Public Policy

Overview

The Constitution & Objects of the CBBCA encompass two broad spheres of operations;

  1. Operating, facilitating, and promoting activities for the benefit of the community and it’s members, this includes;
  • Managing the Community Centre at 262 Len Purcell Drive on behalf of the municipality. This has been part of our mandate since the centre was established in 1972. Managing the facility gives the CBBCA the ability to prioritize facility use and establish agreements with tenants and partners that reflect the community’s priorities and the unique obstacles to launching new programs and services in a rural market. Management, combined with a substantial volunteer contribution by many community members, allows the community to enjoy the broadest range of opportunities, the most affordable prices, and exceptional access to their facility.
  • Acquiring, operating and maintaining facilities and equipment for the community. While the major construction projects of the 70s, 90s, and 2015 are the most visible signs of our work this role has been ongoing since the 40s with the first ball diamonds and rink. Since then acquisitions have included contributing to our first Fire tanker, first rescue snow-mobile, soccer fields, playgrounds, and countless other subtle but important assets through to 2015’s acquisition of our first gym.
  • Promoting interests in athletics, sports and recreation.  The CBBCA operates several leagues and athletics for all ages under its own banner, in collaboration with other communities, and with partners.
  • Organizing cultural and recreational events, providing workshops, programs, handicrafts and hobbies for the benefit of the general public. The CBBCA supports many events and activities under its own banner and in collaboration with other partners.
  • The CBBCA seeks to support and promote universal access and participation and values all organizations with similar objectives. The CBBCA  supports & encourages the creation of robust organizations that enable people with a common passion to pursue their vision independently for the betterment of the community. We recognize that, among others, Rural Root Theatre Company, West Carleton Soccer Club, Constance Bay Community Market, West Ottawa Community Resource Centre, Ottawa River Canoe Club,  Royal Canadian Legion, St Gabriels’, St Thomas, WC Emergency Food Cupboard, St Isadore, Stonecrest and, WCSS are all important to our community and are therefore important to the CBBCA.

2. Promoting the best interests of the community in general and acting as a voice for the membership, and the community as a whole;

  • Providing logistical support for the charitable and volunteer work of the community;  including activities in aid of Registered Charities, not-for-profits, the schools which serve our community,  and local families in a time of crisis.
  • Advocating for an appropriate level of public services and collaborating with governments to achieve solutions to problems. Most often this involves working with our Councillor and city staff on issues which are very diverse and from time to time include; Forest maintenance, Policing, Emergency Services, Parking enforcement, road maintenance, signage, river water testing, etc. It can also involve other levels of government when needed; in 2007 the CBBCA was actively engaged with both City and Federal officials to initiate the reconstruction of the boat launch.
  • Identifying the obstacles to healthy living, raising a family, ageing at home and other rural or community conditions and collaborating with partners, advocating for, and initiating access to mitigation. These are generally very long life-cycle initiatives that usually involve collaboration with experts, service providers, and agencies.  From our earliest volunteer fire station in the 50s, to the first responders of the 90s, to the WOCRC support centre of 2016 we continue to work toward reinforcing the supporting fabric of our community.
  • Maintenance of various public spaces, including the publicly owned lanes, beaches, and village entrance garden. These spaces are not zoned as parkland and are therefore maintained by the CBBCA for the community.
  • Working with community members and groups to address community issues and concerns in an effort to find local solutions. Many of the nuances and boundaries for this work were defined in CBBCA Public Policies Feb 2013.

Approved Policies

In the first quarter of 2012 the CBBCA conducted its third major opinion survey in 10 years. Each survey built on the previous one to build a more precise, more comprehensive view of who we as a community are, what we care about, and a vision for what we want. After over 150 questions and 500 responses we have very clear positions on many things. This information helps the CBBCA prioritize, action, and react – it provides a foundation and defines the boundaries under which the CBBCA can speak, with integrity and conviction, for the community. These Policies and the associated background and authentication were validated and approved unanimously by the 2012 Board of Directors of the CBBCA and are recorded here.

You can download of copy of this information here: CBBCA Public Policies Feb 2013

 

Table of Policies

Beaches.

Bus Service.

Car Pooling.

Charity.

Cycling & Pedestrian Safety.

Day Care at the Centre.

Development.

Emergency Preparedness.

Fire Services.

Fitness Centre.

Forest Development.

Forest Utilization.

Lane Stewardship.

Library.

Medical Clinic.

Neighbourhood Parks.

Parking.

Parking Enforcement.

Poison Ivy.

Police Service.

Programs.

Property Standards.

Roads.

Recreation Facilities.

Representation.

Second Access.

Seniors’ Centre.

Services.

Shoulder Paving.

Staffing.

Street Lighting.

Torbolton School.

Tourism.

Youth Centre.

West Ottawa Community Resource Centre.

