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We know that these times can be tough for our City View residents. Please reach out to each other should you need assistance or can provide assistance over the coming weeks. Some residents do not have internet access, so please share this message.
The City View Community Association will help you to get assistance if you are in self isolation and need help getting groceries, walking your pets, or picking up medication. You can reach out directly by e-mail at email@example.com or call Joan Clark 613 228-1619, Nancy Wilson 613 314-6555 or Jill Prot 613 226-1559.
Also, if you are available to help your neighbours please contact us.
These are difficult times, but we know our City View community is strong and we will get through this together. Please take care and know that our community is here to help those that need the help.
Our facebook page has some activities for small ones who are stuck at home, fun for the kids.
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The results are in for the Kilmorie/21 Withrow Levy vote:
Many of us who have worked hard for this are of course disappointed to see this result. However we would still like to hear constructive input from anyone, regardless of how you voted. Do you still feel the need for wooded parkland within the community? How should revenue collected from infill be used? Would you still want a community centre, as many other communities have?
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It seems we may have lost our final opportunity to save this pristine heritage property and urban forest. Wouldn’t it have been nice to have owned this 2.2 acres with its 175 yr old stone house and 100 plus mature trees?
But let’s move forward as a community, and perhaps there will be a future opportunity to create a park and community centre.
For several years The Kilmorie Heritage Society (KHS), has been looking for a way to protect this special property at 21 Withrow Avenue. We have also been lobbying the City of Ottawa (City) officials and Councillors for City funds towards this project, to no avail. In late January, City officials met with KHS and advised that they would be prepared to hold a vote seeking approval for a special levy for the communities to purchase the property. The actual vote on the levy would be administered by the City between February 24 to March 13, 2020 and would be limited to one vote per household.
The City calculated what they considered the costs for purchase and maintenance of the property and determined what amount property owners would be required to pay, if they choose to purchase it. City staff prepared a report for the the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) for approval and this report was then forwarded to Ottawa Council and approved at its February 12, 2012 meeting.
A summary can be found on this link:
The Kilmorie Heritage Society arranged for a mail-out to all residences, with the help and support of our local MPP, Jeremy Roberts to publicize a public meeting to be held February 6, 2020.
Members of the KHS acquired additional publicity – including the Ottawa Citizen, CBC, CFRA and CTV.
Based on the community feedback that we are receiving we have compiled a list of FAQs regarding the proposed levy.
Stay tuned for more answers to your questions as we continue to receive feedback.
1) Why is the levy amount so high?
The City indicated that an average home in our area is valued at $400k, according to the MPAC. MPAC property assessments are used to calculate property taxes. To calculate the levy amount, the City of Ottawa uses the property evaluations for all houses, and also includes residential and commercial developments. On average, the levy would increase property taxes by $13.32 a month. The KHS is asking the City to provide further information on the MPAC values for the commercial properties to ensure the initial calculations are accurate. MPAC assessments are public information.
2) Will the levy amounts change?
The City has noted – “Should the levy values prove to be insufficient or too high, staff will report back to City Council and request that the special area levy be adjusted accordingly.”
In fact, the KHS anticipates that the levy amount or duration will decrease. There are many grants available through all levels of government and we will actively pursue them. Although we did apply for some, we were rejected because we did not yet own the facility. We have received positive support from our provincial and federal representatives.
We have also received some donations from interested Ottawa citizens and organizations and will continue to pursue additional funding, throughout the levy period.
The City is still collecting ‘Cash-in-lieu of Parkland’ fees when development occurs and allocates 40% of these funds to the Ward and 60% to city-wide projects. Our Councillor Rick Chiarelli has agreed to allocate some Ward cash-in-lieu to this project. He will also help us lobby for allocation of some of the City wide funds towards this project. This cash- in-lieu program is scheduled to end January 1, 2021, and collected funds may have to be dispersed. Perhaps we could be benefactor in this dispersal.
KHS has also received a number of ‘in kind’ donations. These include personal commitments from citizens to donate time and/or expertise to maintain the property. These donations will help to offset the City’s expenses at a much lower rate.
