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Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy - Communiqués

Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Communiqué (October 18, 2013)
Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Communiqué (May 3, 2013)
Landscape Character Assessment Report (January 11, 2013)
Landscape Character Assessment Report (October 26, 2012)
Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Communiqué (August 9, 2012)
Preliminary Landscape Character Assessment Unveiled
(March 2, 2012)
Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Communiqué
(November 18, 2011)
Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Communiqué (September 30, 2011)
Statement of Work Approved by Steering Committee (May 13, 2011)
New Plans for Community Involvement (April 1, 2011)
Online Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Video Launched (March 17, 2011)
Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Communiqué (January 28, 2011)
Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Communiqué (December 3, 2010)
Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Communiqué (October 15, 2010)
Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Communiqué (August 13, 2010)
Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Communiqué (June 4, 2010)
Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Communiqué (April 12, 2010)

Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Communiqué

October 18, 2013

The seventeenth meeting of the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy (RCLS) Steering Committee was held on October 18, 2013 and hosted by the Town of Smiths Falls. A list of participants is attached.

Stemming from the recommendations contained within the Landscape Character Assessment and Planning and Management Recommendations Report, the Planners Technical Advisory Group provided an update on a variety of tools and activities currently under development, including: 10 Principles for Good Waterfront Development along the Rideau Canal, a land use planning and public education tool; a Who to Call table, which outlines who to contact when undertaking typical in-water and shoreline activities, such as docks and shoreline alterations; a repository of Official Plan policies that recognize, protect and enhance the Rideau Canal, to assist with municipal Official Plan reviews; and a web-based GIS database compiled during the landscape character assessment to support land use planning and development along the waterway. The Planners Group will continue to refine these implementation tools, based on feedback received from the Steering Committee.

Parks Canada provided a brief presentation on the Visitor Experience Opportunities Concept, an initiative of the Partnership Group of the Rideau Canal Heritage Corridor currently underway, to engage stakeholders to help enhance and diversify experiential tourism opportunities throughout the Rideau Heritage Route.

The meeting concluded with highlights from the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy presentations at the Club of Rome Annual General Meeting in Ottawa and the World Canals Conference in France, which received high praise from many represented countries for the Strategy’s ability and dedication to work collaboratively in support of the Rideau Canal World Heritage Site.

The date of the next Steering Committee meeting is to be determined, pending the scheduling of the next Planners Technical Advisory Group meeting.

For further information on the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, please contact:

Doug Struthers
Chair

Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Communiqué

May 3, 2013

The sixteenth meeting of the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy (RCLS) Steering Committee was held on May 3, 2013 and hosted by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. A list of participants is attached.

The Rideau Roundtable provided a presentation on their Rideau Corridor Futures Forum initiative, a one day event they are organizing for November 2013. The forum will provide the opportunity for people to meet, network and develop strategies to guide the sustainability of the Rideau Corridor.

Parks Canada reported on the UNESCO Periodic Report for the Rideau Canal, which consisted of the completion of an online, multiple choice questionnaire, which was provided to all world heritage sites reporting in this cycle. The questionnaire must be submitted to the World Heritage Committee by July 31, 2013 and will be rolled up with reports from other World Heritage sites to form a Regional State of the World Heritage Report. The World Heritage Committee will review and respond to the Report in 2014-2015. Conclusions on the state of conservation of the World Heritage property include: authenticity has been preserved; integrity is intact; and the Outstanding Universal Value has been maintained.

The presentation was followed by a review of the communications package for the Steering Committee members to share with their councils. This includes an executive summary of the landscape character assessment, enhanced with tables and maps, and a brief powerpoint presentation highlighting the creation and progress of the RCLS and the key components of the landscape character assessment.

The Planners Technical Advisory Group completed an update to the 2010 Planning Checklist and highlighted opportunities to improve consistency across municipalities and strengthen policies, such as those related to good shoreline management. The presentation continued with a discussion on preliminary recommended implementation tools and activities, which the Planners Group will continue to work on and refine.

The date of the next Steering Committee meeting is to be determined, pending the scheduling of the Planners Technical Advisory Group meeting.

