Development Site Alteration By-law

I am very pleased that the City is developing a site alteration by-law.  This was a concern that I had raised to the City given the large development growth taking place in Stittsville and I am thankful to the community for first bringing this item to my attention. I feel it is very important that development industries ensure they are following proper guidelines with respect to site alteration.  “Site alteration” is commonly defined as the placing or dumping of fill, the removal of topsoil, or changing the grade of land. Some municipalities also include vegetation removal in their definition of site alteration. It is a necessary part of land development and other normal human activities.

The City has released a Discussion Paper on this matter with the following purpose:

  • Present some basic background information on site alteration and site alteration by-laws in Ontario, and the current situation in Ottawa;
  • Explain the guiding principles under which Ottawa’s site alteration by-law is being developed;
  • Consider the circumstances under which site alteration may not be appropriate; and,
  • Identify some potential minimum standards / best practices for site alteration.

I encourage residents to review the Discussion Paper on the City’s website for the Site Alteration By-law here.

The City hopes that after reading this paper, that interested stakeholders and members of the public will join the discussion and help define appropriate parameters for site alteration activities in Ottawa.

At this time, I would like to request any input on what parameters you think should be established for site alteration or any other factors the City should consider moving forward. Please contact myself and the City Planner, Amy MacPherson at planning@ottawa.ca / 613-580-2424 ext. 14873.

For more information about this project, you may also visit the City of Ottawa website. For the full discussion paper, click here.