Column: September 12, 2019

Continued suspension of application fees for demolition permits & building applications for flood affected residents

At the City Council meeting held on September 11, Council approved a motion to continue suspending application fees for demolition and building permits for residents affected by spring flooding. This will give residents more time to repair and rebuild without having to worry about the fees or obtaining minor variances. Staff will report to the Planning Committee in October with proposed changes to the Zoning By-law that could help residents in certain flood-affected areas to rebuild in future years without the need for minor variances.

Garbage & recycling collection concerns

The City is aware of delays to curbside collection in West Carleton and other west-end neighbourhoods. We are working to rectify the situation as soon as possible. Below are ways to report missed collection:

  • Use this link: www.ottawa.ca/garbage. This link takes you directly to a page where you can report your missed pick up. Your submitted request will go to city staff for their action.

  • Call 3-1-1. (Please note, during peak times callers may experience wait times before speaking with an agent).

  • Contact me directly at 613-580-2475 or eli.el-chantiry@ottawa.ca.

Once you’ve reported your missed collection, please make sure to leave your containers at the curbside so that it can be collected.

At the City Council meeting on September 11, City Council discussed this issue and it was agreed that Waste Management would be invited to attend the next meeting of the Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water & Waste Management, to answer questions and provide information relating to collection delays. The meeting is taking place on September 17, at City Hall. If Waste Management representatives agree to attend, I will be there to listen in and ask questions.

Official Plan engagement session - For Ward 5 residents

As noted in my column last week, I’m hosting an Official Plan Engagement Session for residents of West Carleton-March on Monday, September 23, 7-8:30pm, West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Rd. At 7pm, there will be a brief staff presentation followed by breakout sessions. No RSVP required. Light refreshments will be provided. Please plan on attending – the new Official Plan that is put in place will directly impact your daily life in Ottawa for years to come. Be involved and have your say! Learn more about this Official Plan review at ottawa.ca./NewOP.

Column: September 5, 2019

Ward 5 Official Plan Engagement Session

Residents of West Carleton-March are invited to an Official Plan Engagement Session, which I am hosting as follows:

Monday, September 23
7pm to 8:30pm
West Carleton Community Complex
Roly Armitage Hall
5670 Carp Road

At 7pm, there will be a brief staff presentation on the new Official Plan and the policy changes known as the Five Big Moves. Following the presentation there will be breakout discussions on each of the Five Big Moves. No RSVP required. Light refreshments will be provided.

This engagement session is an ideal opportunity for you to get involved at the early stages of this process. Public engagement and feedback is key to ensuring our updated Official Plan meets Ottawa’s needs now and well into the future. Please remember – the new Official Plan will directly impact your daily life for years to come. Be involved and have your say!

As I’ve noted in past columns, the City of Ottawa is rewriting our Official Plan. This is the strategic document that describes how the city will grow over time, where we will place major infrastructure, and what policies will be in place to support economic growth and guide the development and evolution of communities. The City is proposing to make a number of significant policy changes, known as the Five Big Moves:

1. Growth: By 2046, achieve more growth by intensification than by greenfield development. This growth will provide a variety of affordable housing options for residents.
2. Mobility: By 2046, encourage the majority of trips in Ottawa to be made by sustainable transportation.
3. Urban Design: Improve our sophistication in urban and community design and put this knowledge to the service of strong development at all scales, from the largest to the very small.
4. Resiliency: Embed public health, environmental, climate and energy resiliency into the framework of our planning policies.
5. Economy: Embed economic development into the framework of our planning policies.

If you cannot attend my engagement session, you can still share your thoughts about the Five Big Moves by going to ottawa.ca/NewOP until September 16.

Column: August 30, 2019

Labour Day schedule changes

Residents can expect schedule changes to some City of Ottawa services on Labour Day (Monday, September 2). Of note, there will be no green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Labour Day. Pick up will resume on Tuesday, September 3. Collection will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week. A full listing of changes to services can be found on ottawa.ca.

Five Big Moves for Ottawa's future

We are rewriting Ottawa’s Official Plan – the strategic document that describes how the city will grow over time, where we will place major infrastructure, and what policies will be in place to support economic growth and guide the development and evolution of communities. Following initial consultations with the public and stakeholders on a series of wide-ranging discussion papers, we are proposing to make a number of significant policy changes, known as the Five Big Moves:

Growth: By 2046, achieve more growth by intensification than by greenfield development. This growth will provide a variety of affordable housing options for residents.

Mobility: By 2046, encourage the majority of trips in Ottawa to be made by sustainable transportation.

Urban Design: Improve our sophistication in urban and community design and put this knowledge to the service of strong development at all scales, from the largest to the very small.

Resiliency: Embed public health, environmental, climate and energy resiliency into the framework of our planning policies.

Economy: Embed economic development into the framework of our planning policies.