For further information on the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, please contact:

Doug Struthers
Chair

Landscape Character Assessment Report

January 11, 2013

The fifteenth meeting of the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy (RCLS) Steering Committee was held on January 11, 2013 and hosted by the City of Kingston. A list of participants is attached.

Parks Canada presented the Landscape Character Assessment and Planning and Management Recommendations Final Report to the Steering Committee and Planners Technical Advisory Group members, including the assessment, findings of the visual preference survey, recommendations and five year implementation strategy. The report was accepted by the Steering Committee members, and Parks Canada will proceed with translation and will follow up with an official public release once translation is completed.

The presentation was followed by a discussion of proposed next steps, including the development of an implementation work plan by the Planners Technical Advisory Group and a communications package for the Steering Committee members to share with their councils.

Discussions are progressing on the future use and management of the GIS data compiled by Dillon Consulting - the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority will house the data and are working on a system which will be accessible to all the members of the Strategy.

Discussions are also progressing on the creation of a Rideau Canal award under the framework of the existing Tri-County Conservation Awards.

The date of the next Steering Committee meeting is to be determined, pending the scheduling of the Planners Technical Advisory Group meeting.

For further information on the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, please contact:

Doug Struthers
Chair  

Landscape Character Assessment Report

October 26, 2012

The fourteenth meeting of the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy (RCLS) Steering Committee was held on October 26, 2012 and hosted by the Village of Merrickville-Wolford. A list of participants is attached.

Dillon Consulting provided an overview of the key elements of the draft Landscape Character Assessment and Planning and Management Recommendations Report, including the assessment, findings of the visual preference survey, recommendations and implementation strategy. This was followed by a discussion of the document and members of the Steering Committee and Planners Technical Advisory Group provided recommendations for revisions and refinement. Over the next month, Dillon Consulting will be incorporating the feedback from this meeting, with a final report submitted at the end of the month.

The group then discussed briefly the future use and management of the GIS data compiled by Dillon Consulting and next steps for the steering committee. These topics will be the focus of the next Steering Committee meeting.

Parks Canada provided an overview of the proposed changes to the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS), presently under review, and highlighted how the contents of the Strategy's October 21, 2010 letter to the Province have been addressed.

The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority provided an update on the potential creation of a Rideau Canal award, communicating that the Foundations of both the Cataraqui Region and Rideau Valley Conservation Authorities are interested in creating a Rideau Canal award, under the framework of the existing Tri-County Conservation Awards.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on Friday December 7, 2012; specific location to be determined.

For further information on the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, please contact:

Doug Struthers
Chair

Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Communiqué

August 9, 2012

The thirteenth meeting of the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy (RCLS) Steering Committee was held on August 9, 2012 and hosted by the Township of Rideau Lakes. A list of participants is attached.

Dillon Consulting provided an update on progress made on the landscape character assessment project since the last Steering Committee meeting on March 2, and provided an overview of the visual preference survey, which is the focus of the second round of public consultation workshops held the week of August 13. Dillon Consulting has been busy incorporating the feedback received from the first round of public consultation in March, as well as feedback received from a meeting with the Planners Group on May 2 to refine the landscape character areas. This work was then enhanced by land-based and water-based field work in June. Focus is now on the second round of public consultation sessions to be held the evenings of August 13-16 and the afternoon of Saturday August 18. The website (www.rcls-sacr.ca) is up to date with all current and past documents and maps and the project is running on schedule.

Following up on a presentation at the last meeting by Charles Billington on the Tri-County Conservation Awards program, the conservation authorities are looking into the potential of creating an award specific to the Rideau Canal.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on October 26, 2012; specific location to be determined.

For further information on the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, please contact:

Doug Struthers
Chair

Preliminary Landscape Character Assessment Unveiled

March 2, 2012

The twelfth meeting of the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy (RCLS) Steering Committee was held on March 2, 2012 and hosted by the Town of Smiths Falls. A list of participants is attached.

