THarris

Jan 042018
 

Mark your calendars, FCA Planning workshop January 27th & short planning survey: Here’s your chance to chime in on how the city of Ottawa will prepare the next phase of the Official plan. The FCA will be hosting a workshop January 27th, at the Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview road, from 8:30am to 12:30. The workshop titled : Ottawa: A city of neighbourhoods. will feature an expert panel and breakout sessions working on the future vision of Ottawa’s development. Please take 5 minutes to fill out this short planning survey here. Please also share this among your community networks. All answers are anonymous and results will be given at the workshop the 27th. They should be very interesting!

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FCAplanningworkshop

Dec 152017
 

Passing of Bill 139 – the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017

 

Please note that on December 12, the Legislative Assembly passed the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 which, among other matters, will replace the Ontario Municipal Board with a new tribunal, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, and helps ensure that proceedings before the tribunal are faster, fairer and more affordable.

 

More specifically, the legislation includes reforms that will:

  • Reduce the number of appeals by limiting what could be brought before the new tribunal.
  • Reduce the length and cost of hearings and create a more level playing field for all participants by introducing timelines and requiring the new tribunal to look for ways, like mediation, to settle major land use planning appeals that could avoid the hearing process altogether.
  • Eliminate lengthy and often confrontational examinations and cross-examinations of witnesses by parties and their lawyers at the oral hearings of major land use planning appeals.
  • Establish the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre, a new provincial agency, which will provide Ontarians with information about the land use planning appeal process, legal and planning advice, and, in certain cases, may provide legal representation in proceedings before the tribunal.
  • Give more weight to key decisions made by municipal officials who have been elected to serve in the interests of the communities they represent.

 

These and the other reforms in the new legislation stem from last year’s comprehensive review of how the Ontario Municipal Board operates and its role in the province’s land-use planning system.

 

Proposed Regulatory Changes

Some of the changes made through Bill 139 will require corresponding amendments to existing regulations and the creation of new regulations.

 

Planning Act

Under the Planning Act, the proposed regulatory changes would:

  • Require explanations of how planning proposals conform with local planning documents (which would build on other requirements);
  • Clarify requirements for municipal notices;
  • Make other technical changes; and
  • Establish transition rules for planning matters in process at the time of proclamation under the Planning Act.

 

For more information, including providing comments on these matters please go to the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry:

  • EBR Registry Posting 013-1790: Proposed amendments to matters included in existing regulations under the Planning Act relating to the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 (Bill 139).
  • EBR Registry Posting 013-1788: Proposed new regulation under the Planning Act to prescribe transitional provisions for the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 (Bill 139).

 

Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act

Under the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act, 2017, the proposed regulatory changes would:

  • Establish transition rules for appeals to the Tribunal under the Planning Act;
  • Establish timelines for appeals to the Tribunal under the Planning Act;
  • Establish time limits for submissions at oral hearings for major land use planning appeals before the Tribunal; and
  • Scope the practices and procedures of the Tribunal in respect of major land use planning appeals.

 

For more information, including providing comments on these matters please go to Regulatory Registry:

 

 

Adoption du projet de loi 139 – Loi de 2017 visant à bâtir de meilleures collectivités et à protéger les bassins hydrographiques

Veuillez noter que le 12 décembre, l’Assemblée législative a adopté la Loi de 2017 visant à bâtir de meilleures collectivités et à protéger les bassins hydrographiques qui, entre autres, remplacera la Commission des affaires municipales de l’Ontario par un nouveau tribunal, le Tribunal d’appel de l’aménagement local, et fera en sorte que les instances devant ce tribunal soient plus rapides, plus équitables et plus abordables.

 

Plus précisément, cette loi comprend des réformes visant ce qui suit :

  • Réduire le nombre d’appels en limitant ce dont le nouveau tribunal peut être saisi.
  • Réduire la durée et le coût des appels et établir des conditions plus équitables pour tous les participants en fixant des délais et en exigeant que le nouveau tribunal explore divers moyens, par exemple la médiation, qui permettent d’éviter le recours au processus d’audience pour régler les appels de décisions importantes en matière d’aménagement du territoire.
  • Éliminer les interrogatoires et contre-interrogatoires longs et souvent conflictuels des témoins par les parties et leurs avocats au cours des audiences orales portant sur des appels de décisions importantes en matière d’aménagement du territoire.
  • Créer le Centre d’assistance pour les appels en matière d’aménagement, un nouvel organisme provincial qui fournira aux Ontariens et Ontariennes des renseignements sur le processus d’appel en matière d’aménagement du territoire, des conseils juridiques, des conseils relatifs à l’aménagement, et dans certains cas, des services de représentation juridique lors des instances devant le tribunal.
  • Accorder plus de poids aux décisions prises par les représentants des municipalités qui ont été élus pour servir les intérêts des collectivités qu’ils représentent.

 

Ces réformes et les autres que prévoit la nouvelle loi font suite à l’examen complet qui a été mené l’an dernier sur le fonctionnement de la Commission des affaires municipales de l’Ontario et son rôle dans le système d’aménagement du territoire de la province.

 

Prise et modification de règlements

Certains des changements prévus dans le projet de loi 139 exigeront que l’on apporte des modifications correspondantes aux règlements en place et que l’on prenne de nouveaux règlements.