3) Why were Crestview/Meadowlands and Ryan Farm included in the catchment area?
To minimize the effects of the levy for all residents it was decided to create a catchment area that would include the extensive local commercial properties on Merivale Road and Woodroffe Avenue. Since commercial property taxes are much higher and tax rates are nearly double the residential rate, it was hoped that the burden on all residents would be reduced. The KHS was unaware of what the individual levy amounts would be until just prior to the City staff report to the FEDCO, in February.
There is a close association between the Ryan Farm, City View and Crestview/Meadowlands communities. Since both City View elementary schools were closed, our children attend schools across Meadowlands Drive, and we are all friends. We lobbied to support the reconstruction of Crestview outdoor pool, and to preserve the NCC lands to the south – as we consider these communities as part of our neighbourhood.
City View, Crestview/Meadowlands and Ryan Farm share many of the same issues – Merivale Road, boarding houses, student parking on our streets, traffic and speeding, extensive infills and intensification, cut-thru traffic and lack of a community building.
Unlike other communities in Ottawa, there is no community centre anywhere in the catchment area for meetings or programs for our children, adults and seniors – no place for residents to come together. We also lack a community paper and communication.
4) Why is it important to vote YES?
All residents should take the time to visit 21 Withrow Avenue to experience the special feeling that this property exudes. The grounds and historic stone house are very unique. With this property, residents will acquire BOTH a beautiful passive 2-acre park and also a valuable historic building for their community centre.
By acquiring ownership or control, our Communities will be able to ensure that this pristine property will remain as green space. If the City of Ottawa does not have assurance that the Communities are prepared to provide the necessary funding for the acquisition of this property, the developer will remove over 100 mature trees and replace these trees and the beautiful gardens with an 13-house private subdivision development. These grounds are one of the few green spaces left in our area that can be preserved. Once it is gone, it can never be replaced!
This is an important issue for the entire area (not just residents in the immediate proximity to this property.) Our communities have been encroached and eroded by expanding commercial and high-rise development along the Merivale Strip. Algonquin College has rapidly expanded to encompass its entire property with buildings and parking lots. New developments are planned at Merivale Mall and St. Julian of Norwich (old St. Richard’s) church. We cannot afford to lose any more green space in the heart of our community. As the density and traffic in our communities increases due to intensification and infill development, permanent protection of this property will guarantee much needed green space. It will protect some quality of life for current resident families and for generations to come.
The benefits of green space are well documented and far-reaching. Proximity to green space benefits our mental and physical well-being. Green spaces help reduce pollution and provide habitat for wildlife. Yet, our Merivale sector has been identified in City reports as deficient in green space, and well below the provincial standards of 2 ha. per 1,000 residents and City of Ottawa targets of 4 ha. per 1,000 residents.
This catchment area is locked between major roads and vehicular routes, pavement and parking lots and extensive commercial development. The trees on this property help to mitigate the effects of the extensive traffic in our area by reducing the overall concentration of greenhouse gases. A tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, and can sequester one ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old. If these 100+ mature trees are removed over 4,800 pounds of carbon dioxide per year will not be absorbed.
Trees also clean the air by removing particulates. They contribute to our environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife.
5) What will the house be used for?
This home has so much cultural heritage and history that it should be preserved for our enjoyment and for future generations. It was built in 1842 for William Scott, and is one of Ottawa’s oldest surviving stone houses.
Also, a renowned Confederation poet, William Wilfred Campbell, lived there in the early 1900’s and he named it “Kilmorie”. The Poets Pathway has put a plaque on Colonnade Road near Campbell’s beloved Kilmorie, that details one of his poems, ‘Down the Merivale Road’.
The farm was eventually divided into roads and garden lots in 1913 and today, the house sits on only 2.1 acres of land. It was bought in1951 by Dr. J David Roger, a well known cardiologist/internist and radiologist. Dr. Roger and his family lived there for over 60 years.
The house, with all its grandeur, will be used as a Community Centre for residents of City View, Crestview/Meadowlands and Ryan Farm. Every resident will become a member. Members will have special privileges and discounted prices for events held on Kilmorie Estates.
