Finance and Economic Development Committee
Friday, 24 February 2017
Andrew S. Haydon Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Notes: 1. Please note that these Minutes are to be considered DRAFT until confirmed by Committee.
2. Underlining indicates a new or amended recommendation approved by Committee.
3. Except where otherwise indicated, reports requiring Council consideration will be presented to Council on 8 March 2017 in Finance and Economic Development Committee Report 21.
No declarations of interest were filed.
Mayor Watson thanked the Chairs of Transportation Committee and the Ottawa Transit Commission for their involvement in meetings on this project as well as to staff who worked committed so much time and effort on the LRT Phase 2 project.
John Manconi, General Manager of Transportation Services introduced Chris Swail, Director, O-Train Planning, Geoff Gilbert, Norton Rose Fulbright and Will McDonald, Chief Procurement Officer. He also introduced other members of the team who were in attendance to respond to questions:
- Pat Scrimgeour, Director, Transit Customer Systems and Planning;
- Vivi Chi, Manager, Transportation Planning and Engineering;
- Charles Wheeler, Deputy Program Manager – Ottawa Light Rail Transit Owners Engineer (Stage 2 LRT Program);
- Peter Schwartzentruber, Deputy Project Manager, O-Train Planning;
- Jocelyne Bégin, Manager, Business and Technical Support Services;
- Isabelle Jasmin, Deputy City Treasurer, Corporate Finance; and
- Rick O’Connor, City Clerk and Solicitor
In addition to members of the Finance and Economic Development Committee, the following councillors were in attendance for this portion of the meeting:
Councillors R. Brockington, R. Chiarelli, J. Cloutier, M. Fleury, J. Leiper, C. McKenney, J. Mitic, T. Nussbaum, S. Qadri, T. Tierney and M. Wilkinson.
Mr. Swail provided a detailed PowerPoint presentation, which was divided in three sections: Expanding Stage 2 LRT; Procuring Stage 2 LRT; and Implementing Stage 2 LRT.
After the presentation, the Committee then heard from the following public delegations:
• Mark Laroche, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ottawa International Airport Authority, spoke of the importance of the LRT to the airport, how economically beneficial it will be to the travellers as well as to the development.
• *Jenna Sudds, President and Executive Director, Kanata North Business Association spoke in support of the project and congratulated Members of Council. She also noted the importance of LRT to west Ottawa, specifically Kanata and beyond.
• *Ian Faris, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce also spoke of the economical opportunities that LRT will bring to the city.
• *Mark Nisbett, Chair, West Ottawa Board of Trade noted that the LRT is a key component to optimizing growth and encouraged Committee to extend it to Kanata sooner rather than later.
• *David Gourlay, President, Ottawa Champions Baseball Club supports LRT Stage 2 as it will significantly improve access to the stadium. He welcomed the concept of an airport link along the Trillium Line as it will reduce congestion on the roads.
• Cheryl Jensen, President and Egor Evseev, Present of the Student Association, Algonquin College support the LRT, highlighting the safety and accessibility components for students.
• *Steve Goodwin, Director, Skilled Trades Institute, Cité Collégiale is in support of the LRT Phase 2 project both east and west as it will help the economy and congestion.
• *Anna Bevilacqua, President, Queensway Terrace North Community Association, Wayne Shimoon and Syed Hasan, area residents spoke as representatives of homeowners who will be directly impacted by the extension of the LRT, noting concerns such as the route through the Connaught corridor and the lack of consultation.
• *Dale Harley, Executive Director, National Capital Heavy Construction Association looks forward to working with the City of the LRT Stage 2 project as it will create jobs and support economic growth as well as improve the movement of people and goods.
• J.P. Unger, resident voiced his concerns that proper checks and balances are not being met for the safety of the public, noting the sinkhole on Rideau Street and the financial aspects of the project.
• *David Jeanes, Transport Action noted that he is very supportive of the expansion of light rail, however pointed out his opposition of closing the Trillium Line for at 16-month period. He spoke of concerns about delegating so much responsibility to few municipal employees and suggested that it may beneficial that a Committee be created to oversee the project.
• Richard Hayter, Director, Community Relations, Building Construction Trades Council congratulated the City of the LRT progress and success to date and explained the economical benefits it has brought to the City to the labour market, service providers and contractors.
• Fahd Alhattab, President and Chief Executive Officer, Carleton University Students Association represents over 24,000 students and advised that transportation is the single most important topic that is discussed. Students depend on the O’Train and the systems the city puts in place to allow students to access school, housing and employment.
• *Trevor Haché, supports the plan but noted three concerns: Highway widening; OC Transpo fare increases and pedestrian and cycling connectivity.
Committee received correspondence from the following individuals:
• *Mr. Rick Nelson, Past president of Crystal Beach/Lakeview Community Association dated February 23, 2017;
• *Mr. John Verbaas, resident dated February 22, 2017.
