhood’s character will be taken from us!

Please help us preserve the character of our community and this important, historic green-space by getting your survey in.

We can pick it up or you can email it or drop it off.  Please, let’s keep it going we are doing so well and we want to reach our goal.

Have your say and remember to read the character of the neighbourhood statement and send it back also.

We need to hear from you.
Thanks for your help. Every vote counts.

WANT MORE BACKGROUND INFO?  Scroll down, and click on the Right OR Click on the 2 links below:

Why Support The Levy? Aug 25, 2017

More Than Just A Park – Much More! September 20, 2016

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NEIGHBOURHOOD FLYERS UPDATE

C.V.C.A. Neighbourhood flyers are now being delivered to community mailboxes and are being returned to our Community Association. We are happy to say that we are getting a favourable response and signed levy forms are coming back in.
Please think about this and call us if you have any further questions.  We want to hear from you.

We are moving toward creating an important legacy in mid-town Ottawa.
Thank you for helping to save 21 Withrow Ave for present and future generations!

And thank you for helping us to define the character of our City View community.

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LEVY UPDATE ; > )

This is an update to follow up with our Levy Survey.  We are excited to say that we are getting a very positive response but we still need more to reach our goal.

If you haven’t already downloaded and sent us your response to the Levy Survey and the Character of our Neighbourhood statement, please watch as they will be in your mailboxes in the next few days.

Your response will accomplish one or two of the most important things you do for your community. You may pledge your support for the acquisition of 21 Withrow Avenue to save green-space and at the same time you may help us to establish what we want our community to look like in the future.

Let’s go City View!

If you can’t wait for the Survey in your mailbox: Click Here.
Watch for the next update, coming soon.

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INPUT NEEDED: TWO SURVEY QUESTIONS

Dear residents of our City View Neighborhood:  Your input is needed. 

A flyer is ATTACHED HERE  and more surveys will be available soon,  on the side of a mailbox near you.

This survey is from the executive of the City View Community Association (C.V.C.A), who are working to represent your best interests.  We are contacting you regarding two urgent issues and are requesting your input.

1: Preservation of green space at 21 Withrow Avenue.

The large lot and designated heritage home at 21 Withrow is currently for sale and a conditional offer has been received.  It is likely that a developer will seek variances or zoning changes to permit very high density housing units.   In cooperation with Councillor Chiarelli, the C.V.C.A. has been seeking an alternate outcome that would see the City purchase the property for use as a park and community building.  However, Councillor Chiarelli will only move forward on that proposal if the majority of households in City View indicate support for a possible $5 per month property tax levy over a 10-year time-frame.  The C.V.C.A. encourages your support for this proposed levy for the following reasons:

  • This is the last possible location for a park in City View.  We already have the lowest ratio of parkland per household in Ottawa, and this situation will worsen significantly with further housing in-fill.
  • We feel that the quality of the community would be improved by a park, or eroded by the inevitable alternative (i.e. more homes and less green space). The difference between these alternatives could easily affect the value of our homes enough to compensate for the levy.
  • This is your chance to leave a permanent legacy for future generations, to preserve one of the oldest farm houses in the city and its gorgeous grounds from development.

2: Defining the Character of our Neighbourhood.

Our neighborhood is changing rapidly.   Each new infill proposal requires approval by the Committee of Adjustment (CoA). The CoA considers the concerns of neighbors, and how a new development affects the neighborhood character.  It welcomes a clear and succinct definition of neighborhood character that is supported by the community.  Without this, it is difficult for the C. of A. to see past the narrowly-defined proposals submitted by developers.   On the back of this page we have written a short paragraph that defines our neighborhood.  With your approval, this paragraph will help to guide the CoA when it considers minor variances in City View.

For us to move forward on each proposal (or not), we require that City View households affirm their agreement.  The proposals are summarized on the back of this page. Please respond in one of the following ways:

  • By returning this form directly to a C.V.C.A. representative who may have called on you in person
  • By mail or drop-off to 95 St Claire Avenue, K2G 2A7.
  • By email to: CityViewAssociation@gmail.com

Questions? /Or Form Pick Up     (613)3146555 or (613)727-9410

1: Preservation of green space at 21 Withrow Avenue:

In order to get funding from the City of Ottawa towards the purchase of 21 Withrow Avenue, Councillor Chiarelli has stated we must prove our community support. He has suggested a possible tax levy of $5 a month for a maximum of 10 years. Similar levies are being paid by residents of Alta Vista and Kanata North for community projects.

If we demonstrate our grassroots support the city (Councillor Chiarelli) said they will support the purchase of 21 Withrow. Once we have city backing the provincial and federal governments will then consider additional funding. *A Neighbourhood Park increases property values and the desirability of an entire neighbourhood.

Yes, I / We agree to a possible $5 a month levy on my/our tax bill for a maximum of ten years, to assist in the purchase of 21 Withrow Avenue.

Name (please print) ______________________________

 

Address_______________________________________

 

Signature: ________________________________

 

2: Defining the Character of our City View Neighborhood:

City View is a neighborhood of single-family homes with a very diverse feel; every street has old and some newer homes. The sizes can range from small and quaint to very large and elaborate with many architectural styles and influences. The relatively low density of housing gives the neighborhood a peaceful, un-crowded feeling. An abundance of mature trees, large yards, gardens (both flower and vegetable),and diverse landscape features provide aesthetic variety as well as homes and refuge for birds and wildlife.  Many residents place a high value on these characteristics, and, regardless of what type of home they live in, would be reluctant to see City View developed into a neighborhood of homogeneous, closely-abutted houses, with little open space and few mature trees. “

I/we, (agree/disagree) ___________________ that the above statement accurately describes the neighborhood of City View in which I/we live.

Name (please print)__________________________________

 

Address________________________________

 

Signature: ________________________________

The C.V.C.A. welcomes any comments, questions and suggestions you may have

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Skating Rink Notice

This notice is to advise you that no more work will be attempted on the large outfield rink at Doug Frobel Park.

Please enjoy the small puddle rink on the basketball court behind the Nepean Museum at 16 Rowley Avenue.

Your C.V.C.A. Executive.

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