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Jul 272017
 

Crime Prevention Ottawa and the FCA recently put together some articles on dealing with crime and safety in your neighbourhoods from a CA perspective.

Here are the articles in English:

http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/CPO1704E.pdf

et en français:

http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/CPO1704F.pdf

For more information on assessing crime data check out the Ottawa neighbourhood study here.

 

Jul 212017
 

A selection committee composed of Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Mathieu Fleury and Councillor Jeff Leiper reviewed the applications of approximately 75 candidates who responded to the public call-out for Board members in May 2017. Candidates were assessed on the basis of their leadership skills, business experience and community awareness.

The Board, which has been tasked with developing a renewed vision and mandate for the markets, will be led by the three-member Executive Committee, appointed for a three-year term:

  •          Peter Hume, Chair
  •          Dennis Jackson, Vice-Chair
  •          Chantal Gingras, Treasurer

Six additional board members were appointed after consideration and approval by City Council. The following three members were selected for a two-year term:

  •          Ian Fraser
  •          Suneeta Millington
  •          Lauren Kennedy

A further three members were chosen to serve for a period of one year:

  •          Catherine Frechette
  •          Greg Skotnicki
  •          Kathleen Macmillan

The terms of all members of the Board will begin on the date of incorporation of the Municipal Services Corporation, which is expected to take place later this month. Once incorporated, the Board will administer its own processes, including recruitment and nomination of future members. Nominations will be subject to approval by City Council.

The next steps in the process of establishing the new management of the ByWard and Parkdale Markets will take place over the coming months, including the incorporation of the Municipal Services Corporation, a formal orientation for Board members by City staff, and the hiring of the Executive Director. The transition process will be reviewed by Council in the fall, in advance of the transfer of management on January 1, 2018.

Quotes

“I’m pleased that the recruitment of this Board inspired such widespread interest among residents, who showed an inspiring level of support for the markets revitalization project. The inaugural members of the Board have impressive credentials and show exemplary levels of community involvement. Together, they embody the collective qualities needed to develop a clear, innovative vision and launch a successful new management model for the ByWard and Parkdale Markets.”

Mayor Jim Watson

“The establishment of the Municipal Services Corporation is a tremendous opportunity for renewal and innovation. The experience, diversity and skills reflected in this inaugural Board will be an asset in transitioning from City operations to an entrepreneurial approach that will help build vibrant, unique and successful markets.”

Councillor Mathieu Fleury, Rideau-Vanier Ward

“My thanks go to the dozens of residents who applied to be responsible for launching the Municipal Services Corporation: the level of interest in the long-term sustainability of our markets was gratifying to see. I’m confident that the members selected represent a balance of skills and perspectives that will serve the markets well.”

Councillor Jeff Leiper, Kitchissippi Ward

For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

A bio of the new board members can be found here.

Jul 202017
 

The Greenspace Alliance has put together a review of Bill 139, part of the proposed Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017: Amendments to the Planning Act. The Bill proposes among other things a very substantial reform of the current appeal process for official plans and offical plan and zoning amendments. 

In the case of Ottawa, the only basis of appeal would henceforth be whether Council’s decision is consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement (and/or the City’s Official Plan in the case of zoning amendments).

There would also be support for intervenors but we have to await the regulations to know who would be eligible to receive such support and what level of funding will be available.

While this Bill proposes much that communities (and municipalities) have demanded for years, two aspects are surprising and worrisome: An Official Plan or Comprehensive OP Amendment in a single-tier municipality, once approved by the Minister, would not be appealable.  And inconsistency with the Planning Act is not cited as a basis for appeal.

Comments on these parts of Bill 139 may be made via the EBR web site (#013-0590) until August 14, 2017. The Bill itself is here. For more background, please visit http://wp.me/P8kfbP-19V; you’ll also find there links to media coverage of this initiative which is updated regularly.

