Column: April 21, 2016

Update on the water, wastewater & stormwater rate structure review
 

Over the past month, the City of Ottawa held 8 public consultation sessions across Ottawa to collect feedback on proposed options for changes to the water, wastewater and stormwater rate structure. Staff is now analysing the feedback received from all sessions, including comments submitted through email and ottawa.ca, and is refining and reworking the options to reflect that feedback.
 
I have met with staff to discuss the strong response we heard from rural residents at the consultation sessions. One of the concerns raised was that the City had not left itself enough time to properly address shortcomings in the proposed options. In response, City staff are taking more time study the issue and will not be coming to Environment Committee with recommendations before June at the earliest.
 
I am and will remain engaged with Staff on this important issue to ensure that your concerns are being heard and I will make sure that you are kept informed of progress and new dates as we move forward
 
Community Forum aims to engage residents in city planning
 
Residents and businesses are invited to engage with City staff at a new event, Building Better Connections, a community forum organized by the City’s Planning and Growth Management Department. It promises to bring together Ottawa's residents and provide a space for meaningful discussion on a series of planning topics.
 
This event will take place Wednesday, May 4 from 7 to 9pm in Andrew S. Haydon Hall at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. This event will also be webcast live onottawa.ca/bbc. Questions will be accepted from both live audience members and online participants.
 
Keynote speaker John Campbell, former President and CEO of the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation, will discuss community participation and share his experience leading redevelopment projects in the public realm. Following John’s presentation, City staff will offer practical tips for residents with two information sessions – one on the workings of the Committee of Adjustment and one on how to make the most of your five minutes when presenting at a standing committee.
 
Seating is limited. Those wishing to attend in person are asked to via ottawa.ca before Friday, April 29.