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.