Committee extends leeway for undersized rural property


The City’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee today approved a zoning amendment for an undersized residential lot on Bank Street, south of Rideau Road. The existing residential property is surrounded by industrial and mineral extraction sites, but because of its small size, does not have the septic treatment capacity to support an industrial use. For that reason, staff recommended refusing the application.

The Committee, however, supported the requested zoning amendment. The revised zoning includes a provision that would restrict the site to use as a parking lot and storage yard until the applicant can introduce a more advanced septic system and show increased septic treatment capacity.

The Committee also appointed an engineer to update the engineers’ report for the Cranberry Creek Municipal Drain – a large watershed near the former Township of North Gower. The engineer appointed will update the assessment schedule to ensure all contributing property owners can be charged appropriately for any future work on the drain. In accordance with the Drainage Act, all costs for such work will be recovered as per the engineers’ report.

The Committee also approved a zoning amendment to permit phase nine of the Rideau Forest residential subdivision, southwest of Manotick Station and Mitch Owens roads. The change in zoning would allow for 43 new homes, with a portion of the site set aside for a stormwater management pond.

Recommendations from today’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee meeting will rise to Council on Wednesday, September 8.