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This petition has been created by Bettina H. and may not represent the views of the Avaaz community.
Bettina H.
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Mayor Jim Watson

We recieved a letter from Mayor Jim Watson stating:

Good afternoon,

Thank you for taking the time to contact me personally with your comments on the aforementioned (the aformetioned included this petition). At the Council meeting of April 10th, Council directed staff to prepare an Official Plan amendment to be tabled this June as part of the review of the City’s Official Plan.

One component of this Official Plan amendment will be a moratorium on the creation of new country lot subdivisions, in favor of directing residential growth in our rural areas to our villages.

Thank you for your support of Council’s position and please stay engaged in the matter by following the review’s progress at
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Jim Watson
City of Ottawa

In less than two weeks (by April 10), Ottawa's 5 year-moratorium on country lot subdivisions is ending and the Council is being pushed hard by developers to allow this type of development again. This vote will quietly pass, and will cost taxpayers more in extending services to these 'islands' of houses, and result in more destruction of our already reduced agricultural and natural lands.

So far, only one group (Greenspace Alliance) has formally let Ottawa's Council Members know that they want the moratorium on country lot subdivisions to become permanent, but there are over 18 developers who have told the City they want country lot subdivisions allowed. They are going to get their way unless Council knows they have strong public support. As a taxpayer, resident, and concerned citizen, please make your opinion heard. This type of development is un-sustainable, destructive, costly, and increases reliance on automobiles.

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