Following up on the Reeve of Montague's research into shoreline mapping and stewardship awards systems along the Rideau Canal, Charles Billington of the Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation shared with the Steering Committee information on the Tri-Valley Conservation Awards, a program of three partners – the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority and the South Nation Conservation – recognizing outstanding volunteer environmental work in the three valleys.

Dillon Consulting provided an update on progress made to-date on the landscape character assessment project, and an overview of the upcoming public workshops. Thus far, the project team has explored what information is already available to properly complete the assessment, and is presently researching past character descriptions documenting the land use, cultural features, natural conditions, policy areas, and special visual resources in the Rideau Corridor. This preliminary work has resulted in the identification of draft geographic sectors and landscape character areas along the corridor, based on watershed divide, the evolution of the canal and landscape characteristics. This preliminary information will be shared at the upcoming public workshops to gather the public's feedback and enhance and refine the preliminary research.

These public workshops will be held March 6, 7 and 8 along the Rideau Corridor.
Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. All workshops will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Workshop dates and locations are:

North
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
3889 Rideau Valley Drive, Manotick

Central
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Merrickville Community Centre
106 Read Street, Merrickville

South
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority – Outdoor Centre
1641 Perth Road, Kingston

Anyone interested in providing input is also encouraged to contribute to the online photographic library of the Rideau Corridor's landscapes. A second round of workshops will be held later in 2012 to gauge participant's preference for landscape types and characteristics. Information about participating in these opportunities and about the project itself can be found on the web site www.rcls-sacr.ca.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held in the spring; specific date and location to be determined.

For further information on the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, please contact:
Doug Struthers
Chair
mayormerrickvillewolford@telus.blackberry.net
613-269-4791

For further information on the Landscape Character Assessment project, please contact:
Rideau Canal, Parks Canada
rideaucanal-info@pc.gc.ca
613-283-5170

Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Communiqué

November 18, 2011

The eleventh meeting of the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy (RCLS) Steering Committee was held on November 18, 2011 and hosted by the Town of Perth. A list of participants is attached.

The Reeve of Montague provided an updated on his research into shoreline mapping and stewardship awards systems along the Rideau Canal, specifically the Tri-County Conservation Awards of Excellence. A representative from the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is invited to share information on these two initiatives at the next meeting of the Steering Committee.

The Parks Canada Secretariat provided an overview of the process taken to review and evaluate the eight submissions received in response to the Request for Proposals to undertake a Landscape Character Assessment. On October 28, 2011 Dillon Consulting was awarded the contract to undertake the project.

Dillon Consulting presented to the Steering Committee, introducing the company, project team members, and the project workplan. A proposed Communications and Engagement Plan was shared with the Committee, which will include many opportunities and diverse methods to engage the public in this exciting project, including a website, online surveys, visual preference surveys and workshops.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held in January, 2012; specific date and location to be determined.

For further information on the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, please contact:

Doug Struthers
Chair

Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Communiqué

September 30, 2011

The tenth meeting of the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy (RCLS) Steering Committee was held on September 30, 2011 and hosted by the Municipality of North Grenville. A list of participants is attached.

The Cataraqui Trail Working Group provided an update on the scope and progress of the Cataraqui Trail project, which proposes a trail along the west side of the Rideau Canal from LaSalle Causeway in Kingston to Kingston Mills Lockstation. A study is underway, with a report to the City of Kingston in October.

The Request for Proposals to hire a consultant to undertake a Landscape Character Assessment and Planning and Management Recommendations closes on October 4, 2011. Once the proposals are evaluated and the contract awarded, work will commence this fall with a completion date of December 2012.

Over the course of seven days in July and August, Parks Canada hosted on-water meetings for members of the Steering Committee and Planners Technical Advisory Group. The Rideau Voyageur travelled from Lake Ontario at Kingston to the Ottawa Locks, providing the opportunity to better understand, appreciate and discuss the beauty, diversity and significance of the waterway.

