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July 8th - Relaxation of patio regulations to foster economic recovery

Message from the City of Ottawa:

The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee today approved a temporary zoning amendment to relax regulations around restaurant and retail patios, to help encourage economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City would be more flexible about the size and location of restaurant patios and outdoor retail spaces, to help businesses accommodate physical distancing. Business owners could add patios and pop-up retail areas to private lands like parking lots, and nearer to residential areas than currently permitted.

This temporary change to regulations would apply until Saturday, October 31. The City’s Planning Committee approved this amendment on Thursday, June 25.

Ottawa is home to five rural fairs, and the agricultural societies that run them reinvest revenues back into their communities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all five fairs have announced they will not take place in 2020 and the Committee heard that the City’s Rural Affairs office will provide a one-time grant of $15,000 to each of the fairs to help make up the shortfall that the agricultural societies will experience as a result.

The Committee approved Official Plan and zoning amendments to allow for expansion of the Osgoode Care Centre – a long-term care home outside Metcalfe. The expansion will help ensure it can continue to serve seniors in rural Ottawa in the future.

Ottawa Fire Services can continue to operate a training facility at 4041 Moodie Drive after the Committee approved fire research and training facility as a permitted use. Using controlled burns, Ottawa Fire Services has been training firefighters at this location for several years under a temporary permit.

Recommendations from today’s meeting will rise to Council on Wednesday, July 15.

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