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Old Ottawa South Community Association

OMB Reform Town Hall: Sat. Mar. 10, 2018

The provincial government recently passed the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017. This legislation replaced the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) with the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, which will help ensure that proceedings before the tribunal are faster, fairer, and more affordable. To provide an update on the legislation and respond to questions, Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General and MPP for Ottawa Centre, has organized a town hall discussion on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre, 345 Richmond Road, Ottawa.

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City of Ottawa: Planning Primer Course Materials

The City of Ottawa offers a series of courses designed to help citizens become familiar with issues related to urban planning.

The instructural information from these courses—Planning Primer 1 & Planning Primer 2— is now available online, courtesy of the Federation of Citizens' Associations of Ottawa-Carleton: see the FCA Resource section for details. Also included are the materials related to the elective courses on the Ontario Municipal Board, Understanding Residential Intensification and Infill, and Secondary Planning Processes.

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OPINION: A 'Great Place' that could be Lost

Traditional Main Street In Old Ottawa SouthWhy did I nominate Old Ottawa South as a "Great Neighbourhood" in the Great Places in Canada contest for the Canadian Institute of Planners? (Vote here until Feb. 29, 2012.) You can vote every hour or so, so please do! Vote for Brewer Oval and March Highlands, too--they are not in competition with each other.

In addition to my personal conviction that Old Ottawa South (OOS) is indeed "a great Canadian neighbourhood" for many reasons, I wanted to draw attention to the issue of "appropriate infill housing" in established urban communities such as ours all across the country.

Note: The following article expresses the opinions of the author, which are not necessarily shared or endorsed by OSCA or the OSCA website. Do you have an opinion you'd like to share with the community? If so, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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