Survey on “Building in Mature Neighbourhoods” – your comments welcome

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Nov 292017

There has been much discussion about conflicts between developers/renovators and adjacent neighbours. The City has a pamphlet “Building or Renovating in a Mature Neighbourhood” which touches on relations between builders and adjacent residents. You can find the pamphlet here.

The City is considering revising or replacing the existing pamphlet and requests community input for this purpose. FCA-FAC is collecting inputs through an online survey.

Please look at the current pamphlet which is attached to the draft agenda for the November 22 FCA General Meeting found at

Once you have looked at the pamphlet, please record your comments by completing the short (five question) survey at

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.


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.



2016-2017 FCA Year end Survey

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Apr 292017

Each year the FCA posts a survey to report back to its executive on how well it’s been performing over the year. Our organization is built from a dedicated group of volunteers and is representative of many community associations across the city. We want to give our members and the general public a chance to help make us better and to better serve the community. Please take 3-5 minutes to fill out this short survey to let us know how we are doing and what we can do better.

Survey Link:

All survey answers are anonymous. The FCA will share the results at our AGM June 15, 2017 and on our website shortly after.

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Community safety – preliminary survey results

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Dec 072016

The December 8 FCA-FAC General Meeting will feature discussion about community safety and security (see the meeting agenda at  ).

In preparation for that discussion community members are invited to respond to a survey (go to ).

Although the survey is still open and is collecting responses, preliminary results of the survey were captured on Dec. 7 and an overview can be found at

Nov 302016

The next General Meeting will be held Thursday Dec. 8 at the Overbrook Community Centre 33 Quill St. A discussion on community safety, featuring senior officers of Ottawa Police Services will be the prime feature of the meeting. A proposal for a submission for the OMB Review will also be discussed.

To prepare for the safety discussion, participants are invited to complete a short survey at

The draft agenda for the meeting is found at

How would you define your FCA-FAC?

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Sep 152016

Over the summer the board of directors, ably assisted by facilitator Phil Nicholson, met to reflect on options for the FCA-FAC for the coming year and onward.

A document for discussion was circulated at the General Meeting of Sept. 15. The discussion paper, with minor amendments reflecting comments at the Sept. 15. meeting, is found at 

Readers of the paper are encouraged to respond to  a brief questionnaire intended to elicit your feedback and views. The feedback we receive through the survey and in person at our monthly meetings will shape the activities of your FCA over the coming year.

You will find this survey here

If you wish to refer others in your organisation to the survey, the link is


Apr 282016

At its retreat last summer, the board of the FCA-FAC set out some top-level goals to pursue over the year. These were:

1. Get known as an important and useful federation by media, politicians and the public.
2. Present credible and compelling voices of regional groupings of community and citizen associations through a wide range of public participation activities.
3. Recommend new major projects or changes to City-wide strategy, policy, plans, standards and Budget and local community urban, suburban and village/rural and private sector development.
4. Partner in operational delivery of selected civic programmes toward affordability, quality, appropriateness, fairness, durability
5. Connect City Hall to communities and vice versa
6. Help build capacity within community groups and energy among them, through active exposure to each other and to other leaders.
We need to hear from the FCA-FAC members how we did in the pursuit of these goals.
If you haven’t done so already, FCA members, please take our survey

Survey of those who attended the general meeting of January 2016

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Mar 192016

This meeting was a test of a format designed to involve the attendees in a series of small-group sessions of their choosing with various subject-matter experts in a variety of fields. The objectives were to add to the knowledge base of attendees and to encourage the development of ongoing contacts with the experts and with the members of other community groups.
The survey was designed to solicit the views of the participants on the effectiveness of the format. The results are found here.

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A profile of Community Associations in Ottawa

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Mar 192016

In 2015 FCA-FAC conducted a survey to take a snapshot of the structure, activities and the nature of community organizations in Ottawa.

The following survey offers a glimpse of the cadre of hard-working volunteers striving to make a difference in our communities.

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