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 :

Crime Prevention Ottawa Community safety Awards

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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 092017
 

The Healthy Transportation Coalition and EnviroCentre are pleased to invite you to the:

2017 Transportation Equity Summit

September 22, 2017

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ottawa City Hall

This year’s summit provides a platform for the ongoing dialogue needed to achieve equitable transportation in Ottawa. The summit will provide an opportunity for professionals, decision makers and residents to come together to learn about and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing equitable transportation in Ottawa.

Whether you are an affected resident, a decision-maker, student, or you work in a field where you see the impact on marginalized populations, you will contribute to and benefit from participating in the Summit.

Go to the Eventbrite page to register today!

Subsidies are available for registration, transit costs, and childcare. Contact transport@envirocentre.ca or 613-656-0100 ext. 129 for details.

Lunch and snacks will be provided (gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options available).

Inaugural Board of Directors appointed for ByWard and Parkdale Markets’ new management structure

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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 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/
Feb 122016
 

In response to the motion adopted at the  general meeting of December 10, 2015, the FCA-FAC has received the following communications from Councillor El-Chantiry and Chief Bordeleau.