 

 

Beach Use

The CBBCA has no opinion on the issue of ownership of any part or parts of the Constance Bay beaches as that is a matter that is beyond the Community Association’s jurisdiction.

 

The beaches of Constance Bay are a heritage resource. The CBBCA supports the continued, respectful, traditional use of them by the community, based on good faith cooperation.

Our community is defined by the “Designated Area” in the CBBCA’s Constitution & By-laws.

The required behaviour on the Constance Bay beaches is defined by the Beach Protocol which has been developed from community input and approved by the CBBCA.

 

    • The City has issued an opinion on beach ownership but the issue is also beyond it’s jurisdiction; “it is strongly recommended that an application be brought in the Ontario Superior Court to determine unequivocally the meaning of “the shore line” and to establish a clear division between the private and public areas in question.“

    Authentication;

    2011 AGM

    ü  Above statement approved by ~97% of the 160 residents in attendance

    2012 Survey

    ü  2f); 87% agreed including 56% strongly agree, 9% oppose.

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Beach Designations

The community does not support the creation of a City public beach or the notion of “community only” beaches.

  • In 2011 the City agreed to provide 75 hrs/wk of dedicated beach and parking enforcement during the summer if the CBBCA and Lane St residents could reach a stewardship agreement. Among the key obstacles was the resident requirement that access be restricted to “community only”. T he final report of the 2011 process is available here Final Report on 2011 Beach Agreement
  • The City will not deploy resources in support of private property or “community only” rights. While the City might fund enforcement of a CBBCA administered public space the community would have to fund enforcement of a “community only” space. This cost was estimated at $40/household.

Authentication;

2012 Survey

ü  7g) 61% disagree with establishing specially located City public beaches, 43% strongly disagree, 25% agree.

ü   7hi) 49% disagree with “community only” beaches, 24% strongly disagree, 32% agree. When asked to pay $40 to support “community only” beaches 62% are opposed, 49% strongly opposed

ü   12% of respondents commented on the need for beach supervision/enforcement including preventing motorized vehicles from access.

 

 Beach Obstructions

The CBBCA is opposed to any activity that interferes with the traditional use of the beaches in Constance Bay.

The CBBCA  is opposed to any structure on the Beach that would obstruct/restrict the community’s safe usage of the beach.

  • This policy was created in response to the erection of signs on the beach.

Authentication;

2013 AGM:

ü   The policies were circulated to members and reviewed at the AGM without objection.

 

 

Beach Services

The community supports having toilets and garbage cans at the Point,  Auger’s, and the boat launch.

  • This policy is included in the city’s Official Community Plan.

Authentication;

2005 Survey:

ü   17 bfi) 83% supported toilets near the Point, 77% supported at Auger’s, 65% supported at the boat launch.

ü   17 cgj) 91% supported having garbage cans near the Point, 90% supported at Auger’s, 85% supported at the boat launch.

2012 Survey:

ü   There were no beach service questions on the 2012 Survey however there were 10 comments relating to 3 specific issues; the need for regular clean-up of litter etc(6), garbage cans at other lanes(1), and Lifeguards (2).

ü   The CBBCA should attempt to increase beach clean-up frequency under the Lane Cleaning project.

ü   The issue of Lifeguards requires further authentication as it may be interpreted as promoting the beaches which is contrary to the will of the community. Funding issues would also have to be addressed as the beaches are not officially City of Ottawa public beaches.

 

 Bus Service

The community does not support the implementation of any kind of OC Transpo Service.

  • Areas that do not have OC Transpo service are not charged for it on their tax bill.
  • In 2011 the charge for bus service, excluding pilot projects, averaged $135 to $525 per household depending on service level.
  • The community is served by and pays tax for Wheeltrans service. Commercial non-charter bus services are not permitted in areas served by OC Transpo.

 Authentication;

2012 Survey;

ü  4g) Support for OC Transpo service ranges from 8% for full service to 22% for twice daily service while those disagree with bringing OC Transpo to the area ranges 80% for full service to 64% for park and ride, those strongly opposed ranges from 54% to 64%.

  

Car Pooling

The community would make use of a car pool lot on Dunrobin Road near Kinburn Side Rd.

  • The road allowance for Kinburn Side Rd extends across Dunrobin Rd beside Nicholl’s and could serve as a small car pool lot.
  • There could be significant demand for the lot however significant communication would be required to connect potential participants.

Authentication;

2012 Survey

ü   3a) 25% of households agree they would use the car pool lot including 13% strongly agree.

ü  The survey suggests potential usage at 127 village residents.

ü   Demand is based on 80% of those strongly agreeing and 20% of those agreeing eventually using the lot.

 

 Charity

The CBBCA supports the charitable works of residents and will generally make community facilities  available without charge for fund-raising  activities.