You can find the Greenspace review from July 15 2017 here: http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Bill-139-note-Draft-2-15Jul2017.pdf

And an earlier discussion paper from late 2016 on the issue here: http://greenspace-alliance.ca/index.php/current-issues-province-of-ontario/first-round-june-2016/discussion-paper-october-2016/

A recent article on what the development community is doing on the issue can be found here.

FCA Member associations are encouraged to submit their respective views to their MPP as well as to the FCA for further discussion.

Jul 202017
 

Please find the PDF of a presentation from the City of Ottawa updating the status of Infill I-II, shared by Elizabeth Desmarais, City Planner, here.

At our meeting held on  July 7 with FCA president Sheila Perry, a discussion was had on the format and some key issues of the review that relate to the Mature Neighbourhoods Overlay and Infill 2 Zoning By-law Amendments.   Please note that this is a beginning and that more information and discussion will take place in the Fall of 2017.

 

 

Jul 182017
 

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has granted Taggart Miller approval to proceed with the CRRRC Landfill and Waste Processing Facility at Boundary Road and Hwy 417. Details of the decision can be found here:

Minister Cover Letter

Ministry of Environment Notice of Assessment

The capital region backgrounder on the project can be found here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/capital-region-resource-recovery-centre

A group of residents have posted more information on the news on their website here.

Another community group has posted information on their website as well as a notice for a Community Liaison Committee is being formed with deadline for applications July 21, 2017. Details here.

 

 

 

Jul 182017
 

At the last FCA AGM, Keynote speaker and former OMB member Marc Denhez presented his views on ”Fixing the Planning System.” You can find a recap of the notes from his presentation here.

Marc Denhez at FCA AGM, June 15, 2017

Erwin Dreesen (white shirt) thanking Marc Denhez at FCA AGM, June 15, 2017

Jul 072017
 

Help us imagine the riverfront lands
Ottawa River North Shore Parklands Plan

The National Capital Commission (NCC) would like to know what you think about the draft Ottawa River North Shore Parklands Plan.
Please complete our online survey, which is available until July 24, 2017. Your comments will inform the final plan, which will be presented to the NCC Board of Directors in fall 2017.

http://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/posts/have-your-say-on-the-ottawa-river-north-shore-parklands-plan

Aidez-nous à imaginerles terrains riverains
Plan d’aménagement des terrains riverains situés au nord de la rivière des Outaouais

La Commission de la capitale nationale (CCN) veut savoir ce que vous pensez de l’ébauche du Plan d’aménagement des terrains riverains situés au nord de la rivière des Outaouais.
Nous vous invitons à répondre au sondage en ligne jusqu’au 24 juillet 2017. Vos commentaires seront pris en considération dans le plan définitif, qui sera présenté au conseil d’administration à l’automne 2017.

http://ccn-ncc.gc.ca/articles/have-your-say-on-the-ottawa-river-north-shore-parklands-plan

Jul 062017
 

This is to advise you about the City of Ottawa’s Property Standards By-law Review, which just recently began.

A comprehensive review of the Property Standards By-law was completed in 2013 and resulted in a new and updated by-law. However, a few additional issues were raised as part of the By-law Review Strategy approved by Council in 2015. This review therefore focuses on those issues which include:

  • Lighting (the term “abutting”)
  • Safe passage, specifically, snow and ice maintenance
  • Fences (the term “unsightly”)
  • Graffiti

Given that these issues may impact the business and broader community, we would welcome the opportunity to receive feedback by July 24, 2017, on the options that we are examining to address them.

Please note that the review of the lighting issue does not include illuminated signs, which are addressed under the recently-reviewed and updated Permanent Signs on Private Property By-law No. 2016-326.

You can view the details of this Review online, where there is also a survey to complete. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me either by phone at 613-580-2424 ext. 12389, or by responding to this email.

Thank you.

Bonjour,

Permettez‑nous de faire le point avec vous à propos de la révision du Règlement de la Ville d’Ottawa sur les normes d’entretien des biens, qui vient tout juste d’être lancée.