6) What are the benefits of Kilmorie?
7) What is the Kilmorie Heritage Society (KHS)?
KHS is a not-for-profit organization. It was incorporated in March 2019. It has an Executive Board of eight members. Its Executive Members include citizens from around Ottawa and representatives from the Poet’s Pathway, Heritage Ottawa and the City View Community Association.
KHS was formed when it was realized that interest and importance in the preservation of Kilmorie went well beyond the immediate area and saving it would benefit the entire City, and, because of its historical importance, the entire Country.
The purpose of the organization is the acquisition and preservation of Kilmorie Heritage Estate, located at 21 Withrow Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
The Kilmorie Heritage Society will manage and operate Kilmorie Estate in agreement with the City of Ottawa. Community members’ input and suggestions will be welcomed.
8) Important Facts
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Residents of City View and surrounding neighborhoods will soon receive ballots in their mail. Please follow this link to the Ottawa City website that provides detailed information on the levy and the vote:
Significant progress is being made with the efforts to acquire the heritage house (Kilmorie) and the surrounding property for community use at 21 Withrow Avenue.The developer, Joey Theberge, has given us until April 15 to raise the money needed to purchase the house and property at 21 Withrow After that date, he will start to build the 4 houses on Withrow. Then he will build the subdivision of 9 more houses.
Theberge Homes is now the owner of the entire estate. Mr. Theberge has been very cooperative in giving us another opportunity to save this property. However, this is the last chance.
We have met with the City of Ottawa Officials and have been advised that the only opportunity to raise the necessary financing is by way of a levy on community property taxes.
City Councillor Scott Moffatt has kindly agreed to represent us and help us through this process. The proposal for a levy will cover the area of City View, Crestview Meadowlands and Ryan Farm. The commercial properties in this area will also pay into the levy.
There will be a public meeting on Thursday, February 6 at City View United Church at 7pm. A notice of this meeting will be mailed out shortly.
There are many benefits for the local communities with this proposal. The City would own the property but it would be available for community use. This is an opportunity to have a Community Centre and attached passive pleasure park with historical flower gardens in our community. There would be no cars permitted in the park. This certainly would enhance our community and create a place for us to gather and to come together. This would be a significant overall improvement to our neighbourhoods. More details of this will be presented at the meeting.
There are actual cost details that are being worked out. The federal and provincial governments as well as private donations and grants have money that can be available. The City of Ottawa must own the property before we can apply for these grants.
For more information, please attend the meeting or contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org to ask any questions. Watch our web page: ourcityview.ca and find us on Facebook.
Please let your neighbours, even those who may not be members of our association, know of the efforts being made on this important project.
On Nov. 14, the Ottawa planning committee met and approved the proposed development on the site of Kilmorie (21 Withrow Ave). The development will go forward if approved by full council on Nov 27. Read the response from Kilmorie Heritage Foundation below.
Dear Mayor Watson and City of Ottawa Councillors:
Former American First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and many other individuals saved Grand Central Station in New York City. Mrs. Kennedy wrote a letter to Mayor Beame:
“Is it not cruel to let our city die by degrees, stripped of her proud moments, until there is nothing left of all her history and beauty to inspire our children?… If they are not inspired by the past of our city, where will they find the strength to fight for her future?”
On Wednesday, November 27, 2019, the Planning Committee will be presenting to City Council an application, that they approved, to build a subdivision at 21 Withrow. The motion to approve this application at the Planning Committee on November 14, 2019, was based on flawed and biased statements by Parks and Heritage City staff. The City View Community Association and the Kilmorie Heritage Society had no opportunity to demonstrate to this Committee the correct facts. Please see attached “Letter of Rebuttal”.
Over the last few years, City View has met with our Councillor and Parks staff to state the deficit of parkland that exists in our community. But still today, we hear the same flawed facts presented by the city. Please see also the attached two pictures of Bassano Park, one of the three parks listed in City View. Please also see the attached report on the deficit of parks in City View.
