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).

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.

Column: November 10, 2016

Official Plan Amendment Update

A proposed comprehensive draft Official Plan amendment will address three matters that the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) requires the City to complete, prior to the OMB’s consideration of Official Plan Amendment 150 (OPA 150). The proposed amendment addresses three matters:

  • Agricultural Land: Proposed changes result from an update to the Land Evaluation and Area Review (LEAR) system and recommend changes to the Agricultural Resource Area designation in some areas, along with updates to the terminology of the Official Plan to reflect the changes in the 2014 Provincial Policy Statement.
  • Growth Projections:  Proposed changes will extend the timeframe of the Official Plan from 2031 to 2036. This change results in new projections for future population, households and employment, text changes to the plan and an assessment of the supply and demand of land to meet anticipated housing demand.
  • Employment Lands: Proposed changes include the conversion of excess urban employment lands to non-employment designations, the re-designation of Enterprise Areas, a new Rural Employment Area designation and amended policies and land use permissions.

A drop-in session and public open house are taking place on Monday, November 14 as follows:

  • Drop-in 2-4pm, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Room 1C - Agricultural Land and LEAR only
  • Open house 6-9pm, Ben Franklin Place, Former Council Chambers - Presentation at 7pm Agricultural Land, LEAR, Employment Lands and Growth Projections

There will also be a public meeting at the City’s Planning Committee on December 13, 2016, 9:30am, Champlain Room, Heritage Building, 2nd Floor, Ottawa City Hall. For more information please email planning@ottawa.ca or visit ottawa.ca.

Launch of Community Service Centres in Fitzroy & Constance Bay

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre is launching two community service centres next week and residents are invited to attend:

  • November 15 in Fitzroy Harbour: 2-6pm, 184 Jack Lougheed Way (formerly Carleton St.)
  • November 17 in Constance Bay: 2-6pm, 262 Len Purcell Dr.

Flu shot clinics will be running during both launch events!

The centres will offer older adults and adults with physical disabilities a variety of services in order to help them remain living independently in their communities. For more information, call 613-591-3686 ext. 3 or email info@wocrc.ca.