  • This includes activities in aid of Registered Charities, not-for-profits, the schools which serve our community,  other groups with significant local participation,  and families in a time of crisis. This does not included activities  where the proceeds are directed to a for profit business organization or where any proceeds are directed to individuals not “in crisis”.
  • The CBBCA may also sponsor charitable activities and may direct any proceeds it earns (eg. from the sales of goods or services) to the cause. The board may decline to support events which are inconsistent with CBBCA goals, have negative in-plan revenue impacts due to the specific event type or date, or the quantity of charitable events generally.
  • The CBBCA cannot donate general revenues to any third party including Registered Charities; these are considered a redistribution of the City’s grant contribution and may trigger grant reviews and reductions.

 

 

Cycling & Pedestrian Safety

The Community supports the creation of a paved cycling path to WCSS.

The shoulder of Bayview should be paved to provide greater safety to cyclists & pedestrians.

  • This policy is included in the city’s Official Community Plan.
  • The City is committed to shoulder paving whenever resurfacing of Bayview is “planned”.

Authentication;

Community Plan

  •  Shoulder paving along Bayview for pedestrians and cyclists was widely supported during the various workshops of the  community plan process.

2012 Survey

  •  3a) 60% of households agree there should be a cycling path to WCSS including 27% strongly agree, 24% oppose.
  •  Shoulder paving was not reviewed in the 2012 survey as it is already part of the official plan however 11% of respondents raised it as a priority.

 

Day Care at the Centre

The CBBCA will entertain requests from Professional Operators to establish a Day Care at  the Community Centre.

  • Due to space constraints there is currently no opportunity to create a Day Care.
  • The benefits of a Day Care will have to be weighed against impacts to other programs or users.

Authentication;

2012 Survey

ü   2c) 50% of families with young children agree a Day Care at the centre would be an asset including 27% that strongly agree.

ü  The survey suggests eventual demand at 83 spaces however this is very speculative.

ü   Demand is based on one resident from 80% of those households “strongly agreeing” and 20% from each “agreeing” and a total child population of  314.

 

Development

It is important to limit development and retain the village and rural cultures.

  • This principle is included in the city’s Official Community Plan.

Authentication;

Community Plan

ü   This position was widely supported during the various workshops of the  community plan process.

 

 Emergency Preparedness

Note: This section will be the subject of public review in 2017. The community requires a comprehensive emergency measures plan to deal with prevention, preparedness, and management of a catastrophic fire or flood.  Sandhills  Phase 1 will, with the installation of generator connections and a shower,  start the process of upgrading the Community Centre to serve as a shelter. Phase 2 upgrades to food service, showers, and equipment will give the Centre the capability to respond to isolated and medium impact emergencies.

  • The community could experience flood inundation in the event of mechanical or structural failure or  human error at any one of more than a dozen major dams and reservoirs upstream. Unlike seasonal flooding, such an event would impact many residences in Constance Bay, Maclaren’s Landing, and Nepean. Urban emergency services would likely respond to the more populated areas of Nepean.
  • Brush and bush fires occur frequently but early detection, fast response, and good weather generally keep them from spreading above the ground. Residents in Crown Point, Baird’s Grant, and Constance Bay are all vulnerable to significant losses in the event of a true forest fire. The two recorded forest fires in Constance Bay effectively cleared the peninsula of structures and vegetation.
  • The City’s Emergency Management Office has a holistic set of procedures to deal with emergencies. The Ottawa Fire Service prepared a general Evacuation Plan for Constance Bay.
  • The requirement is included in the Official Community Plan.

Authentication;

2005 Survey;

ü   5b) 88% agreed an emergency plan should be developed.

 

Fire Services

The Community is satisfied with its current volunteer fire services.

Authentication;

2012 Survey;

ü  4L) 95% of households are satisfied with the Fire Service including 35% very satisfied, 2% are not.

 

 Fitness Centre

Sandhills Phase 1 will create a fitness centre and an area more appropriate for fitness related programming.

  • At inception the centre will support 8 or 9 stations.
  • Assuming a capacity of 8, with 8 peak hours per day & 2 visits per week the estimated cap on enrolment will be 180 members who would generate 18,720 visits.
  • Assuming an average enrolment price of $250/yr the centre would generate adequate revenue to recover operating, maintenance, and renewal costs.

Authentication;

2012 Survey

ü  1c) 58% agree to establishing a fitness centre including 39% strongly agree, 14% oppose.

ü   The survey suggests initial membership demand at 366 residents which will be significantly  above initial capacity.

ü   Demand is based on one resident from 80% of those households “strongly agreeing” and 20% from each “agreeing” on a village base of 1,045 households.

ü   7% of residents also wrote in specific fitness program requests including; Pilates, Zumba, Tai Chi, and work outs.

