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: February 25, 2019

Your Community Voice newspaper in West Carleton

As many residents will now be aware, a new newspaper called “Your Community Voice – West Carleton” will start being delivered to your doorstep every second week beginning Thursday, March 7. This free newspaper is responding to the community’s feedback about wanting to regain the community connection that residents felt was lost when the West Carleton Review closed down over a year ago. Even though this newspaper will only be delivered bi-weekly to your home, I will continue to publish my column every week. All of my weekly columns will be posted on my website and on my social media accounts. For the weeks the paper is delivered, my column will appear there as well. Thanks to the staff at Your Community Voice for their work in bringing this paper to life – residents spoke and you listened!

ARAC Meeting set for March 7: Zoning By-Law Amendment – Part of 2596 Carp Rd.

City of Ottawa staff are recommending approving a Zoning By-Law amendment at 2596 Carp Rd. to permit a concrete batching plant, through an exception to be added to Zoning By-Law Section 240 – Rural Exceptions. A batching plant is a facility for the mixing of raw materials (such as aggregate and cement) with water to create concrete, which is immediately trucked off site to construction locations. City staff also advise that:

- the proposed increased maximum height of 24 metres would accommodate aggregate hoppers or silos;

- this zoning amendment conforms to the policies of the Official Plan and meets the intent of the Carp Road Corridor Community Design Plan;

- the proposal maintains the rural light industrial nature of this section of the Carp Road Corridor while increasing the manufacturing/industrial use permissions within the lot, which maintains zoning continuity with nearby similar industrial uses; and

- use of the site as a concrete batching plant is conditional upon the applicant obtaining appropriate environmental compliance approvals by the Province of Ontario.

Residents have submitted comments to the City about this project. Concerns include: health impacts, noise, truck traffic, impacts to the aquifer and creek. As Councillor for the area, I am well aware of all of these concerns and I have been involved in this matter from the beginning. I facilitated a Public Information Session in November 2018, as well as attended two additional meetings between all parties to listen and hear the opinions and concerns from all involved. The next step in this process is the City’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) will be listening to public input on this application. As Chair of this committee, and your representative, I want to hear from you. This matter will be considered by the Committee at its meeting on March 7 at 10am in The Chambers at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Dr. Residents are welcome to attend and speak for up to five minutes as a public delegation. Sign up on the speakers’ list upon arrival. If you are unable to attend in person, you may also send correspondence to the Clerk for distribution to Committee members by email at Marc.Desjardins@ottawa.ca. (The full Staff Report on this matter can be reviewed on ottawa.ca).