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.

http://fca-fac.ca/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: http://fca-fac.ca/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.

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 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 152017
 

The FCA will be hosting it’s 30th annual general meeting June 15, 2017 at 7:15pm in the Colonel By Room at City Hall. Here is a link to the press release on the event:

http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2017-FCA-AGM-press-release.pdf

July 2017 update:

The FCA would like to congratulate all this year’s FCA award winners Judy Forrest, Ian Johns and Archie Campbell. Below are some pictures of the winners at the AGM.

Tomas Whillans (left / jacket) Centretown Citizens Community Association president accepts the FCA Award Winner for Judy Forrest. Ian Johns (center) accepts the FCA Builder Award. Archie Campbell (right) accepts the FCA Lifetime achievement Award.