 

Forest Development

The community wants the integrity of the forest preserved  and does not support roads through it or additional homes on its borders.

  • The City owns the Torbolton Forest; three roughly rectangular properties bounded by lines drawn across Allbirch/Whistler, Doris Currie (beside the Lighthouse), Fireside, and Hunter.
  • The forested areas east of Allbirch/Whistler and 50 acres north of Doris Currie are privately owned.
  • Properties along the north stretch of Bayview do not back onto the forest and the access lanes in this area dead end at private property except for the extensions of Whistler and Fireside.
  • The forested areas described above, public and private, are a designated Area of Natural or Scientific Interest. No development is permitted in the publicly owned areas. Development of the 50 acre plot is permitted but  with significant constraints and reduced allowable housing density (approx 2 homes).
  • The City would consider purchasing the northern private forest at market rates.
  • The Official Community Plan identifies that the community wants the Forest preserved and protected.

Authentication;

2012 Survey;

ü   1m) 52% do not agree with permitting homes on Len Purcell including 40% strongly disagree.

ü    3e) 54% do not agree with extending Allbirch or Whistler including 42% strongly disagree.

ü    Many comments were made in general defence of the forest, 3 were made regarding issues with dumping and clean-up, one recommended expanding the forest.

ü   The CBBCA should determine  the conditions under which the community would support  expanding the forest.

 

Forest Utilization

The community does not support increasing trails for motorized vehicles (i.e. allowing ATVs and motor bikes or expanding  snowmobile trails).

The community  supports improving  some trails to make them smoother and more accessible  and  designating the intended use of trails.

  • Ski and Snowmobile trails are currently posted.
  • ATVs and motorcycles are not permitted in the forest. ATVs are also not permitted on roads. Snowmobiles are only permitted on the marked and groomed snowmobile trail running down the centre of the forest and the entry points at each end.

Authentication;

2012 Survey;

ü  6a) 64% disagree with expanding snowmobile trails, 43% strongly disagree, 14% agree.

ü  6d) 51% disagree with allowing ATVs on the snowmobile trails, 42% strongly disagree, 33% agree.

ü  6b) 52% agree with expanding walking trails including 25% strongly agree, 29% disagree.

ü  6c) 57% agree with creating smooth trails including 28% strongly agree, 31% disagree.

  • Improving the trails would improve accessibility; 63% of seniors agree with smooth trails while only 20% disagreed.

ü  6e) 77% agree trail use should be designated including 45% strongly agree,

 

Lane Stewardship

The public accesses will be maintained as a heritage resource in the community and should not be sold.

The City will identify encroachments and notify adjacent owners who may be inadvertently or intentionally encroaching on City property.

  • The Official Community Plan identifies includes the preceding policies.

All access lanes will be surveyed and  marked with the access lane symbols.

All access lanes will be cleaned and maintained in a way that  makes the property lines discernible,  makes them aesthetically pleasing and functional, and controls litter and poison ivy.

Where the lane was used by motorized vehicles ( eg. for driving, parking, snowmobiles, boat launching ) the use should be preserved equally for all community members.

Where the lane was not used by motorized vehicles any future use by them should be prevented.

  • Some encroachments/easements were permitted by the municipality and cannot reasonably be undone (eg. some lots require access lane easements for driveways).
  • The surveying, marking, and cleaning initiatives were required in order for the city to fulfil its encroachment mandate; identification of encroachments was not possible when the property boundary was not identifiable.
  • Since 2011 the City’s Rural Affairs department has supported the Lane Cleaning initiative with a $3800/yr grant. The grant is used by the CBBCA to hire youth and pay for materials. The City also supports the project by allocating in house resources, when surplus capacity exists, to perform surveying and remove overgrowth and obstacles which are beyond the volunteer capability

Authentication;

2005 Survey:

ü   16c) 70% supported maintaining all access points in public ownership.

ü   16a) 70% supported a city program to identify and address encroachments.

ü   16d) 52% supported opening all of the lanes and erecting access lane signage.

2012 Survey;

ü  6j) 84% agree with continuing the access lane cleaning initiative including 41% strongly agree, 10% disagree.

ü  6k) 67% agree with expanding the program to include inland lanes including 27% strongly agree, 17% disagree

 

Library

The CBBCA will act to preserve and sustain a library branch within the village.

The Library was expanded with Sandhills Phase 1.

  • Library utilization has been increasing by over 10% per year since the mid 2000s.
  • To ensure the sustainability of the library the CBBCA provides maintenance and cleaning services  without charge and provides the space rent free.
  • The Library Board has a fixed annual capital budget which is built into the tax bill and will be spent here or somewhere else. Libraries are a “city-wide” service –  the size or existence of a local Library has no effect on local property taxes.

Authentication;

2012 Survey:

ü   4e) 90% agree it is important to retain the library in the community including 65% strongly agree.

