Province calls into question inclusion of Tewin lands in Ottawa’s growth plans


The Ontario government wants the City of Ottawa to verify whether the creation of the new suburb of Tewin is the best choice for the city’s expansion and whether it complies with both the planning policies of the province and of the city.

Council approved the draft official plan last November and in February voted to include a whole new suburb in the rural southeast. Tewin’s controversial project, proposed by the Algonquins of Ontario and the Taggart group, infuriated First Nations leaders in Quebec after a joint committee backed by Mayor Jim Watson said reconciliation was a reason for authorize the new suburb.

Some councilors also questioned whether the land, which city planning staff had poorly rated, met planning policies and city growth goals.

Provincial authorities appear to have similar concerns.

Last week, the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing sent the city 33 comments on the draft official plan, the 25-year blueprint for the city’s growth.

Tewin fails to meet city goals: province

The last comment reminded the city that any property included in the Greater Urban Area must adhere to the province’s planning guidelines, known as the Provincial Policy Statement, and that any new development can be supported by its own system. city ​​infrastructure.

The province specifically mentions Tewin as a project that may not meet existing planning policies.

Elder Claudette Commanda of the Kitigan Zibi First Nation says the development of Tewin is not reconciliation because this process must take place between two nations, not between a municipal government and an organization or business. 0:54

“For example, the location of the ‘Tewin Lands’ does not appear to match the city’s goal of being a 15-minute community or being within 2.5 linear kilometers (1.9 km radius) of any rapid transit, “according to the ministry’s comments. Towards the city.

“It should be noted that these sites are far from all the LRT stations invested by the city and the province. adapt to the projected growth in the region.

The province goes on to say that the city must ensure that the expansion of the city to include Tewin is “efficient” and “cost effective” use of infrastructure planning.

The province has not recommended that the city remove Tewin from the draft official plan, but reminds the city to ensure it is “satisfied that the most suitable land has been selected” to be added to the area. urban.

The city is expected to release its updated version of the official plan at the end of next month, ahead of a three-day planning meeting scheduled for mid-September to review the massive new policy.

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