[ * Individuals / groups marked with an asterisk above either provided comments in writing or by e-mail; all submissions are held on file with the City Clerk. ]
Having concluded the public delegations portion of the meeting, Committee recessed for 30 minutes from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
Subsequent to resuming the meeting, the following two motions were presented:
MOTION No. 24/1
Moved by Councillor K. Egli (on behalf of Councillor J. Harder)
WHEREAS Council’s next review and update of the Official Plan (OP), Transportation Master Plan (TMP) and Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP) will extend the City’s planning horizon beyond 2031; and
WHEREAS the affordability model established within the current LRFP for Transit, which addresses priority projects for each phase of the 2013 TMP, will be updated as a matter of course in coordination with the next TMP update; and
WHEREAS there is no light rail transit connection for Barrhaven planned within the affordable envelope to 2031; and
WHEREAS the most recent census has demonstrated that Barrhaven is the fastest growing area of the city; and
WHEREAS it is Official Plan policy to connect major residential areas with major employment, education and retail hubs and to ensure that the City’s investment in transit reflects the service needs of the community as a whole; and
WHEREAS recent federal and provincial budgets have significantly increased the availability of transit infrastructure funding subsequent to the 2013 TMP analysis; and
WHEREAS the TMP update will align with the next Official Plan review which will address growth patterns for employment and residential growth across the City, including Barrhaven;
WHEREAS the 2013 TMP already identifies the conversion of Southwest Transitway from bus rapid transit (BRT) to light rail transit (LRT) to connect Barrhaven to the Confederation Line as part of its Ultimate Network;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that staff be directed to fully assess the feasibility and relative priority of converting the Southwest Transitway from bus rapid transit (BRT) to light rail transit (LRT) to connect Barrhaven to the Confederation Line at the earliest opportunity, including options for implementation staging (such as interim BRT improvements) and the identification of other rapid transit supportive facilities to serve Barrhaven residents (such as park and ride lots), while respecting the affordability model established within the Long-Range Financial Plan for Transit, and that this work inform the next Transportation Master Plan update and include a review of projects currently within the Affordable Rapid Transit and Transit Priority Network.
MOTION No. 24/2
Moved by Mayor J. Watson (on behalf of Councillor S. Qadri)
WHEREAS Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit Project has established a proven dedication and commitment to providing affordable, efficient, and accessible transit services for residents living across the City of Ottawa network;
AND WHEREAS the Finance and Economic Development Committee have expanded the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project Council Recommendations to include an extension West to Moodie Drive in order to accommodate the rapidly growing transit demands of Ottawa’s western communities;
AND WHEREAS residents from Ottawa’s Stittsville and Kanata communities have expressed a clear interest in improved transit delivery and the most efficient Park and Rides to connect to LRT that service these communities are regularly brought to maximum capacity;
AND WHEREAS these are rapidly growing suburban communities which require convenient and effective transit options to ensure that the benefits and environmental sustainability of LRT can be granted to a larger percentage of Ottawa’s population;
AND WHEREAS the end of the Moodie extension would be an optimal location for a Park and Ride as it is in this area that traffic congestion is heightened in the A.M. rush hour and would provide commuters with the opportunity to utilize transit as an alternative while alleviating traffic congestion on Ottawa’s Highway 417;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that staff be directed to explore opportunities for a Park and Ride to be located at the Moodie Station with consultation among all the large landowners in the immediate vicinity including leasing opportunities with the National Capital Commission;
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that staff report back to FEDCO by the end of 2017.
Committee members as well as other members of Council proceeded to pose questions to presenting staff in regards to, but not limited to, the financial aspects of the project, the 16-month shutdown of the Trillium Line, the challenges of the western LRT and the link to the airport.
After discussion, the Committee TABLED and REFERRED Motions No 24/1 and No 24/2 to the Council meeting of 8 March 2017 and CARRIED the report with Councillor Deans dissenting on Recommendations 1(d)(iii), 4(c)(iv), and 4(d)(i). The report recommendations CARRIED on a division of 10 YEAS and 0 NAYS, as follows:
DIRECTIONS TO STAFF:
1) That departmental staff correct the Report as follows:
• Appendix 8 – Page 3: Both sides of Cholette Crescent will have a noise barrier.
• Appendix 8 - Page 5: Amend illustration to show that the noise barrier be built behind all the houses on Elderberry Terrace.
1) That departmental staff investigate the installation of a washroom at Place d’Orléans Station and report back at the appropriate time.
Isabelle Jasmin, Deputy City Treasurer, Corporate Finance spoke to a PowerPoint presentation, detailing the comprehensive assessment of affordability based on a forecast of all transit-related revenues, operating costs and capital expenditures from 2017 to 2048.
Ms. Jasmin, along with John Manconi, General Manager of Transportation Services and Chris Swail, Director of O’Train Planning responded to questions from the Committee.
The Committee RECEIVED this item for information.
Jean Léger, Director of “Le Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la capital nationale” (RGA), Yves Ducharme, President and Mario Malouin, Counsel member spoke in support of the report, noting that RGA is pleased that it will collaborate with the City in moving onto next steps in terms of developing francophone business development.
Mayor Watson thanked Mr. Léger and Committee RECEIVED this item for information.
The meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.
Committee Coordinator Chair