The significance and success of the Strategy will be shared through a one hour presentation at the Ontario Professional Planners Institute Conference on October 14, at the Ottawa Convention Centre. Four members, including Chair Doug Struthers, Don Morse and Sandra Candow, Planners Group and Susan Millar, Secretariat will discuss the importance of working collaboratively and the role of the planners in the long term conservation and sustainability of the Rideau Corridor.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on November 18, 2011 in Smiths Falls.

For further information on the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, please contact:

Doug Struthers
Chair

Statement of Work Approved by Steering Committee

May 13, 2011

The ninth meeting of the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy (RCLS) Steering Committee was held on May 13, 2011 and hosted by the City of Ottawa. A list of participants is attached.

Over the past few months, the RCLS Statement of Work has been through numerous review stages with the Steering Committee and Planners Technical Advisory Group. At the May 13 Steering Committee meeting, it was approved by the members. The document describes the two parts of the RCLS which include a Landscape Character Assessment and Planning and Management Recommendations in addition to the Scope of Work and Project Deliverables.

The City of Ottawa, which is leading the RCLS Geo-Data Project offered to present their work to date to the Steering Committee. Deliverables to date includes a large scale, wall sized aerial photo and cultural base for the Corridor and a similar sized topographic base map. These maps are a result of the amalgamation of data sets from numerous Rideau Corridor municipalities and Conservation Authorities. A series of 11 x 17 working sheets at a larger scale for the field work and more detailed analysis are in progress. Additional thematic maps will become available once an RCLS consultant is selected.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held at the end of August. During the month of July, on-water Steering Committee/Planners Group meetings will be taking place along the length of the Rideau Canal to instigate dialogue on the challenges and opportunities for planning along the waterway.

For further information on the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, please contact:

Doug Struthers
Chair

New Plans for Community Involvement

April 1, 2011

The eighth meeting of the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Steering Committee was held on April 1, 2011 and hosted by the Township of Montague. A list of participants is attached.

After receiving support from the Planners Advisory Group and the Steering Committee in December 2010, the Secretariat drafted a Terms of Reference for the formation of a Community Consultation Group. At their most recent meeting, this document was reviewed by the Steering Committee and after much discussion, a motion was passed which supported the public consultation process being directed by the consultant who will also lead the Landscape Character Assessment component of the Strategy. This will ensure more comprehensive and inclusive participation from all interested groups and individuals.

A draft work plan for the Strategy was approved by the Steering Committee at their December 3, 2010 meeting. At that meeting, the Planners Group and Secretariat were asked to draft a Request for Proposal (RFP) to undertake a Landscape Character Assessment of the Rideau Corridor. Susan Millar from Parks Canada has been working with the Planners Group to refine the document and the latest draft was presented to the Steering Committee. One significant change to the RFP will be the enhancement of the Public Consultation section which will now take into consideration the postponement of the formation of the Community Consultation Group and require a more extensive, inclusive public consultation process for the Landscape Character Assessment.

The Steering Committee held a follow up discussion regarding the NCC's January 28 presentation to the group regarding the current proposal for a large digital screen on the Ottawa Convention Centre located beside the Rideau Canal in downtown Ottawa. It was determined that a letter be sent to the NCC CEO, the Chairman of the NCC Board of Directors and the Mayor of Ottawa to indicate the following motion carried by the Steering Committee:

'The Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Steering Committee is seriously concerned about the (potential) negative visual impact that the proposed digital screen on the Ottawa Convention Centre would have on the UNESCO World Heritage and National Historic Site designations of the Rideau Canal.'

Parks Canada has been involved in discussions with the NCC regarding the digital screen. The Steering Committee asked Parks Canada to provide the Committee with updates as they become available.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on May 13, 2011 at Ottawa City Hall.

For further information on the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, please contact:

Doug Struthers
Chair

Online Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Video Launched

March 17, 2011

The Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy is a cooperative initiative between First Nations, federal and provincial agencies, municipalities, NGOs, property owners and others to build a common vision for the Rideau Corridor.