The heritage value of the house has been approved by the Heritage staff at City Hall. The property was not included, due to many extenuating circumstances. This subdivision will forever hide this landmark from the view of all. It will be hidden in an elite subdivision of million dollar homes on a private road. This is a case of poor development and over development.
The preservation of this greenspace seems to be a priority in the City’s new Official Plan. But it will be too late. The greenspace and trees will be lost forever.
“Grand Central Terminal stands as a universal symbol between New York City’s past and present.”
Kilmorie house and nature park, with gardens filled with heirloom flowers and plants, a block off the intensified Merivale Road, should be a universal symbol between our past and our future. It should not be a subdivision with million dollar homes. This subdivision has NO benefits for City View and the surrounding communities.
Will there be any Councillor on Wednesday, November 27, who will stand up and say that this subdivision is wrong?
President, Kilmorie Heritage Society
President, City View Community Association
Letter of rebuttal:
November 20, 2019
Dear Councillor Harder and Members of the Planning Committee:
Many supporters attended the Planning Committee Meeting, on Thursday, November 14, 2019, to oppose the current proposed development at 21 Withrow Avenue. We found the meeting to be respectful and well managed. All the presentations given by the members of the public were opposed to this development.
Following these presentations, a single representation was made by the Consulting Firm on behalf of the developer.
Some very pertinent questions were then asked by several Councillors. These were directed to the consultant, Jonah Bonn; Jennifer Shepherd, Program Manager, Parks and Facilities Planning Services and Sally Coutts, Co-ordinator, Heritage Service from the Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department.
The answers given by these people were misleading or false. In specific situations, the questions by the Councillor were not answered directly as the City’s representative basically changed the subject. The members of the community observing at the back of the room felt an urgent need to rebut these points, but were too polite to disrupt the meeting.
Here are the points of our rebuttal:
The fact that the ownership is stated to be Joey Theberge is incorrect. It is very misleading to the public. The owners are still the Roger Family. Perhaps the question about a fair price for the property could be directed to the current owners, since Mr. Theberge could not answer this. This question should be answered before the development is approved.
There are so many things wrong withMs Shepherd’s response:
The Kilmorie Heritage Society would like an opportunity to meet with the City staff. It is our view that the staff working in the various departments at City Hall, should give the people in the communities a chance to be heard. This is part of the vision of the City for the new Official Plan. If we have to wait until the consultations on the new Official Plan, the opportunity to resolve the future of this historic site will undoubtedly be lost. Will our elected officials and the staff who mandated to serve the citizens of Ottawa’s communities ever really listen to the people?
The Planning Committee meeting of November 14, 2019, and the decision made by this Committee was based on incomplete and erroneous information.
Therefore, we are requesting the matter not be forwarded to the November 27th Council meeting until all the issues have been addressed in an open and transparent manner.
President, Kilmorie Heritage Society
President, City View Community Association
Attachments: City View Parkland November 2019
PART A: INTRODUCTION & SUMMARY
The City of Ottawa’s Official Plan set a target of 4.0 ha of total greenspace for every 1000 residents. It is stated that this target has been achieved throughout most of the urban area.
(Greenspace is defined as natural land, open space and leisure land)
*NOTE: 1 ha = 10 000 sqm
The City of Ottawa’s Greenspace Master Plan (2006) set the standard ratio of parkland to residents at 2 ha of parkland per 1000 residents.
Yet in City View the actual ratio of parkland per 1000 residents is:
OR 26% of the parkland that we should have.
If Bassano Park and Doug Frobel Baseball Diamond are excluded (see Part B) the actual ratio of parkland per 1000 residents is only:
16% of the parkland we should have
This places City View at the second lowest ratio of parkland in the City of Ottawa
PART B: BY THE NUMBERS
There are 3 parks listed in City View:
1. City View Park
Area = (46m x 83.3m) + (13m X 32.5m)
= 3831.8 sqm + 422.5 sqm
= 4254.3 sqm
Therefore, City View Park has an area of: 4254.3 sq m = 0.43 ha
2. Doug Frobel Park
Area = 60m X 125m =7500 sq m =.75 ha less .07* =.68 ha
NOTE: The area of the Nepean Museum Building has been removed from the total area as it is not parkland.
