ARAC will meet on Thursday, July 6th at 10 a.m.
at Ben Franklin Place (101 Centrepointe Drive). 
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Good Morning,

Our next meeting of the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee is on Thursday, July 6th. It will be the last meeting of the Committee until the first week of September. As usual, we meet at Ben Franklin Place in the old Nepean Council Chambers and the meeting begins at 10:00 am. 

Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) 

View full agenda and supporting documents here:
Agenda items include:
Zoning Amendment: 5514 Manotick Main Street
Zoning Amendment: 4711 Rockdale Road
Zoning Amendment: 1260 Loeper Street
Zoning Amendment: 9391 Parkway Road
Zoning Amendment: 1353 Scharfgate Drive
Road Allowance Closure between 1792 & 1818 Old Prescott Road
Appointment of Engineer: Tompkins Diversion Municipal Drain
There is an additional item on the agenda that is sensitive in nature and will be discussed In Camera. It involves a litigious matter dealing with a property in Osgoode Ward.
Only two of the agenda items emanate from Rideau-Goulbourn and they are both zoning applications within the village of Manotick. 5514 Manotick Main Street is a new three storey office/commercial building at the corner of Bridge Street and Manotick Main Street. This replaces the former Falls House that was demolished last fall. The zoning application seeks to realign the zoning of the existing property with a parcel of land that was added to it so that the entire property has a uniform zoning and can meet the parking requirements for development. There are also some minor changes to setbacks and height but the building retains the three storey limit. In recent months, community leaders have assisted me in refining the design and developing a softer look to the building. While there are still some modifications to be made, the most recent design and background on the property can be found at
The other local item is the 1353 Scharfgate report. This is a development application from Cavanagh and John Gerard Homes in the pre-existing development off of First Line Road. The address is misleading as the current property does not, and will not, have access onto Scharfgate Drive. The agenda and associated reports can be found online at

If you want to stay updated on the happenings in Rideau-Goulbourn, my column is published weekly in the Stittsville News, biweekly in the Manotick Messenger, monthly in the Kemptville Advance, monthly in the Almonte-Carleton Place Canadian Gazette and at  

I hope you have a fun and happy Canada Day!

Blue Rock Park in Kars

Have your say! The playground at Blue Rock Park has been identified for replacement through the City’s Lifecycle Program and the community is invited to provide preference between Option A and Option B, as shown below.
Option A - Plan [PDF]
Option B - Plan [PDF]

Please take a few moments to complete this brief survey.

Alternatively you can send your vote for Option A or Option B and other comments no later than July 14, 2017 to:

Lise Guèvremont, Parks Planner
Parks and Facilities Planning
Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services
City of Ottawa
613-580-2424 ext. 27784

Thank you for sharing your opinion with the City of Ottawa!

Wild Parsnip Management

With June comes Wild Parsnip. If you have been driving around rural Ottawa over the last month, you will have likely noticed small signs with red dots and green dots along roadsides. These signs are part of the City of Ottawa’s wild parsnip spraying program. Since 2015, we have taken a more aggressive approach with managing wild parsnip in the most affected areas. Through increased ditch cutting and spraying of a specific broad leaf herbicide, our efforts have proven effective.
The red dot signs indicate to the contractor that a resident has opted out of the spraying program. The green dot tells the contractor when they can restart. However, property owners who have opted out of the spraying program should still consider their role in managing wild parsnip. As soon as the invasive weed goes to seed, it spreads. By keeping the ditches mowed in areas that aren’t being sprayed, it will prevent the plant from growing and spreading. Therefore, even if you’ve requested that there be no spraying in front of your property, I would strongly encourage you to help control the spread of wild parsnip by keeping those areas mowed.
For more information on wild parsnip, please visit

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Community Events

Happy Canada Day!

Wherever you celebrate, I hope you have a fun and happy Canada Day!

Annual Manotick Soap Box Derby & Picnic in the Park

Registration for the 7th Anual Manotick Soap Box Derby is now open! The Derby will be held on Sunday, August 27. This is a great family event where parents and grandparents are encouraged to help their children and grandchildren with the building of a personalized racing machine powered only by gravity. It’s a fun family summer project.
However, if cart building seems a step too far, the MVCA is happy to provide a place in one of the 9 carts sponsored by local businesses. It is very important that every child interested in racing is given the opportunity. This extends as well to children with special needs. Again this year, the MVCA is offering Super Kids, a program features custom-built 2-seater derby carts specifically designed to allow children who live with the daily challenges of either physical or developmental barriers to enjoy the thrill of the hill.
Registration ($25 per cart) is now online at Don’t miss out on securing your spot. For more information visit the website to see rules and cart specifications or contact if you have questions.

Scott Moffatt Golf4Youth Classic Presented by Caivan 

It's not too late to register! Join me on July 7th for the Scott Moffatt Golf4Youth Classic Presented by Caivan Communities at the Canadian Golf & Country Club. It promises to be a fun day for the whole family with all proceeds going directly to the Youth of Manotick Association (YOMA) and the Richmond Youth Centre (RYC). I would love for you to participate!
We are also acquiring sponsorships and silent auction donations. If you are a local business and want to be involved in this event, please contact me and we’ll find an exciting way to get you involved.
For more details or to register, visit Hopefully we can make this a successful event that will benefit kids and families all across Rideau-Goulbourn.

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