Council approves plan for downtown after O-Train runs and strategy to grow music industry

This week, City Council approved a three-year strategy to strengthen Ottawa’s music industry and establish Ottawa as a global music city. Developed in partnership with the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition, the Ottawa Music Strategy will make more City-owned spaces available for music, promote safer spaces for music and integrate music in strategies for economic development and tourism.


Council endorsed Ottawa’s Smart Cities Challenge preliminary proposal. The Challenge, hosted by Infrastructure Canada, will award up to $50 million to a winning city to define its future with the help of residents through technology. Ottawa’s proposal focuses on youth and creating a city where young people are safe, active, healthy and empowered to innovate and shape their future. Infrastructure Canada will announce a shortlist of selected cities that will move to the next stage of the competition this summer.


Council approved zoning amendments to permit development of the Capital Region Resource Recovery Centre – an integrated waste management site on Boundary Road with facilities for recovery and recycling, as well as space for a landfill.


The privately run facility will process solid, non-hazardous waste generated by the commercial, industrial, institutional, construction and demolition sectors. Operations will include composting, contaminated soil treatment, landfill gas collection and waste disposal. The municipal planning decisions follow from the Province’s approval of this privately run waste management facility.


A proposed Site Alteration By-law on this week’s agenda, to replace the existing Drainage By-law and eight Topsoil Preservation By-laws carried over from former municipalities, will be amended and considered at the May 3 meeting of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, and the May 9 meeting of Council.


The new by-law aims to reduce the risk of negative impacts by establishing basic rules for site alteration activities like topsoil removal, excavation and grade alteration. In most cases, the by-law would not require landowners to get City approval before proceeding with activities. Residents engaging in common activities like property maintenance, landscaping, farming and woodlot management would be exempt from most of the by-law’s requirements.

For a full recap of items at this week’s Council meeting, please click here.