Many factors to consider before choosing where boundary could expand: Ottawa planning chair

By Mike Vlasveld, 1310 News, April 27, 2020

The City of Ottawa's Planning Advisory Committee Chair says there are a number of things that need to be discussed before any decision can be made about possibly expanding the city's boundary.

Ottawa's planning committee is getting together with the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on May 11, to talk about a strategy that will guide how Ottawa grows over the next 26 years.

In that time, the population is expected to rise by about 400,000, with the need for about 200,000 housing units.

Planning Chair Scott Moffatt says there is currently green field space to accomodate 80,000, so it's about finding room for that next 120,000, and he thinks that will largely be done through intensification.

(...)"I've heard a lot of folks refer to [Ottawa's] 'bungalow belt.' You know, taking that and upsizing those to duplexes or to eight-unit buildings in what normally were communities that were filled with bungalows, the schools are going to have to come back," the Rideau-Goulbourn City Councillor explains. "How do we do that? Do we have the planning in place for that? Do we have the zoning in place for the changes we need to make through intensification?"

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Auditor slams City of Ottawa officials over handling of Barrhaven housing development

By Randy Boswell, Ottawa Citizen, November 24, 2023

The City of Ottawa’s auditor general has slammed municipal officials for mishandling a major housing development in Barrhaven that involved extensive alterations of the Jock River floodplain to accommodate a sprawling new subdivision with nearly 1,000 new homes.

Auditor General Nathalie Gougeon has released a scathing, 14-page report detailing her team’s investigation into the project after allegations of mismanagement were made through the city’s fraud and waste hotline. The report has been tabled for discussion at the city’s audit committee meeting on Monday.

...The plan involved cutting away more than 100,000 cubic metres of soil along the north shore of the Jock and depositing more than 400,000 cubic metres of soil on adjacent land immediately to the north so houses could be safely built there, beyond any flood risk.

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Ottawa city council asks province to reinstate nine-storey building heights on minor corridors

By Blair Crawford, Ottawa Citizen, November 25, 2023

In a head-spinning move that has angered some community groups, Ottawa is asking the province to reverse its decision to override the city’s official plan on building heights.

A motion, approved by council this week in a 19-2 vote, instructs city officials to ask Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Paul Calandra to reinstate rules allowing higher buildings heights along minor road corridors. It’s something the city’s planning committee rejected two years ago, when it approved Ottawa’s new official plan.

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Pellerin: Speak up for the glorious, badly under-used, Rideau Canal

By Brigitte Pellerin, Ottawa Citizen Op-Ed, November 24, 2023

The City of Ottawa, the National Capital Commission and Parks Canada are launching a consultation on the Rideau Canal, and they want our opinions.

What they hope we do is complete a survey, attend a virtual meeting, visit a pop-up kiosk at Landsowne Christmas Market on Nov. 25 and send our comments. I’m going to skip right to the last step.

...Around here, we only think of roads for commuting. Everything else — even a lovely gem like the Canal — is for recreational purposes. It’s a failure of imagination that deprives everyone, residents and visitors alike, of truly magnificent public spaces in the nation’s capital.

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