AVCA News

Rinks, picnic planning, a new web site and more were on the agenda of the AVCA executive committee meeting, Feb 19, 2013.  One important topic was the status of the Official Plan update.  The City of Ottawa recently launched Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031, a city-wide review of the strategic documents that guide the development of the city including the Official Plan and the Master Transportation Plan.  Please go to the City’s web site to read what is proposed.

AVCA’s preliminary assessment is there will be little change to the zoning by-laws for the Alta Vista Ward.  Proposals to intensify Walkley Road between Bank and the Heron Road intersection and St. Laurent Rd between Smyth Road and Pleasant Park will need to be studied.  And the city’s continued emphasis on intensification and infill will continue to put pressures on our community.

The proposed transportation policy is one of affordability with great emphasis on transit, cycling and walking.   The transportation “magnets” of the Hospital Complex and Trainlands are continuing to expand and the intensification proposed for communities to the south of Alta Vista as well as that for Bank Street and Walkley Road will generate ever increasing amounts of traffic.     Our community needs to become involved in this major Planning update.

A more detailed analysis of the City’s proposals will be posted on the AVCA web site in early March, 2013.

New Website Ready to Go!

Have you checked out the Alta Vista Community Association website (www.avca.ca) recently? We are pleased to announce that we’ve updated the site with a fresh new look and user-friendly navigation.

The most exciting aspect is that it’s now much easier to join AVCA – you can buy your membership on-line! We hope many of you will take advantage of this simplified approach.

Check out event photos, review meeting minutes or take a minute to send us your thoughts. The site is also integrated with our Facebook page so you can always be kept up to date no matter what. Not a Facebook user? No problem – you can also sign-up for email notifications right on the home page.

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Isn’t it great that the rinks are finally open and we can all enjoy skating… thanks to Bob Guinette for overseeing the efforts.  And thank you to Trinity, our corporate sponsor, who has provided funding that allows us to operate the rinks with no financial shortfall. We are indebted to them.

Alta Vista is a neighbourhood in transition, with lots of new young families moving in and some of our senior residents moving on. This change is gradually being mirrored in the Alta Vista Community Association (AVCA). At this year’s AVCA Annual General Meeting, Bill Pugsley and Dorothy Valliant both stepped down after many years of serving on the Association’s Executive Committee. Bill has been looking after the AVCA’s website at avca.ca since it got up and running in 2009. Dorothy has kept the membership records for the Association for a long time. Both have helped out with the community picnic for many years—you might have seen them volunteering at one of the AVCA tables or the food concession.  Thanks for everything you’ve contributed over the years, Bill and Dorothy. A community needs volunteers to be a great place to live.

Remember that AVCA is only as strong as its membership… please join. And, while two new directors have joined the Executive Committee, we still have  openings for more, especially for a recording secretary.

Did you know that AVCA has a Facebook page? Log in to Facebook and search for “Alta Vista Community Association”–you should see the apple tree logo before you’re finished typing. Once you find the page, join the people who “like” it and you’ll start to see the occasional update appearing in your news feed. We’ll be using Facebook to post event notices and invite your participation in community projects. Coming soon…  a new look to our website.

2013 is an important year for Alta Vista. This year the City is renewing its Official Plan and reviewing  the Zoning By-Laws and the Master Transportation Plan as part of that exercise. Please check the City website for White Papers on these topics. These should be available by the time you read this. We do not anticipate major changes to the zoning for our community but we always need to be watchful. The AVCA will post our analysis of any proposed changes on our website as soon as information is available.

On the planning front, a revision to an approved site plan proposal for Kilborn and Playfair Drive will see two 14-storey residential buildings added to this high-density residential area. A new land use planning study is looking at how the land around Hurdman Transit station might be re-zoned to greatly increase the density of land use there.

The Executive meets on the third Tuesday of each month at Rideau Park United Church, at 7:30pm. All our meetings are open and we hope to see you there. To contact us, please follow the link at avca.ca or use the garage sale e-mail address, dglindberg@yahoo.com.

submitted by Garry Lindberg on behalf of the Executive Committee, AVCA

AVCA News

Isn’t it great that the rinks are finally open and we can all enjoy skating… thanks to Bob Guinette for overseeing the efforts.  And thank you to Trinity, our corporate sponsor, who has provided funding that allows us to operate the rinks with no financial shortfall. We are indebted to them.

Alta Vista is a neighbourhood in transition, with lots of new young families moving in and some of our senior residents moving on. This change is gradually being mirrored in the Alta Vista Community Association (AVCA). At this year’s AVCA Annual General Meeting, Bill Pugsley and Dorothy Valliant both stepped down after many years of serving on the Association’s Executive Committee.Continue reading “AVCA News”