ü   4f) 63% agree the library should be expanded ( up from 51% in 2005) including 34% strongly agree, 18% disagree.

 

Medical Clinic

Establishing a health/medical clinic is a high priority for the community.

Sandhills Phase 1 created a space suitable for a medical clinic, the Studio, with a view to attracting a Nurse Practitioner to serve the community in a clinic environment. Nurse Practitioners are:

  • established to work as a satellite to other health centres (eg. The Carp Family Heath Team or ADMH ).
  • able to perform primary medical care services including, assessment, administering of medications, writing prescriptions, treatment follow-ups, home care visits,  and referral.
  • trained in other health services outreach, consultation, mental health, and referral.
  • The primary reasons reported for the failure of the 2006 branch office/medical office pilot project were; insufficient patients, overhead/operating costs, and relative value to residents who preferred a clinic environment.

Authentication;

2012 Survey;

ü   5a) 67% of households would support a medical centre including 31% that strongly agree.

ü   5c) most residents primarily use Kanata and urban medical facilities; 75% of households including 41% that strongly agree

ü   5b) many residents primarily use the Carp Family Health Team; 32% of households including 24% that strongly agree

ü   5d) many residents also primarily use the Arnprior & District Memorial Hospital; 39% of households including 13% that strongly agree

 

Neighbourhood Parks

The CBBCA will provide administrative, logistical, and maintenance support for neighbourhood park initiatives that have the quantitative, financial & volunteer support of local residents.

  • The CBBCA can apply for matching grants up to $10,000 from the city.
  • Small municipal land parcels are available in some neighbourhoods.
  • In the event the extended development zone south-west of Buckham’s Bay is developed it would contain a space designated for a park; the kind of park (playground, sports field etc) would be determined at that time.

Authentication;

2012 Survey

ü   1j) 37% of residents agree with neighbourhood parks, 47% disagree.

  •   there is significant support in some neighbourhoods; 78% of households on Archie agree  including  67% strongly agree, 22% oppose.

 

Parking

The community does not support the creation of additional parking near the beaches or the notion of “community only parking”.

  • There is no precedent in Ottawa for “Community Only” parking outside of the implementation of a public permit system. All permit systems are chargeable and City administered. The City will not entertain fee or administration exceptions for Constance Bay as it would have wide-ranging impacts

Authentication;

2005 Survey:

ü  17ae) 69% supported parking near the Point , 22% were opposed.  59% supported  at Auger’s, 14% were opposed.

2012 Survey;

ü  7ac) 35% agreed with the concept of community only parking, 42% disagreed. When asked to pay $120 for the beach parking permit 82% are opposed, 68% strongly opposed.

ü  7d) 40% disagree with a parking lot at the Point, 32% strongly disagree, 28% agree.

ü  7e) 52% disagree with a parking lot at Auger’s, 35% strongly disagree, 24% agree.

ü  4 comments were submitted related to parking including; allowing parking in the lane at Auger’s and on one side of the road near the beaches/boat launch, handicap parking, and reduce parking 2012 Survey

 

 Parking Enforcement

The community is not satisfied with the level of parking enforcement in the beach and boat launch areas.

  • Parking enforcement is seen as the key to controlling over-capacity issues at Auger’s and The Point.
  • The CBBCA has met with City Staff on many occasions to address the issue, with minimal success.
  • Enforcement is allocated based on need as measured by calls for service. There is not a dedicated enforcement unit for West Carleton. The need for service in Constance Bay usually coincides with peak periods elsewhere. Responses to Constance Bay usually find that there are only a relatively small number of vehicles illegally parked.
  • The Police will issue parking tickets in only exceptional cases and do not respond to parking complaints.

Authentication;

2012 Survey;

ü  4k) 46% of households are satisfied with the By-Law Service, 29% are not. Dissatisfaction is 60% between 100 and 700 Bayview but only 15% elsewhere.

ü   5 comments also referred to the need for greater enforcement near the beaches and the boat launch.

 

 Poison Ivy

A program is required to control poison ivy in public spaces.

  • Control of poison ivy in the access lanes is a key, but challenging, objective of the lane cleaning project.
  • In 2007 a fence was established around the soccer field to reduce exposure to poison ivy.
  • The City has an annual program to control poison ivy at the perimeter of the ball diamonds and would consider adding other high traffic areas.

Authentication;

2005 Survey;

ü   9a) 73% of households support a program to control poison ivy in public spaces.

 

 Police Service

The Community is satisfied with the current level of Police Service but would benefit from a more targeted enforcement strategy.

