Among the community and city-wide projects, policies and initiatives to which I contributed in my second term, I consider the following especially notable:
Main Street Renewal
The first conversion of a high-speed, car-dominated street, to a “complete street” that balances the needs of all users of all ages.
Light Rail for Ottawa!
Confederation Line (Phase One) light rail approved, funded and soon to open for service. Important stations at Lees and Hurdman in Capital Ward.
Phase Two approved and funded, including substantial Trillium Line service expansion and frequency upgrades in Capital Ward.
Phase Three planning and funding commitment.
Connecting the Glebe with Old Ottawa East and South, adding a new east-west route that runs across the ward and beyond. (funded, designed, construction to be completed by August 2019)
Energy Evolution — Ottawa’s Renewable Energy Transition Strategy.
I conceived of, lobbied for, participated in, consulted on and saw through Phase One to completion. More than 15 individual projects are now funded and underway.
Urban Forest Management Plan
A fundamental citywide plan to better understand, protect and expand our urban tree and forest canopy.
Dramatically curtailed the number of inappropriate infill projects through use of Streetscape Character Analysis, end to “Conversions”, R3 Zoning Review and R4 Zoning Review (Phase One)
Approval for a Community Design Plan for Bank Street (Queensway to Canal)
Preliminary design for renewal of Bank Street (Billings Bridge to Walkley) according to Complete Streets principles, to improve safety, walkability and business appeal.
Affordable Housing and Housing for Homeless
- Salus Ottawa’s “Karen’s Place” building on Clementine Avenue, built to a very high Passive House green building standard.
- 275 Carling Avenue housing for homeless RFP issued, following multiple community consultation and information sessions
- Support for affordable housing as a fundamental piece of planning approvals in the vicinity of new LRT stations
Contract for Household Organics (“Orgaworld”) renegotiated to allow for dog waste inclusion and use of plastic bags to help increase Ottawa’s diversion rate and provide important convenience for users and non-users.
Traffic Calming and Bike Lanes
- Bronson Avenue (Canal to Carleton U) speed calming and safety measures for all users.
- Local traffic calming throughout the ward
- Safer crossings of Queen Elizabeth Driveway (3 locations) and Colonel By Drive (2 locations)
- O’Connor Street Segregated Bike Lane (Queensway to Laurier) and partial segregation with calming measures (Lansdowne to Queensway)
- Western Rideau River Pathway for a continuous multi-user route from Lees LRT station to Bank Street at Billings Bridge
Ongoing redevelopment of this major urban community, respecting the community design plan. Strong local support.
OC Transpo Bus Service Improvements:
- Route 56 (formerly 6) East-West connecting to Tunney’s Pasture, Ottawa Hospital (Civic), O-Train at Carling, Bronson, Bank, Old Ottawa East and Lees
- Route 19 improvements for Old Ottawa East and connections to Ottawa Hospital (General)
- Route 6 (formerly 1) and 7 frequency improvements on weekends
- Percy Taverner Park creation
- Dalhousie South Park – improvements
- Ongoing work to include a new community centre for Old Ottawa East as part of the Des Chatelets building redevelopment
- Preliminary work for a new community centre for Heron Park
- Initiated long-term planning for Brewer Park and its aging facilities
- Carling Avenue Bus Priority and Cycling Track route from Bronson to Sherwood
- O-Train Pathway final phase from Carling to Dows Lake
- Second access point to Carleton University off Bronson, to reduce traffic speeds, increase safety for all users
- Rideau River Pathway underpass at Billings Bridge (south side) in collaboration with the NCC