Rental Accommodations Study - Policy Options Consultation

posted Aug 17, 2019, 10:56 AM by Bel-Air Community Association Ottawa

We have now published our two policy options papers on  
•           Housing Conditions Policy Options – This paper examines various options for regulating rental housing.  
•           Short-Term Rental Policy Options – This paper examines options for regulating short-term rental services such as Airbnb and VRBO.  
Residents are invited to review the policy options papers and complete two short surveys:  
•           Housing Conditions Policy Options  
•           Short-Term Rental Policy Options  
The deadline for completion of the surveys will be September 4, 2019.  
Courtney Spencer,  
Maclaren Municipal Consulting,  

Engage Ottawa

posted Aug 7, 2019, 6:21 AM by Bel-Air Community Association Ottawa

The City of Ottawa offers residents a variety of opportunities to engage, share information and collaborate. You can weigh in on different online engagement opportunities using the City's new innovative engagement platform, Engage Ottawa. See a full list of current engagement opportunities by visiting the public engagement event page.  

Section of Highway 417 fully closed during weekend of August 10 and 11

posted Aug 7, 2019, 6:08 AM by Bel-Air Community Association Ottawa

Highway 417 between Carling Avenue and Bronson Avenue will be fully closed to traffic from Saturday, August 10 at 6 p.m. to Sunday, August 11 at 11 a.m. Significant delays are expected during the closure.

During this closure, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) will be reconfiguring traffic lanes for the next phase of the ongoing highway expansion between Maitland Avenue and Island Park Drive. Additional information regarding the highway expansion is available here(link is external).

Westbound on-ramps to Highway 417 at O’Connor Street, Lyon Street, Bronson Avenue, Rochester Street and Parkdale Avenue will be closed during this period.

Eastbound on-ramps to Highway 417 at Maitland Avenue, Carling Avenue and Parkdale Avenue will be closed during this period. The Carling Avenue on-ramp to Highway 417 eastbound will continue to remain closed for a period of seven weeks following this work.

During the 17-hour closure of Highway 417, the following detours will be in effect (see maps):

Westbound detour

  • Westbound motorists must exit the highway at Bronson Avenue onto Catherine Street
  • Proceed via Catherine Street westbound onto Raymond Street
  • Proceed via Raymond Street westbound to Booth Street
  • Proceed via Booth Street southbound to Carling Avenue
  • Proceed via Carling Avenue westbound onto the westbound Highway 417 on-ramp at Kirkwood Avenue (west of the fire station)

Eastbound detour

  • Eastbound motorists must exit the highway at Carling Avenue and continue east to Bronson Avenue
  • Proceed via Bronson Avenue northbound to Chamberlain Avenue
  • Proceed via Chamberlain Avenue eastbound onto Isabella Street
  • Proceed via Isabella Street eastbound onto the eastbound Highway 417 on-ramp at Metcalfe Street
Here is the online link to notice and maps:

The MTO has advised that there may be lane closures before and after the full closure, beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, August 9 until 6 a.m. Monday, August 12.

The public is advised to plan all trips well in advance as significant delays are expected during the closure. There are many other transportation options including OC Transpo, carpooling and other alternative forms of transportation to get around the city while this closure is in place.

For more information on City programs and services, visit or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect through Facebook(link is external)Twitter(link is external)and Instagram.(link is external)

Crime prevention

posted Aug 7, 2019, 6:02 AM by Bel-Air Community Association Ottawa

This is a reminder to lock your vehicle doors and ensure not to have anything visible. If your vehicle is broken into, it is best to report the break-in to the police even if nothing was stolen either online or by calling 613-236-1222 ext 7300 .

Update on the Sale of 2112 Bel-Air Drive

posted Jul 22, 2019, 5:59 PM by Bel-Air Community Association Ottawa

The sale of the property at 2112 Bel-Air Drive has been finalized. The new owner is Uniform Urban Developments. The granite monument bench on site has been donated to the Bel-Air community from the Anglican Diocese. The church plans to add a plaque to the bench at the end of the summer. We are working with the developer and our Councillor to get permissions and to move the bench to a local community park.  

The Bel-Air Community Association (BACA) has contacted the developer and Councillor to establish a public consultation meeting date and will communicate the information as soon as it becomes available.   
In the meantime, the following information has been provided by the developer.   

