Glebe Community Association

Minutes of the Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

 

Attendance:

Christine McAllister, Sharon Chartier, Vaughn Guy, Janet Sutherland, Alex Gillis, Lynn Barlow, Carol MacLeod, Johanna Persohn, Bob Brocklebank, Daphne Towers, Bobby Galbreath, Cindy Delage, Barbara Wysocka, Rochelle Handelman, Elizabeth Ballard, Brian Mitchell, Jayne Barlow, Bradley Gilbert (part time), Michelle Nash, Julie Houle Cezer, Andrew Peck, Angela Keller-Herzog, Pat Goyeche, Carolyn Mackenzie, Sam Harris, Dana Reid, Councillor Chernushenko (part time).

 

  1. Approval of agenda and minutes

Quorum was achieved.

 

MOTION

That the agenda for the March GCA Board meeting be accepted.

Barbara Wysocka moved, Elizabeth Ballard seconded.

Motion carried.

 

MOTION

That the minutes for the February 2014 GCA Board meeting be accepted as amended.

Carol MacLeod moved, Sharon Chartier seconded.

Motion carried.

 

  1. President’s Report:
  • Swab to Save a Life – mentioned in President’s blog. Request to read and consider.
  • Events:
    • NCC – Capital Urban Lands Master Plan – March 25 and 26, material on their website.  May be taking on-line comments.
    • Mayor’s Speech at Economic Club of Canada “1000 days to 2017, how the city of Ottawa will make the most of Canada’s big year” – April 7.
  • Updates on meeting with Mayor,  OSEG meeting, Glebe Cycling Plan Public Advisory Committee,  Glashan School Greening in written report included in  agenda

 

  1. Councillor’s Report
  • 5th Ave and QED – fully signalized crossing (lights, ability to trigger lights).  Hoping to be functional in time for July 18th first CFL game.
  • Transportation Operations Monitoring Committee – first meeting held.  Key item:  reduction of speed from 50 to 40 km/h through the Glebe and OOS
  • 2nd Ave parking garage – delayed for 1 year:  neighbor filed an appeal (seeking commercial zoning for his building as trade off to drop appeal), construction schedule seen as too aggressive by contractors.
  • Parking issues in southern part of Glebe: Glebe Centre, Abbotsford, etc meeting with City to examine
  • Glebe Neighborhood Biking Committee – being established to examine issues, identifying committee members currently
  • City Planning Committee today discussed:
    •  Conversion issue
    • OMB concerns with infill study – discussions with developers to continue to attempt to address remaining issues.  Request that a summary of the developer’s concerns be forwarded to the GCA. Moratorium must remain in place until new policy in place. Suggestion that Tim Moerman be requested to continue to work with GCA and share information.
  • Request advance warning of traffic camera installation for Lansdowne monitoring.

 

  1. BIA – Andrew Peck, Executive Director
  • Marketing and communications background, tourism, small business
  • SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis of Glebe businesses
  • Wants to promote the buy local character of the Glebe, telling the Glebe story
  • Tulip Festival is current priority
  • Mandate is beautification and promotion
  • Branding effort underway
  • Rules that define how to incorporate new Lansdowne businesses being clarified
  • Andrew’s email address to be shared for other questions

 

  1. Parks/Environment – Canada Post community mailbox issue
  • An adhoc committee is to be struck to study the Canada Post issue and make recommendations.  Bob Brocklebank to chair committee with Parks, Environment, and other committee inputs.
  • Canada Post has right to put mailboxes on any City right-of-way
  • City is not planning to develop a policy on this issue
  • Bob B to take issue to FCA tomorrow night to see whether a concerted approach can be developed

 

Motion #1

Whereas there are a limited number of small and extensively used parks and green spaces in the Glebe, and

 

Whereas placing Canada Post community mail boxes in those areas will reduce usable park space, reduce sight lines to children playing, and possibly increase vehicular traffic around parks,

 

Be it resolved that the Glebe Community Association (GCA) opposes placing Canada Post community mail boxes in any park or green space in the Glebe.

