On Wednesday, November 22nd, City Council approved delegating authority to Mayor Jim Watson and City Manager Steve Kanellakos to participate in the National Capital Commission’s commercially confidential negotiations to redevelop LeBreton Flats. While not a direct partner in negotiations with the National Capital Commission and RendezVous LeBreton Group, participation could help advance the City’s interests and help protect taxpayers.
Council approved amendments to the Official Plan and the Zoning By-Law to allow the Salvation Army to proceed with its proposed development project on Montreal Road, which will involve the relocation of its shelter on George Street. The proposed facility would provide a range of support services and day programs. The project plan includes 210 beds within its residential care facility and 140 emergency shelter beds. Council approval follows a three-day Planning Committee meeting that heard 147 public delegations and received more than 157 written submissions.
Council received three follow-up reports on audit work previously done: the Audit of Construction Supervision, the Audit of Specific Contracts and Processes in Fleet Services Branch and the Review of City Funding to the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama. Council also approved the Auditor General’s work plan for 2018.
Council approved the strategy for Smart City 2.0, the City’s vision for Ottawa’s evolution in the digital age. By working with schools, communities and partners from the public and private sectors, the City will build on existing smart initiatives to increase connectivity, economic growth and innovation, so all residents can have equal access to digital services.
Following changes by the Province to modernize municipal legislation, Council approved updates to a series of by-laws and new policies to guide Council-staff relations, as well as pregnancy and parental leave for Members of Council.
The provincial changes allow registered third parties to advertise during an election campaign. Ahead of next year’s municipal election, Council approved updates to both the Temporary Signs on Private Property By-law and the Signs on City Property By-law to address signs from registered third parties.
Council also approved updates to the Contribution Rebate Program By-law, to reflect the recent changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, including prohibiting corporate and trade union contributions for all candidates to municipal office. While changes to provincial legislation raised the contribution limit to a single candidate or third-party advertiser from $750 to $1,200, the maximum rebate for an individual contribution to a candidate’s campaign remains $75.