City of Ottawa Official Plan Amendment tabled

The City of Ottawa's updated Official Plan, tabled at Planning Committee on June 25, charts a course of affordable growth, with strong support for developing liveable, more complete communities that offer residents a sustainable mix of housing, employment and recreation uses.

A draft version of the Official Plan Amendment ─ the proposed updated plan ─ was presented to the Committee. The City’s planners are proposing some strategic changes to the plan, rather than a wholesale rethink of the document, which guides Ottawa’s development.

The proposed changes to the Official Plan include these rural highlights:

  • Protecting natural corridors throughout the city
  • Designating additional rural properties as bedrock resource area for future extraction
  • Focussing rural growth in the villages
  • Making the prohibition on country lot subdivisions permanent, but allowing two severances on rural properties

This is part of the City's "Building a Liveable Ottawa" campaign that Scott wrote about several months ago.

Official Plan Review - Rural Ottawa Public Meeting

Hosted by the Manotick Village and Community Association

Tuesday April 9, 2013 from 7 to 9 pm
Manotick Arena and Community Centre
5572 Doctor Leach Drive

This is your opportunity to learn more about proposed changes to the City of Ottawa’s Official Plan that will affect the rural area.  The Manotick Village and Community Association will give a presentation and facilitate discussion about the proposed policies for:

  • future residential development and growth in the rural area and villages,
  • rural employment lands,
  • mineral aggregate resources,
  • the review of agricultural land, and
  • city-wide transportation

City Planning Staff will attend the meeting to answer questions and listen to the conversation. For more information about the proposed policies, visit and read the Comprehensive Five year review of the Official Plan staff report that was tabled at the March 26 meeting of Planning Committee.

Column: Working at the Trail Road Waste Facility

Celebrating the life of Nick Newton

Last Sunday, I had the opportunity to attend a special event in honour of Nick Newton, a long time Manotick resident and endless volunteer.  This event, titled a Celebration of Life, was held at the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa, a place that Mr. Newton helped raise over a million dollars in support.  At this event, individual after individual stood up and spoke about how much Mr. Newton touched their lives.  I had the honour of being there with Mayor Jim Watson to present Nick’s wife, Wendy, with a posthumous City Builder Award.  Nick Newton is a role model to many people and his memory and dedication to community will live on in all those he touched.

Manotick Community Meeting - March 7

During the Fall of 2012, I hosted meetings throughout Rideau-Goulbourn providing updates on various issues around the City and in our communities.  Since the Manotick Town Hall in October, a number of projects have moved forward and new issues have come forward.  Therefore, I have scheduled a meeting at the Manotick Arena on Thursday, March 7 from 7:00-9:00pm to discuss these issues and provide updates on the goings on around Manotick.  Items to be discussed include Van Vliet Extension, intersection improvements at Bridge Street & Dickinson Street along with Bridge Street & Manotick Main Street, and we’ll also provide updates on various developments throughout the village.  I’d also like to provide some information on Dickinson Square and the Requests for Expressions of Interest.  I’ll touch on this subject in my column next week as well.  More details about this meeting can be found in the Village Voice column in this very newspaper.

Councillor For Hire: Trail Road Waste Facility

On January 31st, I had the opportunity to spend the day as an employee at the Trail Road Waste Facility, Ottawa’s very own landfill off of Moodie Drive.  It was a cold, windy day but doesn’t stop the garbage trucks from rolling in.  In the morning, I worked the scale house where I did the weigh-ins for garbage trucks, residential waste, construction waste and a truck that barely had the life in the engine to make it up the ramp.  I thought he was bringing the truck to the dump but it turns out it was the contents.

I then went to check the temperatures of the leaf and yard waste compost wind rows.  As per the Ministry of the Environment, these need to be checked every day and need to be at least 55° Celsius.  While year round leaf and yard waste ends up at Orgaworld, the volume is so high during the fall and spring that this excess comes to Trail Road and is turned into compost on site.  After this, I went in to the new building currently under construction and did some painting.  It was the second of three coats, so clearly they didn’t trust to do that good of a job.

The rest of the day was spent on the landfill itself operating machinery, packing garbage, and bringing in material to provide cover at the end of the day.  At the end of each work day, all garbage is covered and at any given time, no more than a couple hundred square metres of garbage can actually be seen in plain sight.  It is a very impressive operation with plenty of jobs that keep the staff on site extremely busy and always moving.  After working with several different employees, one thing became very clear: these people love working here.  One individual told me that he feels he has the best job in the City of Ottawa.  It is a busy place with unpredictable weather, but there is a great team mentality here and that makes it a great place to work.

Having this landfill in Rideau-Goulbourn, it was a great opportunity to see how this operation works and also to see what happens with the different types of waste once they arrive on site.  Thanks to the staff and management for inviting me to spend the day at Trail Road as an employee.

Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031

Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031 is a city-wide review of land use, transportation and infrastructure policies that make up the Official Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Infrastructure Master Plan, Cycling Plan and the Pedestrian Plan, with an eye towards making Ottawa a more vibrant, healthy and sustainable city.

The focus of the review is to propose solutions to 12 current planning issues. The outcome of the review will be an updated Official Plan and Transportation Master Plan and supporting plans with policies and priorities that influence the future growth of our city for years to come.  When completed, the Plans will set the directions, policies and affordability priorities that will influence the future of the city for years to come.

City Council will approve the new Official Plan, Transportation Master Plan and supporting plans in December 2013. For rural residents, the proposed policies for Rural Lots and Villages, Mineral Resources and the Agricultural Land Evaluation may be of particular interest.  Tell what you think by completing our survey before March 1, 2013. For more information, visit and read the At a Glance backgrounders and the Preliminary Proposals in their entirety.

