FCA Summer Newsletter – July 20, 2017

FCA-FAC Summer Newsletter – July 20, 2017 

News from Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa

Planning and Development

1. At our meeting in Kanata May 17, 2017 Stephen Willis, the city of Ottawa’s planning department’s new GM, presented his report on Planning, infrastructure and economic development. Please see more information on it here. 
Included in the link are his powerpoint presentation, a copy of the city staff planning list and the Q&A of the FCA members’ questions and answers from Mr. Willis.

2. At our AGM June 15, 2017 keynote speaker & former OMB Member Marc Denhez presented his talk on ”Fixing the Planning System.” in Ontario. You can find the notes of his talk here.

3. Infill I-II update. FCA President Sheila Perry met with Elizabeth Desmarais from the City of Ottawa’s planning department in July 2017 to discuss Infill I-II. Details of the meeting including a power point presentation from the City can be found here. 

4. The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has granted Taggart Miller approval to proceed with the CRRRC Landfill and Waste Processing Facility at Boundary Road and Hwy 417. Details of the decision can be found here. 

5. OMB Reform: Greenspace Alliance has recently 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. 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 2017 here: http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Bill-139-note-Draft-2-15Jul2017.pdf

A recent Globe and mail 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. For more details please visit the FCA website here.

6. The Salvation Army is proposing to move from its current George Street location to Montreal road. Information on the application can be found here.

7. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has initiated a preliminary design and environmental assessment study for the rehabilitation and / or replacement of seven bridges (at four locations) on Highway 417 (Ottawa Queensway) from Metcalfe Street to Main Street, including the Rideau Canal Bridge, in the City of Ottawa. A  letter notifying you of the study commencement can be found here.

8. Bunkhouses: July 12, Council unanimously passed an interim control bylaw for areas that have seen a number of bunkhouses built. This interim control bylaw takes effect July 12 and is valid for 1 year. It applies to all lands zoned R1, R2, R3 or R4 and located within these areas Sandy Hill, Heron Park, and portions of Old Ottawa East, Old Ottawa South, Centretown and Overbrook . Basically it bans any new bunkhouse developments.

(a) no new apartment may contain more than 4 bedrooms,
(b) no new apartment may exceed 120m2 in floor area,
(c) no new detached house may contain more than six bedrooms, and
(d) no new apartment building with six apartments or fewer may exceed a total floor area of 500m2, including any basement, motor vehicle storage area or any other building area.
Details here and here.


1. Please take some time to fill out the following City of Ottawa Property Standards Survey. Deadline to fill out is July 24. 2017.  Details here.

2. Please take time to fill out the National Capital Commission’s Ottawa River North Parklands Survey.  Deadline to fill out is July 24, 2017Details here.

3. FCA year end survey results. We asked you to chime in on how we are doing at the FCA and here is a link to what you told us:

FCA business items

1. Proposed Calendar for FCA General Meetings:  Wednesdays:
Sept. 20, 2017, Overbrook.
Oct. 18, 2017
Nov. 22, 2017
Dec. 20, 2017
Jan.17, 2018/
Feb. 21, 2018
Mar. 21, 2018
April 18 2018
May 16 2018
June 20, 2018 AGM

CAs interested in hosting please contact us at info@fca-fac.ca.

2. FCA new board members. The FCA would like to congratulate its newest board members. Details on the new FCA Board can be found here:

3. Membership: The FCA is pleased to announce that Heritage Ottawa is the newest Member of the FCA. Have inquiries about FCA membership? Please contact us at info@fca-fac.ca.

4. The FCA would like to congratulate its 2016-2017 FCA Award winners Judy Forrest, Ian Johns and Archie Campbell. Details & pictures of the winners can be found here. The official press release on the winners can be found here.

5. Next FCA-FAC General Meeting
The next FCA-FAC general meeting is September 20, 2017. It will be hosted in Overbrook by the Overbrook community association.

Notice: FCA Transportation Master Plan: Workshop & Survey

Dear Glebe Annex residents,

Please find the following message from the Federation of Civic Associations (FCA) inviting people to their upcoming Transportation Master Plan Workshop and Survey


FCA Transportation Master Plan: Workshop & Survey

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FCA-FAC Transportation Master Plan: Workshop & Survey

Dear FCA members:
WORKSHOP: The City of Ottawa’s current Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is the City’s blueprint for planning, developing and operating its walking, cycling, public transit and road networks for the next two decades. It was approved in 2013, based on 2006 census information, 2011 traffic data, background reports and public consultation. It contains targets and strategies regarding walking, cycling, transit and vehicles for 2031 (to access the TMP goto http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/planning-and-development/official-plan-and-master-plans/transportation-master-plan ). The City originally intended to update the TMP for 2018, but now does not expect to begin the process to update the TMP until 2021.
But time does not stand still – assumptions change, new data becomes available, and a new TMP is needed. On Saturday April 8, 2017 (8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. @ Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview Rd.) the FCA Transportation Committee will hold a half-day workshop on building a new Transportation Master Plan for our city. Please see the attached Agenda or click on it here:

Please distribute this workshop notice to your members, and please RSVP via e-mail to alexcullen@rogers.com.
SURVEY: What should be the new Transportation Master Plan goals and strategies?
Please take 5 minutes to fill out the following survey by April 5, 2017:
Survey results will be released during the workshop to help us in planning the discussion for the event. All answers are anonymous and may be published on the FCA website following the workshop. Please do not include any personal information in the survey answers.