OSCA's Planning & Zoning Committee made two submissions to the City's Planning Committee in September, one regarding R4 Zoning and one regarding infill zoning amendments. The links are below.
The deadline for participating in the City's 15-minute neighbourhood survey has been extended to September 15, 2020. If you haven’t yet had a chance to take the survey, please take a few minutes and do so.
The City survey questions deal with the 15-minute neighbourhood, one of the core concepts for the new Official Plan and asks residents to prioritize the importance of things like schools, clinics, parks and transit. It takes more than access to services to make a neighbourhood a viable, livable 15-minute community though.
Ottawa’s Planning Committee recommended approval of the Zoning Bylaw Amendment Application for 1050-1060 Bank Street at its August 27th session.
Our Councilor, Shawn Menard, addressed the hearing and thanked the development team for having consulted with the broader community early in the process and for their willingness to work with his office, with the community, and with City staff and to modify the design considerably in order to address concerns.
Ottawa’s population has risen significantly since the last major ward boundary review of 2005. Some wards now have significantly more residents than other wards.
For this reason, at City Council’s request, an independent consultant was hired to study viable alternatives that would lead to more equal representation. After public and stakeholder consultations, research and study, the consulting team presented 5 options for Council’s consideration. Council then passed a motion asking the consultants to present a sixth option based on different criteria.
A new survey on the City’s Engage Ottawa website needs our input as City planning staff moves forward with its vision for our future. The City survey questions deal with the 15-minute neighbourhood, one of the core concepts for the new Official Plan.
The survey asks residents to prioritize the importance of things like schools, clinics, parks and transit. It takes more than access to services to make a neighbourhood a viable, livable 15-minute community though.
The Heritage professionals and City councillors that make up the Built Heritage Subcommittee of the City of Ottawa voted six to one yesterday to reject a staff report recommending that the 111 year-old home at 860 Colonel By Drive not be designated. The home is already on the Heritage Inventory List and part of the Heritage Overlay that covers the houses between the Bank and Bronson bridges along Colonel By Drive and front the NCC path there.
The City staff report on Growth Management projections that will guide future residential construction in Ottawa until 2046 was released last Friday, April 24, 2020.
OSCA's Planning and Zoning Committee has called on the City of Ottawa Agriculture and Rural Affairs and Planning Committees to be more cognizant of climate change and more clear about how its proposed policies would affect neighbourhoods in a submission to a joint meeting of the two bodies. There was little time given to review the new official plan and only five days allotted for public review and comment.
Ottawa residents are organizing to save a government agency set up to help citizens fight big developers at the Ontario Municipal Board.
The Ontario government set up the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre in 2018 to help residents navigate bureaucracy and legislation involved in appealing municipal zoning decisions at the Ontario Municipal Board.
In its nine month existence, it handled 570 requests from 168 different communities about zoning appeal issues.
Then, on February 21, without fanfare or even a formal announcement, Ontario Attorney General Caroline Mulroney told the centre’s director that she and her staff were being let go.
“This action dealt a blow to citizens across the province who may not be able to exercise their rights effectively without the advice [the centre was] set up to provide,” said Paul Johanis, chair of the Greenspace Alliance of Canada’s Capital.
The Greenspace Alliance has set up an online petition to urge the Attorney General to reinstate the centre’s staff and keep the LPA Support Centre open.