News & Events
The strength of a community is in its membership and in order to increase membership, your CPCA board is hiring a student through the summer student program. The student will be visiting approximately 1700 homes currently in the CPCA boundary to provide important information on the association and obtain email addresses. This will greatly assist in communication on the important issues affecting our community, as well as inform members of opportunities to improve our neighbourhood.
In addition, we have revamped this website and will be using it regularly to keep members informed of news, events and opportunities that have an impact on members of our association. There will be economic opportunities that will utilize our collective requirements to obtain favourable pricing on common goods and services. How many of our 1700 homes need a new roof, a driveway sealed, a fence installed? There is an untapped opportunity to obtain better service and pricing by combining our needs.
Lastly, we are hoping to keep this website current and active so that it is checked regularly and we encourage you to bookmark it. We will send email alerts when issues arise but all of the information will be available here as well as links to other informative sites. We may even have a CPCA hockey pool for members to join and encourage activity on the site!
Your CPCA membership is just $10 per year and we encourage you to register to enhance our presence!
Not much is FREE these days, but the City of Ottawa offers a series of courses to help residents become more aware of and more involved in the land-use planning process. All members of the public (community representatives, developers, real estate agents, lawyers, builders, etc) may attend.
The program is a series of two core courses (Primer l and Primer ll) and a number of elective courses. Each is half-a-day in length.
Primer l covers:
The Planning Act and the Provincial Policy Statement
The Official Plan
The Comprehensive Zoning By-law
Structure of the Infrastructure Services and Community Sustainability Department and the City of Ottawa
The Building Code
Primer ll covers:
Six Most Common Types of Development Applications
The Decision Makers
Pre-consultation and Submission of Applications
Public Notification and Application Review
Issue Resolution and Report Writing
To get more information about attending the classroom sessions, visit this link on the City Web-site. If unable to attend, you can find the content for Primer l and Primer ll (notes and slides), and the Ontario Municipal Board elective on the FCA web-site, under the Resources tab.
If you’ve wondered how the City makes the decisions you read about in the newspaper or hear on the news, this might help you feel more informed.Read More
Traffic problems on Maitland and Clyde were the biggest concern stated by Copeland Park residents in our May opinion survey. There are many parts to the problem, including large truck traffic, the dangerous U-turn at Clyde southbound and Baseline, the left turns from Maitland to Glenmount and Erindale, and speeding.
We have solved one of them; you can now see large, clear signs on those roads that prohibit large truck traffic.
Now, we have to ensure those rules are enforced – and that is where you can help!!!
When you see large trucks that are obviously not delivering to local Copeland Park residents, please call our local Police Service Call Centre at 613 236-1222 ext. 7300 ASAP. If you are able to provide a time, place, licence plate number and/or name of Company, all the better. You can use the same number 613 236 1222 ext 7300 to report speeding violations.
The more reports they get, the more likely they are to deploy cruisers along Maitland/Clyde to enforce the rules.
So if you want to have an impact, call in as many times as you see violations.
We also need your help in getting the U-turn sign at Clyde and Baseline removed.
That sign allows vehicles to enter the Wal-Mart shopping center from Clyde and is very dangerous both for other vehicles and pedestrians. And, we need to get improved traffic light sequences at the Maitland-Glenmount-Erindale intersection. It is a frightening experience to attempt those turns during heavy traffic periods, as many of our residents can attest.
If you want to help get these fixed, please call Michelle Larocque at Rick Chiarelli‘s Office 613-266-6099 ext 26675 and press for changes to be made.
Again, the more calls that Rick’s office gets, the more likely something will get done!Read More
Your Community Association’s 2013
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
7:00 – 9:00 pm
St. Basil’s Roman Catholic Church
(lower level meeting room)
940 Rex Avenue, Ottawa http://www.stbasilsparish.ca
(entrance to parking lot: east off Maitland Avenue, north of the Queensway)
For those of you who missed the discussion on the Emerald Ash Borer at the recent CPCA Annual General Meeting, you have another opportunity.
On Monday May 13, the Federation of Citizens’ Associations, in association with Ottawa Forests will hold a workshop on the Emerald Ash Borer infestation and community response.
This event is open to the public and will be held in the Community Room at the Ottawa Citizen building, 1101 Baxter Road.
For details go to http://www.fca-fac.ca/Misc/EAB0513.pdfRead More
For the past 25 years, residents in Copeland Park and part of the Bel-Air community have been represented by the Copeland Park Community Alliance (CPCA). Over the years, the CPCA achieved a great deal in preserving the character and quality of our neighbourhood – often through advocacy to prevent the negative impacts of commercial developments, traffic flow issues at Clyde/Baseline and protecting Maitland’s status as a non-truck route. We have also successfully promoted the development of better Park facilities and persuaded the City to act to resolve water and sewer issues, as well as sponsoring events that brought community members together.
Increased pressure for intensification and infilling across the City, major commercial developments planned in the Clyde/Merivale/Baseline triangle, perennial traffic issues, and school closures are just some of the matters that will likely have a negative impact on our community in the foreseeable future.
The need for a strong and vigilant Association to represent, defend and promote our Community’s best interests will continue.
Unfortunately, our current Northwestern boundary artificially separates Copeland Park from a large portion of the Bel-Air community, even though those residents share many of our challenges and concerns. We have long acknowledged that the part of Copeland Park west of Maitland needs to be “drawn into” the organization. We have had little membership from that side, and no representation on the Board for many years. Clearly those people have not seen themselves as part of the current organization. We need to change the game, to give them a sense of belonging.
These factors have led your Executive to conclude that now is the time to strengthen our Association to face new challenges. We believe we need to take a number of actions to accomplish this:
Broaden the boundaries of our Community Association to include all of Copeland Park and all of Bel-Air – this would move the original northwestern boundary from Agincourt Road to the NCC bike path, thus making a more natural and recognizable boundary. The number of households (currently 1600) within the Association would double, with a consequent increase in our ability to influence events.
Recognize the fact that Agincourt Road and School would be at the center of our newly defined Community and make it clearer to residents who the Association serves.
Re-brand the Association to provide a better image of what kind of Community we are.
Promote more resident involvement and paid-up membership through high profile events.
Improve communications between the Executive and residents and between residents by re-designing the Association Web site to include Community Chat, Events calendar, Local services, and much more + using the email addresses of subscribing residents to more cheaply, efficiently and regularly provide updates on issues and events.
This is a Work-in-Progress, and, before moving further, we want get feedback, ideas, and, hopefully, approval from members at the November 22nd, 2011 AGM to proceed.
Ready to find out more? Get started today!
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