Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee Update

After our Mid-Term Town Hall meeting in Pierce’s Corners this week, we’ll take a break next week from our Town Hall series for a meeting that will deal specifically with the 2017 Budget. Along with Councillors Michael Qaqish and George Darouze, I will be co-hosting a pre-budget consultation meeting on Wednesday, October 5th at the Rideauview Community Centre in Riverside South, beginning at 7:30pm.  The Rideauview Community Centre is located at 4310 Shoreline Drive, just off Spratt Road.

Residents may also offer budget input by sending an email directly to, by contacting their City Councillor or by tweeting @ottawacity using the hashtag #ottbudget. Learn more about the City’s budget process with the resources at The 2017 Budget will be tabled at City Council in November.

Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee

Our 20th Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee meeting of this term of Council is coming up on Thursday, October 6th at 10:00am.  As always, anyone who is interested in attending is welcome to come to the Council Chambers at the Ben Franklin Place. We never take too much of your time and it is a good opportunity to see your local Government at work alongside my committee colleagues Eli El-Chantiry, Allan Hubley, Stephen Blais and Vice Chair George Darouze.

Agenda items for the October 6th meeting include:

  • Proposed Drainage Diversion to Kizell Municipal Drain (Kanata North
  • Appointment of Engineer for Flowing Creek Municipal Drain (Rideau-Goulbourn)
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment (Surplus Farm Severance) for 2548 8th Line Road (Osgoode)
  • Permitted Building Heights for Accessory Buildings
  • Official Plan & Zoning By-Law Amendments pertaining to Coach Houses

The report on Coach Houses addresses many of the concerns that were raised several months ago as they relate to the permission of coach houses in the rural area.  Originally, the intent of the coach house permission was to create a policy in which a coach house would be permitted as a right as long as the property was on municipal services.  Therefore, the property owner just requires a building permit.  However, in the rural area, consideration has to be given to private servicing.  The report addresses that and sets out the parameters for approving coach houses in the rural area.  The policies are similar to that of an in-law suite addition to an existing home.

The report on accessory building heights is a complementary report to the Coach House By-Law and only applies to Village Residential Zones.  There are no recommended changes to accessory building heights outside of villages in the rural area.

You can find all of the reports listed on the agenda by visiting the City of Ottawa’s website at

Inaugural Great Gower Run

This is a final reminder of the upcoming Great Gower Run.  The run takes place on Saturday, October 1st and will feature a toddler run, a 2km run/walk as well as 5km and 10km runs for both adults and youth.  The goal of the event is to raise money for youth initiatives in North Gower.  There is still time to register.  Pease visit

Household Hazardous Waste Depot on October 1

Residents can drop off their hazardous waste at a Household Hazardous Waste Depot on Saturday, October 1st, from 8:00am to 4:00pm, at Drain-All Ltd., 2705 Stevenage Drive. Household hazardous waste includes the following items:

  • Aerosol containers
  • Propane cylinders
  • Disinfectants
  • Fluorescent bulbs/tubes
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fertilizers and pesticides
  • Mercury switches/thermometers  
  • Needles and syringes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Paints and coatings
  • Oven and window cleaners
  • Pool chemicals
  • Batteries (automotive/household)

For a complete listing of acceptable household hazardous waste, please visit Residents are reminded that this depot is for household waste only (maximum 100 litres). No commercial waste will be accepted. To keep our waste collection operators and our environment safe please do your part by safely disposing of hazardous household waste such as used needles, propane cylinders and pool chemicals.

If you are unable to attend the depot, some hazardous materials can be returned to local retailers involved in the Take it Back program any day of the week during regular operating hours.

For information about an upcoming household hazardous waste depot, visit


If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491.