Backyard Fires in Munster & Update on the Proposed Site Alteration By-Law

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Over the last seven years, I have received questions about backyard campfires in Munster. It is something that has always puzzled me when looking at the Open Air Fire By-Law. Every single village in the City of Ottawa’s rural area permits backyard fires except for Munster. I realize that has not always stopped residents from enjoying a backyard fire in Munster but, sadly, they were restricted and the City would not issue burn permits to Munster residents.

A few months ago, Ottawa Fire Services informed me that they were updating their maps and this begun a conversation about Munster once again. Through the efforts of Ottawa Fire Services and looking at villages with similar lot fabric, it was determined that Munster’s designation could be changed from “Restricted” to “Outdoor Fireplaces and Campfires Permitted.” The information online and the maps appended to the Open Air Fire By-Law have now been updated to include this new designation for Munster. As a result, while the good people of Richmond and Ashton are enjoying their backyard fireplace, Munster residents can now do so as well (legally).

Open Air Fire Permits are available at the Stittsville Fire Station on Stittsville Main Street between 8:30am and 4:00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If you are feeling adventurous, you may also pick one up at the North Gower Client Service Centre on Thursdays between those same hours.

Proposed Site Alteration By-Law

The public consultation component of the Draft Site Alteration By-Law has now closed. I would like to thank residents of Rideau-Goulbourn for submitting their comments to the City over the last month. Of all the submissions that the City received, the overwhelming majority came in from our ward, which speaks volumes about our engagement on city-wide issues.

In the coming weeks and months, staff will be working on the final report and doing their best to address the comments received. I have met with staff and reviewed these comments as well. My office remains committed to ensuring this proposed by-law meets the original intent and does not create undue burden on farmers and landowners alike.

While this report was originally scheduled to come to Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee this fall, I now understand that the target date for the report is in the first quarter of 2018. The report will also go to Planning Committee at that time. If you have any questions on this proposed by-law, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.