City of Ottawa Q3 Omnibus Zoning Amendment – Affecting properties city-wide; have your say!

City of Ottawa Q3 Omnibus Zoning Amendment – Affecting properties city-wide; have your say!

Sections of the Omnibus Zoning Amendment that affect all wards include:

  • Permissions for instructional facilities in LC – Local Commercial Zones
  • Section 109 (2) – Location of parking in the L1 – Community Leisure Zone
  • Amusement Centres in Traditional Mainstreet Zones
  • Zoning Amendments to Support Land Efficiency and Flexibility at Schools Sites
  • Automobile-related uses – Outdoor storage in Industrial Zones
  • Section 100 – General Provisions (Parking, Queuing and Loading) regarding electric vehicle charging stations
  • Section 54 – New definition for Payday Loan Establishment
  • Section 126 – Heavy Vehicle Parking in Residential areas
  • Section 71 – Temporary Uses, Buildings or Structures during Construction
  • Kennels
  • Definition of Gross Floor Area
  • Section 55 – Accessory Structures – Setback for walking surface of decking surrounding a hot tub
  • Parking Rate for Storage Yard Use
  • Accessory Structures and Buildings in Front Yards

The City of Ottawa would like to receive any comments concerning this proposal. Please forward comments to the undersigned planner via mail, telephone, facsimile or e-mail by August 3, 2017. Comments received will be considered in the evaluation of the proposal.


Regular mail: Rob MacLachlan

Q3 2017 Omnibus Zoning Amendment

City Hall

110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor
Mail Code 01-14
K1P 1J1

Phone: (613) 580-2424 ext.28315
Fax: (613) 580-2459


Spring and Summer Recreation Online Guides

The Rideauview Community Centre and City of Ottawa’s recreation Guides are now available for viewing online.

Swimming registration online/touch tone starts at 9pm on March 6 and in person March 7 during business hours.

All other program registration begins online/touch tone at 9pm on March 8 and in person March 9 during business hours.

Mammoth Book Sale/ Solde mensuelle gigantesque de livres usagés

One Saturday a month, the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association holds its monthly Mammoth Used Book Sale. Find used books in a huge variety of genres at prices as low as 3 books for $1.

L’Association des amis de la Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa présente une vente de livres «gigantesque» dans un format mensuel. Des centaines de livres usagés seront en vente à des prix fantastiques, comme trois livres pour 1$.

Book Sale (PDF)
Solde de livres (PDF)

LRT Stage 2 Connectivity Meeting

A public meeting with Councillor George Darouze on LRT Stage 2 connectivity for the new Bowesville Station and Leitrim Station will be held on August 30th from 7-9pm at the Rideauview Community Centre.

The purpose of this consultation is to get input from the community on how to enhance community connections at all Stage 2 stations, including multi-use pathways, cycling facilities and crosswalks.


Troy Sherman
Policy and Legislative Advisor
Office of Councillor Michael Qaqish
City of Ottawa
613-580-2424 x28397
Mobile: 613-806-0961
Fax: 613-580-2761

RSCA Response to City of Ottawa Secondary Dwelling units in Accessory Structures Zoning Study

Riverside South Community Association comments on the City of Ottawa: Secondary Dwelling units in Accessory Structures Zoning Study

The Riverside South Community Association (RSCA) agrees with the comments and concerns outlined in the Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa (FCA) submission by Sheila Perry, VP and Liaison, Planning and Zoning in response to the Secondary Dwelling units in Accessory Structures Zoning Study that was completed recently.

Every community has unique characteristics which need to be recognized and accommodated for when implementing the type of zoning provision as proposed in this study. Riverside South a suburban community represents a mix of housing types generally on smaller lots. The community is relatively new with a young tree cover in most cases. The disturbance of the lots to construct these accessory structures including the required services could cause some of this vegetation to be damaged. Privacy concerns would be another obvious issue with the smaller lots. A “one size fits all” citywide secondary dwelling in accessory structure zoning By-law would not accommodate for the type of constraints and parameters of this community.

The recently approved Riverside South Community Design Plan removes most of two large Urban Natural Areas on the south side of Earl Armstrong. The loss of this tree cover will certainly exacerbate density and quality of life expectations of the residents living or planning to live in this community. The inclusion of these secondary dwelling units in accessory structures as proposed would diminish the amount of open green space available on our housing lots and make it very difficult to add or increase tree and/or vegetation cover on these smaller lots.

