Wednesday, November 1, 2017

ACNA Special Meeting next Tuesday November 7th.

For those that have shown interest in either a community garden or a skating rink in Alpine Park, we will have a discussion with Lauren Ross, a Neighbourhood Liason with the City of Kitchener on Tuesday, November 7th (at 7pm) at Alpine Public School Library where our regular Alpine Community Neighbourhood Association meeting is held. Lauren will be talking about the Neighbourhood Action Plan (doing such projects as the rink and community garden).

The City of Kitchener has committed to piloting a couple of Neighbourhood Action Plans across the city and she thinks this opportunity could be a supportive framework for some of the conversations we are already having. Neighbourhood Action Plans can help to lay out a clear vision for the future of a neighbourhood and identify meaningful and measurable goals with actions. Neighbourhood Action Plans also come with resources which is always helpful.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cinema Under the Stars 2017 - Fun for the family!!



We will be showing the movie "Trolls" at the Country Hills Community Center on Saturday, August 26th.  Movie starts around 8 pm.  Show up early for extra fun.
- FREE to see the film
- Free popcorn
- Games
- A dessert food truck will be selling other treats
- Draw prizes
- Optional - Please bring donations for the Foodbank & Outreach.  Non-perishable food or personal hygiene items (new items only).  Thank you.

Film will be shown indoors if rain is expected.

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

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Summary of May 2nd, 2017 ACNA Meeting


Community Cleanup Day was held Saturday April 22nd.  10 people showed up to pick up litter and 14 bags of garbage were collected.

Family Fun Day was held at the Country Hills Community Center on Sunday April 30th.  Attendance was down from last year, possibly due to poor weather, even though the event was almost entirely indoors.  78 lbs of food and $10 was collected for the Food Bank.

Neighbours Day will be June 10th.  Country Hills Community Center events will include a smaller celebration than in the past, as the City wishes to focus more on community-led events in the neighbourhoods.  The CHCC event will feature a hot dog BBQ, activities with youth and yoga/tai chi in the park.

The annual Alpine Garage Sales will be promoted for June 10th, with a Kijiji ad and an online map.  It will also be promoted through social media.

Cinema Under the Stars - the organizing committee will get together later in May to continue planning the event.  A date and movie are both yet to be chosen.  The event is more likely to be in August or September.  We are working on getting sponsor donations for the event.

ACNA 10th anniversary event.  Two ACNA members will meet with the local City of Kitchener facilitator to discuss how to organize an event for some time this summer.  Possibly a BBQ picnic in Alpine Park.

The process of deciding how to spend the Festival of Neighbourhoods 2015 prize grant to Ward 6 is proceeding.  We are collecting input from Ward 6 residents on how people would like to see the money spent.  We have created a survey which was used at Family Fun Day and which will be available online in the near future.  Results from the survey will be used to narrow the options for the grant.

There have been a number of thefts in the neighborhood, mainly in parked cars and back yards.  This has been happening across the city this spring.

Roundabout construction work on Ottawa Street has started.  The temporary bypass road is being built now.  The diversion of Ottawa Street is planned to start on May 22nd, limiting access from Alpine and Homer Watson.  Concerns were expressed about increased traffic on Strasburg Road during construction, impacting the ability of pedestrians to cross Strasburg at the power line trail.  City Councillor Paul Singh is still considering organizing a public information meeting on the project.

Proposed A&W construction at Ottawa and Strasburg.  City Councillor Paul Singh says that the developer's challenge to the Ontario Municipal Board of City Council's decision to refuse the application has not yet been filed, although it is expected.

Paul Singh is interested in promoting the creation of a community garden in Ward 6, and proposes Alpine Park as a possible location.  This would be in the grassed part by Kingswood Drive.  A group of residents would have to be assembled to drive the project, with Paul's help.

Paul Singh plans to go door-to-door during the Spring in parts of Ward 6, to talk to residents about neighbourhood issues.  He offered to ACNA to give him a question that we would like answered of residents in the ACNA area.  He would ask and report back on what people say.  Nobody at the meeting could think of one on the spot, so the option is still there.

The remediation of McLennan Park will be done this year.  Where the wood chips are, a layer of clay is to be put down to prevent methane from surfacing, and the soil put back on top, so grass can grow there.

A two-page ACNA newsletter flyer was delivered to all households in the ACNA area.

