Sep 132017
 

The FCA has submitted a letter to the Minister of Housing and Municipal Affairs of Ontario regarding Bill 139. The letter can be viewed here.

https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Cover-letter-Bill-139-EBR0130590-FCA-comments-13Aug17.pdf

Backgrounder:

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: https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/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.

The final Greenspace Alliance, FonTRA and CELA submissions can be found on the Greenspace Alliance page here.

Infill I-II update, FCA meeting report and power point

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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
 

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 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 022017
 

On May 31, FCA-FAC submitted comments on the City’s second discussion paper on review of R4 Zoning. The review has been going on for the past eight months and it has become evident that addressing issues in R4 zones will have implications for all residential zones in the City.

No official announcement has yet been made, but it is clear that the R4 review will be absorbed into a broader examination of residential zoning.

Background material and the FCA-FAC submissions to the review are found at https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/R4zo1705.pdf

Mar 202017
 

The City of Ottawa’s current Transportation Master Plan (TMP) was approved in 2013, based on 2006 census information, 2011 traffic data, background reports and public consultation. It contains targets and strategies regarding walking, cycling, transit and vehicles for 2031. The City originally intended to update the TMP for 2018, but now does not expect to begin the process to update the TMP until 2021.

On Saturday April 8, 2017 (8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. @ Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview rd.) the FCA Transportation Committee will hold a half-day workshop on building a new Transportation Master Plan for our city. Please see the attached Agenda or click on it here:

https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Agenda-TMP-wkshp-08Apr17.pdf

What should be its goals and strategies?

Please take 5 minutes to fill out the following survey by April 5, 2017:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FCAtransposurvey

Survey results will be released during the workshop to help us in planning the discussion for the event. All answers are anonymous and may be published on the FCA website following the workshop. Please do not include any personal information in the survey answers.

Mar 192017
 

From March 10 to the 14th, the FCA in partnership with Greenspace Alliance released a greenspaces survey to its FCA network. 82 respondents from around the city chimed in. Have a look at the results here:

https://www.surveymonkey.net/results/SM-KH6JPMTG/

FCA-Urban Forest Management Plan – Feedback & Submission to the City of Ottawa

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Mar 102017
 

Below is the Federation of Citizens’ Associations’ Comments regarding the proposed Urban Forest Management Plan.

https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/FCAreUFMP161130.pdf

Ontario’s provincial policy statement of 2014 under the Planning Act can be found here:

http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/AssetFactory.aspx?did=10463

Also a power point outlining some of the main points relating to Urban Forests and the health of cities from an FCA power point presentation can be found here:

https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/20160423-FCA-Plan-Envt-Health.pdf

Unpublished Ottawa published the FCA’s original submission to the City of Ottawa, made at the beginning of the consultation process on the Urban Forest Management Plan. Here it is below:

http://unpublishedottawa.com/letter/52648/fca-ottawa-urban-forest-management-plan-submission-city-ottawa

We will be pleased to work with the City to make preservation of existing trees and forests, and replanting a forest for the benefit of future generations, a reality.

Some key points are:

· Forestry’s operational plan needs to dovetail with the city’s climate change plan, given the well-known fact that trees are a major contributor to carbon sequestration.

· The Urban Forest Management Plan must dovetail with the City’s Official Plan and other Management Plans.

· The focus should be on caring for existing trees.  Healthy trees are safe trees. 

· Monitoring compliance with and enforcement of existing laws and By-laws is crucial to this effort.

· Individual forest systems within the urban forest should receive special treatment.

· Urban forest planting and replanting must be done according to a comprehensive long-term vision.  Many local tree species are slow-growing and are only middle aged at 150 years.

· The FCA asks the City to consult with representatives from its member communities, and/or local citizen scientists and/or residents, whenever possible, when determining appropriate action on tree-related issues on public property, and especially in parks.

FCA-FAC New Year’s Levee Jan. 18, 2017

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Jan 122017
 

The next general meeting of FCA-FAC [Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa] will be held Wednesday January 18, 2017 at the Tanglewood Park Community Centre, 31 Woodfield Drive.
Continuing a tradition from last year, our kick-off meeting for 2017 (or New Years’ Levee) will feature rotational interviews (or ‘speed-dating’ if you prefer) with various Ottawa experts in the field of social services. Please ensure that members of your association with an interest in social service issues are informed of this event.
A draft agenda for the Jan. 18 meeting is found at https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/170118DA.pdf
To prepare participants in thinking about social service questions, you are invited at respond to a brief survey which you will find at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7B85C2T
Please note that the draft agenda document includes background information on the agenda items, a listing of the experts who will be available for interviews at the meeting plus a draft submission on R4 zoning for consideration by the general meeting.
Each member association is invited to send two delegates to general meetings. Observers are always welcome. Don’t hesitate to bring along members of your association with an interest in the topics appearing in the agenda. We hope to see you Wednesday in Tanglewood.