Parks Canada has developed a short video which introduces the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy (the Strategy) to new audiences and provides information on progress since the formation of the Strategy Steering Committee. The video is six minutes long and features the Chair of the Strategy Steering Committee, Mayor Doug Struthers of the Village of Merrickville-Wolford as the host. Stunning imagery of the Rideau Corridor integrated with written and verbal text, make this an intriguing and relevant video to a broad range of audiences. The video will serve to raise awareness and support for this Corridor wide initiative while celebrating the significance of this National Historic Site and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Watch the video!

Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Communique

January 28, 2011

The seventh meeting of the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Steering Committee was held on January 28, 2011 and hosted by Township of South Frontenac. A list of participants is attached.

The governance model for the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy includes a Steering Committee, Secretariat provided by Parks Canada and advisory groups, where appropriate. Along with the recognized need for a Planners Technical Advisory Group, a Community Advisory Group is required to ensure public involvement in moving the Strategy forward.

After receiving support from the Planners Advisory Group and the Steering Committee in December 2010, the Secretariat drafted a Terms of Reference for the formation of a Community Advisory Group. Roles and responsibilities of the Community Advisory Group, committee composition, request for applications, selection criteria, selection panel and timelines are all components of the Terms of Reference which are currently being finalized.

This draft Terms of Reference was reviewed by the Steering Committee and it will continue to be developed for approval at the next Steering Committee meeting on February 25, 2011.

A draft work plan for the Strategy was approved by the Steering Committee at their December 3, 2010 meeting. At that meeting, the Planners Group and Secretariat were asked to draft a Request for Proposal (RFP) to undertake a landscape character assessment of the Rideau Corridor. Susan Millar from Parks Canada provided on overview of the Planner Group discussions and progress to date on the document. Work is continuing on the draft RFP and will be presented for review at the next Steering Committee meeting.

Upon request of the National Capital Commission, Linda Dicaire, Chief of Federal Design Approvals for the National Capital Commission, spoke to the Steering Committee on a current proposal for a large digital screen on a building located beside the Rideau Canal in downtown Ottawa. This information sharing session served to bring attention to the broad range of development and interventions in the landscape which may have an impact on the historic and visual values and high quality visitor experience of the Rideau Canal.

Parks Canada and Queen's University School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP) students have been working together to formulate options for a toolkit to manage development along the Rideau Canal. The SURP students were invited to the Steering Committee meeting by Parks Canada to present an overview of their work to the Steering Committee.

Their final report, which is available by contacting their project team includes:

  1. An overview of 4 case studies of successful protection and preservation similar to the Rideau.
  2. A synopsis of feedback gathered at a stakeholder workshop regarding the 4 case studies.
  3. All recommended tool options.
  4. A synopsis of stakeholder tool preferences.
  5. A draft implementation strategy.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on February 25, 2011 at the Airport Welcome Centre in Montague Township.

For further information on the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, please contact:

Doug Struthers
Chair

Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Communiqué

December 3, 2010

The sixth meeting of the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Steering Committee was held on December 3, 2010 and hosted by the Town of Smiths Falls at the Youth Arena Hall. A list of participants is attached.

Mike Dwyer, a Planner for the Township of Rideau Lakes, presented details on one approach to visual assessment, based on the public preference method, a model researched during academic studies.. Outcomes of this visual assessment include: determining preferences according to site or landscape typology; determining areas of public significance; determining sensitive areas of the visual landscape; formulating broad policies for varying levels of landscape sensitivity; using efforts and resources effectively; and monitoring to determine changes, trends and new threats along the Rideau Corridor. The Steering Committee was interested in exploring this option further.

Building on information from Mike Dwyer's presentation, Sheldon Laidman (, I checked his title and it's Manager of Development Services , for the Township of Rideau Lakes) and co-chair of the Planners Advisory Group, presented details regarding part one of a two-part landscape character and visual assessment work plan which was developed by the Planners Group at their last meeting, November 5.. The plan includes hiring a consultant team versed in landscape typology and public engagement to: refine and assess the landscape character of the Rideau Corridor, building on existing research; develop and conduct the public preference testing; and report back to the Steering Committee with the findings and recommendations for their review. This review will commence part two of the work, which will include further public consultation and implementation. The Steering Committee passed a motion to accept the Proposed General Work Plan for Part One of the Landscape Strategy.

