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Stormwater study to provide baseline Jessica Cunha

EMC news - A report looking at stormwater management concerns in the Shirley’s Brook and Watt’s Creek area has found five road crossings that don’t meet the city’s criteria for overtopping. “(There) appears to be a bit of a spill,� said Darlene Conway, senior project manager at a public meeting discussing the study on March 18. “There is erosion but it’s not considered excessive.� The areas are: * Legget Drive on Kizell Drain * Goulbourn Forced Road between the Kizell Wetland and Beaver Pond * Goulbourn Forced Road, March Valley Road and the DND crossing downstream of March Valley on Shirley’s Brook. The city gave residents an update on the report, which aims to provide a baseline study of the existing surface water conditions before more developments are added to the area, on March 18. The first phase of the report, completed in 2011, found that Beaver Pond stormwater management facility was already at capacity.

capacity constraint existing in the Beaver Pond “prior to additional development proceeding,� said the report.

Phase 1 looked at the existing performance of the Beaver Pond system, which included the Kizell wetland, for current development on both sides of Goulbourn Forced Road. Phase 2, now underway, is looking at existing flood and erosion sensitivities and how to manage the remaining KNL development phases. The report also aims to provide a baseline study of the existing surface water conditions before more developments are added to the area. Phase 2 has found locations on both Shirley’s Brook and the Kizell Drain/Watt’s Creek “are sensitive to erosion of the stream bed and banks� while other locations along both waterways are prone to sediment accumulation. “The point of this study is to understand what’s going on now,� said Conway. KNL Developments, a partnership between Urbandale and Richcraft Homes owns land within the Beaver Pond. “We’re providing an existing condition,� said Conway. “There has to be some further work done.� The information from the study done by AECOM Canada Ltd. will address the

A number of residents at the meeting said they were worried about flooding if more development is built in the area. “I don’t want to be flooded out,� said one resident. “It’s going to go into our basements,� said Steve Hulaj, who lives near the Beaver Pond. “There’s no way anymore water can fit.� Conway said the purpose of the study is to make sure that when the development proceeds “the existing problems aren’t going to be made worse.� Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson said with the Beaver Pond already over capacity, any new stormwater ponds will become part of the 40 per cent environmental lands marked for preservation. Which part of the 40 per cent isn’t determined. To make comments, email darlene.conway@ottawa. ca. To read the full report, visit en/city-hall/public-consultations/kanatanorth-environmental-studies.

The parking garage, stadium and towers require large amounts of concrete that must be poured continuously – sometimes for as long as 24 hours – for the best results, he said. “The way the project has been designed requires these long pours,� he said. Related concrete finish-

itself won’t continue to create noise into the night. The exemption is important to ensure Lansdowne work stays on schedule, said Coun. Steve Desroches, who introduced the motion.

ing work will also be allowed to go on until 1 a.m. and that type of work will happen three or four times each month, Manconi said. That type of work won’t be too obtrusive, he said. Once workers and equipment are on site, the work

Ward 5 West Carleton-March FREE INCOME TAX CLINIC Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre is hosting a free income tax preparation clinic at the Constance Bay Community Centre on April 20 from 9am to 12pm. This program is being offered by the Community Development Team in conjunction with volunteers from the CertiďŹ ed General Accountants of Ontario - Ottawa Chapter. For more information or to make an appointment, call 613-591-3686 ext. 750 (no drop-ins. By appointment only. Maximum household gross income of either $30,000 for a single person or $45,000 for a couple, or $35,000 for one adult with one child.)

ONTARIO RENOVATES PROGRAM The Ontario Renovates Program, which launched on April 2, 2013, provides grants and forgivable loans to low income seniors who own their home and households where one or more persons with disabilities requires home repairs and/or accessibility modiďŹ cations to support independent living. The program is also available to qualifying landlords to modify their existing units or buildings to make them more accessible for tenants who are seniors or for persons with disabilities. For more information about the Ontario Renovates Program or to download an application form, please visit ontario-renovates-program.

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY & CONSULTATIONS WITH RURAL RESIDENTS During 2013, the City of Ottawa will develop new Public Engagement guidelines and tools to assist City staff to effectively and consistently engage with residents on issues that affect them. The City is holding focus groups to discuss the speciďŹ c views of rural residents on public engagement. The ďŹ rst focus group took place on April 11. The second session is being held on April 18, 2013, 7-9pm, at Ben Franklin Place (Room 1A), 101 Centrepointe Drive. Note that there is a maximum capacity of 10 people for this focus group. To register, contact Lorraine Mulligan at (613) 580-2424 Ext 28037 or at Lorraine.


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EMC news Glebe residents will have to put up with occasional construction noise at night as workers begin to pour concrete at Lansdowne Park. City council OKed a noise exemption to allow concrete work to carry on until 1 a.m. every night as necessary for the remainder of construction at the site, which is expected to last until 2015. Residents will be notified of the exception and then prior to each instance when work is expected to go late. Notice will be sent to residents and posted on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, But Capital Coun. David Chernushenko said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high time the city looked at offering hotel rooms for residents who are continuously bombarded with latenight construction noise approved by council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t continue to say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

just one more time,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;? said the councillor, adding he intends to pursue options for getting council to support his hotel-room plan. Marco Manconi, the manager in charge of the Lansdowne project, said late-night concrete pouring would likely only be done a total of two or three times.


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