Monday, June 19, 2017

McLennan Park Update

Paul Singh wrote a note to Ward 6 residents for the Country Hills Recreation Association (CHRA) newsletter.  The topic is the remediation and improvements planned for McLennan Park.  Here it is...
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Dear Residents,

As your ward councillor, I want to provide you with an update about the work taking place this summer at McLennan Park.

Although the Great Lawn restoration is a major undertaking, it will bring this area back to its previous glory. The work is considerable, requiring the restoration of the clay landfill cap and grass throughout the entire great lawn area, the addition of trees for added shade, along with some seating areas and trail improvements. I want to take the opportunity to thank you in advance for your patience during this extensive work.

I’m also very pleased to share that with the support of your feedback received over the years, I successfully advocated for some of those further improvements to the park. The larger new trees for some much needed shade around the great lawn area, as well as the new trail to be added along the eastern edge of the lawn (along the roadway) will now create a walking loop and provide better trail connectivity for your enjoyment. A shade structure will also be installed near the playground, a much needed park amenity that many of you also suggested. These new additions will greatly help to improve your park experience.

Feel free to contact paul.singh@kitchener.ca or call me at 519-741-2793. If you prefer to meet and chat in person, I will be at the Country Hills Community Centre the third Wednesday of each month for a drop-in from 7:30-8:30 pm.

Paul Singh



Friday, June 9, 2017

ACNA Garage Sales - Confirmed for tomorrow



The weather forecast looks great, and the ad on Kijiji is posted.

Sales at...
190 Alpine Road - Unit 2
5 & 135 Appalachian Cr.
69 Geneva Cr.
144, 214, 219, 224 Kingswood Dr.
145 Roberts Cr.
173 & 177 Selkirk Dr.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Nine or more participants for the Garage Sales This Coming Saturday!

We now have about 9 households signed up to participate in the Alpine Garage Sales this coming Saturday, June 10th. Why not have your own sale on the same date? We are promoting it online.

See details and the map at:
http://alpine-cna.blogspot.ca/2017/05/acna-garage-sales-on-june-10th.html

Here are the current homes ready to sell...


145 Roberts Crescent - Homemade coconut oil and hot pepper sauce.  Various other items.

135 Appalachian Crescent - Coca Cola and Betty Boop Collectibles, cedar patio set and other items.

144 Kingswood Dr - Household items and some vintage pieces.

214 Kingswood Dr - 3 or more sales in townhouse complex.  8 AM to 2 PM.

219 Kingswood Dr - Possible multiple sales in townhouse complex.

173 & 177 Selkirk Dr - Sports memorabilia, books, house and garden items, toys and much more. Starts at 8 am.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

June ACNA Meeting Cancelled



We do not have any agenda items that would justify meeting this month, so we are cancelling the June meeting.  Our next meeting will be September.  We will let you know the specific date later in the summer.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

ACNA - How should we spend a $21,000 neighbourhood grant?

We need your input! Ward 6 in the City of Kitchener won a Festival of Neighbourhoods grant valued at $21,000 for a community improvement project! The project has to take the form of something constructed/manufactured which will last for many years.
 
Please take a few moments to complete a three question survey and add your voice to the planning process. This survey will be open until June 10th.  Paper copies are available at the Country Hills Community Centre.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

ACNA Garage Sales on June 10th (Updated to June 9th)

BUYERS!

The Alpine Neighborhood in Kitchener will have multiple sales on June 10th, so come see us and the stuff we want to sell for a reasonable price.  We are located to the Southwest of the intersection of Homer Watson and Ottawa.

The rain date is June 17th. Check this posting, which we will keep updated, or our Facebook page on the 9th and 10th for any announcements.

As of June 7th, the sales are:


190 Alpine Road - Unit 2
135 Appalachian Crescent - Coca Cola and Betty Boop Collectibles, cedar patio set and other items.
69 Geneva - Childen's bookcase, Air Mattress for Camping, Winter Jackets and much more.
144 Kingswood Dr - Household items and some vintage pieces.
214 Kingswood Dr - multiple sales in townhouse complex.  8 AM to 2 PM. - Holly Hobbie twin bedding set with drapes; children's clothes, books, toys, baseball equipment; Meccano; 3-D puzzles; lawn chairs; kitchen ware; much more; many items new.
219 Kingswood Dr - Possible multiple sales in townhouse complex.
224 Kingswood Dr - Unit 5 - Books, DVDs, Lawn Chairs, Winter jacket, Christmas stuff (nearly all new), Moos stuff
77 Roberts Crescent
145 Roberts Crescent - Homemade coconut oil and hot pepper sauce.  Various other items.
173 & 177 Selkirk Dr - Sports memorabilia, books, house and garden items, toys and much more. Starts at 8 AM.


See the map below for locations.  Click on each location icon for more individual sale info.
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SELLERS!
Having a garage sale this year? We suggest June 10th as your sale date. Here's why...

Alpine Area Garage Sales
Date: Saturday June 10th
Time: You choose for your own sale

We encourage residents to have their garage sale on the morning of Saturday June 10th. That way, buyers know that there are a lot of sales in our area, all on the same morning. It's your sale, so you set the time, and you can put out your own signs.