The City of Ottawa has support from the Steering Committee and the Planners Advisory Group to proceed with a Geo-Data project for the Strategy (October 15, 2010 Steering Committee meeting) and has been gathering mapping information from municipalities, Land Information Ontario and the Ministry of Natural Resources. After various discussions, it has been determined that most municipalities would prefer to use the broader watershed boundaries as the study boundary, which can be refined as further work is undertaken. Municipal planners are now in the process of providing Ottawa with a list of historic buildings within their municipalities.

Three action items from the October 15 meeting were addressed: Additional heritage policy details were given for two international sites of significance; the Provincial Policy Statement Review letter was submitted to the Province on October 21; and thank you letters were sent to City of Ottawa Councillors Doug Thompson and Clive Doucet, recognizing the City of Ottawa's contribution to the Strategy with the geo-data mapping proposal.

Parks Canada has recently acquired more internet and new media capacity which will provide for a more extensive and up to date website. Communiqués, a new Strategy video, and upcoming public events will now be posted on the Parks Canada's Rideau Canal website.

The Secretariat will draft a Terms of Reference on how to develop a Community Advisory Committee. This comes after extensive interest and support for the development of such a group from Rideau Corridor partners, stakeholders and the Planners Advisory Group. This document will be presented to the Steering Committee at the next meeting.

Given previous discussions and meetings between various municipal leaders along the Rideau Corridor and colleagues of the Grand Canal in China, Doug Struthers recommended that a Friendship Agreement be formed between these two sites. This type of agreement would allow individual communities the flexibility and opportunity to twin with Chinese communities if they choose. The Secretariat will draft a letter/resolution for municipal representatives of the Steering Committee to bring to their Councils in support of this item.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on January 28, 2010 in Sydenham, South Frontenac.

For further information on the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, please contact:

Doug Struthers
Chair

Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Communiqué

October 15, 2010

The fifth meeting of the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Steering Committee was held on October 15, 2010 and hosted by the County of Lanark at their headquarters in Perth, Ontario.

An update was given by representatives of the Planners Advisory Group. Over the past few months, the group has been reviewing what planning policies and regulations exist within their jurisdictions and compiling a report. A summary of findings was presented:

  • Environmental protection is a common goal amongst all Municipalities, Counties and Conservation Authorities.
  • Waterfront development policies and Environmental Impact Study provisions are well developed in almost all municipalities largely because of the Conservation Authority Act regulations governing these issues.
  • Cultural Heritage provisions are less well developed. Many municipal Official Plans have cultural heritage policies but it is not clear which municipalities have registers of cultural heritage properties as well as policies,. This is likely because there is no corresponding Act requiring such provisions to be included in the development approval process.
  • Less than half of municipalities have Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment provisions.
  • Only two municipalities (Ottawa and Kingston) have undertaken any form of Visual Character Assessment.
  • Only two municipalities (North Grenville and Ottawa) have design guidelines, controls or policies for scenic areas.
  • There appears to be a clear resource gap in the capacity of municipalities to undertake Visual Assessments and Design Guidelines.
  • Virtually all agencies have GIS capability and ability to share GIS resources either in house or through counties.

The City of Ottawa proposed a Geo-Data project for the Strategy, the purpose being to prepare a multi-layered, geo-data mapping file for the Strategy that will be made available to the agencies/governments that are represented on the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee and Planners Advisory Group both passed motions of support for the proposal. Further detailed discussions will be required with the City of Ottawa, Planners Advisory Group and the Secretariat to define the scope, numbers and costs of the map layers.

The Secretariat presented information on what heritage policy exists for other UNESCO sites in other provinces. Details were limited but as more become available, they will be shared with the Steering Committee.

Over the past few months, a letter to the Province of Ontario has been jointly crafted by the Steering Committee and the Planners Advisory Group regarding the upcoming Provincial Policy Statement Review and how the Rideau Corridor could be better acknowledged and protected. The letter was finalized at the Steering Committee meeting and has been sent to the Province of Ontario.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on December 3, 2010.

