residents well advised to attend City's poorly publicized
March 24th workshop, in order to defend rural interest --once
again-- from the ravages of
From: Terry Boland, Associate Editor
The West Carleton Review Weekender
March 16, 2007
A workshop is coming up on March 24 from 8:30
a.m. to 3:30
p.m. at Confederation High School to start the ball
rolling on a rural settlement strategy for the City of
is a follow-up to the Rural Summit held in 2005
and will take a closer look at land-use issues in the
rural areas of Ottawa.
glance it is a logical next step in the amalgamation process but,
unfortunately, it is premature, particularly
since the city planners have yet to get it.
What is meant
by “get it” is the failure of the City of Ottawa to
understand there is a “cultural” divide in the
national capital region.
we have welcomed the cultures from many nations
and consider them to be a positive addition to
our way of life, but city staff have yet to learn about
the culture of our rural communities.
The one size
fits all approach is one of the main factors rural
residents have not embraced the style of governance
at Ottawa City Hall.
residents were either born and raised within communities
or rural areas, many on farms, and for well over
a century, have developed their own lifestyle, quite
different than those in urban Ottawa.
In fact, new
residents to the rural territories of Ottawa have
moved out to the hinterland because they want the
same type of lifestyle, a much simpler and less
stressful way of doing things.
It is this
rural culture which should have been the first thing
considered when efforts began to amalgamate the
municipalities because, in effect, the city is imposing
it’s will on the territories without consideration for their way
culprits in this divide are city planners who are only
interested in either supporting developers without any
consideration for rural opinion or trying to fit
the square city peg in the round rural hole.
more interested in getting things done and if
the look of the city is a sign of success maybe we
should just pass the rural settlement strategy by.
The move to
develop one set of city by-laws is another
example of attempts to remove the rural culture in
favour of a generic city landscape.
has made it clear the city can apply a city by-law
in different ways in different parts of the city, so why
the rush to consolidate.
The March 24
meeting is crucial for rural residents to attend to
ensure the rural culture is maintained and
development is on their terms, not eager development
beavers at city hall.
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