EXCELLENT NEWS - The City has notified NECA today that Larco Homes is NOT going to appeal the decisions of the Committee of Adjustment regarding the redevelopment of 132 Stanley Avenue. The developer is NOT proceeding with the townhouse project andhas asked to withdraw its application for Site Plan Control.
The views of neighbours and the broader New Edinburgh community have been heard. What becomes of this property remains to be seen, but the current project is finished. A great deal of time, effort, and money has been invested in defence of the New Edinburgh Heritage Conservation District, but happily it was not in vain. This is a remarkable achievement that defies the odds and benefits the whole community
Time Wieclawski's Article from the March 26, 2008 edition of Metro Ottawa:
Over the advice of their conservation advisors, councillors on a city committee yesterday endorsed plans for two developments.
First, the committee approved plans to demolish a 41- year-old New Edinburgh house to make way for threestorey rowhouse units. Then it approved a nine-storey apartment building at Bank and Gladstone streets.
The Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (LACAC) rejected the infill projects because the proposed buildings were much bigger than those in the rest of the neighborhood — concerns shared by neighbours of the New Edinburgh proposal who feel they could affect sightlines, increase traffic and shadow surrounding homes.
“The massing is out of scale with the district in particular with the nearby properties,” said LACAC chair Jay Baltz.
For the apartment building, LACAC found it out of character with nearby buildings and contrary to height guidelines for core streets.
But a city staff report cited several examples of similarsized buildings in New Edinburgh, in particular, and the committee approved the plan.
The New Edinburgh Community Alliance had collected nearly 200 signatures on a petition opposing the rowhouse development. Inge Van der Horst of NECA called the decision “very disappointing.” “We’re not going to just accept it now,” she said.
Desmond Devoy's Article from the March 6, 2008 edition of the The Now-EMC Ottawa East:
The City of Ottawa’s Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (LACAC), has voted against the application to demolish and redevelop 132 Stanley Avenue in New Edinburgh.
With eight votes in favour, LACAC members voted in favour of a motion that stated that “the mass and density and lack of green space of the proposed development are not appropriate…and do not fit the streetscape.” The vote was taken in the Champlain Room of Ottawa City Hall on the evening of Thursday, February 28th, and essentially recommends that City Council not approve the application. However, LACAC is only an advisory body and council can do with the recommendation as it sees fit.
City staff had recommended the demolition of the current residence at 132 Stanley, which was built in 1967, stating that it was considered a category four structure, meaning it was a building “of little or no heritage value...located within the boundaries of an existing or proposed heritage conservation district,” said Heritage Planner Sally Coutts during her presentation to the committee. She recommended approval because the latest updated design of the proposal complies with the height bylaws for the area, is consistent with other terrace-type housing in the area, like Lansdowne Terrace, and “stylistically refl ects the eclectic nature of the community.”
“We strongly believe that this is appropriate infi ll…it’s environmentally responsible as it uses less land,” said Debbie Belfie, the architect of the proposed new development, leading towards what she felt would be a “safer, more complete community.” She added that her proposal not only met the city’s intensifi cation ideals but met its heritage aspects as well.
“From the outset, we met with the city planners and met with the community,” Belfie told the committee. “We told them that we would take their comments…and we would go back to the drawing board.”
The latest change to the plans since they were fi rst presented was for the proposed development to no longer be a single unit but “we’ve created two smaller buildings,” with a separation of eight feet, and “we brought the height down.”
She reiterated that three trees would be planted along River Lane and seven trees would be planted along Queen Victoria Street.
“In my view, the staff recommendation is very sound,” said urban designer Barry Padolsky, who has been a heritage advocate since 1972. “This is very appropriate infi ll in the New Edinburgh area.”
Padolksy was quick to add that “I’m not here as an apologist for the developer. I’m doing this pro bono,” and acknowledged that “it’s not easy to introduce change.”
The majority of New Edinburgh residents who made delegations to the committee however, were not swayed by the developer’s words.
“Those who advocated in favour of it [the proposed development,] up here tonight, don’t live here and the 200 [who signed a petition against it] are,” said area resident Peter Boehm, who feared that such developments might lead to a kind of “urban slum.”
“We will experience the negative impact if this goes forward,” Boehm said.
