Platform

General Objectives

  • Increase affordable housing and improve the affordability of housing
  • Create a 100% Renewable energy strategy for Ottawa
  • Improve the reliability and affordability of public transit
  • Promote Complete Streets that are safer and more lively
  • Reorient intensification policies to create and strengthen community bonds

Citywide Objectives

  • Accelerate construction of affordable housing across the City of Ottawa by helping to broker cross-sector partnerships and by passing a stronger city affordable housing policy.
  • Develop a 100% Renewable energy strategy for Ottawa to provide resilience from energy price shocks and extreme weather events, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, encourage diversified economic development and more jobs, notably in decentralized areas of employment.
  • Improve public transit by completing the Confederation Line and moving quickly to finance and approve the route for Phase Two light rail, including expanded O-Train service. Revise bus routes to make the most effective use of the new rail service.
  • Support greater democracy by introducing Ranked Choice Voting for future municipal elections.
  • Prioritize active transportation by fully implementing the Ottawa Cycling Plan and Ottawa Pedestrian Plan. Increase funding for sidewalk repair and replacement.
  • Provide greater certainty to communities in the development approvals process through consistent application of zoning, community design plans and infill design guidelines. Complete Phase 2 of the Low-rise Infill Housing Study and see this translated into new bylaws.
  • Reduce long-distance travel needs and associated congestion by promoting smarter suburban planning and more active transportation connections within suburbs.
  • Continue to support public health promotion through the implementation of Ottawa Public Health‘s Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) strategy.
  • Renegotiate the Orgaworld green bin contract [download PDF of  City of Ottawa media release] to make more materials eligible and take fuller advantage of the tonnage for which residents are paying. Better inform residents of measures to minimize rot and odour.
  • Maintain the recently implemented, cost-effective and ecological weekly collection of all waste materials that might rot or smell via the green bin program and special diaper/incontinence pad collection program, while maintaining the biweekly collection of all materials that could not be diverted into a green bin, yard waste bag, black box or blue box.

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Policy Changes

  • Update the noise bylaw and enforcement to provide greater protection to residents from events and festivals, and to clarify expectations for event organizers. Specifically, develop clear rules for the use of deep bass amplification and provide enforcement officers with the training and tools needed to measure and, where necessary, enforce the bylaw. Encourage event partners to work together constructively to avoid problems.
  • Revise Traditional Mainstreets policies to make overhead wire burial approvals a matter of course, and develop a funding formula and cost minimization approach in partnership with Hydro Ottawa.
  • Reduce speed limits on all residential streets to a maximum of 40 km/h maximum in collaboration with the province. Implement more low-cost traffic calming approaches, including greater use of roundabouts and lane narrowing to make walking and cycling safer.
  • Use on-street parking as a tool for traffic calming and revise permit rules and pricing to discourage daily car commuting, by making on-street residential parking permits easier to obtain and less expensive.
  • Work with Council and City staff to develop bird-safe design guidelines for Ottawa, similar to those already adopted by Toronto, San Francisco, Chicago and other cities. Scientists estimate that one billion birds are killed colliding with buildings every year in North America — an  unsustainable and unnecessary toll we should address.

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Local Objectives

Old Ottawa East
  • Oversee the renewal of Main Street and use this experience to apply Complete Street principles to other road projects.
  • Increase citywide connectivity and reduce congestion by advancing the construction date for the Fifth Avenue – Clegg Street footbridge through a multi-party financing partnership.
  • Promote sustainable urban intensification and development principles, notably working with the developers of the Oblate Lands to showcase this approach.
  • Complete the design work and secure the funding for construction of the Rideau River Western Pathway between Bank Street and the Lees LRT station. Reduce costs and minimize impacts on residents and the riverbank by incorporating existing residential streets where safe and practical.
  • Integrate surplus Alta Vista Corridor lands between Lees Avenue and the Rideau River into an expanded Springhurst Park.

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Glebe
  • Complete the Glebe Cycling Plan and implement recommended changes. Advance the Glebe section of the O’Connor North-South Bike Route as soon as possible.
  • Maintain Bank Street as a vibrant commercial district by respecting existing zoning, enhancing walkability by removing sidewalk clutter in concert with the Glebe BIA, and promoting the area as a destination based on its street atmosphere and amenities.
  • Increase investment in the maintenance of Glebe parks. Upgrade lighting and paths in Central Park East and solve drainage problems in Central Park West.
  • Work to integrate Lansdowne Park into the community with maximum connectivity and coordination of activities, and by facilitating the use of Lansdowne facilities by local residents.
  • Increase citywide connectivity and reduce congestion by advancing the construction date for the Fifth Avenue – Clegg Street footbridge through a multi-party financing partnership.
  • Implement and monitor the effectiveness of approved cycling safety measures on the Bank and Bronson bridges, including a signalized crossing at the south end of the Bronson Bridge, and redesigned ramps between Bronson and Colonel By.

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Old Ottawa South
  • Secure funding for implementation of the approved traffic safety measures along Riverdale Avenue and nearby streets, as well as on Sunnyside Avenue and adjacent streets.
  • Work with local businesses and landowners to relaunch efforts to form a business association or formal BIA, which would provide a stronger voice and improved coordination for efforts to beautify the neighbourhood, update parking policies, combat graffiti, etc.
  • Partner with local groups/citizens to maintain flowerbeds and trees along Bank and Sunnyside.
  • Bring to completion the park construction and designation at Woodbine Place / Carlyle Avenue.
  • Plan and fund an upgrade of the Windsor Park fieldhouse.
  • Implement and monitor the effectiveness of approved cycling safety measures on the Bank and Bronson bridges, including a signalized crossing at the south end of the Bronson Bridge, and redesigned ramps between Bronson and Colonel By. Implement similar improvements on Billings Bridge and around Billings Bridge Plaza.

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Heron Park
  • Fund the design of a new or refurbished community centre and secure funding for its construction.
  • Begin implementation of the Community Design Plan for Bank Street, with the goal of implementing Complete Street principles that will improve safety and create a more pleasant on-street atmosphere for business and residents.
  • Develop a safer design for the Billings Bridge sector, including shopping centre access, Riverside Drive movements, better pedestrian/cyclist access to the bridge, and safer crossings.
  • Continue traffic calming initiatives on residential streets through low-cost traffic calming approaches listed above.
  • Complete the Brookfield underpass to connect with the Confederation Heights O-Train station and the Sawmill Creek Pathway.

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Glebe Annex
  • Implement recent safety audit recommendations for better lighting and reduced speeds.
  • Invest in Bell South Park improvements.
  • Enhance transit connections through improved pedestrian and cycling safety, and better bus connections to Carling LRT and Bank Street.

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Dow’s Lake
  • Minimize cut-through traffic and reduce speeds through low-cost traffic calming approaches.
  • Add an additional safe crossing of Bronson Avenue based on comprehensive Bronson design consultations.
  • Involve the community in the Bronson rehabilitation design, with focus on speed reduction, pedestrian and cycling safety and an improved on-street environment.

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Riverview Park
  • Ensure that the Hospital Link design provides better pedestrian and cycling connectivity and safety and creates minimal impact on the adjacent community from speed, noise and air pollution.
  • Create better connections for pedestrians and cyclists to the redesigned McIlraith Bridge and Main Street.