We will promote the sales online with Kijiji, using a Google Map (see below) showing the location of each sale. Contact Graham at gwjeffery@rogers.com or 519-503-4795 with your address and any special sale items, to get your sale on the map.

The rain date is June 17th. Check our Facebook page on the 9th and 10th for any update announcements or contact Graham to confirm.




Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Proposed Development at 593 Strasburg Road - City Review Meeting

593 Strasburg already has one high-rise apartment building and the owners are proposing to build another on the same property.  This is NOT the property at the corner of Strasburg and Block Line that has been sitting excavated for the past few years.  593 Strasburg is next door, to the North.

Below is 1) a notice of a City of Kitchener meeting to review zoning changes requested by the property owner, and 2) A letter to nearby property owners.

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593 Strasburg Road - Planning Matters

PROPERTY OWNERS AND INTERESTED PARTIES ARE INVITED
TO ATTEND A PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS
A PROPOSED OFFICIAL PLAN AMENDMENT AND
AMENDMENTS TO THE KITCHENER ZONING BY-LAW
UNDER THE SECTIONS 17, 22 AND 34 OF THE PLANNING ACT

The City of Kitchener has received an application for an Official Plan Amendment to permit the lands municipally addressed as 593 Strasburg Road to be developed with a maximum Floor Space Ratio (FSR) of 2.1 and permit a maximum height of 9 storeys or 24.0 metres, whichever is greater. The City has also received a Zone Change Application to allow a Multiple Dwelling to have an FSR of 2.1, allow modified step-back regulations, reduce the side yard adjacent to a walkway, regulate the underground parking garage entrance and ramp location, and grant parking relief, among other matters.

The public meeting will be held by the Planning & Strategic Initiatives Committee, a Committee of Council which deals with planning matters, on:

MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017 at 6:00 P.M.
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 2nd FLOOR, CITY HALL
200 KING STREET WEST, KITCHENER.

Any person may attend the public meeting and make written and/or verbal representation either in support of, or in opposition to, the above noted proposal. If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at this public meeting or make a written submission prior to approval/refusal of this proposal, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision to the Ontario Municipal Board, and may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal unless there are reasonable grounds in the opinion of the Board.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION is available by contacting the staff person noted below, viewing the report contained in the agenda (posted 10 days before the meeting at www.kitchener.ca - click on the date in the Calendar of Events and select the appropriate committee), or in person at the Planning Division, 6th Floor, City Hall, 200 King Street West, Kitchener between 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday).

Andrew Pinnell, Planner - 519-741-2200 ext. 7668 (TTY: 1-866-969-9994), andrew.pinnell@kitchener.ca

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The following letter will be sent to nearby neighbours.  There is additional information in the letter not included in the announcement above...

May 17, 2017

Dear Property Owner:

Re:       Official Plan Amendment OP15/06/S/AP
            Zone Change Application ZC15/017/S/AP
            Address: 593 Strasburg Road
            Owner: Bloomingdale Mews Ltd.
            Report No. CSD-17-048

It has been some time since the City received an Official Plan Amendment and Zone Change application from Bloomingdale Mews Ltd. for 593 Strasburg Road.

The purpose of the Official Plan Amendment is to permit the lands municipally addressed as 593 Strasburg Road to be developed with a maximum Floor Space Ratio (FSR) of 2.1 and permit a maximum building height of 9 storeys or 24.0 metres, whichever is greater.  The purpose of the Zone Change Application is to allow a Multiple Dwelling to have an FSR of 2.1, allow modified step-back regulations, reduce the side yard adjacent to a walkway, regulate the underground parking garage entrance and ramp location, and grant parking relief, among other matters.

This item has been scheduled for the Planning & Strategic Initiatives Committee on Monday, June 12, 2017 commencing at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 King Street West, Kitchener.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION is available by contacting me (see my contact information, above), viewing the report contained in the agenda (posted 10 days before the meeting at www.kitchener.ca - click on the date in the Calendar of Events and select the appropriate committee), or in person at the Planning Division, 6th Floor, City Hall, 200 King Street West, Kitchener between 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday).

Any person may attend the public meeting and make written and/or verbal representation either in support of, or in opposition to, the above noted proposal.  If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at this public meeting or make a written submission prior to approval/refusal of this proposal, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision to the Ontario Municipal Board, and may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal unless there are reasonable grounds in the opinion of the Board.

Anyone wishing to submit a written response to the Committee, to appear as a delegation at this meeting or to obtain advice regarding the meeting procedure, may contact the Legislative Services Division at 519-741-2203.

Please note that the report prepared by staff is a recommendation only.  Any final decision on this matter will be made by City Council.  Council would normally act on a recommendation of this committee at their next scheduled meeting on Monday, June 26, 2017.  To confirm that the matter is to be addressed at this meeting, please refer to the City’s website (www.kitchener.ca) or contact the Legislative Services Division at 519-741-2203.

Sincerely,
Andrew Pinnell, MCIP, RPP
Planner