Many of the area residents were asked by the board what alternatives they would recommend to replace the proposed development. The consensus amongst many of the delegations was that two double homes or three single homes on the property would be an acceptable compromise, meeting the densifi cation requirements while keeping the character of the area intact.
“Smaller would have been better and may have received community support,” said Boehm, who also called the plan “short sighted,” and “disrespectful.”
Resident David Fleming also voiced his approval for the two to three detached unit idea, saying that “that is three times the units that are there now.” Fleming also expressed his concern that the current proposal, if approved, could set a dangerous precedent in New Edinburgh.
Other residents brought up new concerns about the proposed development.
“Will our 19th century foundation withstand the blasting? I don’t know,” admitted resident Tony Roth during his delegation. He also added that “the sun and moon and stars will be blotted out, making it very dark indeed,” because of the height.
Because of the recent heavy snows, Roth also drew the committee’s attention to the fact that nearby River Lane is quite narrow at the best of times and is even more narrow because of the snow in winter. Because of the car lane proposed for the back of the new 132 Stanley development, “it is important to imagine all of those cars making the turn onto River Lane in the winter time,” at the new intersection. He also felt that the new residents would be losing out on the full New Edinburgh experience because “they will not share the commonality of looking after older homes.”
Richard Levitan, President of LARCO Homes, took exception during the public delegation session to the notion that the new development would bring signifi - cantly more traffic into the area.
He stated that “there are two cars there already [at 132 Stanley Avenue] so, mathematics tells me that it would be an additional 10 cars,” in the new development.
“It’s not an additional 12 cars,” he stated. “We don’t know if those people will have two cars each [in each unit.]…It might not be preposterous to presume that people might have one or no cars because it is a downtown neighbourhood.”
Ward 12 (Rideau-Vanier) City Councillor Georges Bedard made note – and light – of the two car garage aspect of the plan.
“I live in Sandy Hill and I don’t know anybody who has a two car garage,” Coun. Bedard said. “What about New Edinburgh? Maybe the Governor General’s [house]!”
January 9, 2008 - NECA is hosting a community meeting on this proposal. Meeting will be held from 7 - 9 pm at MacKay United Church. The developer and his team will present their plans and neighbours are encouraged to ask questions and share their comments and concerns. Here is a list of contacts to whom interested neighbours may wish to submit their comments and/or concerns in writing.
December 2007 - Plans are underway to demolish the existing bungalow and build six townhouses stretching from Stanley Avenue to River Lane, with one fronting on Stanley and the remainder on Queen Victoria. Heritage & Development Committee is recommending to NECA that a public meeting be convened where the builder and architect can present their plans to the community and field questions. Date and location to be confirmed.
The New Edinburgh Community Alliance (NECA) has sent a letter to the National Capital Commission (NCC) outlining our community's opposition to converting the defunct Canada and the World Pavilion into an embassy or any other use that would prevent public access to the area and the Rideau Falls lookout.
In advance of the owners' official request to the City of Ottawa for minor variances, the owners and architect met with the Heritage & Development Committee to provide some information on the proposed development. Click here to read the letter which resulted from this meeting.
Minutes Annual General Meeting Tuesday June 7, 2005 St. Bartholomew’s Church Hall
A. President’s Welcome:
Gemma Kerr welcomed all to the 2005 New Edinburgh Community Alliance (NECA) Annual General Meeting (AGM).
B. Approval of the Agenda:
Gemma requested that a motion be adopted to accept the agenda for the AGM.
Kim Illman motioned that the agenda be accepted. Johann Rudnick seconded the motion. The AGM agenda was unanimously approved.
C. Approval of the 2004 AGM Minutes:
Guy Legault motioned that the 2004 AGM minutes be accepted as presented. The motion was seconded by Ms. Kathy Glover. The 2004 AGM minutes were unanimously approved.
D. Councillor’s Report:
Councillor Jacques Legendre discussed the Beechwood Community Design Plan, there was a steering committee meeting last fall, an open house in late April was attended by over 200 people. The area being examined runs from the Beechwood Bridge to the Cemetery and before amalgamation involved 3 local municipalities with one regional road. These multiple constituencies have made it difficult in the past to facilitate coherent planning. The Beechwood Community Design Plan is looking at a 20 year window and attempting to reach the entire community. There will be another meeting in September but no specific date has been set, more information will become available and can be accessed through Councillor Legendre’s office or through the ward website at www.ottawa.ca/public consult/beechwood.
