Save Trend-Arlington white pine forest from intensification

Save Trend-Arlington white pine forest from intensification

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About This Letter Writing Campaign

Start Date: June 10, 2015
End Date: June 24, 2015
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Thank you to everyone who signed our petition and wrote letters to City Hall to help draw attention to the need to protect the Arlington Woods white pine forest from future corner lot divisions in Infill 2. Councillor Egli and Councillor Cloutier from Alta Vista will be co-sponsoring a motion at City Council on Wednesday morning (10 am; June 24, 2015) to help protect distinctive trees on corner lots where severance applications are filed. The motion doesn’t grant us what we were seeking but it’s a good first step toward achieving this objective.

To learn more about what the future holds for Trend-Arlington residents on this issue, please click here:

Infill 2, the City of Ottawa's rezoning project for the outer urban area, is coming before Ottawa City Council on June 24th. The outer urban area includes all communities from the core to the Greenbelt, including Trend-Arlington, eventhough anyone who visits our community knows we are not urban.

A couple of weeks ago TACA President James O'Grady went before the Planning Committee to ask for an exemption from Infill 2 for Trend-Arlington because Infill 2 contains a provision to divide corner lots in R1 Zones. Most of Trend-Arlington is zoned R1 (R1-FF). While the size of the corner lots in Arlington Woods are slightly smaller than the minimum size required to divide a lot (600 m2 and 665 m2 respectively), the lot sizes are still within the range of division through the acquistion of a minor variance from the Committee of Adjustments. If developers were to purchase corner lots in Arlington Woods for the purpose of dividing these properties into two, in order to build two houses where one currently exists now, the very nature and character of our community would be destroyed because it would require that many trees, especially 100+ year old white pine trees, would have to be cut down to make room for these new dwellings.

I have lived in Arlington Woods off and on since the age of four when my family moved to Parkland Crescent in 1970. For anyone who has lived or visited our community, it is clear that Trend-Arlington is not an urban community. Nestled up against the NCC Greenbelt, it is part subburban, part rural in nature. The white pine forest that defines our community, grew out of the great fire of 1870 which devasted much of Ottawa-Carleton. For this reason, we believe it has heritage value to the City and should be preserved rather than destroyed. Of course, it also has tremendous sentimental value to those of us who call the forest home.

If we want to perserve our community for our children and the next generation of Nepean families to live in our community, we believe it is imperative that we prevent corner lot divisions from taking place in Trend-Arlington.

If you agree, please write a letter to City Council and members of the planning committee, especially Councillor Jan Harder, Chair of the Planning Committee, Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Keith Egli and Councillor David Chernushenko, Chair of the Environment Committee. We have included the email addresses and phone numbers for Council members below.

If you have not done so already, please sign the online petition to exempt Trend-Arlington from Infill 2 in general and Corner Lot Divisions in particular, at:


James O'Grady, President
Trend-Arlington Community Association

Ottawa City Council contact information:

Mayor Jim Watson
Tel: (613) 580-2496
Fax: (613) 580-2509

Jan Harder, Chair of the Planning Committee
Tel: (613) 580-2473
Fax: (613) 580-2513

Keith Egli, Ward 9 City Councilor
Tel: (613) 580-2479
Fax: (613) 580-2519

Rick Chiarelli, Member of the Planning Committee
(613) 580-2478
Fax: (613) 580-2518

David Chernushenko, Chair of the Environment Committee
Tel: (613) 580-2487

Tim Tierney, Vice Chair of the Planning Committee
Tel: (613) 580-2481
Fax: (613) 580-2521

Catherine McKenney, Member of the Planning Committee
Tell: (613) 580-2484
Fax: (613) 580-2524

Tobi Nussbaum, Member of the Planning Committee
Tel: (613) 580-2483
Fax: (613) 580-2523

Jeff Leiper, Member of the Planning Committee
Tel: (613) 580-2485
Fax: (613) 580-2525

Mathieu Fleury, Member of the Planning Committee
Tel: (613) 580-2482
Fax: (613) 580-2522

Stephan Blais, Member of the Planning Committee
Tel: (613) 580-2489
Fax: (613) 580-2697

Shad Qadri, Member of the Planning Committee
Tel: (613) 580-2476
Fax: (613) 580-2516

The contact information for the rest of Ottawa City Council can be found at:

Campaign Letters

Nepean, June 18—Following up on President James O’Grady’s presentation to the City of Ottawa’s Planning Committee on May 26th, the Trend-Arlington Community... more
urban forests
City of Ottawa
Dear Councillor Harder, I am writing to you today to follow up on my presentation to the Planning Committee on May 26th requesting an exemption from Infill 2... more
City of Ottawa
Jan Harder
Ward 9: Knoxdale-Merivale
Ottawa Forests