For further information on the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, please contact:

Doug Struthers
Chair

Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Communiqué

August 13, 2010

A fourth meeting of the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Steering Committee was held on August 13, 2010 and hosted by the National Capital Commission at their Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario. Most organizations were represented.

An update was given by representatives of the Planners Advisory Group which was formed in June at the direction of the Steering Committee. Over the past two months, the group has been reviewing what planning policies and regulations exist within their jurisdictions and compiling a report. It was determined that all municipalities have some level of electronic mapping and that a comprehensive and compatible mapping system would feed into the Strategy and benefit municipalities, First Nations, Provincial and Federal government agencies. How this mapping system would be achieved is being discussed.

Since the last Steering Committee meeting in June, a Terms of Reference for the Planners Advisory Group was drafted by the Strategy Secretariat and it was approved and endorsed by the Planners Advisory Group and the Steering Committee.

A letter to the Province of Ontario is being jointly drafted by the Steering Committee and the Planners Advisory Group regarding the upcoming Provincial Policy Statement Review and how the Rideau Corridor could be better acknowledged and protected.

To aid the Steering Committee in developing ideas for future work, a presentation was given by the National Capital Commission regarding a Visual Assessment of their properties in Ottawa.

Parks Canada presented details on a Document Review which is an overview of what Rideau Corridor research exists. A proposed approach for a Landscape Character Assessment was also presented to the Steering Committee and it was determined that further comment be sought from the Planners Advisory Group.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on October 15, 2010.

For further information on the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy, please contact:

Doug Struthers
Chair

Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Communiqué

June 4, 2010

The Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Steering Committee held its third meeting on Friday, June 4th at the South Elmsley Community Hall. Apart from the City of Ottawa, all Steering Committee organizations were represented.

The Terms of Reference was endorsed with minor revisions. It was concluded that the document would be reviewed by the Steering Committee every six months with the next review date being January 2011.

As outlined in the Strategy governance model, a technical advisory group of planners from the Rideau Corridor municipalities, the NCC, Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority and Parks Canada has been formed and endorsed by the Steering Committee. They have met once to discuss their future direction. Sheldon Laidman from the Township of Rideau Lakes will Chair this group. The first task of the technical advisory group is to report on and compare what planning policies and regulations exist in their municipalities and share this with the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will then develop a very brief Terms of Reference for the group.

The Steering Committee also discussed options for the development of other Advisory Groups and/or the involvement of other groups and individuals in the Strategy.

The next Steering Committee meeting date will be determined in the near future.

For further information on the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy please contact:

Doug Struthers
Chairman

Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Communiqué

April 12, 2010

The Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy Steering Committee held its second meeting on Friday, April 9th at the North Elmsley Muncipal Offices in Port Elmsley, Ontario. The Steering Committee is comprised of members representing two First Nation groups (the Algonquins of Ontario and the Mississaugas of Alderville), elected municipal leaders from the thirteen municipalities along the Rideau corridor, two Conservation Authorities, the province of Ontario, the National Capital Commission and Parks Canada.

The Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy is an initiative that was created over the past months in response to the many challenges and opportunities created by the Rideau Canal's designation as Ontario's only UNESCO World Heritage Site. "Regional leaders all have an interest and strong desire to work together to protect and promote the unique values that have earned the Rideau Canal it's outstanding designation", said Chairman, Doug Struthers, Mayor of Merrickville-Wolford. "This Strategy that we are building together, will help us support and sustain the unique economic opportunities of the World Heritage Site."

The Steering Committee at this meeting discussed the goals and objectives of the Steering Committee and approved a Terms of Reference that will guide its work over the next months. An important component of the Strategy will be the creation of Advisory Committees who will provide important support and liaison with community members to ensure that the process is inclusive and open to as many groups and individuals as possible.

The next Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for early June.

For further information on the Rideau Corridor Landscape Strategy please contact:

Doug Struthers
Chairman