A zoning bylaw amendment to the South Merivale Business Park would, if approved, allow the construction of a 24-hour warehousing and distribution operation involving approximately 1,000 transport trucks a day through residential areas. Affected residents were not notified. The proposal by Novatech would change zoning from low-rise office space to industrial.
A transport truck depot of that magnitude should be located near major highways like the Highway 416 or 417 so trucks won’t run through or beside residential communities such as Manotick, Barrhaven, Chapman Mills, Winding Way, Rideau Glen, Country Place and the Glens.
There are no direct truck routes to handle out of town traffic to the Merivale Industrial Park. Noise, pollution, vibration, safety of children and residents are all concerns.
A petition opposing the proposal can be accessed at: www.change.org/1000trucks and it has more than 3,000 signatures so far. The city is accepting comments on this proposal only until April 29, under Proposal Number D02-02-21-0029. Please register your views on the City’s website.