Co-chairs: Wendy Dennys, Robb Wainwright
Formed in June 2013, this Ad Hoc committee guides and oversees, in collaboration with Ward 13 City Councillor and all affected homeowners, the process of purchasing the City-owned laneways running through the community.
Accomplishments in 2013
- 18 April – Community meeting with Planning staff on the implications of the City’s “Urban Lanes Encroachment & Management Policies”
- April/May – Affected homeowners were canvassed and a legal fund of approximately $2,000 was established.
- 16 May – Councillor Clark commits to work with the OCA to find a way for homeowners to purchase the laneway property
- 11 December – Councillor Clark submitted a Notice of Motion before Council to allow a pilot block to apply for closure and purchase of the lane
Accomplishments in 2014
- 22 January – Councillor Clark’s motion passed by Council, namely “…that Council direct staff to prepare a report on the feasibility of a Pilot Project to offer such rear lanes for sale to abutting residential landowners for a nominal payment where the City has determined that there is no prospect for the lane to serve a public purpose and that the lanes in Overbrook, between Prince Albert Street and Queen Mary Street be the focus of this report.”
- May – Homeowners on the Pilot Block were being canvassed for “an expression of interest to purchase the Lane from the City of Ottawa.”
- June – Application to close the lane on the Pilot Block submitted to the City
- October – Application approved; Pilot Block lane officially closed!
- October 16 – Presentation at OCA meeting: Urban Lanes presentation 16 Oct 2014
Accomplishments in 2015
- February 19 – OCA Board of Directors approved Position Paper: POSITION PAPER
- June 29 – Staff report (see 22 January 2014 above) to be presented to the City’s financial committee (FEDCO) at 9:30 am. A delegation will attend the meeting.
- Based on the fact that the advanced copy of the staff report was, according to Councillor Nussbaum, “not helpful,” it was pulled from the FEDCO agenda.
- July 6 – The Committee requested that Councillor Nussbaum seek from City staff a purchase price and costs for the pilot block homeowners. We also asked that the City add the purchase costs to their property tax bills over a ten year period (in a manner similar to Property Improvement Taxes).
- July 8 – Council passed a motion to extend the September 2015 closure deadline on the pilot block to 31 December 2015.
- October – Councillor Nussbaum’s office sent us figures in a range from minimum to maximum of the “estimated cost for each property owner.” They included land value, survey and legal costs.
- October – We were informed that the City treasurer’s office, responding to our request to add the costs to our tax bills, said that such a “loan arrangement” could only be made if Council considers it to be “in the interests of the municipality, which does not appear to be applicable in this instance.”
- November 5 – A letter from the Committee updating everyone on the situation was delivered to all homeowners on the affected blocks, asking them to attend the OCA’s Annual General Meeting at 6:30 pm on Thursday, 16 November at the Overbrook Community Centre, 33 Quill.
Accomplishments in 2016-7
- Worked to get agreement of homeowners on Pilot block to purchase all 18 parcels of City-owned laneway land.
- Deadline set by City Council to get agreement – 31 December 2017.
- Homeowners on the block agreed to purchase 16 of the parcels, not enough to go forward with the pilot project.
Planned in 2018:
- A report will be sent to Councillor Tobi Nussbaum on the results of our work. A motion with then be presented at an OCA meeting to disband the ad hoc Urban Lanes Committee.