Goulbourn Museum Family Day Fun

Bring the entire clan to Goulbourn Museum on Family Day for crafting fun, games & a photo keepsake!  Pose for a family portrait at their Old-Fashioned Photo Booth with the option to don heritage costumes, stop at one of their craft stations, let the kids play in the replica village shop & enjoy light refreshments. 

The Family Day festivities take place Monday, February 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages welcome. Admission is free. The Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road, just south of Stittsville, at Stanley’s Corners. For more information, please visit or call 613-831-2393 or visit us on Facebook:

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

Kars Family Fun Day

Come out to the Kars Recreation Centre on February 16th from 10:00am to 2:00pm for the Kars Family Fun Day.  This event, organized by the Kars Recreation Association, will feature sleigh rides, skating and other fun activities such as Mad Science and Little Ray’s Reptiles.  Admission is free!


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

Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031

Western Development Lands - Richmond

Before I get into other issues, I just want to remind residents of Richmond and beyond that the City is hosting a public meeting on a development application for 6335 Perth Street, which is the land between the Fire Hall and the Home Hardware.  This plan calls for 1000 homes phased in with between 50-100 units being built each year.  The meeting is to be held on February 13 at the Richmond Arena at 7:00pm.

Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031

The Official Plan Review for the City of Ottawa is officially underway.  The City’s Official Plan is reviewed every five years.  This is a year long process which results in an updated Official Plan that comes into effect in 2014.  As the Chair of the Rural Review Steering Committee, I am one of five Councillors on the Official Plan Sponsors Group and I look forward to being heavily involved in crafting this updated document.

Residents are encouraged go online to have their say on how their city grows in the future.  The City of Ottawa is reaching out to the public on how neighbourhoods, roads, water and sewer services, rural villages and cycling and walking pathways should be planned.  Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031 – a city-wide review of land use, transportation and infrastructure policies that feed into the City’s Official Plan, Transportation Plan, Infrastructure Master Plan and the Cycling and Pedestrian Plans – was launched on January 29.

The focus of the project and public engagement goes beyond a visioning exercise. It deals directly with proposed solutions to 12 current planning issues, which are profiled on The site also features a summary of each issue and each proposal, a video, and feedback mechanisms, including a survey that is available until March 1. Residents are urged to review the information before providing their survey responses.

The rural component to this review specifically speaks to no expansion of village boundaries but also at where to direct rural growth.  Richmond, Manotick and Greely are projected to see the majority of the growth in the coming years.  However, with the current development applications in Manotick and Richmond, the projections match the planning targets so this will not create new pressure on either village.

2013 Canadian Junior Curling Championships

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the send-off for Manotick’s very own rink of Jamie Sinclair, Holly Donaldson, Katelyn Wasylkiw and Erin Jenkins to the 2013 M&M Meat Shops Junior Curling Championship in Fort McMurray, Alberta.  Along with their coach, Graham Sinclair, it was a great night to celebrate their achievements at the Manotick Curling Club and wish them luck as they headed out to Alberta.  The Championships are currently underway and at the time of printing this, Team Sinclair is 3-0.  The finals are this weekend and their progress can be followed at  Good luck girls!

North Gower Cooperative Nursery School

Straying from the usual dance and silent auction, this year the NGCNS will present their first ever Casino Royale & Silent Auction at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre in North Gower on Saturday, February 23.  The evening will include black jack, poker, martinis and some appetizers provided by AJ’s Catering as well as The Whalesbone Oyster House.  The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be yours truly so come on out and enjoy a great night all the while supporting the Nursery School.  Doors open at 8:00pm and tickets are available at Roxy’s Salon in North Gower, Kit & Kaboodles in Manotick and from any NGCNS parent at a cost of $15.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  For more information, please visit

An Evening of Port & Chocolate at Watson’s Mill

Port and Chocolate has always been a favourite pairing and what better way to accentuate our winter season than with a night dedicated to this attractive relationship. On Friday February 8 at 7:30 p.m., Watson’s Mill is excited to host a romantic evening that will expose the tempestuous flavour of our closest comfort food with the best full bodied wine. Leading guests into this passionate night of selected tapas, sweets and port will be Lori Savignac, Chocolate Lover Extraordinaire, who will deliver classic romantic readings, explain pairings and perhaps give a little chocolate trivia. Manotick’s French Café will be providing the desserts and tapas. All proceeds go to the ongoing operation of Watson’s Mill.

Tickets for this event are $35.00 (must be legal drinking age) and can be purchased at the Watson’s Mill Office, French Café, or Manotick Office Pro. There are a limited number of tickets, so call today to reserve: 613-692-6455.

Maple Madness at Goulbourn Museum

Join the Goulbourn Museum for all things maple at their P.A. Day program February 15. Wear your most Canadian outfit, make some maple treats and learn the art of maple syrup. There will be games and activities aplenty.  The fun takes place on Friday, February 15 from 1-4:30 p.m. and is geared to children ages 7-11 years. Cost is $25 per child. Snacks will be provided.

To register please call the Goulbourn Museum at: 613-831-2393 or email:  The Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road, just south of Stittsville, at Stanley’s Corners. For more information, please visit, call 613-831-2393 or visit us on Facebook.

Ottawa South United Registration

Ottawa’s only GOLD-rated Soccer Club by the Ontario Soccer Association is beginning registration for all Summer Programs on February 6, 2013.  Celebrating its 10th Anniversary of Soccer Excellence, OSU is proud to offer programs for all ages and abilities.  Programs fill up quickly, so don’t be disappointed – check out our website at for a list of programs and registration information.

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