  • The CBBCA met with OPS in October 2012 to reinforce the community’s support of Community Policing and Neighbourhood Watch and to emphasize the need for a prioritized approach to enforcement.
  • The CBBCA will provide OPS with an enforcement priority list, based on the survey feedback which will include; speeding from 100-700 Bayview, impaired driving on summer week-ends, vandalism/greater late night visibility, and forest patrols.
  • Services are allocated based on need as measured by calls for service.
  • The Police will increase or target periodic enforcement in response to non emergency calls regarding speeding, impaired driving, unsafe operation of motorized vehicles, etc.
  • Forest trails and the river are patrolled periodically by OPS.

Authentication;

2012 Survey;

ü   4h) 96% of households feel safe in the community during the day and 80% at night.

ü   4j) 70% of households are satisfied with the Ottawa Police Service, 21% are not. Dissatisfaction is highest between 100 and 700 Bayview.

ü   excluding beach issues, over 40% of respondents commented on Policing; vandalism(16), speeding (10), ATV and Snowmobile enforcement (13), and 8 others related to patrolling and enforcement.

 

 Programs

The community requires access to more programming in the Community, particularly for children & youth.

  • The Community Centre is at peak hour capacity and most off peak hours with over 140 scheduled activity hours/week. Sandhills Phase 2 will expand evening hour opportunities somewhat.
  • The area has historically not been a good market for program service providers, including the City. Providers require advance registrations to commit employees & the community tends to wait until the last minute. To overcome this the CBBCA usually engages in risk sharing with service providers.
  • Seven programs, four camps, and two athletic initiatives were launched in 2012; four programs and four camps failed. New strategies are required to  identify opportunities & accelerate program viability.

Authentication;

2012 Survey

ü  2ab) 46% agree the City should and 43% agree the CBBCA should offer more programming.

ü   1f) only 23% of households agree Kanata & Carp facilities meet their needs including  4% strongly agree, 62% disagree. Only 14% of households with younger children agree.

ü   2e) only 30% agree there are enough programs in Constance Bay; 38% disagree. 68% of families with young children disagree.

ü   2g) 12% are dissatisfied with the quality of CBBCA programs.

ü   44 different program suggestions were included in the survey comments. Comments reflected a need for a wide range of programs for all ages.

 

 Property Standards

The community wants to see property standards enforced only in extreme cases.

  • The city has many property standards by-laws that, among other things, regulate: the location of wood-piles & sheds; the parking of trailers (boat, snowmobile, etc), motor homes, and trucks; discharge of sump pumps; etc.”.
  • The community would benefit from further clarification in this area to understand if there are specific by-laws which are inconsistent with our rural, recreational, and self employed culture, and the small lot sizes in some areas, which should explicitly not be enforced. The 2005 survey indicated 76% of households wanted more information.

Authentication;

2012 Survey;

ü  8b) 61% agree that property standards by-laws should be enforced only in extreme cases, 23% strongly agree, 29% disagree including 15% who strongly disagree

 

Roads

The CBBCA will work with elected officials and city staff to ensure the resurfacing of Bayview is “planned” in the near future.

Authentication;

2012 Survey

  • 7% of respondents commented on the deteriorating condition of Bayview Dr.

 

Recreation Facilities

To meet the recreation needs of the community additional space was required at the Community Centre. Project Sandhills  expanded the centre by approximately 40%  in 2015 and doubled program & activity capacity. Renovations and other initiatives within Sandhills Phase 2 are designed to further expand the capacity and variety of offerings avalable.

  • The CBBCA and its volunteers operate, maintain, and develop the community centre in exchange for a grant of about $33,000; it is not staffed by the City of Ottawa. This arrangement allows the CBBCA flexibility to reduce rental fees to stimulate new programs and/or control program fees. It also allows the community to set upgrade priorities and ultimately results in significantly greater access to the facility.
  • The wider range of facilities (eg. fitness, kitchen, and drop in spaces ) will increase programming & the building’s hours of operation.
  • Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services has a fixed annual capital budget which is built into the tax bill and will be spent here or somewhere else. Community Centres are a “city-wide” service –  the size or existence of a local Community Centre has no effect on local property taxes.

Authentication;

2012 Survey

ü  1ga) 72% of households would like additional facilities in the community including  46% strongly agree, 10% oppose. 43% of households do not use Kanata & Carp facilities at all.

ü   1f) only 23% of households  believe Kanata & Carp facilities meet their needs including  4% strongly agree, 62% oppose. 14% of households with younger children agree.

ü   12 facility suggestions were submitted ranging from ball diamond and skate-park improvements,  an indoor pool, and picnic tables near the soccer fields. Issues with dogs on the ball diamonds, more consistent hours, access to washrooms, and evening supervision were 2-3 times each.

 

Representation

The CBBCA is committed to acting in the best interests of the community as a whole and being a voice for residents.

