Transportation Committee


Meeting #:
Champlain Room, 110 Laurier Avenue West, and by electronic participation
  • Chair: Councillor Tim Tierney, 
  • Vice-Chair: Councillor Catherine Kitts, 
  • Councillor Jessica Bradley, 
  • Councillor George Darouze, 
  • Councillor Steve Desroches, 
  • Councillor Sean Devine, 
  • Councillor Laura Dudas, 
  • Councillor Glen Gower, 
  • Councillor Laine Johnson, 
  • Councillor Wilson Lo, 
  • Councillor Matt Luloff, 
  • and Councillor Ariel Troster 

Transportation Committee

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File No. ACS2024-OCC-CCS-0028 - Citywide

  • Motion

    THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Transportation Committee recommend to Council that Public Works staff undertake a municipal scan to understand if and how other Canadian municipalities address weeds along concrete curbs; and 

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that staff determine the feasibility of a program to cut and/or remove weeds along street edges and curbs, including the staffing, equipment, and budget requirements, as well as a proposed pilot project, and report back to Transportation Committee by Q4 2024.


Submitted by Councillor G. Gower on behalf of Councillor J. Leiper:

WHEREAS a portion of the Wellington Street West right of way between Garland Street and Hilda Street fronts on the existing Somerset Square Park; and

WHEREAS the Site Plan Control approval for the properties located at 961-979 Wellington Street West and 26-40 Armstrong Street indicate in a landscape plan that the Wellington Street West right of way between Hilda and Garland is to be regraded and repaved at the developer’s own cost, along with other improvements per an approved landscape plan for the site; and

WHEREAS the owners of the properties are subject to the fees outlined in Encroachment By-law 2003-446, in order to stage construction equipment in the Wellington Street ROW for the duration of construction; and

WHEREAS the subject fees are estimated to result in up to $550,000 of operational revenue; and

WHEREAS the Wellington Street West Community Design Plan design vision, objectives, and policies underscore the protection and uniqueness of Somerset Square Park as a public space in the community; and

WHEREAS the developer is providing $250,000 in funds towards the improvement of Somerset Square through a Section 37 agreement; and

WHEREAS subsequent to the approval of the planning application it has been determined that the interaction of the streetscaping in front of the development and Somerset Square should be reviewed more holistically to determine in consultation with the community and the Business Improvement Association if there is a greater place- making opportunity; and

WHEREAS this additional design work and any potential project implementation costs is an unfunded proposition; and

WHEREAS the estimated $550,000 of operational revenue may be considered for reallocation to fund improvements to the right-of-way subject to Council approval;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that all temporary construction encroachment fees collected in association with the development, estimated to be approximately $550,000, be directed to a deferred revenue account along with the Section 37 funds, to fund the design and implementation of enhanced public realm improvements in and around Somerset Square; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that once sufficient revenue from temporary construction encroachment fees and Section 37 funds has been received to commence the project, a new internal account will be set up for the design and implementation of enhanced public realm improvements in and around Somerset Square with funding from the temporary construction encroachment fees to be limited to expenditures on lands within the right-of-way; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that at the conclusion of these works any residual temporary construction encroachment revenue in the internal order be returned to Planning, Real Estate and Economic Development Department general revenues. 

Submitted by Councillor J. Bradley:

It can be difficult for people with disabilities to find on-street parking spaces that are accessible due to considerations such as adjacent traffic, curb ramps/depressed curbs, sidewalks, space constraints, proximity to nearby accessible entry points, and proximity to reserved use lanes for cycling and transit. The Accessible Parking Permit (APP) entitles holders to special parking privileges, including reserved off-street parking spaces and exemptions for on-street parking. 

However, on-going construction and public spaces re-design and renewal has decreased both the number and the availability of on-street parking spaces and APP privilege spaces. The loss of these parking spaces overtime has created a significant barrier to the fair and equal participation of people with disabilities in our City.

In 2019, the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) put forward a motion requesting that the City of Ottawa adopt formal policies and practices that will promote and protect the availability of accessible on-street parking supply. Feedback from the AAC and the community has repeatedly demonstrated clear concerns surrounding the need for demarcated APP holder only, on-street parking spaces to address this issue. 

Have staff looked into the possibility of expanding APP On-street privileges to include the creation of these reserved accessible on-street parking spaces?

Next Meeting: April 25, 2024

The meeting adjourned at 9:40 am.