July 30th City Hall Meeting on Infill Development

Please see attached presentation (included in previous “Infill – Staff Response” message) from the City’s Planning Department regarding the City’s response to the OMB appeal of the Infill Zoning By-Law (appealed by members of the Development Community).  The City is responding to an order of the OMB to review the By-Law.

The community associations and development community have been invited to the meeting described below on this topic.  CoChair1 will attend on behalf of CPCA and Heather will attend as part of a Federation of Citizens’ Association working group on this topic.

As you remember, Planning Staff have responded to the OMB’s Order on the Infill By-law with a Zoning Strategy, which was presented in a Public Information Session on June 17th and was adopted by Council on July 17th. Staff now has a draft by-law to implement this strategy and we would like to consult on it with communities, and answer questions on how it would work.

We are arranging a meeting with the Appellants to the By-law and other interested parties on Tuesday, July 30th from 10 am to 12 noon at the Billings Room (City Hall). This constitutes the second meeting that represents the City’s effort to consult and establish dialogue, to provide information on how staff proposes to respond to the OMB’s Order of March 8, 2013 and consult on the technical instruments that will implement that response and how to make them work well.

At this meeting, I would propose that we address the following:

  • The OMB’s letter of July 15th 2013 (attached) giving direction to providing submissions on how the City proposes to accommodate the request for further dialogue in the context of the time extension requested to prepare a draft By-law
  • The direction advanced by staff in the Zoning Strategy adopted by Council on July 17th and based on which staff is preparing a draft By-law
  • Consultation on how to make the By-law work to accomplish what Council wants it to accomplish

The format will be an open discussion with no presentation by staff. I will send the draft by-law and related material in advance to everyone, so that there is a chance to absorb and so the meeting can focus on the discussion that people want to have or questions that would need to be asked.

If there are other proposed items that people would like to add to the agenda, please let me know.

I realize that the timing is challenging – we are under an OMB deadline and I am hoping that everyone can be forgiving in that respect. Please let me know if you, or another member of your Community Association, can attend, and I will forward all details of the meeting.


Alain Miguelez, mcip, rpp
Program Manager, Zoning, Intensification and Neighbourhoods |  Gestionnaire de programme, Zonage, Densification et Quartiers
Planning and Growth Management Dept. | Service de l’Urbanisme et de la Gestion de la croissance
City of Ottawa | Ville d’Ottawa
) 613.580.2424 +27617
: alain.miguelez@ottawa.ca  þ www.ottawa.ca