Oct 212019
 

FCA-FAC is organizing a weekend workshop on Saturday October 26 with the theme “A new Official Plan for Ottawa – Launching Community Discussion”. The workshop is open to all (although it would be helpful if attendees could register in advance).

There are two objectives for the workshop. One is to stimulate discussion among community groups about the new Official Plan project. The other is to encourage community representatives to organize similar discussions in their respective communities.

A poster publicizing the workshop is found at https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/191026wp.pdf . You are invited to distribute this to others in your community, encouraging wide participation. Participants are encouraged to look at the city’s documents entitled “Five big moves” which will serve as basis for discussion. A draft agenda for the workshop is found at https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/191026wa.pdf

Following the FCA-FAC event, an optional discussion from 1200 to 1330 about climate action, featuring a light lunch, has been organized by Greenspace Alliance for Canada’ Capital and by Ecology Ottawa. Detail is included in the draft agenda document.

Aug 232019
 

Our president Sheila Perry spoke at the combined PLANNING and and RURAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE meeting on August 22nd, 2019 and presented the following comments to the published ‘5 Big Moves‘ on our behalf: Comments

Please take a look at the response from Alain Miguelez, Manager – Planning Policy & Resiliency too: Response

Jan 052019
 

Happy New Year Greetings to all!

Please see below our FCA (Federation of Citizens Association)  invitation to all residents, community associations, city staff, councillors and interested citizens.
Date:   Wednesday, January 9
Time:   6 to 8 p.m.
This is an opportunity to combine 2 information/discussion sessions on planning matters :1.  6 p.m. Site Plan Control Proposed Changes  and2.  7 p.m.  Local Planning Appeal Support Centre (LPASC)

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FCA-FAC writes on transit in Governance Review

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Dec 022018
 

In the context of the Governance Review which the new Council will consider on December 5, FCA-FAC has written to request the terms of reference for the Transit Commission be changed to permit Councillors to review (and be held accountable for) major operational issues. Currently Council votes only on the OC Transpo budget, fare structure and labour negotiation mandate. The FCA letter is found at https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/181128LT.pdf

Aug 292018
 

Its opponents say that spot zoning should not be permitted. that developers factor it in when negotiating land prices. Others say it allows the city an opportunity to negotiate community benefits — more height for more dollars.
How will the new rules and processes in planning and appeals affect the occurrence of Spot Zoning?
Can we carry on a discussion, point to some pertinent documents in an attempt to shed some light on this topic?

Mayor Watson responds to FCA-FAC concerns on 900 Albert project

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Aug 242018
 

President Sheila Perry has received the following response for Mayor Watson concerning the project at 900 Albert. To see the letter sent to Mayor Watson click here

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Jul 102018
 

FCA-FAC has submitted written comments on the proposed high-rise development at 900 Albert. The letter to Council members is found here. In addition to writing, FCA-FAC President Sheila Perry outlined concerns about the proposal before Planning Committee on July 10, 2018.

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Feb 232018
 

The awards committee is seeking nominations for the awards presented annually at the June AGM.

Up to three awards may be presented: Lifetime Achievement, FCA Contributor, or Builders.

You can find a more detailed description of the awards on the awards page under “About Us” on this website or simply follow this link.
Nominations are due by May 1st and should be sent to our past president, Graeme Roderick at ppres@fca-fac.ca

Submissions should include all the necessary information in support of the nomination.

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.