Column: September 19, 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.

To learn more about this Official Plan review go to ottawa.ca/NewOP.

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: July 25, 2019

Rural Economic Development Strategy and Official Plan

On July 24, 2019, City of Ottawa staff had the opportunity come out to our rural community to discuss rural economic development and to take a look at examples of successful rural businesses. This relates to the Official Plan review that’s now ongoing. The City staff that attended are the key staff that are working on the policies that will encompass our new Official Plan.

During this session, staff attended two businesses in Carp (KIN Vineyards and Ridge Rock Brewing Co.) to witness first-hand the kind of potential there is for economic development in the rural areas of Ottawa. Ridge Rock Brewing Co. is an exceptional example of how the owners took an abandoned building that was an eyesore in the community, and turned it into a successful business. KIN Vineyards is another shining example of using rural land to create a unique business that adds so much to the rural community.

During this tour and visit, I had an opportunity to address staff. I pushed the importance of rural economic development, especially as over 80% of the City of Ottawa is rural in nature. With this in mind, I also made it clear that while we have an eye on increasing rural economic development, we also need to continue to protect and preserve farmers, farms and farmland. (In February 2019, I met with members of the Ward 5 farming community to discuss their wants and needs as it relates to the Official Plan review).

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. The City of Ottawa Official Plan provides a vision for the future growth of our City and a policy framework to guide the City’s development to the year 2031. 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. I encourage residents to learn more about the Official Plan review by going to ottawa.ca/officialplan. Stay tuned to future columns as this process continues. There will more opportunities for Ward 5 residents to have their say.

Crack sealing work on Thomas A. Dolan Parkway

Beginning the week of July 29, crack sealing work will begin on Thomas A. Dolan Parkway between Sixth Line Road and Barlow Crescent. The work will require lane reductions and traffic will be controlled by flagging personnel.

Garbage collection issues in Ward 5

Over the past couple of weeks, since the Waste Management facility on Westbrook Road experienced a small fire which affected some of the fleet of collection vehicles, there have been some ongoing issues with the garbage pickup schedule from some homes in Ward 5. The City is aware of the issues and are working with the contractor to meet our service standards. The City will continue to be following the City’s Contract Administration Policy to continue to keep Waste Management accountable. In the meantime, the contractor is bringing in additional trucks, mechanics, drivers, and logistics people to help meet the current demand. Please call 3-1-1 immediately if your garbage is not collected on schedule. Make sure to note the "SR Reference Number" given to you when you call. If you do not get timely action from 3-1-1, call our office (we will want this SR number, so we can follow up appropriately).