The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee today approved its 2018 draft budget, which includes about $12 million earmarked for renewal of the City’s rural infrastructure.
Capital funding for 2018 includes more than $8 million to rehabilitate bridges and bridge culverts across the rural area.
Major funding for bridge projects includes $1.8 million for Richmond Bridge on McBean Street, $760,000 for Ashton Bridge on Ashton Station Road, $520,000 for Peter Robinson Road Bridge and $470,000 for Monaghan Bridge on Old Richmond Road. Major funding for culvert projects includes $1.18 million for the Highway 174 bridge culvert at Cardinal Creek and $840,000 for a bridge culvert on O’Toole Road.
In addition, the City has earmarked almost $2 million for the Road Reconstruction and Upgrades program, including guiderail renewal. There is also $1.1 million budgeted to upgrade rural roads. Additional funding for rural infrastructure proposed in Draft Budget 2018, including road resurfacing, will be considered by other City of Ottawa standing committees.
The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee also approved an area-specific infrastructure charge for the Carp Airport Development, to recover capital costs associated with expanding water infrastructure to a new subdivision near Carp Airport.
An earlier by-law, approved by Council in 2010, provided the authority to recover outstanding charges and future capital costs associated with the water and wastewater infrastructure needed to accommodate new development. The planned subdivision would include 329 residential units and 18.6 hectares of commercial/industrial area.
The Committee approved a zoning amendment to permit a new subdivision west of Richmond, at 8165 Franktown Road. The development would split up a 30-hectare property, with the portion west of the Jock River being rezoned to permit rural residential uses. The subdivision planned for this site would include 19 residential lots, each one accessed from a proposed road off of Franktown Road.
The remaining lands east of the Jock River would be separated into two blocks. One portion would be rezoned and formally recognized as part of the existing Riverbend Golf & Country Club while the second block would remain as Rural Countryside.
Items approved at today’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee meeting will go to City Council on Wednesday, December 13.