Councillor Legendre then outlined the roadwork being undertaken this summer at Rideau Terrace & Dufferin to Princess, from Maple/Lisgar through to Maple at Springfield. The benefits expected from this construction will be that the intersection will be reconfigured at Lisgar/Dufferin/Rideau Terrace to eliminate the ramp which will serve to reduce the speed of cars. The Princess/Lisgar intersection will also be reconfigured. In 2006 the road construction will address the stretch from Princess to the Rockcliffe Parkway.
Councillor Legendre then discussed the city budget and advised that modest success was achieved this year including provision for a Crime Prevention Agency that in the past has not been properly supported. The new agency is beginning with a clean sheet, has much more support and has a strong board including the police chief, school board, United Way, and city representation and will have staff to support its operation. Jacques Legendre is the first chair of the revamped agency.
Councillor Legendre advised that within the next few weeks the city’s annual report will be available and can be accessed on the ward website, www.rideaurockcliffe.com.
Councillor Legendre then invited questions. The first question requested clarification on the representation of key minorities on the Crime Prevention Agency, Councillor Legendre advised that key minorities were consulted as part of the formation of the new agency.
Johann Rudnick thanked Councillor Legendre for his continued support of the 4C’s and their continuing difficulties with the School of Dance at the 200 Crichton facility.
Gemma Kerr then thanked Councillor Legendre for his unwavering support of NECA and advised that many community associations do not have the support that Jacques continues to provide.
Ray Boomgaardt thanked Councillor Legendre for the temporary stop sign recently installed at the corner of Crichton and Union, Councillor Legendre reiterated that this was a temporary measure until the construction on Sussex is completed. Councillor Legendre was asked what is the next step to be taken to make this stop sign a permanent, he advised the city is expecting that the new construction will affect traffic flows and that the community should wait until the problem is shown to continue to exist and then make an application for a permanent stop sign at this intersection.
A concern was raised regarding skate boarding on Springfield Road late at night and is a continuing nuisance.
E. Treasurer’s Report:
John Jarecsni presented the NECA financial statements. John stated that revenues from the New Edinburgh News (NEN) had increased by $10,000 over the previous year. John advised that NECA now has a total of $30,000 in savings available. John also drew attention to the notes to the financial statements in particular Note 4 regarding the volunteers who actively support NECA.
John Protus presented a motion to waive the requirement for an audit of the financial statements. Jim Watson seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously passed.
Rafael Therrien presented a motion to accept the financial statements as presented. Rick Findlay seconded the motion. The motion passed with one abstention.
F. Development and Heritage & Intensification Committee Reports
Gail McEachern referred to her report included in the AGM handout package outlining the developments considered by the Development and Heritage Committee during the year.
There was some discussion on the proposed development on the Rockcliffe side of Beechwood in the old railway yards. The proposed development could be as high as twenty stories. Gemma Kerr advised that this development does not lie directly within the NECA jurisdiction, however she acknowledged that this development will have an impact on the New Edinburgh community and agreed that NECA should take notice of the impending development.
It was suggested the density of the proposed development at twenty stories may be to the cover the costs required to clean up the known contamination on the site.
G. New Edinburgh News (NEN) Report:
Carolyn Brereton advised that it has been an excellent year for the New Edinburgh News. The latest edition was 44 pages and is at the maximum, if the paper becomes any larger it will need to be split into two sections. The responsibilities of the editor are considerable including organizing the distributors to providing copy. Carolyn noted the production of the NEN successfully transitioned to a completely electronic format
Carolyn then advised that would be her last report as her family is leaving New Edinburgh. Carolyn introduced her replacement Cindy Parkanyi from Avon Lane as the new editor of the NEN. Carolyn emphasized that the NEN relies on community support.
Rick Findlay thanked Carolyn for her significant contributions to the New Edinburgh News and how much he has enjoyed the newspaper and always reads it from cover to cover. Gemma presented a gift to Carolyn in recognition of her contribution to the community and wished her all the best.
H. Friends of the Park Report:
Ed Browell unfortunately could not attend but his report was included in the AGM package.
There were some comments raised from the floor requesting the availability of a drinking fountain; the original Field House had a publicly available water fountain.