We want to know what you think about these changes. Learn more and share your thoughts about the Five Big Moves at ottawa.ca/NewOP until September 16. Your feedback will help us develop a set of comprehensive policy directions that City Council will consider in late 2019.

Column: August 22, 2019

Operation Re-Leaf

Tree Canada developed Operation ReLeaf – Ottawa-Gatineau Tornadoes program following the September 2018 tornadoes. This program provides up to $300 to reimburse landowners for tree planting on private property to replace forest cover. They have opened a second application period which closes August 31 for trees that to be planted this fall. Link to apply: www.treecanada.ca/operationreleaf/ottawa-gatineau.

Culvert replacements

Culvert replacement work in Ward 5 is ongoing until December 2019. Culverts at each site listed below should take about 1 to 3 weeks to complete. Residents in the nearby areas will receive notice of the pending work:

• Thomas A. Dolan Parkway about .8 km east of Dunrobin Road
• Thomas A. Dolan Parkway about .01 km west of Sixth Line Road
• Carp Road about 1.4 km north of Thomas A. Dolan Parkway
• Ferry Road about .06 km north of Galetta Side Road
• Ferry Road (lining) about 0.30 km north of Galetta Side Road
• Ferry Road about .12 km north of Aylwin Road
• Ferry Rd about 1.2 km north of Badhams Side Road
• Thomas A. Dolan Parkway about 1.17 km east of Carp Road
• Kinburn Side Road just west of Diamondview Road
• Kinburn Side Road just west east of Diamondview Road
• Carp Road about 1.10 km south of Thomas A. Dolan Parkway
• Constance Creek Drive just north of Thomas A. Dolan Parkway
• John Shaw Road about 1.65 km north of Kinburn Side Road
• John Shaw Road about 1.9 km north of Kinburn Side Road
• Howie Road just south of March Road
• Rochon Way just east of Dunrobin Road
• Diamondview Road about .46 km north of Baird Side Road

Back to school

With school starting soon, drivers need to slow down, as there will be many kids trying to get to and from school safely. Vehicle owners can be fined from $400 to $2,000 and 6 demerit points if their car illegally passes a stopped school bus. If you witness an offence, call the Ottawa Police to report it: 613-236-1222 ext. 7300. Wishing all students a successful year!

A new school year also brings increased traffic and ridership on OC Transpo. Plan your commute with this in mind. Visit www.ottawa.ca for the latest traffic updates. Visit www.octranspo.com to plan your trip. Be aware that many of the park and ride lots fill up quickly. Spaces are on a first come, first serve basis. Illegally parked cars will be ticketed.

Column: August 15, 2019


Joint session of ARAC & Planning Committee

On Thursday, August 22, there will be a joint meeting of the Planning Committee and the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC). This meeting is taking place at Ottawa City Hall, in Andrew Haydon Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. It will begin at 9:30am and is open to the public. The agenda can be reviewed on ottawa.ca. This joint meeting is to hear about preliminary policy directions that staff are recommending for the City of Ottawa’s new Official Plan. The policy directions, which reflect the results of previous public outreach, are presented in five main areas:

  • Growth – aim for more growth through intensification than through greenfield development

  • Mobility – aim to see more than half of all trips made by sustainable transportation

  • Neighbourhoods – aim to improve community planning and design, with a focus on neighbourhoods

  • Natural Systems – aim to better integrate public health, energy and environmental resiliency in planning matters

  • Economic Development – aim to embed economic development considerations in planning matters

Culvert replacements

Culvert replacement work in Ward 5 is ongoing until December 2019. Culverts at each site listed below should take about 1 to 3 weeks to complete. Residents in the nearby areas will receive notice of the pending work:

- Thomas A. Dolan Parkway about .8 km east of Dunrobin Road
- Thomas A. Dolan Parkway about .01 km west of Sixth Line Road
- Carp Road about 1.4 km north of Thomas A. Dolan Parkway
- Ferry Road about .06 km north of Galetta Side Road
- Ferry Road (lining) about 0.30 km north of Galetta Side Road
- Ferry Road about .12 km north of Aylwin Road
- Ferry Rd about 1.2 km north of Badhams Side Road
- Thomas A. Dolan Parkway about 1.17 km east of Carp Road
- Kinburn Side Road just west of Diamondview Road
- Kinburn Side Road just west east of Diamondview Road
- Carp Road about 1.10 km south of Thomas A. Dolan Parkway
- Constance Creek Drive just north of Thomas A. Dolan Parkway
- John Shaw Road about 1.65 km north of Kinburn Side Road
- John Shaw Road about 1.9 km north of Kinburn Side Road
- Howie Road just south of March Road
- Rochon Way just east of Dunrobin Road
- Diamondview Road about .46 km north of Baird Side Road

Fall Cleaning the Capital begins

Early bird registration for GLAD Cleaning the Capital beings today. Help keep the City clean, green and litter free. Register your project by September 14 to be eligible to win an early bird prize. Go to ottawa.ca to get all the details and to register your team.