SEEKING PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Do you care about the future development of our neighbourhood? Curious about who’s planning to construct what? Willing to learn about zoning and development by-laws and help our community respond to various development proposals from transportation and parks to residential and commercial construction? If so, the Overbrook Planning and Development Committee would love to have you as a member!

The Planning and Development Committee is part of the Overbrook Community Association. Our role is to bring our community’s interests to bear on proposals for development; to give the community a voice when significant developments are proposed for Overbrook to ensure that they add grace to the neighbourhood and meet everyone’s needs.

When developments are planned, our committee reviews the plans and talks to neighbours, owners, architects and planners, to ensure as far as possible that what results is in the best interest of all parties – but especially of the neighbours and the community.

It helps if you have some experience in zoning by-laws and development and appeal processes, but willing learners are welcome to join the committee too. The committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month for approximately 2 hours, with two or three hours of additional work required each month to review proposals or participate in other meetings or committee work. Members are required to abide by conflict of interest rules should they have any private interests in the development of Overbrook.

If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact info@overbrook.ca.

Meeting arranged for neighbours of 296 Glynn Avenue

The Planning & Development Committee will host a meeting at the Overbrook Community Centre, 33 Quill Street, at 7 pm on Thursday, 26 January.

The meeting is being convened at the request of several neighbours of 296 Glynn. Members of the Planning & Development Committee and attendees will be able to examine the development plans and to bring any questions or concerns to the owner and architect.

For more information, please email info@overbrook.ca.

Infill Development that Fits

At our Overbrook Community Association meeting last Thursday, residents demonstrated how much they care about the future of our community. Attended by over 35 people, it was a dynamic and lively meeting.

“Is Overbrook a mature community?” was the question facing attendees. But why ask this question?

The short answer is that the City has implemented two sets of bylaws that govern infill development in Ottawa. One set, Infill II, applies to all communities within the Greenbelt (except Rockcliffe Park). The other set, Infill I, does not currently apply to Overbrook. The Infill I bylaws (or Mature Neighbourhood Bylaws) could apply to Overbrook, if the Community Association requests and is granted “mature neighbourhood status.”

City Planner Alain Miguelez (Program Manager for Zoning, Intensification and Neighbourhoods) explained that Infill I bylaws regulate the character of an area. Any new infill development project must match the character of the existing streetscape, determined by an analysis of the neighbouring front yards, parking arrangement and location of front doors.

The Infill II bylaws address the height and size of the building, plus the size of the back and side yards.

After many questions and comments from residents about these complicated infill rules, some participants expressed the desire to pursue “mature neighbourhood” status.

OCA President Rawlson King outlined the process to accomplish this, asking that anyone with an interest or comment on the subject either:

– attend the next OCA Planning & Development Committee meeting to be held on Tuesday, 13 October at 7:30 pm at the Overbrook Community Centre, and/or

– email their comments or questions to info@overbrook.ca with “Mature Neighbourhood” in the subject line. All emails will be forwarded to the OCA’s Planning & Development Committee.

The Planning & Development Committee will then present their findings to the Board for discussion and action.