OMB: Local Planning Appeal Support Centre Now Open

17 04 2018

From the provincial government:


Local Planning Appeal Support Centre Now Open

April 11, 2018 – Toronto

Last week, Ontario’s Local Planning Appeal Support Centre opened its doors to the public for the first time.  The centre’s role is to help people understand and navigate the land use planning and appeal process.

“People know that what gets built in their community affects their quality of life, but they often don’t know how to influence those decisions,” explains board chair, Anna Pace. “The Local Planning Appeal Support Centre can help bridge that gap.”

People with a question about the land use planning process or an appeal can get in touch with the centre using the contact information below. The centre is open from Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The centre is an independent agency of the Ontario government, accountable to a board of directors. It was created under the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017.

Chair Anna Pace has held senior roles at Metrolinx, the TTC and the City of Toronto. She is joined by board member Mark Leach. Mary Lee is the centre’s executive director and Mark Christie is the manager-registrar. For more information about Anna Pace and the rest of the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre’s leadership team, visit the centre’s website.

Contact the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre


Emerald Ash Borer – Winter Tree Removal Planned

15 02 2013

As noted on Katherine Hobbs website.

You may soon notice some orange marks on trees in your neighbourhood.

Staff are in the process of starting to mark dead Ash trees in the ward for removal over this winter. The following streets have trees on them that need to be removed:
•Tillbury – Churchill to Cole
•Broadview – Carling to Ernest
•Woodward – Clyde to Courtwood

Staff will mark the trees and be leaving information for the homeowner on Emerald Ash Borer and the City’s program. In these areas the City has done some work already such as interplanting and tree injection.

More details on Councillor’s website:

Have your say in selecting public art for Churchill Avenue

2 01 2013

Ottawa – Residents will have an opportunity to meet the four shortlisted artists/artist teams and review their proposals for public art to be installed at the intersection of Churchill and Byron avenues. The road reconstruction project, scheduled for completion in the spring of 2014, will improve the pedestrian corridors, feature separated cycling lanes and implement traffic calming and transit priority measures.
Four of the 14 local artists/artist teams that responded to the call to artists: request for proposals, have been shortlisted and an opportunity to meet the artists, view the proposals, and record your comments will take place on Monday, January 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Churchill Seniors Centre at 345 Richmond Road. Comments from the public will be provided to the Art Selection Committee as they deliberate and select the winning proposal.
Public input will ensure that residents and future visitors to the Westboro community will be able to view innovative public art integrated into the streetscape. The four finalists – Marcus Kucey Jones, Don Maynard, Jennifer Stead and artist team Oded and Pamela Ravek – will present sketches, scale models or maquettes and detailed work plans including budgets of the proposed artworks.
The City of Ottawa commissions local artists’ works for display in public spaces from a per cent of funds that is set aside for municipal development projects. Public art is found in municipal buildings, open spaces, pedestrian corridors, roadways, and transit ways. It creates a unique sense of place, a destination, focal points for activity, and meeting places.
For more information, please call 613-244-3745 or e-mail

MEDIA RELEASE – “What Happened to Due Process?”

10 03 2011

March 10, 2011

OTTAWA – The Board of Directors of the Westboro Community Association, at its regular monthly meeting, passed a resolution questioning how the entire process of maintaining greenspace in Kitchissippi got so derailed.

Councillor Hume’s motion at Planning Committee in November 2010, on the issue of greenspace on the site of the convent at 114 Richmond Road, has an expiry date of March 31, 2011. An email from Councillor Hobb’s office, dated March 4th , stated that the date Council would vote on the issue would be March 10th. Then, at a community meeting on March 6th, Councillor Hobbs announced she would be going forth with a ‘NO LEVY’ motion and that all emails and phone calls received before March 1 supporting a levy would not be counted.

Regardless of whether or not residents supported the levy, the WCA felt the decisions made by Councillor Hobbs in the past week basically undermined the entire democratic process. There were at most, 80 residents at each of the first two meetings. So if there were six meetings in total, then that means there were less than 500 people in total who attended these public meetings. That is not representative of the entire ward which has a population close to 40,000. The new information and dates did not give all the residents of Kitchissippi Ward (and the general Ottawa public who are also interested) adequate time to express their views to their elected councilors and their respective community associations.

Council’s support of this derailment does not bode well for the entire City over the next four years.

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For questions contact
Gary Ludington, Chair

Media release: Community Associations File Appeals with the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)

29 12 2010

Media Release
December 29, 2010

“Community Associations File Appeals with the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)”

OTTAWA – Hampton-Iona Community Group (HICG) and Westboro Community Association (WCA) have jointly filed appeals with the OMB today against the City of Ottawa with respect to its approval of the proposed Ashcroft Homes development at the former Soeur de la Visitation Convent site at 90 and 114 Richmond Road.  ( By-law No. 2010-367 amending the City of Ottawa Zoning By-law 2008-250 for the property at 90 and 114 Richmond Road) .

More than 200 area residents attended each of several public meetings held regarding this proposed development and a record 40 plus residents signed up to speak out against the proposed development at Planning Committee in November 2010 and these residents need to have their opportunity to be heard before the OMB.

Both HICG and WCA helped to write the Community Design Plan which ultimately became the subsequent Secondary Plan for Westboro/Richmond Road.  While both Associations have always been supportive of development at the Convent site, should it be sold; as drafters of these important community planning documents, we do not believe that the City has respected the wording or intent of these documents and that the proposed development represents significant over-intensification.  We note moreover that the City of Ottawa has not properly planned as to how it will accommodate the growth resulting from this development.

For further information please contact:

Gary Ludington, Westboro Community Association, 613-725-1385 or 613-291-7400
Lorne Cutler, Hampton Iona Community Group, 613-725-9147


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