Due Sunday June 30 2019
Suggested responses are below that can be cut and pasted for the Official Plan consultation (or adapt/add
your own message).
Link to Consultation:
Suggested Input for Each Question on Link above:
| How important are the following elements to you in your neighbourhood? |
Xs mark suggested items to identify as important
|Housing is available to people at different stages of life and physical ability. X|
Housing is affordable for a wide range of people. X
People can walk and bike in safety X
People can walk or bike or use transit to get to most daily services (such as grocery stores, schools or daycare)
People can use their cars to get to most daily services (such as grocery stores, schools or daycare)
Presence of a vibrant commercial area
Ability to walk or bike to greenspace and parks X
Good public transit options for commuting that are close to my home X
Ability to commute using my car
Healthy food is available X
Mature trees on public streets
My neighbourhood has a distinct character
Strong social connections to others in my neighbourhood X
Are there any elements that are
important to you that are not listed above?
a neighbourhood level, elements that are priorities to me, in addition to the
above clear priorities on housing and transportation for everyone, include:
- urban, suburban and rural neighbourhoods/villages maintaining services that reduce the need to commute or travel for basic, daily household needs
- accessible social spaces that are maintained for me to meet with my neighbours to engage in community leadership, planning and activity
- places near to my home for me to grow my own food (including on municipal lands) and to access locally-grown whole food
- bioregional plants and biodiversity as priorities for all lands under municipal care, not just mature trees, with an emphasis on building an edible landscape throughout the city.
In your opinion, what are the key
issues facing the city?
Xs mark suggested items to identify as
| Affordable housing. X|
Making transit accessible, affordable, convenient and comfortable. X
The impacts of climate change X
Managing intensification (increasing the number of people that live in established neighbourhoods). X
Protecting the natural environment. X
Limiting the expansion of the city. X
Protecting Ottawa’s heritage
Protecting the character of Ottawa’s communities
Creating an inclusive city. X
Making Ottawa more exciting through arts and culture
Protection of agricultural lands. X
Rural economic development. X
Is there an important issue that is
not listed above?
jobs – but rather purposeful work: Focus on training, supports and models
that invest in the community, including social enterprise, apprenticeship and
incubation models, for people with barriers to employment, including youth and
New Canadians, towards longer-term employment or entrepreneurship within a
regional orientation to economic development.
intersectionality of these issues must be at the core of the new Official
Plan. Without limiting the suburban expansion in Ottawa through
intensification, farmland and natural spaces will be developed, which impacts
rural economic development, food security, sustainable environment, and quality
of life for all, etc. Without creating a more inclusive Ottawa, access to
employment, housing and transportation is not attainable by significant numbers
of our neighbours.
What would make the city better for
the overall policy lens to sound investment in preventive, proactive approaches,
and away from the current ever-increasing investment into expensive band-aid
responses. With proper preventive investment in our social and community
infrastructure and natural environment, we can avoid the inevitable social and
personal fallout that comes from placing a priority on funding reactive cures.
significant increase in affordable housing, with a priority along current and future transit
routes, in both urban and rural neighbourhoods/villages, with attendant
mid-sized, managed intensification that ensures no more farmland or natural
spaces within the City of Ottawa boundaries are developed for housing or
industry. Housing, food security and urban/rural economic development
have to be planned and supported together so that one does not undermine the
other. Having reached a million residents and growing, Ottawa has the
critical mass to support a much more vibrant local economy that will reinforce
the region’s quality of life and economic resiliency.
Do you have an idea for a dream project
that would set Ottawa apart from other cities?
have incredible, innovative talent in Ottawa, across residents, communities,
businesses, organizations and government. We can choose to use our
municipal resources in Ottawa to ensure that EVERY resident:
has good housing, good food, good work
moves effectively throughout the urban, suburban and rural parts of the city
is included in a diverse, local economy based in the arts, food and farming,
service industry, health, technology, energy, manufacturing and processing,
etc. and that respects, operates within the limits of, and enhances the local
can access effective, affordable required health, social and community support
from birth to death
lives feeling part of safe, inclusive neighbourhoods/villages.
into this clear and shared mission must be set as the number one priority by
Council as a whole, with permanent and significant increases in the City’s
budget for social and community infrastructure to carry this
on which papers you are addressing:
worry about checking any boxes.
What are the key takeaways that stand
out to you in this paper?
broader group of community, social, environment and economic stakeholders
across Ottawa are continuing to develop the principles listed above and will
provide further, detailed consensus re. strategic priorities this summer to
feed into the presentation August 22nd at Planning.
How do you think the City should
address these issues?
City needs to give more time for community stakeholders to influence details of
what is being proposed as Strategic Directions than over the summer.
Ottawa agencies, businesses and residents do want to participate in, and need
to be part of, setting the agenda.
need the City to allow for sufficient time allowances and opportunities for
community leadership to build out these solutions and present directly to
policy decision-makers at City Hall.
need more information sent out to community agencies, networks and residents on
a regular basis about opportunities for input.
Any other thoughts on this topic?
in community and social infrastructure must increase significantly.
can and must do better in Ottawa than continued focus of investment primarily
into export-based economic development and physical infrastructure.
you for the opportunity to engage.