Climate Solutions and Ottawa’s Official Plan – workshop report

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Diane Beckett and Seetal Sunga represented ASH at a workshop entitled “Climate Solutions and Ottawa’s Official Plan” on November 15 and 16. The purpose of the workshop was to build consensus among community-based organizations and neighbourhoods in Ottawa for actions we would like the City to build into the Official Plan concerning the climate emergency.

The recommendations will be presented to the joint Planning and Agriculture and Rural Affairs committee meeting on December 9, 2019 and full City Council on December 12, 2019 [Update 2-Jan-2020: City Council presentation delayed until March].

There were four major groups in the workshop themed around buildings, greenspace, transportation and food. As well, a fifth group formed around cross-cutting issues relating to governance and implementation. Diane and Seetal both prioritized the fifth group and participated in developing recommendations around ensuring that climate change be a core framework for planning.

The organizers have produced a short executive summary which gives the shape and content of the workshop products. It is available at the following link:

ASH will continue to work on issues relating to climate change and as well will work to establish which priorities can be implemented in our community.

If you would like to support the workshop recommendations prior to the December meetings, please feel free to contact Councillor Fleury and/or Mayor Watson to ask them to integrate the Greenspace Alliance priority actions for the City of Ottawa Official Plan.