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

Jun 052019
 

The Annual General meeting of the FCA-FAC [Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa] will be held at City Hall in the Col. By Room on Wednesday June 19 from 7 pm.

A draft agenda for the June 19 AGM is found at https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/190618DA.pdf Minutes for the previous AGM of June 20, 2018 are found at https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/180620DM.pdf

Mar 202019
 

The next General Meeting of the FCA-FAC [Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa] will be held Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 7pm at the Aquaview Community Centre, 318 Aquaview Drive, Orléans

A prime theme of the meeting will be “What data do we need for good neighbourhood planning in the age of the Smart City?”

An updated draft agenda for the March 20 meeting is found here

Draft minutes for the previous (February 20) meeting is found here

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Introduction to the GACA Neighbourhood: Presentation

The Ottawa Neighbourhood Study Presentation can be found here

Smart Cities Presentation from Roland Dorsay can be found here

FCA-FAC General Meeting Wed. Oct. 17

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Oct 152018
 

The next General Meeting of the FCA-FAC [Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa will be held Wednesday October 17 from 7:15pm at Van Lang Community Centre, 29 Van Lang Private. The theme of the meeting will be disaster preparedness in our neighbourhoods.

Each member association is invited to sent two delegates to General Meetings. Observers are always welcome.

A draft agenda for the October 17 meeting is found at https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/181017DA.pdf

Draft minutes for the previous (September 13) meeting will be posted shortly.

FCA January 27 Planning workshop survey

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Jan 042018
 

Mark your calendars, FCA Planning workshop January 27th & short planning survey: Here’s your chance to chime in on how the city of Ottawa will prepare the next phase of the Official plan. The FCA will be hosting a workshop January 27th, at the Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview road, from 8:30am to 12:30. The workshop titled : Ottawa: A city of neighbourhoods. will feature an expert panel and breakout sessions working on the future vision of Ottawa’s development. Please take 5 minutes to fill out this short planning survey here. Please also share this among your community networks. All answers are anonymous and results will be given at the workshop the 27th. They should be very interesting!

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FCAplanningworkshop

FCA 2017 Transportation Committee Report

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Oct 162017
 

Below you will find the FCA’s transportation committee report which was discussed at the FCA’s October 2017 meeting in Lowertown.

Link to FCA Transportation report: https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/TMP-brief-FCA-16Oct17-1.pdf

Link to FCA October 2017 meeting details: http://fca-fac.ca/2017/10/fca-october-18-general-meeting-notice/

Link to FCA press release dated October 26, 2017: https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/20172610FCATransportationrelease.pdf

 

 

 

FCA-FAC General Meeting Wed. Sept. 20

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Sep 142017
 

A General Meeting of the FCA-FAC [Federation of Citizens’ Associations  of Ottawa] will be held Wednesday September 20 from 7:15 pm at the Overbrook Community Centre, 33 Quill Street.

Each member association is invited to send two delegates to General Meetings. Observers are always welcome.

A draft agenda for the Sept. 20 meeting is found at https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/170920DA.pdf  and draft minutes for the previous meeting are at   https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/170517DM.pdf

Heritage Ottawa – Heritage Forum

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Sep 132017
 

Heritage Ottawa is hosting its Heritage Forum September 30th in Kars.The forum is focused on rural/village heritage along with a presentation on the controversial Heritage Inventory/Register – a chance to learn more about it and ask questions of City staff. The event will feature walking tour of Kars, and a bus tour of Rideau Township.

Village of Kars | Saturday, September 30, 2017

Kars Recreation Centre 1604 Old Wellington Street

9:30 am to 4:00 pm | Doors open at 9:00 am

Event Details:

https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Celebrating-Village-Heritage-FCA-update-.pdf

Registration:

https://heritageottawa.org/annual-heritage-forum

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.