Open House for new Official Plan September 29
The City of Ottawa has announced new dates for the revised Official Plan process.
Many citizens have provided comments on the new Plan. In a presentation by planning Staff on June 22nd, the City announced that plans for large-scale renewable energy power projects would be “directed” to Ottawa’s rural areas.
The draft Official Plan states that:
Renewable Energy Generation
3) Renewable energy generation facilities including large scale wind, solar, and hydroelectric
projects as well as smaller scale bioenergy, hydroelectric, wind, ground-mounted or rooftop solar
projects provided such proposals fulfil all applicable provincial requirements and siting criteria.
Renewable energy generation facilities are permitted in prime agricultural areas, including specialty
crop areas, only as on-farm diversified uses. A Council-directed in-depth analysis of appropriate
zones and locations for such facilities may further define where these may be permitted. (Page 123, Section 4.11 Generally Permitted Uses)
The new dates announced:
In order to provide additional time for public review of the draft sections of the New Official Plan in advance of Committee and Council consideration of the final staff report, the Planning Committee co-Chairs and the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Chair have agreed to move the joint statutory meeting of the Planning Committee and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee to October 14, 2021.
Please be advised of the following revised dates in respect of the consideration of the comprehensive final draft of the New Official Plan:
- Wednesday, September 29th – Public Open House. The location and format of this meeting is to be determined. Details will be communicated at a later date.
- Thursday, October 14th – Joint statutory meeting of the Planning Committee and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, under the Planning Act, convened in accordance with Subsection 88 of the Procedure By-law pursuant to the delegated authority granted by City Council at its meeting on February 10, 2021. The location and format of this meeting is to be determined. Details will be communicated at a later date.
- Wednesday, October 27th – City Council Consideration of the report on the final draft of New Official Plan.
It is our view that industrial-scale wind turbines are an industrial use of the land and should not be a permitted use.