Mrs. Kathy Yach President_ Copeland Park Community Alliance 1174

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Mrs. Kathy Yach
President, Copeland Park Community Alliance
1174 Bonnie Crescent, Ottawa, ON K2C 1Z5

November 12, 2008

Mr. Simon Deiaco
Planning Branch, Infrastructure Services & Community Sustainability, City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

Dear Mr. Deiaco:

Copeland Park is located immediately adjacent to the proposed development on the former Laurentian
property site. While, technically, the development will be located entirely in River ward, because of
proximity, and traffic issues, our community will almost certainly be the one most impacted by the new
complex. Accordingly, the Copeland Park residents have a compelling interest in what transpires, and
the Copeland Park Community Alliance (CPCA), on behalf of our community, hereby expresses our
strong desire to be an active participant in the planning process for the development of the former
Laurentian school property.

Further, because the traffic issues to be addressed by the proposed Comprehensive Traffic Remediation
Study are critical to our community, and because we played no small part in the decision to proceed with
the study, we also wish to be an active participant in establishing its Terms of Reference, and in the
study itself.

The CPCA membership has been briefed by SmartCentres staff, and associated consultants, on the
development proposal put forward in support of the re-zoning application. On the basis of that
information, and from opinions expressed by our membership, we have a number of significant concerns
which are summarized below. We are strongly of the view that these matters must be addressed during
your deliberations. We are available to expand on any points if required.

Our community has become aware of the current SmartCentres proposal only recently. We will no doubt
have further comments as we learn more. The following are the community’s views as of now:

•   There must be no access to or from the development at Clyde Avenue. The Ontario Municipal Board
    (OMB) ruled against a proposal for an access onto Clyde from Central Park at Maitland on the basis
    of City forecasts of the negative consequences of such an access on the Clyde/Baseline intersection,
    on Maitland itself, and on cut-through streets. Prior to that, the OMB also ruled against, a proposal to
    allow the eastern portion of the Clyde/Merivale lands (then owned by RMOC) to have access onto
    Clyde. We want those OMB rulings to be recognized, and upheld.
•   The Clyde/Baseline intersection is one of the worst in the City. It is unthinkable that a major
    shopping centre would be built adjacent to that intersection until improvements are made. Therefore,
    the traffic improvements, to be recommended by the Comprehensive Traffic Remediation Plan, must
    be in place before the Laurentian development opens.

•   We are concerned that phasing of the development could lead to a very prolonged period in which
    the only retail outlet would be the big box store, surrounded by the open field, with no attractive
    buildings as a buffering shield. Therefore, the perimeter buildings, as required by the Arterial
    Mainstreet policies and zoning, must be completed as Phase 1 of the development.

•   Forecasts related to future rapid transit have been notoriously unreliable, and no reduction of parking
    spaces should be based on unapproved, and unfunded, suggestions of a rapid transit plan for
    Baseline Road, to be built, maybe, at some unspecified date in the future. Therefore, the allocation of
    parking spaces must be 5 per 1000 sq. ft of retail until transit plans are approved, funded, and in
    operation long enough to determine if the development is of a type that would be frequented by rapid
    transit users. Moreover, we are strongly opposed to cash-in-lieu of parking spaces.

•   Whatever decision is taken concerning rapid transit, or traffic improvement, the most careful
    consideration must be given to ensuring the safe and expeditious access to and from the
    condominiums at Baseline and Clyde. Specifically, the break in the median on Baseline provides the
    only entrance from the west, and the only two-way exit from the buildings. Therefore, a median,
    with a break opposite the entrance must be retained.

•   Maitland must not be designated a truck route.

•   We support the “H” designation.

•   It is our position that buildings in the SmartCentres development be no higher than three stories.

•   Lighting within the development must be adequate for safety, but designed in such a way as to not
    interfere with the sight-lines from surrounding residential properties. Lighting should be directed
    downward, with short light standards, and appropriate angling to direct light away from residential
    areas, most particularly from the condominiums at Baseline and Clyde.

The above are the strongly held views of our community at this early stage of the process, and we
believe they are deserving of your most careful consideration. We look forward to working with you in
the resolution of these issues.


Yours Truly,



Kathy Yach
President of the Copeland Park Community Alliance

c.c. SmartCentres (Dennis Eberhard, Michael Michaud, Brendan McGuinty)
     Councillors Rick Chiarelli, Gord Hunter, Maria McRae


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Mrs. Kathy Yach
President, Copeland Park Community Alliance
1174 Bonnie Cresent
Ottawa, ON K2C 1Z5


18 November 2008


Mr. Simon Deiaco
Planning Branch, Infrastructure Services & Community Sustainability
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1


Dear Mr. Deiaco:

Our executive has identified another concern from our community which was not included in the
previous letter I sent to you:

* Given the major loss of green space to our community, and the city, arising from the sale of
  public property to a private company. We are extremely opposed to cash in-lieu of green space.

As stated in our previous letter the above concern is a strongly held view of our community at this
early stage of the process, and we believe it is most deserving of your most careful consideration.
We look forward to working with you in the resolution of these issues.

Yours Truly


Kathy Yach
President, Copeland Park Community Association




CC:    Mr. Dennis Eberhard, SmartCentres
       Mr. Michael Michaud, SmartCentres
       Mr. Brendan McGuinty, SmartCentres
       Mr. Rick Chiarelli, College Ward City Councillor
       Mrs., Maria McRae, River Ward City Councillor
       Mr. Gord Hunter, Knoxdale-Merivale City Councillor