- Published on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 20:03
The Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association, Morley-Hoppner, and Councillor Marianne Wilkinson, City of Ottawa have signed an agreement to protect and enhance forest resources on Teron Road in Kanata.
“This is a first step towards the eventual redesign of Teron Road as a limited access forest-lined parkway with segregated lanes for bicycles and cars and all-season accessibility for pedestrians”, said Councillor Wilkinson.
Included in the Agreement is enhanced forest screening of #2 The Parkway. “Our company agreed to plant evergreens and other canopy trees as screening around our building site and to designate funding for strengthening and perpetuating local forest resources”, said Ken Hoppner. “Pedestrians and motorists will mainly see trees as they pass along Teron Road. Our building will be sited as a quality address of distinction in a canopied forest enclave.”
“We are beginning a new chapter”, said Gary Sealey, President of KBCA. “It’s time for the new City of Ottawa Official Plan to avoid future disputes by recognizing the distinctive character, values and heritage features of the satellite cities of Kanata, Orleans and Barrhaven, build up their respective town centers, employment lands and keep their strong sense of home-place.”
Councillor Wilkinson will undertake a consultation with local residents and land-owners on benefits, opportunities and next steps. Site planning for #2 The Parkway, to be conducted with community input will be evaluated and guided by the principles of the agreement.
With this announcement, KBCA has withdrawn its Appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board. “Now that the parties have seriously committed to forest screening and enhancements, the effect will be that of a development which comes much closer to conforming to the character set out for Beaverbrook”, said Gary Sealey.
John Mlacak, former Reeve of March Township, stated: “I’m impressed with Morley Hoppner’s approach to understanding the need to respect the unique character of Beaverbrook and I am confident that this will lead to a successful development”.
During their final negotiations the parties to the Appeal worked to achieve as nearly as possible the development standards set by Bill Teron, original builder of Kanata, who was recently awarded the prestigious Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award.
Gary Sealey, President, Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association, 613 791-6729
Marianne Wilkinson, Councillor Kanata North, 613 580-2474, cell 613 724-0202
Ken Hoppner of Morley Hoppner, 613 831-5490 x 208