 

Elizabeth Ballard moved, Cindy Kirk, seconded

Friendly amendment: in a park, green space, or park right-of- way.  The amended Motion reads as follows:

Be it resolved that the Glebe Community Association (GCA) opposes placing Canada Post community mail boxes in any park, green space, or park right-of-way in the Glebe.

Motion passed.

 

Motion #2

Be it resolved that the Glebe Community Association:

(i) request the City of Ottawa create a policy such that it would not permit Canada Post community mail boxes to be located any Glebe park or green space and that this information be shared with Canada Post.

(ii) inform Canada Post that Glebe parks and green spaces in Ottawa are not appropriate locations for community mailboxes.

 

Elizabeth Ballard moved, Lynn Barlow second

Friendly amendment: 2nd line “ be located in any park, green space, or park right of way”.  The Motion now reads:

Be it resolved that the Glebe Community Association:

(i) request the City of Ottawa create a policy such that it would not permit Canada Post community mail boxes to be located any Glebe park,  green space or park right of way and that this information be shared with Canada Post.

(ii) inform Canada Post that Glebe parks and green spaces in Ottawa are not appropriate locations for community mailboxes.

Motion passed.

 

  1. Planning Committee – Infill and Conversion Zoning (Bobby Galbreath)

Be it resolved that the GCA write to the City indicating our general support of the Zoning By-law proposals and encourage the City to follow similarly extensive consultations as were conducted in the development of the Infill and Conversions reviews on other matters with significant impacts to local communities.

 

Bobby Galbreath moved, Bob Brocklebank second

 

There is no urgency to send letter to City now so motion withdrawn until Zoning by-laws are final.

Motion Withdrawn

 

  1. Heritage Committee – Johanna Persohn

Motion 1- Committee Mandate:

Whereas the GCA Heritage Committee did not have a comprehensive mandate that outlined its purposes and activities.

 

Be it resolved that the GCA approve the following as the Committee’s mandate:

 

“The Glebe Community Association Heritage Committee is committed to researching and investigating ways to preserve and celebrate the Glebe’s architectural and social history through its buildings and streetscapes and landscapes.  This goal/mandate is met in two ways

  1. Utilizing and investigating the available tools to assist in the conservation of heritage assets. This includes formal designation requests and providing assistance with the research required for them, as well as provided input on applications made in relation to existing designated heritage buildings and districts.
  2. Outreach and education to the community and city as a whole on the architectural and social history of the Glebe in general and on its heritage buildings. This is achieved though workshops, walking tours, websites and articles in local media such as the Glebe Report, as well as the successful designation of buildings and districts.”

 

Johanna Persohn moved, Carol MacLeod second

Motion Deferred

 

Motion 2 – Glebe Collegiate:

 

MOTION 2

Be it resolved that the GCA approves that the Heritage Committee to formally explore the possibility of requesting that Glebe Collegiate be designated by the city under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act.

 

Motion Withdrawn

 

  1. Committee Reports
  • Heritage – Heritage Conservation District Study area – next step continuing research, following up with meeting attendees, website updated
  • Apr 2 Brown’s Inlet Revitalization meeting
  • Glashan Greening: plan being developed for greening, $400K budget ($100K in kind, $100K likely budget reduction).  See report in agenda.  Requesting communication assistance to ask residents to vote daily (April 7 to May 5) in national contest which could see Glashan awarded $20,000 Outdoor Classroom contest. Vote daily at majestatreesofknowledge.ca.
  • Traffic
    • June- Traffic Committee info session for residents  – how to support Lansdowne traffic monitoring process.
    • May meeting- jumpstart on Bronson construction (2017) – brainstorming session
    • 3 hr parking reduced to 1hr on streets around Lansdowne – although supported by residents, OSEG has now opposed this.  City has agreed to pilot on Holmwood between Bank and O’Connor.

 

 

Motion:  for adjournment

Lynn Barlow moved.   Elizabeth Ballard seconded.

Motion carried.