  • Our  Community  is the area defined by Vance’s Side Road to the South, the Ottawa River to the East and North, and Torbolton Ridge & Old Quarry Roads to the West.
  • City Staff recognize that they cannot know the needs, priorities, or aspirations of every neighbourhood or community. They also recognize that requests and complaints by individuals, not covered under a city policy or by-law, may not be aligned with the wishes of the community as a whole and actively seek authentication from  elected officials and public advisory committees; Community Associations are the most common form of advisory committee. Community Associations are part of the standard consultative process for  Zoning & Minor Variance Applications, By-Law changes, Standing Committees, and other issues and reviews affecting area residents.
  • Advisory committee inputs are also a consideration for the city’s capital planning process. Communities that do not articulate their priorities are unlikely to see them realized.
  • The roots of  CBBCA public representation go back to the Property Owners Association of the 1940s.  The first Association, presided over by Fred Baldwin, worked to establish priorities and bring better roads, services, fire protection,  and recreation facilities to the 400 cottages of the area. Nearly seventy  years and two amalgamations later our individual voices have gone from being 30% of the municipality to being  4%; the need for the community to have a voice has never been greater.
  • The results of CBBCA representation are often subtle and progress usually takes time;  a good example is the boat launch. The deteriorating state of the dock had been the subject of inquiries and complaints for many years. By 2007, it was clear our dock would soon join its Fitzroy Harbour sister which had collapsed to the bottom of the river nearly a decade. The docks, and all of the province’s other federal wharfs, were stuck in a 20 year old jurisdictional grid-lock between the 3 levels of  government. The Association, recognizing that we were finally served by influential Municipal and Federal representatives, engaged Counsellor El-Chantiry and MPP Gordon O’Connor for assistance. Later that year the City and Federal Governments would reach a creative agreement that would deliver the dock we have today. Individual complaints would not have saved our dock; it required a clear voice from the community working with passionate and effective elected representatives.

Authentication;

2012 Survey

ü  4m) 68% of households are satisfied with the CBBCA’s representation of the community, 9% are not. Dissatisfaction is 30% between 100 and 700 Bayview but 0% elsewhere.

2003 AGM

ü  To provide greater clarity the CBBCA Constitution was amended to include “Acting as a voice for the membership, and the community as a whole”.

 

Second Access

The community supports a road connection on the Kinburn Side Rd road allowance from Willand to Dunrobin Rd to serve as a secondary emergency access to the community and a cycling alternative.

  • The official Community Plan also includes a linkage from Allbirch to a point on Dunrobin Rd between Kilmaurs and Constance Bay Rd. It will be created when the housing development for this area is undertaken.
  • The need for a second access is driven primarily by the need for an emergency evacuation route and this risk of a Constance Bay Road closure blocking access to emergency services.
  • The road allowance for Kinburn Side Rd extends across Dunrobin Rd beside Nicholl’s and extends to the creek.
  • Measures may be required to ensure normal Constance Bay Rd traffic is discouraged from using the route and that a traffic light is not precipitated at Kinburn Sd Rd.
  • Input is required to understand the concerns of the 25% opposed; they are widely distributed.
  • A causeway at the foot of Bishop Davis is not environmentally or geologically viable and the alternative, a bridge, would be too expensive.

Authentication;

2012 Survey

ü   3g) 59% of households support the 2nd access and cycling alternative including 25% strongly agreeing, 25% oppose including 19% strongly opposed.

 

Seniors’ Centre

The CBBCA will allocate space and resources for the creation of a Seniors’ Centre.

Additional space and opportunities will be available with the rollout of Sandhills Phase 2.

  • Assuming an average occupancy of 8, with 4 peak hours per day & 2 visits per week the centre would be enjoyed by 112 residents generating 11,600 visits.
  • The Seniors Centre would probably not generate direct revenue.
  • Other facilities delivered with Sandhills Phase 1 & 2 (eg. fitness, kitchen, outreach) will provide significant complementary program and service opportunities including activities, access to food, and transportation.
  • A Senior’s Communication Strategy is required.

Authentication;

2012 Survey

ü  1d) 70% of seniors agree that we need a Seniors’ Centre including 27% strongly agree, 6% oppose.

ü   The survey suggests eventual membership demand at 243 residents.

ü   Demand is based on 80% of those seniors strongly agreeing and 20% of those agreeing eventually participating and a total senior population of 811.

ü   Approximately half of the 77 program comments would be relevant to seniors and covered everything from lawn bowling and computer seminars to dance lessons and art classes.

 

Services

The community requires greater access to a wide range of local supports and services ( seniors, caregiver, food, transportation, health, resource referral etc).

  • This is a key function of the Medical Centre/Outreach Office planned for project Sandhills.
  • The CBBCA will work with high value partners, such as WOCRC, professionals, and skilled individuals to improve access to existing services once the new space is available.
  • The CBBCA will work with 616 and  community members to expand home grown services.
  • This principle is included in the city’s Official Community Plan.