Two representatives from the Alpine School Parents Council attended the ACNA meeting.  They outlined the purpose of the council, which focuses on fund raising for schoolyard amenities, like play structures and trees.  One of the play structures was removed due to safety issues and the other will removed in the next few years as it reaches the end of its expected lifespan.

They are currently helping to organize the Alpine School Fun Fair. which is open to the community.  It will be held Tuesday, June 13th at 5 pm (rain date Thursday 15th) and will feature games, a BBQ, raffle, and a silent auction.  The police, fire services and an ambulance are all scheduled to be there.  There will be entertainment.  They are looking for a cash donation to help finance the BBQ, and for student volunteers.  Also sponsor donations for the silent auction.

The current computer system used by the City to register participants for Community Center programs will be replaced by a new system (ActiveNet) which will have much more capacity for simultaneous users and should crash less often.  To implement the changeover, there will be no system capable of doing bookings, payments or other transactions between May 24th and June 4th.  The new system goes live on June 5th.

The Young Art event will be on Thursday May 4th at the Waterloo Region Museum from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  This event will showcase local art by youth 13 to 24 years old.

The outreach worker (Sue) at Country Hills Community Center is looking for donations of personal hygiene items and snacks that do not need refrigeration to provide to people in need.  She will also have a limited amount of Food Bank food to distribute if needed.  She is there on Mondays and Thursdays.

Our next scheduled meeting date is 7:00 pm, Tuesday, June 6th at Alpine Public School.  This meeting may be cancelled if agenda items are not required.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Family Fun Day is Coming Soon

Join us for Family Fun Day at the Country Hills Community Center - next Sunday the 30th.  Your donations are appreciated.

Click on the picture below to see it enlarged.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Cleanup Day Is A Success


We had ten people come out today and they picked up much more garbage than was collected last year - 14 bags of it.  The weather was good, if cool and breezy, and Alpine Park and the Hydro Corridor look so much better.  Thanks to everyone who came out to collect and thanks to Ann & Susan who helped supervise and helped take away the garbage.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

ACNA Cleanup Day is this coming weekend


Community Cleanup Day
Date: Saturday, April 22
Time: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: Alpine Public School at the back of the school (No access to school facilities)

Each spring, some of our neighbours volunteer a couple of hours of their time to help pick up the latest litter from the Alpine area.  We clean up the publicly owned areas, like the woods of Alpine Park and along the power corridor.

Meet us behind Alpine PS, where we will supply garbage bags and gloves.  If you like, bring your own to help us manage resources.  You can bring your collected garbage back to the meeting point and we will have it taken it away for disposal.

We start at 9:00 AM, but you can come when you want and finish as soon as you like.  If the weather is wet on Saturday, we will clean up on Sunday morning, at the same time.  Watch our blog and Facebook pages for updates.

We provide water and Timbits.  "Thank You" gift items too.

Please come out this year and join us!  Looking forward to seeing you there.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Revised Start Date for Roundabout Construction

The construction of the Ottawa Street roundabouts will start April 10th, changed from the April 3rd date previously planned.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Roundabout Construction on Ottawa Street to Start April 10th [revised from April 3rd]


Traffic will not be diverted until early to mid-May.

My summary of the construction process (from February) is at:

The Region's notice letter to nearby properties is here:

The maps and diagrams from the Region's February presentation to ACNA and CHRA are here:

Friday, March 10, 2017

Summary of the ACNA Meeting held on March 7th

For some of these, more details to come as we get closer to the event...


The ACNA Community Cleanup Day will be Saturday April 22nd.  Planning is just starting but in the past start/finish times have been 9:00 AM & 11:30 AM and the day after (Sunday) would be the rain date.  Graham Jeffery will organize the event.

Family Fun Day - This CHRA & ACNA event takes place Sunday April 30th from 2 PM to 4 PM.  Focused on children.  Animals, Games, Candy Guess and a Prize for Each Child.  Free.  20th annual event.  Donations of food for the Food Bank and personal hygiene items for Outreach will be accepted.  ACNA volunteers will participate.

Neighbours Day will be June 10th.  Neighbours Day is a city-wide set of fun events, many of which take place at Community Centers.  People are encouraged to have their own events in the own neighbourhoods.  The Country Hills Community Center event planning will start soon.

The ACNA Garage Sale promotion date will be June 10th, with the rain date as June 17th.  ACNA will promote this event through an online map and a Kijiji ad.

