Rural Review update

Land use planning staff has been conducting a Rural Review for the City of Ottawa. Below is an update on some of the components of the project.

Village Development – Consolidated Village Policies:
Based on spring workshops and follow up fall meetings, planning staff have proposed visions/goals/objectives and updated land use maps and a natural heritage system for the 20 ‘smaller’ villages in rural Ottawa. As well, a set of updated comprehensive land use polices applicable to all these villages have been proposed. Staff will be presenting a report to the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee in the first quarter of 2012 to recommend these updates of the Official Plan. If you have feedback on this project, please submit comments prior to January 30, 2012 so they can be considered for the report. Note: affected villages for this project are; Ashton, Burritt’s Rapids, Carlsbad Springs, Cumberland, Dunrobin, Fallowfield, Fitzroy Harbour, Galetta, Kars, Kenmore, Kinburn, Marionville, Metcalfe, Munster, Navan, Notre-Dame-des-Champs, Osgoode, Sarsfield, Vars and Vernon.

Village Development – Manotick, Greely, Carp and Constance Bay
Based on spring workshops and follow up fall meetings, planning staff have proposed updates to each of the plans specific to these four larger villages. Staff will be presenting a report to the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee in the first quarter of 2012 to recommend these updates of the Official Plan. Visit the site specific to each village for more information: Manotick, Greely, Carp and/or Constance Bay. Note: the villages of North Gower and Richmond have recently created Community Design Plans, and as such are not being updated at this time.

Agriculture Land Review (LEAR)
The Land Evaluation and Area Review (LEAR) Working Group is reviewing several alternate models for a new Ottawa LEAR model. The models evaluate the capability of land for agricultural production based on such factors as the quality of the soil, parcel size and adjacent land uses. It is expected that a new LEAR model will go to the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and City Council for approval in the summer of 2012. Public consultations regarding the proposed model will take place prior to the report going to Committee.

LEAR evaluates the capability of land for agricultural production. The results of a LEAR study are used to identify the prime agricultural areas in the rural area and ultimately, will inform the identification of the boundaries of Agricultural Resource Areas in the Official Plan. The current boundaries of the Agricultural Resource Areas shown on Schedule A of the Official Plan were determined through a LEAR study conducted by the former Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton in 1997.

Other components of the Rural Review to be undertaken in 2012 include Mineral Aggregate Review, Country Lot Subdivisions Review, Drive-through Facilities Study and Review of Severance Policies.

For more information on the Rural Review, please contact::
Planning and Growth Management Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel:  613- 580-2424 ext. 43011
E-mail: plan@ottawa.ca