Posted by: HamptonIona | December 29, 2016

Iona Park rink building

The Hampton Iona Community Group is currently in the process of building the community skating rink in Iona Park.  It has been our practice for many years to use community volunteers to help build the rink.  Once the rink has been built, we have staff who supervise skating and maintain the rink.

In order to get the rink up and running, it takes approximately 15-18 floodings depending on the weather.  The more volunteers we have the quicker this can be done.  We have lost many of our volunteers from previously years and are seeking more people to help out getting the rink up and running.  Many of us in the community either use the rink or our children do.

A typical flooding takes about 1 hour to do.  While some people are willing to do a flooding on their own, many of us prefer to do it with a partner as it is easier to operate the hose with two people.

Whether you want to help build a skating rink or have always wondered what it was like to operate a fireman’s hose, this is an easy volunteer opportunity.

If you are available over the next couple of weeks to help out (the fewer volunteers we have, the longer it will take to build the rink), it would be appreciated if you could please email Lorne Cutler at or phone at 613 725-9147.    No experience is necessary.

Posted by: HamptonIona | November 14, 2016

Break-ins on Hilson

There have been a number of overnight car break-ins in the past few weeks around Hilson Avenue and Island Park Estates. If you see anything or anyone suspicious please let the police know. Remember, particularly during the holiday season, not to leave any valuables in your car.

Posted by: HamptonIona | September 9, 2016

190 Richmond Rd – New open house

From the City of Ottawa:

Please note that Councillor Leiper and the applicant for 190 Richmond Road (Retirement Home proposal) have scheduled an Open House meeting on Tuesday September 13th.

All members of the public are invited to attend. Here are the details:

Tuesday September 13, 2016
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Van Lang Field House
29 Van Lang Pvt


6:30-7:00             Open house

7:00 – 7:10          Councillor Leiper introduction followed by applicant, 5 minute presentation.

7:10-7:20             Milieu presentation on feedback to date (from web tool)

7:20 – 7:40          Q + A

7:40-8:30             Open house & discussion

Details are also available on

Posted by: HamptonIona | July 28, 2016

594 Tweedsmuir & 253 Avondale

The following application will be going to the Committee of Adjustment on August 3 at 1:00 pm at 101 Centrepointe Drive.

File No.  D08-01-16/B-00205 & D08-16/B-00206

There is a proposed development of 2 semi-detached units at 594 Tweedsmuir Avenue (corner of Tweedsmuir Avenue and Avondale Avenue). This proposed development requires the severing of the existing property at the corner of Tweedsmuir and Avondate Avenue.  One house will face onto Avondale and one house will face onto Tweedsmuir.   Several minor variances will be required in addition to approval to sever the property. The proposed house on Tweedsmuir will meet the minimum required lot size of 180 m2 while the proposed house on Avondale will have a significantly smaller lot size than that allowed under the bylaw. The required variances are:

Property/Variance                        Request               Bylaw Requirement       % of Requirement

253 Avondale

Lot area                                                138 m2                             180 m2                             77%

Front Yard Setback                          2.48 m                               3.2 m                               77.5%

Reduced Rear Yard Setback          2.58 m                                4.0 m                              64.5%


594 Tweedsmuir Avenue

Front Yard Setback                          3.51 m                                 6.52 m                            53.8%

Corner side yard setback              2.48 m                                 3.20 m                            77.5%


If you have any questions regarding this application, please contact Emily Monette ( ; tel: 613 580-2424, ext. 23255) or Paul Conner (; ext. 13459) or you can contact the Committee of Adjustment at

If you wish to make your views known on this development to your community association, please feel free to send us your comments so we will know the community’s view of this proposal.

Posted by: HamptonIona | June 13, 2016

Plant Share – Sunday, June 19th

Share Your Garden

June 17-19 are Garden Days across Canada, with events for anyone who loves all things garden. As part of the weekend, we’re having a neighbourhood garden plant share at 117 and 125 Wesley Avenue, across from the Iona children’s park, on Sunday, June 19 (10 a.m. to noon).

Come and share the plants you divided this spring or just want to move to make room for new plants, then take home any of the neighbours’ plants you want to try in your gardens. Indeed, it doesn’t matter if you have no plants to share — you can still bring home the flora. It’s all free and fun.

Posted by: HamptonIona | May 26, 2016

Superstore development application

From the City of Ottawa Planning Department.

I wanted to take this opportunity to inform you that a Zoning By-law amendment and Site Plan Control application has been submitted for 190 Richmond Road (D02-02-16-0031 (Zoning) / D07-12-16-0055 (Site Plan)).