The demolition timeline: Fencing in the site has already occurred; work inside the building and prepping it for demo takes place first; and they anticipate the complete job with the building down will happen within about 1 1/2 months.  

As for the planning process and timing:  The developer is presently working with their consultants to pull together all of the required supporting documentation for a first submission to the City. They believe this will take approximately three months.  The compulsory public meeting that happens during the planning process occurs after a first submission takes place, and they ballpark that this will end up around 4 or so months from now.    

The concept that the developer discussed with the BACA Board over the winter hasn't advanced much and they would prefer to show the design to the residents when it is further developed (i.e. once an application has been submitted).   It is a more constructive time to proceed with community consultation.  They will update the BACA if for any reason these timing predictions change.  
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us at   

If you would like to receive communication updates, please join the Bel-Air Community Association. Information on how to join at

Update on J.H. Putman School Closure

posted Jun 18, 2019, 8:38 AM by Bel-Air Community Association Ottawa

As many in the community are aware, J.H. Putman school is closing this month.  The school board will discuss the future of the property at a meeting (probably in the fall i.e. Is the property needed in their inventory or not).  Signage will be posted on the property 30 days before the board meeting.  If there is no need for the property within the school board inventory, they will circulate amongst their partners i.e. other school boards, government partners.  This process takes 180 days.  Of the last 4 properties circulated to partners, 3 of those properties went to one of the partners.  If no partners have a need for the property, they will go out to market to sell the property.  This process may take until the winter or spring of 2020 before there is information on any new use or owners of the property.   

We will provide updates as information becomes available.  

Yours sincerely,  

Bel-Air Community Association Board of Directors

Bel-Air Park Picnic (BYO) and Play: Romeo & Juliet

posted Jun 18, 2019, 8:28 AM by Bel-Air Community Association Ottawa   [ updated Jun 18, 2019, 8:31 AM ]

Bel-Air Community Association invites you to join us at Bel-Air Park for a Picnic & Play.
What: Bring your own (BYO) picnic with a blanket or chair and enjoy a picnic before the play. Complimentary refreshments and treats will be provided by Bel-Air Community Association.
Where: Bel-Air Park, Berwick Avenue.
When: Tuesday, July 23 at 6 pm Picnic; 7 pm Play: Romeo & Juliet.

A Company of Fools will perform
Romeo & Juliet, Torchlight Shakespeare 2019.
Pay-what-you-can donation.
Directed by Nicholas Leno;
Costume Design by Vanessa Imeson;
Set Design by Brian Smith.

Update: Rental Accommodations Study Additional Consultations and Online Surveys

posted Jun 3, 2019, 8:39 AM by Bel-Air Community Association Ottawa

Are you concerned about student housing, short term rentals or rooming housing? You can sign up for a consultation meeting and fill out the online surveys. There are additional consultation meetings on June 4, 6, 7 and 13. The online surveys can be filled out until end of June.  

Here is a link to the discussion papers. You can sign up for a consultation meeting and fill out the surveys online.

Bel-Air Community Garage Sale & Bake Sale - Today! June 1, 2019 from 8 AM to noon

posted Jun 1, 2019, 4:04 AM by Bel-Air Community Association Ottawa   [ updated Jun 1, 2019, 4:07 AM ]

Come check out the garage sales at participating homes in the Bel-Air Community - 1731 & 1807 Gage; 2148 Dublin; 1114, 1222, 1226 & 1246 Checkers; 1296 Hanbury; 1210 Major; 1260 Field; 1306-1308 Amesbrooke; 1701, 1746 & 1754 Ainsley; 1680 Mallard; 1325 Tara; 2166 Berwick; 2086 Navaho; 1246 Albany; 1706 Cannon and 1227 Agiincourt. A Bake Sale stand will be at the Iris Street/NCC pathway to raise funds for CHEO. Rain or shine! 

Questions? Contact us:,,, 

Twitter: @BelAirCommAssoc  

Traffic Reminder - May 30, 2019

posted May 29, 2019, 7:08 AM by Bel-Air Community Association Ottawa

Please note that there will be an increase in traffic and parked cars on Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 5-7 p.m. for the Official Closing Ceremony for J.H. Putman Public School at 2051 Bel-Air Drive as 450 people have RSVP'd for the event.

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