La Ville a procédé, en 2013, à une révision complète du Règlement sur les normes d’entretien des biens, ce qui a donné lieu à une nouvelle version à jour de ce règlement. Or, plusieurs autres questions ont été soulevées dans le cadre de la Stratégie de révision des règlements municipaux approuvée par le Conseil en 2015. Cette nouvelle révision porte donc essentiellement sur :

  • l’éclairage (le terme « contiguës »);
  • le passage sécuritaire, surtout en ce qui concerne l’entretien lors de l’accumulation de la neige et de la glace;
  • les clôtures (le terme « inesthétique »);
  • les graffitis.

Puisque ces questions pourraient avoir des répercussions sur les milieux d’affaires et sur la communauté en général, nous souhaiterions prendre connaissance des commentaires avant le 24 juillet 2017 sur les options que nous sommes en train d’examiner pour donner suite à ces questions.

Veuillez noter que la révision de la question de l’éclairage ne tient pas compte des enseignes lumineuses, qui font l’objet du Règlement régissant les enseignes permanentes sur des propriétés privées Règlement no 2016‑326, récemment révisé et mis à jour.

Vous pouvez prendre connaissance des modalités de cette révision en ligne, où vous trouverez également un sondage que nous vous invitons à remplir. Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à me contacter par téléphone au 613-580-2424 poste 12389, ou en répondant à ce courriel électronique.

 

Merci.

Jul 052017
 

“WHO WE ARE “

Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Presentation and Updates

City of Ottawa

Date:   Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Presented by: Stephen Willis,

General Manager,

Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development

Please find the following 3 attachments for FCA members and Community Associations. These presentations were made at our meeting in Kanata and hosted by the Katimavik/Hazeldean Community Association.  It is important to note that there are many changes following City of Ottawa reorganization.

  1. Powerpoint Presentation – May 17th  – “Who We Are”: http://fca-fac.ca/fca-pied-may-17-final/
  2. Copy of PIED Contact List – May 17th-  City of Ottawa Staff in Planning: http://fca-fac.ca/copy-of-pied-contact-list-edlt-may-2017/
  3. FCA Questions – Responses from PIED: http://fca-fac.ca/fca-meeting-may-17-responses-to-questions/
Jun 192017
 

The FCA would like to congratulate its incoming 2017-2018 Executive Board Members:

President: Sheila Perry

Vice-President: Alex Cullen

Secretary: Graeme Roderick

Treasurer: Lorne Cutler

Members-at-large also acclaimed were:

Robert Brocklebank, Roland Dorsay, Miranda Gray, Thierry Harris, Kul Kapoor, Bruce Lindsay, Maria-Luisa Marti, Chad Rollins, Don Stewart, and Phil Sweetnam.

FCA retreat pictures

An eager FCA Board ready to rock. Left to right: Maria-Louisa Marti, CCCA, Alex Cullen, Belltown NA, Chad Rollins, Action Sandy Hill, Miranda Gray, Convent Glen CA, Thierry Harris, LCA, Don Stewart, Westboro Beach CA, Lorne Cutler, Iona-Hampton CA, Kul Kapoor, Katimavik Hazeldean CA, Sheila Perry, Overbrook CA & FCA President, Bruce Lindsay, Riverside South CA, Philip Sweetnam, Stittsville Village CA, Rod MacLean, Katimavik Hazeldean CA, Robert Brocklebank, Glebe CA

At the FCA board retreat, Bruce Lindsay decides what he wants to support on how the FCA could being a collective voice on issues. An intense dotocracy session!

New FCA board member Thierry Harris (blue shirt / shorts), waits his turn on the seemingly endless internal debate veteran board members Bruce Lindsay (striped shirt), and Lorne Cutler (shorts) are having for a dotocracy vote. Make up your mind gentlemen! Special thanks to Dianne Urquart (pony tail), Executive Director, Social Planning Council of Ottawa for facilitating the retreat.