A Panel discussion on natural linkages in and around Ottawa was held on Saturday morning, June 8, 2013, at the Hintonburg Community Centre. Brought together were Prof. Emer. Gray Merriam, landscape ecologist; Dr. Gary Bell, program manager for Eastern Ontario at the Nature Conservancy of Canada; François Cyr, senior manager of the Greenbelt at the National Capital Commission; Dr. Nick Stow, senior land use and natural systems planner at the City of Ottawa; and Dr.
"Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031" was launched at City Hall on January 29. From an environmental protection point of view, the best news coming out of the event was that once again staff is proposing to forbid country lot subdivisions in any form. (Even so, some immediate concerns arise, noted below.)
The Greenspace Alliance responded to the invitation to provide comment on a draft Provincial Policy Statement circulated by the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. It would replace the current PPS issued in 2005. The PPS is authorized under the Planning Act and has key policy prescriptions which a municipality's Official Plan and the Ontario Municipal Board must adhere to.
The current PPS is found here: http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page1485.aspx
The September 2012 draft PPS is here: http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page9990.aspx
Please find below a media release of July 22, 2012.
Piece-meal approvals are alleged to put existing residences in jeopardy
The South March Highlands - Carp River Conservation group has published a lengthy post detailing the apparent irregularities related to planned development around Kizell Drain and Beaver Pond.
Phase I of an Environmental Assessment -- started three years late -- shows that existing homes in the area are at risk of flooding.
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