Column: March 7, 2019

Welcome To Your Community Voice

My warm welcome, to you the reader, to the first edition of Your Community Voice – West Carleton! I will be providing a column in this publication every edition and I’m looking forward to using it as another useful tool to bring news and information to the residents of Ward 5. My thanks to the staff at Your Community Voice for working to bring this paper to life.

Official Plan Review

What will Ottawa look like as it grows over the next century? How do we make sure that we can keep pace and adapt to change in a way that makes Ottawa an inclusive, liveable and globally competitive city?

We have an opportunity to prepare for the future with a brand new Official Plan. This is the strategic document that guides our City’s growth and development. It impacts how and where the City will grow, now and for years to come. It establishes a policy framework that will inform the shape of the communities where you live, work and play. Its scope may reach as far as the middle of this century and will affect generations to come.

This Official Plan review is now being done as required by the Planning Act and Provincial Policy Statement, 2014, and will run in coordination with the review of the Infrastructure Master Plan, Transportation Master Plan and the Development Charges By-Law. All aspects of the Official Plan will be reviewed and updated including secondary plans for rural villages and urban neighbourhoods.

The Official Plan will come into effect following approval by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing. Under the Planning Act, for Official Plans that are subject to Ministerial approval, there are no opportunities for appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. Given the Planning Act does not provide a right to appeal, you are strongly encouraged to engage in process so your feedback can be considered during the development the new Official Plan. This review is a three-year project with opportunities for residents to provide comments throughout the process.

Please visit www.ottawa.ca to start your engagement in this process. There is a lot of useful information posted, including nine Discussion Papers (including a Rural Plan Discussion Paper) outlining the main themes of the Official Plan review.