Potential ACNA 10th Anniversary Event.  We have not definitely decided to do this.  At a past meeting we discussed having a picnic in Alpine Park.  City of Kitchener grants might be available to help finance any event or placemaking initiative.  The idea of creating something to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary came up as well.

Cinema Under the Stars - This annual outdoor movie night will be held late in August, with the exact date to be determined.  ACNA will again be involved in planning and carrying out this event.

Recently, a meeting was held to discuss how the use the $21,000 grant that Ward 6 won at the 2015 Festival of Neighbourhoods finale.  The process of deciding and implementing the project was outlined, and ideas for possible projects were generated.  The next step is to get more ideas from the public.

City Councillor Paul Singh attended this meeting.
- Paul will be going door-to-door in Ward 6 during May & June to talk to residents and drop off his regular survey.
- He will continue to look into the idea of establishing a new community garden in the area, but will need a core group of gardener volunteers to help make it happen.  He asks us to mention this opportunity to anyone who might be interested.
- He mention the City's recently approved Neighbourhood Strategy which is designed to help people initiate more events and to improve their own neighbourhoods.  The strategy is designed to improve funding  and make it easier (less red tape) to make things happen in the neighbourhoods.
- As the Region of Waterloo has made funds available, work is expected to start to remediate the great field at McLennan Park, which has suffered from methane seepage.  The field will be capped with clay to control the methane release, and the area will be re-grassed.  The City will also add shade structures near the splash pad and playground.  Other ideas are a possible walking track, and moving the gazebo.
- Development of the empty lot at Ottawa and Elmsdale is expected to proceed now that the site has been prepared and any polluted soil has been removed.  The developer that owns the lot at Strasburg and Block Line has again promised to proceed with construction this year, but promises like that were made in previous years.

Kirstan Howells, our City district facilitator, encourages young people, 13 to 24 years old, to participate in the 2017 Young@rt event, creating artworks which will be shown in May at The Museum.  Planning is underway, with more details to be released, but there will be a keynote speaker.

Other Items Discussed
- A&W proposal for the corner of Strasburg & Ottawa - Last week, City Council turned down an application for a zone change to this property, preventing the construction of an A&W restaurant with drive-thru.  The developer who wishes to build the restaurant is expected to appeal the decision to the Ontario Municipal Board, a process which can take several months to over a year before a decision is made.

- Roundabout construction on Ottawa Street is to start at the beginning of April.  Paul Singh will consider asking the Region for another public information session to educate residents about this roundabout construction process.  An earlier session, hosted by ACNA in February, was sparsely attended, although a number of people read the project summary posted on the ACNA blog site.

The next scheduled meeting date is 7:00 PM, Tuesday, April 4th at Alpine Public School. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Family Day at Country Hills Community Center

Monday February 20th 1-4 PM

Join your family, friends and neighbours at the Country Hills Community Centre and make your own cup of hot chocolate at our hot chocolate bar, join in on a game in the gym, create a winter themed craft, and/or watch a movie while enjoying some popcorn.  No registration required for this free event.  Call 519-741-2596 for more information.

Food will be collected for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region

There will also be free family skate sessions at The Aud on their Kinsman and Kiwanis rinks from 9 AM to 1 PM, and from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Phone goes missing at Alpine School UPDATE It was found

[ UPDATE: The phone was found. ]

From Facebook:  Christine Vatcher writes today, Wednesday February 8th...

"My mom was picking up my son from school (Alpine Public School) today at the kindergarten class doors and her phone was taken off the stroller while she was tending my son.  Please if anyone knows of anyone picking it up or has it.  Please contact me
We just want it back.  It has many pictures of my son's on it and it's important we get it back.   Thank you"

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Your Guide to This Year's Roundabout Construction on Ottawa Street (updated May 18th)


We had a meeting tonight with neighbours from ACNA and the Country Hills Rec. Assoc. to see a presentation from Wayne Cheater, Senior Project Manager with the Region of Waterloo.

He described the process of building the roundabouts at the intersection of Ottawa/Alpine and Ottawa/Homer Watson...

Construction firms are now invited to bid on the project, and the winning firm will be selected by Regional Council on March 22nd.

Phase 1: April to May (5 weeks) - A temporary Ottawa Street bypass road will be built between the Ottawa/Alpine intersection to a point just beyond the east side of the Ottawa/Homer Watson intersection.  It will have 2 lanes in each direction, with a sidewalk.  It will be to the north of the existing/future Ottawa Street.  During this time, the current roads continue to be used.

