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Good Morning,
The first ARAC meeting of 2017 is scheduled for Thursday, February 2nd at 10 a.m. in The Chamber at Ben Franklin Place (100 Centrepointe Drive).

Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) 

View full agenda and supporting documents here:
This meeting has a relatively short agenda including the following items:
  • Zoning Amendments as a result of Surplus Farm Severances for 7110 Third Line Road, 3117 Roger Stevens Drive, 3285 Eagleson Road
  • Minor Rezoning of 5810 First Line Road reinstating certain storage uses
  • Commemorative Naming: David & Judy Makin Trail
  • Amendment to Richmond Secondary Plan
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, and at


Ottawa 2017’s Agri 150 presents Fire & Ice

The first Agri 150 event of the year has now been announced and tickets are currently on sale. The culinary adventure will take place on Sunday, February 12th (the Saturday, February 11th event is sold out), just prior to Valentine’s Day, at the SunTech GreenHouses near Manotick Village.

Renowned chef Marc Lepine is creating the menu for this four-course gourmet experience, which highlights molecular cuisine. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a winter cocktail and outdoor fire and ice entertainment, followed by a small-plate fine dining meal inside the cozy ambiance of the tomato greenhouse.

Tickets for Fire & Ice are $100, or $125 with a wine pairings. A round-trip shuttle service, from one of three points of departure, can be added at cost of $12 per person. To purchase tickets, visit

Announced in June, Agri 150 is an Ottawa 2017 program stewarded by Just Food to boost rural tourism during the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday in the nation’s capital and for years to come. More than 20 unique outdoor events will take place over the course of the year to allow people to discover Ottawa’s rural communities in all four seasons, and enhance their knowledge and appreciation of rural resources, while enjoying rejuvenating adventures.

Regional Development Proposal

On Thursday, January 19th, the City hosted a public meeting to discuss the proposed development at 5721, 5731 and 5741 Manotick Main Street. The main issue for those in attendance was density. The density matter, however, was determined prior to the application being submitted. During the Manotick Secondary Plan review, the community was heavily involved in looking at how Manotick should grow. This process took place over the course of two years and there was significant input from members of the community. During the review, it was determined that medium density would be the target for several properties in the village including the site in question. This is a debate that occurs throughout our growing communities. Do we intensify our communities or do we expand them? There is a fairly clear consensus in Manotick that village boundary expansion is not an option. Therefore, when we plan for the next 25-50 years, we need to consider where growth can occur and what housing options are desired.

Thursday’s meeting did bring forward a productive discussion on a variety of concerns regarding the proposed plan. In the coming weeks, residents still have the opportunity to submit comments to Please copy me on those comments so that I can work with staff on them going forward. I have already spoken with the applicant regarding many of those comments and we are working on addressing them. I cannot guarantee that the number of units will change but there were many other concerns that can be worked on.

One question that I feel was not adequately addressed at the meeting was around the zoning exception being requested by the applicant. This exception does not increase the density within the project. As stated above, those density figures were set through the Secondary Plan. The exception allows for a wider building footprint to accommodate the fact that this development consists entirely of bungalows. Without the exception, you would be more likely to see a more traditional suburban development of two or three storey towns which would not be in keeping with the community vision.

As part of the next steps, we will continue to work on the application based on the comments we have received and I will provide updates through this column. The Manotick Village & Community Association is also involved so they will provide updates on this as well. They send out a weekly e-Newsletter to members, which is another way to stay engaged within the community.

Congratulations to the Residents of Rideau-Goulbourn! 

Rideau-Goulbourn, Ward 21, has won Cleaning the Capital's “Ward Award” for the both the spring and fall 2016 campaigns. This award is given out for each campaign to recognize the ward with the greatest participation in the Cleaning the Capital program based on project participants per capita. Rideau-Goulbourn had 9.9% per capita participation in the spring cleanup campaign, and 6.16% per capital registration in the fall campaign. This is the first time the award has been won by the Rideau Goulbourn ward and it is a great achievement to win both the spring and fall “ward awards” in the same year! This has only happened one other time in the history of the award.
The Ward Award will be presented to Councillor Moffatt at the Transportation Committee on Wednesday, February 1st at 9:30 a.m. at the Heritage Building (110 Laurier Avenue West). If you participated in Cleaning the Capital and would like to attend the Award ceremony, please email me at:

Thank you to all residents who participated in Cleaning the Capital.

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Community Events

Shiverfest is Still Going On, Despite Fire in the Manotick Arena

Manotick’s Shiverfest will still kick off tonight but there will be changes to the venues, after a fire in the Manotick arena this morning. Please check the Manotick Village & Community Association’s website for updates on venues and events:

The Barrhaven Seniors' Council

The Barrhaven Seniors' Council organizes events for south-west residents (55+). Events range from games to information sessions to fitness classes to day trips. Seniors of Rideau-Goulbourn are invited to attend any of the events. For more information, or to see their calendar of events, request to join their Facebook group here:…/barrhavenseniorscouncil/requests/. You can also email Don at  

North Gower’s Winter Carnival

North Gower's 55th Winter Carnival will be on Friday, February 3rd and Saturday, February 4th. To see a detailed schedule of events, visit our website: North Gower's 55th Annual Winter Carnival 

Isle in the River Theatre Company

2 Across - 3rd Performance added for February 19th!

Last year’s Valentine’s Day reading of Love Letters at the Red Dot Café was such a success that IRT Theatre company is doing it again. This year, the first two events sold out so quickly that they opened up a third show on February 19th. They will be presenting a staged reading of 2 Across by Jerry Mayer at the Red Dot Café. The lunch performance commences at noon, with the doors opening at 11:30 a.m. Tickets for the show are $10 and are now on sale. Tickets can also be purchased at the Red Dot. Lunch and drinks will be purchased separately.

More Community Events

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