A podcast devoted entirely to discussion about Ward 21 in the city of Ottawa. Councillor Scott Moffatt is your host, analyzing and reviewing Ward issues, news, business and events. We'll also interview city leaders and decision makers to give you a clearer picture of what's happening in your Ward and why.
#47 Scott Discusses Draft Budget 2022, Recently Tabled by Council
This week, we dig into Draft Budget 2022 which will focus on affordability. The overall municipal tax increase is capped at 3 per cent, as directed by Council – worth an estimated $56.1 million. This would see the average urban homeowner pay an additional $119 per year, while the average rural homeowner would pay an additional $91 per year.
Scott talks about how COVID has affected the City's bottom line. He also touches on tax bills, your water bill, local projects in our Ward, and some of the notable City-wide projects.
46: Part 2 on the New Official Plan: Scott Outlines the Plan's Local Impact on our Ward
Scott follows up on Episode 45 today by discussing more about the City's New Official Plan, the very large document that will guide Ottawa's growth for the next 25 years. In this episode, Scott focuses more on the impact the Plan will have on our Ward, a primarily rural party of the City.
45: Scott Expands on the Key Elements of the City's Recently Approved Official Plan
This episode is part one of our discussion of the City's New Official Plan, just approved by City Council last week (October 27th, 2021). This is the document that will guide development and growth in the City of Ottawa for the next 25 years. Along with being our Ward Councillor, Scott is Co-chair of the Planning Committee and gets into some of the "bigger picture" elements of the New Official Plan – the Urban Boundary, Tewin, Secondary plans and more. Make sure you check out Episode 46 (coming soon) as well. That will be Part two of our discussion on this subject, as we focus on the plan's specific local impacts on our Ward.
44: Wind Turbines; Truck Traffic in Manotick; David Bartlett Park
In this episode, Scott discusses three important issues on our Ward: Wind turbines, the busy truck traffic in the villages of Manotick and how to handle things at David Bartlett Park.
43: Reviewing October 13th Council Meeting; Stage 1 Procurement Process; No Vote for Kanata North
Scott discusses a busy lively Council meeting on October 13th. Council approved the new Parks & Recreation Master Plan, the Master Site Plan for the new Civic campus of The Ottawa Hospital, an extension and expansion of the Automated Speed Enforcement in school zones program and a new Small Business Property Tax Subclass.
Locally, approval of the zoning for Mattamy’s Richmond Meadows community was provided. This is the development in the Western Development Lands on either side of Ottawa Street. Council also supported Scott's opposition to a Zoning By-Law amendment that would have seen a new pit on Fernbank Road. The area is already saturated with properties zoned for pits and quarries and this application was unnecessary, in Scott's and the community’s opinion.
Also impacting us locally, Council approved the final ward boundary update which included the new ward names for the 2022 municipal election. As reported previously, our ward will become Rideau-Jock.
Back in September, Kanata North ward Councillor Jenna Sudds was elected to Parliament leaving that seat vacant. Council voted 20-3 to approve an appointment process to fill the seat. Council will now accept applications and conduct interviews before selecting the next Councillor for Kanata North. Scott says he found that option undemocratic and was one of the three to vote against an appointment.
Scott also touches on the decision Council made regarding our LRT troubles and specifically, the Stage 1 procurement process.
42: As Chair of the Environment Committee, Scott Discusses Phase Two of the Solid Waste Master Plan
Along with being Ward 21's Councillor, Scott is the Chair of the Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management. On June 17th, he held a technical briefing on the Solid Waste Master Plan. Staff provided an overview of the Phase 2 report, which includes the proposed vision statement, guiding principles and goals for the Solid Waste Master Plan, a 30-year plan that will guide how we manage solid waste, increase waste diversion and extend the life of the landfill.
In today's episode, Scott gets us up to speed on this week's briefing and where the City goes from here in its waste management plans.