Building Area = (16m x 37m) + (9m x 15m) = 592 sq m + 135 sq m
= 727 sq m = .07 ha
NOTE: The Doug Frobel Baseball Diamond should not be included, since it is used exclusively by the East Nepean Little League. It is not available to the community residents for any other sports or activities. This land is not a shared community space. 60 m x 60 m = 3600 sq m. = .36 ha.
Therefore, this Park has an area of:
3173 sq m = 0.32 ha
0.6773 or 0.68 ha (if baseball diamond is included)
3. Bassano Urban Parkette
** This should NOT be listed as a park. This city designated parkette is located under the Hydro towers, has no benches nor equipment. There is no signage and most of the community think it is private property.
Bassano Parkette has an area of:15.3 m x 57.4 m= 878.22 sq m = .09 ha
According to the Greenspace Master Plan, set in 2006, the City of Ottawa standard ratio of parkland to resident is:
2 ha per 1000 residents
Using the statistics from mid 2018, Ward 8 has a population of 51 828 and has 22 288 households. Therefore there is an average of 2.32 residents per household.
City View has approximately 1400 households.
Therefore City View has approximately 3255 residents. This does not include the 180 residents living at City View Retirement Residence on Meadowlands or the high density number of residents living in the Minto buildings on Baseline.
The City of Ottawa standard ratio of parkland to households is:
1000 residents = 2 ha
Therefore CITY VIEW SHOULD HAVE:
6.51 ha of parkland for 3255 residents
We could also look at the Ratio of households to parkland.
According to the City of Ottawa standards:
300 households = 1 ha parkland (10 000 sq
1400 households = 4.67 ha parkland (40 000 sq m)
Either way, we are definitely lacking parkland.
PART C: CONCLUSION
The community of City View is significantly lacking parkland. This community is growing due to infill and intensification. Many new homes are bought by young families. These children will grow up, not having the accessibility to community parks. City View is not like other planned areas In the City. The roads and garden lots were established in 1913, well before there were any policies for parks, natural areas or green space. Since the 1970’s the community association has been trying to rectify this. In fact, in November 1977 the community identified this property at 21 Withrow for protection and preservation and recommended it for augmentation as parkland. (City View Tomorrow, dated November 1977 and the subsequent City View Greening Report.
“The role of the park is not just as a compensatory blast of nature, quiet and calm and oxygen in a city with too little of all of them, but also as a jointly savoured event, a common currency, something possessed by everyone, but owned by no one.” -Frank Bruni, New York Times
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 centre of public life. -Park People
The families and seniors in City View need park space. They need a place that they can spend quiet time, listen to children’s laughter, make new friends and meet their neighbours.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO SOLVE THIS LACK OF PARKLAND?
The City of Ottawa needs to save the greenspace at 21 Withrow. This is the last available greenspace in City View. Once greenspace is developed, it is lost forever. Let’s think about the future and protect scarce greenspace.
The community of City View is working hard to make this a reality. They have approached all levels of government. They have received private donations to help with this cause.
Please help us save 21 Withrow!
There will be a rental housing study consultation on student housing, that is to be held on May 29th, 6:30- 8:30pm at Ben Franklin Place. Although this is not the main meeting on the issue, it will help push things along if people in the community sign up, go, and push our three main points. Councillor Chiarelli is asking this because his office was not notified of this meeting, hence the late notice on our part to you.
Please assist us in reaching out to your community and encouraging residents to attend this consultation, as well as let them know to send an email to email@example.com, stating our three main points.
1) We would like a residential room by-law that keeps a limit on the number of rooms rented out in a residence to 3.
2) Homeowners will be required to allow inspections of their home in exchange for the right to rent out 1, 2, or 3 rooms.
3) That this by-law covers only a tight geographical area around the college. No more than 2 km.
It is also important that we discourage people from trying to make too many other points, as maintaining consistency around this issue will be key to the success of reaching our goals of obtaining stricter by-laws.