The MVCA received notice that Council has been asked to adopt the revised City of Ottawa Land Evaluation and Area Review (LEAR) and approve changes to the Agricultural Resource Area designation.
Staff have identified 10 areas, totaling 449 ha, for removal from the Agricultural Resource Area. Staff have also received a submission supported by a consultant’s soil study to have LEAR scores lowered so land at River Road and Mitch Owens can be removed from the Agricultural Resource Area. A few years ago, the city refused to consider an application by Trinity Corporation for a big box mall development at that location. The city said at the time that rezoning the agricultural land was inappropriate due to its high LEAR score and because of a city policy to protect 1 km of land around the village of Manotick boundary for future village expansion. Staff are waiting for further information, including comments from the public, before considering removing the land at River Road and Mitch Owens from the Agricultural Resource Area.
The Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) of Council will hear comments from the public at its November 24th meeting at 10 am at the Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, regarding this and other potential changes in land use as a result of the LEAR update. You need to address your concerns directly to ARAC so Councillor George Darouze and Councillor Scott Moffatt can take appropriate action at Council when it discusses and approves the updated LEAR on December 14, 2016.
How Will LEAR Official Plan Update Impact Manotick?
The city has posted the revised City of Ottawa Land Evaluation and Area Review (LEAR) documents including proposed changes to the Agricultural Resource Area designation on their website. Click here to read the Ottawa LEAR Implementation report.
Proposed changes to the LEAR include removal of all lands north of Barnsdale Road east of the Highway 416 from the city’s Agricultural Resource Area. The lands at River Road and Mitch Owens are, however, recommended to remain within the Agricultural Resource Area.
Copies of the updated LEAR report (Volumes 1 and 2) and an interactive map are available below.