There are a number of elements or criteria in this report that need to be clearly addressed and included in the next phase of this review process. RSCA support the following statements or general concerns that were identified in the FCA submission:

  1. The Coach House By-law needs to be linked with the Urban Tree Conservation By-law as well as the City’s By-laws protecting trees on City Property. It needs to be cognizant of the Urban Forest Management Plan, which is being developed.
  2. These secondary dwelling units in accessory buildings should have no basements
  3. Lot coverage value should apply only to rear yard area of the principle residence; it should not include the side yard area leading to the Coach House. The value also must include coverage by the rear yard decks and porches, since all structures remove permeable surfaces from rear yards, limit vegetation and contribute to the heat island effect.

Ottawa is proposing to implement a By-law that will apply to most properties, but provide little control over impacts on abutting properties and the environment. It will not be appealable to the OMB. (It is very important to get it right)

  • Secondary units must comply with any applicable laws and standards. This includes the Building Code, the Fire Code and property standards bylaws.
  • Municipalities should assess where second units may be appropriate in the primary dwelling versus the ancillary structure.
  • Exclude wood-burning fireplaces.
  • Construction equipment during the construction process must take measures to protect trees on subject and abutting lots.
  • Privacy intrusion or overlook issues
  • Protection of abutting property concerns
  • Noise Pollution (mitigation measures)
  • Air Pollution (mitigation measures)
  • Restrict building height to one storey (with no person access i.e. balcony, roof top deck, etc.)
  • Develop specific appropriateness criteria for allowing a Coach House over a garage.
  • Setbacks should identify minimums not maximums
  • Assess implications for abutting neighbours (as part of the secondary dwelling application process)
  • Parking and laneway concerns (suburban communities have limited ability to accommodate additional parking and laneway improvements)
  • Density issues – implications (Riverside South will comprise of a large number of medium and high density housing in addition to low density housing). Has this review considered the likely increased congestion on our city roads, increased parks and recreation usage and/or requirements, access to social and medical services, spatial/personal space concerns with having dwelling units in backyards with little to no privacy accommodations.
  • Additional on-street parking issues (existing on street parking pressures)


Bruce Lindsay
RSCA Community Development Coordinator

Federation of Citizens Associations (FCA) – Coach Houses – July 22, 2016

Pressure Reducing Valves – Ottawa South

Residents of Ottawa South,

Please see the response below we have recently forwarded to Councillor Qaqish, which will now modify the proposed implementation program for installation of PRV and pressure tanks. Once we have developed a list of pre-qualified plumbers you will contacted to complete the installation in your home. We anticipate installations to begin sometime in late September. There is sufficient time, as the pressure zone changes will not occur until the Spring of 2017.

Fraser Smith

Councillor Qaqish,

Based on current correspondence received from residents about the PRV and Pressure Tank Program in Ottawa South, there is now significant concern on how the program is to be implemented. The two main concerns identified by the residents is that they have to hire a plumber on their own and they will have to wait for payment from the City after it is initially paid for by each resident. Residents are requesting an alternate method to implement the installation of the PRV’s and pressure tanks in Ottawa South.

We have contacted the City’s Purchasing Department to see if an alternate delivery method could be formulated, which would satisfy both Purchasing/Legal and resolve the concerns raised by the residents. Based on these discussions, we now have a new recommended course of action which is as follows:

  1. Homeowner contacts the project team requesting the pressure reducing valve be installed in their home
  2. They are given a name and contact number of a licensed, approved plumber to perform the work
  3. The homeowner books directly with the plumber to do the work
  4. City reviews the work and pays the plumber directly

Each property will be notified of the following information:

  • After the one year maintenance period has expired, all property owners will own and be responsible for maintenance of all installations.
  • Typical maintenance and recommended replacement schedules for the installed equipment, will be provided to the property owners.
  • Property owners will be required to sign a release in favour of the City for the installed devices.

Should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Fraser Smith, P. Eng.
Senior Engineer, Infrastructure Projects
Infrastructure Services Department
Design and Construction Municipal East Branch
City of Ottawa | 100 Constellation Crescent | 6th Floor | Ottawa | ON | K2G 6J8| ( (613) 580-2424 x 25095 | 7 (613) 560-6064