A query was raised regarding the availability of washrooms to those using the park. It was advised that when the Field House was open the washrooms within the facility are available for public use, however this is limited as there is not a full-time presence in the Field House. It was pointed out that Johnny-on-the-Spots were not an option due to the potential for vandalism.
A question was raised as to when the sprinkler pad would be turned on. It was advised that there was a special date last year, at the end of May/Early June. Hopefully the sprinklers would be activated soon; Kim Illman volunteered to contact the city to expedite this issue.
J. Traffic Report:
A handout was provided by Rick Findlay chair of the traffic subcommittee.
Rick Findlay has requested that the city prepare a priority list for the traffic calming initiatives in the neighborhood.
Rick advised that this would be the last time he would present the traffic report, due to the pressures of work and travel Rick is stepping down as chair of the traffic committee. Rick commented that the continuing traffic issues facing New Edinburgh requires some new blood to take up the challenge and advised that he is happy to contribute and assist in working the issues.
MaryEllen Boomgaardt advised that she is able to continue the work of the traffic committee until a new chairman is identified. Gemma thanked Rick for his work in support of the community.
There is a state of flux regarding the existing New Edinburgh website as the donor does not want to continue to provide support.
Andrew Kerr is contributing to the website development assisting Heather Mathews. NECA needs to decide on the appropriate way forward for the hosting of the New Edinburgh website. Heather Mathews, Gemma Kerr and Andrew Kerr are to get together to discuss the way ahead.
Cindy Parkanyi suggested that NECA may want to look into availability of free servers to host our website.
L. Neighbourhood Watch:
Mike Histed presented the Neighborhood Watch status. Currently there are 50 block Captains in New Edinburgh and the community is roughly two/thirds covered by Neighborhood Watch.
Mike advised that Neighborhood Watch signs have been recently erected in the community.
With regards to the graffiti in the community, Mike has notified the police of the community concern, and the police are interested in a dialogue with the community.
There was some discussion regarding a safety audit for the community, and Mike advised that this may be more appropriately coordinated through NECA. Gemma advised that NECA would eagerly support this but it would be better if this initiative came from the broader community.
It was noted that a safety audit had been conducted in the park resulting in some changes in the lighting and the removal of the picnic table in the gazebo area.
M. Crichton Community Council (3Cs):
Kim Illman gave a brief listing of the activities coordinated and supported by the 3Cs over the last year.
Kim advised that over the spring there have been changes in the manner in which the Field House is being managed and that these changes were all for the better.
Kim discussed the issues surrounding the last years New Edinburgh Garage Sale, in particular the arrival of interlopers not connected with the community. Kim advised that this year the 3Cs would attempt to deter people who do not live in the community from setting up during the sale.
N. Crichton Community Cultural Centre (4Cs):
Johan Rudnick chair of the 4Cs advised that there continues to be difficulties with The School of Dance (TSOD) within the 200 Crichton Street facility.
Johan advised that that 4Cs appreciates the support from both the 3Cs and NECA.
Johan briefed the plans for the renovation of a new large beautiful space within 200 Crichton on the second floor overlooking the park. The renovation is expected to occur over the summer months.
The Lumiere festival is scheduled for the 20th August in Stanley Park beginning at 5:00 pm.
O. NECA Elections:
The slate for this year’s NECA Board are:
Heather Mathews motioned that the Board be elected as presented. The motion was seconded from the floor. The motion was carried with one abstention.
P. Other Business:
There was a discussion regarding the implementation of a sculpture trail in Stanley Park. Initial feedback is very positive. Further work will be carried out to generate more support for this idea and the goal is to have one sculpture in the park before the snow flies.
Political Party Presentations
There were brief presentations for both the Conservative and Green party representatives.
Gemma recognized Tom’s long commitment to the community and shared that there will be a tree planted in the park to commemorate Tom.
Joseph Cull raised a motion for adjournment of the NECA 2005 AGM, seconded by Rick Findlay. The motion was unanimously approved.
The New Edinburgh News was overwhelmed with wonderful submissions for the month of June and regrettably our regular recipe column from Heather Maclachlan of Mackay Street Epicuria was not included because of space constraints. For all you picnickers out there who need culinary inspiration for the summer season, it is posted here on the community website:
Packing a picnic and heading off for a day with friends or family or both can present a food challenge. It is usually a ‘last minute’ decision that depends upon the weather as the final decider. Most people are happy to choose sliced meats, interesting cheese and some great bread. Have you tried the Art-is-in Bakery Breads? They are available at Epicuria (fresh every day except Monday) and are a tasteful delight!
