Jul 202017
 

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.

FCA Member associations are encouraged to submit their respective views to their MPP as well as to the FCA for further discussion.

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 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/
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.

Jun 022017
 

On May 31, FCA-FAC submitted comments on the City’s second discussion paper on review of R4 Zoning. The review has been going on for the past eight months and it has become evident that addressing issues in R4 zones will have implications for all residential zones in the City.

No official announcement has yet been made, but it is clear that the R4 review will be absorbed into a broader examination of residential zoning.

Background material and the FCA-FAC submissions to the review are found at http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/R4zo1705.pdf

Mar 192017
 

From March 10 to the 14th, the FCA in partnership with Greenspace Alliance released a greenspaces survey to its FCA network. 82 respondents from around the city chimed in. Have a look at the results here:

https://www.surveymonkey.net/results/SM-KH6JPMTG/

Mar 102017
 

Below is the Federation of Citizens’ Associations’ Comments regarding the proposed Urban Forest Management Plan.

http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/FCAreUFMP161130.pdf

Ontario’s provincial policy statement of 2014 under the Planning Act can be found here:

http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/AssetFactory.aspx?did=10463

Also a power point outlining some of the main points relating to Urban Forests and the health of cities from an FCA power point presentation can be found here:

http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/20160423-FCA-Plan-Envt-Health.pdf

Unpublished Ottawa published the FCA’s original submission to the City of Ottawa, made at the beginning of the consultation process on the Urban Forest Management Plan. Here it is below:

http://unpublishedottawa.com/letter/52648/fca-ottawa-urban-forest-management-plan-submission-city-ottawa

We will be pleased to work with the City to make preservation of existing trees and forests, and replanting a forest for the benefit of future generations, a reality.

Some key points are:

· Forestry’s operational plan needs to dovetail with the city’s climate change plan, given the well-known fact that trees are a major contributor to carbon sequestration.

· The Urban Forest Management Plan must dovetail with the City’s Official Plan and other Management Plans.

· The focus should be on caring for existing trees.  Healthy trees are safe trees. 

· Monitoring compliance with and enforcement of existing laws and By-laws is crucial to this effort.

· Individual forest systems within the urban forest should receive special treatment.

· Urban forest planting and replanting must be done according to a comprehensive long-term vision.  Many local tree species are slow-growing and are only middle aged at 150 years.

· The FCA asks the City to consult with representatives from its member communities, and/or local citizen scientists and/or residents, whenever possible, when determining appropriate action on tree-related issues on public property, and especially in parks.