 

Loi sur l’aménagement du territoire

Aux termes de la Loi sur l’aménagement du territoire, les modifications que l’on entend apporter aux règlements viseraient ce qui suit :

  • exiger des explications de la façon dont les projets d’aménagement se conforment aux documents d’aménagement locaux (en harmonie avec d’autres exigences);
  • préciser les exigences s’appliquant aux avis municipaux;
  • apporter d’autres modifications de forme;
  • établir les règles de transition s’appliquant aux questions relatives à l’aménagement qui étaient en traitement aux termes de la Loi sur l’aménagement du territoire au moment de la promulgation.

 

Pour obtenir des précisions et faire part de vos commentaires à ce sujet, veuillez consulter le Registre environnemental :

  • Numéro d’avis 013-1790 : Modifications proposées à des dispositions des règlements en vigueur aux termes de la Loi sur l’aménagement du territoire concernant la Loi de 2017 visant à bâtir de meilleures collectivités et à protéger les bassins hydrographiques (projet de loi 139).
  • Numéro d’avis 013-1788 : Projet d’un nouveau règlement aux termes de la Loi sur l’aménagement du territoire pour prescrire les dispositions transitoires relativement à la Loi de 2017 visant à bâtir de meilleures collectivités et à protéger les bassins hydrographiques (projet de loi 139).

 

Loi de 2017 sur le Tribunal d’appel de l’aménagement local

Aux termes de la Loi de 2017 sur le Tribunal d’appel de l’aménagement local, les modifications que l’on entend apporter aux règlements viseraient ce qui suit :

  • établir les règles de transition s’appliquant aux appels devant le Tribunal aux termes de la Loi sur l’aménagement du territoire;
  • fixer les délais pour interjeter appel devant le Tribunal aux termes de la Loi sur l’aménagement du territoire;
  • fixer la durée de présentation des observations lors des audiences orales portant sur des appels devant le Tribunal de décisions importantes en matière d’aménagement du territoire;
  • régir les pratiques et procédures du Tribunal concernant les appels de décisions importantes en matière d’aménagement du territoire.

 

Pour obtenir des précisions et formuler des commentaires à ce sujet, veuillez consulter le Registre de la réglementation :

Dec 122017
 

In February 2017, an ad-Hoc FCA group submitted comments on a future Planning Advisory Committee which was to be created following the adoption of Bill 37. View our original submission here.

Following up on this file in the fall of 2017, we were advised that the city had without consultation or a response to our original submission prepared it’s own version of what the Planning Advisory Committee was to look like. You can view the proposal which will be voted on at the city council meeting on December 13th here.

FCA and Greenspace Alliance member Erwin Dreesen submitted an op-Ed which was published in the Ottawa Citizen here.

 

Nov 282017
 

Some FCA members presented to the Police Services Board November 28th, 2017. Here is a link to the document which summarizes their presentation.

http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/FCA-budget-brief-OPS-27Nov17.pdf

 

Oct 162017
 

Below you will find the FCA’s transportation committee report which was discussed at the FCA’s October 2017 meeting in Lowertown.

Link to FCA Transportation report: http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/TMP-brief-FCA-16Oct17-1.pdf

Link to FCA October 2017 meeting details: http://fca-fac.ca/2017/10/fca-october-18-general-meeting-notice/

Link to FCA press release dated October 26, 2017: http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/20172610FCATransportationrelease.pdf

 

 

 

Oct 112017
 

The FCA welcomes is pleased to host its second fall meeting, this time to be hosted by the Lowertown Community Association from 7:15 to 9:15pm at the Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Ave.. The meeting Agenda can be previewed here and the previous meeting minutes (September 20, 2017) are here. The meeting will focus on the outcomes of the transportation workshop hosted by the FCA last spring. The next meeting will be November 22 in Sandy Hill.

Oct 112017
 

Did you know the Greenspace Alliance was founded in October 1997? To celebrate twenty years of advocacy for the preservation and protection of greenspace in Ottawa-Gatineau, we are planning a little soirée on Thursday, October 26, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. It will be held at the Domaine de la Ferme Moore, one of the NCC’s 2017 Confederation Pavilions, located at 670 Blvd Alexandre-Taché in Gatineau, just across the Champlain Bridge.

 

In addition to refreshments and a birthday cake, entertainment will be provided in the form of a song circle, in which local musicians, playing acoustic instruments, will take turns singing songs, in many genres, that somehow touch on nature and the environment. Please RSVP to pjohanis@rogers.com if you think you can join us.

Sep 262017
 

2017 Community Safety Awards

REMINDER: Send us your nominations!

 

The Community Safety Awards are not far away. The ceremony will take place on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 5 p.m. at Ottawa City Hall.  Save the date!

 

Don’t miss your opportunity to nominate a deserving community safety leader. The deadline for submissions is October 3, 2017. The awards honour individuals, groups and programs making Ottawa a safer city for everyone.

 

Nominees are being sought for the following award categories:

  • Leadership Award
  • Business Award
  • Youth Leadership Award
  • Enforcement Professional Award
  • City Employee Award
  • Volunteer Award
  • Volunteer Program Award
  • Community Program Award

The nomination form, criteria and frequently asked questions can be found at: www.crimepreventionottawa.ca.

Sep 132017
 

Heritage Ottawa is hosting its Heritage Forum September 30th in Kars.The forum is focused on rural/village heritage along with a presentation on the controversial Heritage Inventory/Register – a chance to learn more about it and ask questions of City staff. The event will feature walking tour of Kars, and a bus tour of Rideau Township.

Village of Kars | Saturday, September 30, 2017

Kars Recreation Centre 1604 Old Wellington Street

9:30 am to 4:00 pm | Doors open at 9:00 am

Event Details:

http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Celebrating-Village-Heritage-FCA-update-.pdf

Registration:

https://heritageottawa.org/annual-heritage-forum