"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
GREENSPACE ALLIANCE OF CANADA'S CAPITAL
ALLIANCE POUR LES ESPACES VERTS DANS LA CAPITALE DU CANADA
Friends of the Greenspace Alliance / Greenspace Watch
Please find below a media release of July 22, 2012.
Below is an information note calling on the City to stop the wholesale cutting of emerald ash borer infested ash trees on public property and instead focus on saving as many of trees as possible by using biological injections as the City of Oakville is doing. It would be many times more cost effective than the massive removal of thousands of trees which won’t stop the spread of the disease and will, additionally, cost homeowners more in energy costs and loss of property values.
Bill bypasses notices on the Environmental Bill of Rights web site
Bill 55, the Ontario Budget Bill, also amends 69 different statutes in its schedules, including the Endangered Species Act, the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act and the Public Lands Act.
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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2010 Annual Report
Friends of the Greenspace Alliance
Annual General Meeting, 18 November 2010
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