Authentication;

Community Plan

ü   This position was widely supported during the various workshops of the  community plan process.

ü  This was not re-addressed in the 2012 survey but was supported by 14 comments.

 

 Shoulder Paving

The shoulders of Bayview Drive should be realigned and paved to provide a greater level of safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

  • The requirement is included in the Official Community Plan.
  • The City will perform realignment and shoulder paving when the resurfacing of Bayview Dr is “planned”. Resurfacing undertaken since 2005 at the base of Constance Bay Rd was not “planned”.

Authentication;

2005 Survey;

ü   5b) 60% agreed that shoulders should be paved for cycling/pedestrians.

ü   Shoulder paving was not included in the 2012 survey as it was a pre-existing priority but 12% of residents still long-hand identified it as a top priority.

Staffing

The community does not support staffing the community centre full time.

  • Staffing the centre full time would have a significant impact on the centre’s cost structure and the viability or cost of most programs.
  • The CBBCA will continue to pursue daytime program opportunities which could increase hours of building access.
  • Growth in program opportunities with Sandhills Phase 2 will increase the open hours of the building.
  • The CBBCA should continue to seek opportunities to expand access, particularly during the summer, through such things as Summer Camps and Ontario Student Employment grants. In 2012 four summer camps were scheduled but did not run due to enrolment and the grant application was declined. Camps were run successfully in 2013 and 2014.
  • The City delivers Parks, Recreation, and Culture programs on a cost recovery basis, including facility and labour costs. Moving the facility to a City managed model would not increase the hours of access or program availability; both would probably decrease.

Authentication;

2012 Survey

ü  1L) 28% of households agree with full time staffing, 39% oppose.

ü   1L) 55% of households with young children agree with full time staffing.

ü   three comments mentioned the need for consistent hours, longer hours, and a porta potty.

 

Street Lighting

Most neighbourhoods do not support the installation of street lights. Street lights should only be permitted where there is consensus among affected residents.

Authentication;

2005 Survey

ü   3a) only 35% of households agreed there should in general be more street lights, 52% disagreed

2012 Survey

ü   3a) only 28% of households agreed there should be street lights on their street, 49% disagreed including 34% strongly disagreed.

 

Torbolton School

The Community does not support the purchase of the former Torbolton School by the City.

  • Surplus Gym and Classroom capacity is available to the public and CBBCA at both WCSS and Stonecrest.
  • For general purpose program and recreation space to be of value and achieve utilization in must be located in  the community.

Authentication;

2012 Survey

ü   1i) only 31% of households believe the city should purchase the former Torbolton School should it be placed up for sale ( this was prior to the Community Centre expansion announcement and the purchase of the school by private interests).

 

Tourism

The Community should not be promoted as a tourist destination.

We are not “a tourist destination”; promotion of our of beaches or other natural assets and  actions which increase day visitors and/or exacerbate our issues with capacity management should be discouraged.

  • This principle is included in the city’s Official Community Plan.

Authentication;

Community Plan

ü   This position was widely supported during the various workshops of the  community plan process.

 

 

Youth Centre

The CBBCA should work with residents to establish programming for children and pre-teens in an effort to create an audience for a potential Youth Centre.

A Youth Centre will not be designed into Sandhills Phase 1 or  2.

  • The CBBCA created a youth centre in 2005. After two years of operation the centre averaged fewer than 10 visits per day.
  • The CBBCA, independently and with partners, holds multiple youth events each year which are generally not well attended. The CBBCA investment usually ranges from $500 to $2,500 per year.
  • A youth centre and youth events have a better chance for success if youth are actively engaged in event and program conception, design, and execution are constructively engaged in programming as pre-teens.

Authentication;

2012 Survey

ü  1e) 69% of households with older children agree that we need a youth centre  including 16% strongly agree, 10% oppose. 77% of households with younger children agree including 32% strongly agree, 14% oppose

ü   The survey suggests potential membership demand at 115 residents but this is highly speculative as it is based on parent input.

ü  Demand is based on 80% of those households strongly agreeing and 20% of those agreeing eventually participating and a total pre-teen population of 314.

 

West Ottawa Community Resource Centre

The community supports the work of the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre.

The CBBCA should work with the WOCRC to better communicate the  services available and make them more accessible.

  • There is currently no space available in the community for service providers like the CRC to work in the community.
  • Sandhills Phase 1 will create a space for outreach service consultation.

Authentication;

2012 Survey

ü   4a &b) 25% of households have used the services of the WOCRC and 94% of them were satisfied or very satisfied.

ü   4c) 14% of Seniors believe the WOCRC is meeting the needs of seniors.

ü   4d) 10% of households believe the WOCRC is meeting the needs of youth.

ü   4n) 65% of households believe service providers like the WOCRC & Public Health should have a scheduled presence in the community, 24% strongly agree.