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/166.62.113.120/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/166.62.113.120/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

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 :

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 https://secureservercdn.net/166.62.113.120/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/171122DA-1.pdf

Once you have looked at the pamphlet, please record your comments by completing the short (five question) survey at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FCAbuildneigh

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/166.62.113.120/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/166.62.113.120/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.

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).

Jul 272017
 

Crime Prevention Ottawa and the FCA recently put together some articles on dealing with crime and safety in your neighbourhoods from a CA perspective.

Here are the articles in English:

https://secureservercdn.net/166.62.113.120/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/CPO1704E.pdf

et en français:

https://secureservercdn.net/166.62.113.120/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/CPO1704F.pdf

For more information on assessing crime data check out the Ottawa neighbourhood study 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.