The biggest issue with this kind of food preparation is food safety. It is advisable to avoid mayonnaise as this can be tricky; even a cooler packed with ice may not maintain the right temperature. I have therefore chosen an easy salad without mayonnaise or eggs. It is vegetarian and relatively easy to put together the day before and store in an airtight container.
Bean Salad with Spiced Molasses Dressing
3 cups Assorted Cooked Beans (Canned Beans, well rinsed and drained is OK)
1 Green Pepper, 1 Red Pepper, 1 Small Red Onion, 2 Stalks of celery
2 Tbsp fresh Basil 2 Tbsp Parsley 2 Tbsp Chives
For the dressing, puree the following ingredients:
½ cup reconstituted Sun Dried Tomatoes
2 cloves of Garlic
½ cup Molasses
3 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
½ Tbsp Dijon Mustard
½ Tbsp Chipotle Chili
Combine all the vegetables.
Use the dressing sparingly at first, and add as you want to your taste.
The Climate Change articles by Hugh Robertson that appeared in recent editions of the New Edinburgh News are now available as a separate download. Click here to download the entire series (now includes the articles from Februrary and April 2008).
N.E.C.A. NEW EDINBURGH COMMUNITY ALLIANCE . ALLIANCE COMMUNAUTAIRE NEW EDINBURGH www.newedinburgh.ca MINUTES NECA EXECUTIVE Monday, January 15, 2007 Field House, 193 Stanley Avenue
Board members: Gemma Kerr (President), Barbara Benoit (Secretary), John Jarecsni (Treasurer), David Sacks, Dilshad Macklem, Gail McEachern, Catherine Mirsky
Ex officio: Julie Sunday (Traffic), Cindy Parkanyi (NEN), Michel Giroux (CCC), Jacques Legendre (Councillor)
Guests: Jean-Louis Wallace
Board members: Pauline Bogue, Carrolyn Johnston, Andrew Kerr
Agenda and Minutes:
The Agenda was approved. The minutes of the September, October and November meetings were approved, with minor changes to the October minutes.
Jacques Legendre updated the board on the City budget process and the Bridgehead application to pay cash in lieu of parking at Beechwood.
CCC: Michel said that the CCC is considering two proposals from city-approved contractors for playground redevelopment: one for $25,000 and one for $30,000.
CCCC: There will be a full report in the next NEN. The process is moving along.
Friends of the Park and Sculpture Trail: Ed Browell, President of the New Edinburgh Park Trust, informed Gemma that the Trust donated $ 4,213.81 to the Ottawa Sculpture Trail group on 4 Dec 2006 as a partial payment for the sculpture concrete pad installed by the group in New Edinburgh Park. The vandalized sculpture has been removed, the insurance has been paid, and the group is planning another installation in the spring. It was re-emphasized that NECA has agreed to make no further contributions to the project. Ed is negotiating with the City for more trees. Gemma and John will look for a replacement as Ed is stepping down. Madelien Lang was suggested.
Urban Rideau Conservationists: Gemma reported that Catherine Cannings has received no response to her request to several environmental groups for four or five “leaders”. Cindy suggested that the proposal may be too ambitious. Julie offered to contribute a contact from Eco-Ottawa. Other suggestions were to try the high schools and Elizabeth May.
Development and Heritage: Gail tabled a new Fo-Tenn report. There will be opportunities over the next two or three months to address the City committee reviewing the draft zoning by-law. She also distributed a mandate and terms of reference for the committee for discussion at the February meeting.. The issue of timely distribution of information was raised. Gail will send a letter to the Committee of Adjustment asking for earlier notification.
Financial: There was nothing to report.
Membership: There was nothing to report.
NEN: The deadline has passed for the February issue.
Traffic: Julie has met with Rick Findlay, and they will meet again later this month.
Website: There was nothing to report.
Board members thanked Gemma for hosting the Christmas party and said that the arrangement of inviting all community groups should be continued. Gemma reported that she had received a Christmas card from Ethel Proulx thanking NECA for its support of the Euchre group over the years.
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.