Phase 2: May 26th to August 25th - Ottawa street traffic is diverted onto the temporary road, and roundabout construction takes place.

During this time, access to Ottawa Street from Alpine, and from Homer Watson south of Ottawa, is cut off, except that access will be maintained for eastbound traffic on Ottawa Street to turn right onto Alpine Road.  To get to businesses/homes south of Ottawa Street, you come off the detour route.  This route is 1) Strasburg, from Ottawa south to Block Line   2) Block Line, from Strasburg east to Courtland   3) Courtland, from Block Line, north to Ottawa.

Phase 3: Short period in August.  The temporary road experiences lane reductions as permanent roadway construction proceeds.

Phase 4: September.  Permanent roadway and roundabouts open with lane reductions while final work is done.  The temporary road is removed.

October: New roadway is fully operational.
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Other notes:

- Certain sections of the roads and roundabouts will be constructed to 3 lanes.

- There is currently an on-ramp to eastbound Highway 7/8 from southbound Homer Watson, which is accessed north of the Ottawa/Homer Watson intersection.  That ramp will close.  A new on-ramp to the eastbound 7/8 will start at the new Ottawa/Alpine roundabout.  The current on-ramp to eastbound 7/8 from eastbound Ottawa Street (starting east of the Ottawa/Homer Watson intersection) will be unchanged.

- One feature that is new to these roundabouts will be large easy-to-see overhead signs placed well ahead of each roundabout directing motorists to the correct lane

- [Edit: There may be another public information session - date TBD] We had thought that there would be another public meeting before construction started, but the Region of Waterloo has held these in the past and they have not been well attended.  They had not planned another meeting, assuming insufficient demand.

- The speed limits along this stretch of road are not yet determined.

- There will be a full set of sidewalks and crossings built.  The crossings will be much like the ones at the Homer Watson/Block Line roundabout.  Ontario law has changed so that the crosswalks at all roundabouts will have yield signs (drivers yield to pedestrians) instead of crosswalk signs.  Some of the paths will be paved extra-wide Community Trails.

- Construction of these roundabouts was delayed for years due to 1) the widening of Highway 7/8 and 2) ION rapid transit construction.  Acquisition of private land also took over two years.

- While it seems like a long construction time, using a temporary road speeds up construction considerably.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Special Information Meeting on Roundabout Construction



The Alpine Community Neighbourhood Association (ACNA) and the Country Hills Recreation Association (CHRA) are hosting a special information meeting on the construction of roundabouts on Ottawa Street this year.

It will be held at the County Hills Community Center, 100 Rittenhouse Road, at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, February 7th.

This is in advance of a larger public information event that is planned for March, before construction starts.

We will have a guest from the Region of Waterloo's Transportation and Environmental Services department who will provide information on the construction of the roundabouts at the Ottawa/Alpine and Ottawa/Homer Watson intersections, and what the community can expect as the work proceeds.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Proposed Drive-in Restaurant at Ottawa and Strasburg - Petition Against It

One of our neighbours has set up a petition against permitting an A&W restaurant at the corner of Ottawa and Strasburg, where the old Petro-Canada used to be.  He, Mel Shaughnessy, write in a Facebook posting...

"Please take a min to sign this petition. There are 4 homes that will be drastically affected by a drive-thru on this corner, but it affects us all in one way or another. Thanks guys. Mel"

The page for the petition is...

https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-to-yet-another-drive-thru-alpine-community

The Alpine Community Neighbourhood Association has no official position on this issue, but it is important to communicate the concerns of some of our fellow residents in the area.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Changes at the Ottawa and Mill street intersection

An ACNA member requested that I post this...



FYI: The intersection of Ottawa Street and Mill Street has been changed.  This is due to the LRT passing through at that point.  Part of Mill Street has been removed so you cannot travel along Mill Street and go straight across Ottawa any longer.

Someone by the name of Mark McKay wrote on their Facebook page about this...

"This is Kitchener's Ottawa Street and Mill Street intersection. The red sections (photo below) have been eliminated.

"Drivers can no longer turn onto Mill from Courtland and drive right through towards Stirling or turn left at Ottawa.

"FYI. Going forward there will be no northbound left turn from Mill to Ottawa and no right turns when the train is passing.

"Drivers who want to go left on Mill will have to turn back at Courtland and Ottawa.

"Looks like a lot of thought went into this. Sarcasm. FYI Picture snipped from google map."

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