The applications were deemed complete for circulation on May 24, 2016.

The proposed development is for a six-storey retirement home with 193 units, below grade parking (109 spaces), bicycle parking (48 spaces) and other site alterations such as landscaping and possibly reconfiguring the existing surface parking lot. The proposed retirement home is situated to the rear of the site near the corner of Kirkwood Avenue and Byron Avenue.

The purpose of the Zoning By-law amendment is to incorporate the entire site into a Traditional Mainstreet (TM) zone; the rear of the property is currently in an R2 zone. Specific to the proposed retirement home, the application also seeks relief for the rear yard setback and building height. Using TM zoning as a basis, the rear yard requires a setback of 7.5m, whereas 6.0m is proposed, and the height permitted in the existing TM zone on the property is 15m, whereas the proposal requests a height of 21m. Other zoning deficiencies may be identified through review of the application.

It should also be noted that given the size of the property and portion of the site being developed, the City will be requesting land to be conveyed and dedicated as parkland in accordance with the Parkland Dedication by-law. The size of the park will be approximately 1000m2. The ultimate location/shape will be subject to the review process and members of the public will be included for feedback. Comments on possible park programming are also encouraged.

A location map and context plan is attached for reference.

The target date for Planning Committee for the zoning amendment application is August 23, 2016.

Posted by: HamptonIona | May 16, 2016

Local History in Hampton Iona

“For those of you interested in the history of Hampton Iona, David Allston (a local historian) has written an extensive article on the history of Mulvihill and Lyman Streets.  These two small streets run between Hilson Avenue and Kirkwood Avenue just south of Richmond Road.  The history of these streets go back more than 100 years. To find the article, you will have to scroll down part way through the blog. Don’t miss the latest blog entry on how half the area of Hampton Iona almost became a cemetery.  Even almost 100 years ago, Hampton Iona was an area of intense interest by developers and landowners.   Some things never change.”

These fascinating articles can be found at

Thanks to David Allston for writing these articles and his other work on preserving the history of Kitchissippi and our knowledge of our history.

Posted by: HamptonIona | May 1, 2016

Planned development at Superstore

A new development is being planned for the property at the rear of the Real Canadian Superstore. The proposal involves 6 story buildings and potentially some commercial frontage on Kirkwood. Additional details will be revealed at an information session on Wednesday, May 4th from 6:30-8:30pm at the Churchill Seniors Centre.

Posted by: HamptonIona | April 18, 2016

70 Richmond Rd – Letter from HICG

The Hampton Iona Community Group has sent a letter to the city planner in charge of the file for 70 Richmond Road. We are strongly opposed to the proposal to add a drive-through restaurant at this site. A drive-through would be against the city’s rules for an appropriate development in this neighbourhood and would have a strong negative impact on residents and visitors to Richmond Road.

We encourage everyone in the community who has thoughts on this proposal to also contact the city to let them know how you feel.

Posted by: HamptonIona | March 21, 2016

70 Richmond Road Proposal

The following is an email from the City of Ottawa regarding an application received by the city for 70 Richmond Road.  The city planner’s name is indicated below and the planning rationale document has been made available.


The applications are to permit a one-storey 65m2 addition and conversion of the existing building into a restaurant with a drive-through facility.

The existing building is designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act and is currently vacant but was most recently used as an automobile service centre.

The purpose of the Zoning By-law amendment is primarily to add a drive-through facility as a permitted use, which also results in amendments for reducing the number of queuing lane spaces and setbacks, landscape width, and any other provisions that may be determined as part of the review. I have attached the applicant’s planning rationale for more details.

The Site Plan application is required as a result of the proposed drive-through facility. With the proposed 65m2 addition and conversion of the building into a restaurant, the total proposed gross floor area is approximately 170m2. Additional site changes also include new landscaping and an outdoor patio for the restaurant patrons.

The site is located on the southwest corner of Richmond Road and Island Park Drive intersection. A location map is attached for reference.

The target date for Planning Committee for the zoning amendment application is June 14, 2016.

A technical circulation package will be sent to your office, and the applications will also be available for review on once circulated. These applications are subject to public consultation.

This e-mail has also been sent to all Registered Community Organizations, Registered Public Bodies and Agencies, and Registered Heritage Groups in the area for awareness of the application. They have been Bcc’d in order to maintain e-mail address privacy.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any comments or questions related to these applications.




Andrew McCreight  MCIP RPP


Development Review


Examen des projets d’amenageement

110 Laurier Ave West | 4th Floor | Ottawa, ON | K1P 1J1

City of Ottawa | Ville d’Ottawa

613.580.2424 ext./poste 22568  /

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