What: The City of Oshawa has initiated an Integrated Planning Act and Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) Act Study (the Study) for the Columbus community, focusing on the Columbus Part II Plan Area.
The Study will help guide future growth and development within the Columbus Part II Plan Area, taking into consideration the unique historical context and cultural heritage of the area, land use, scale of development, transportation and servicing infrastructure, and the protection and enhancement of environmental and natural features.
The Study Area is generally bounded by Howden Road to the north, the Oshawa-Whitby boundary to the west, Winchester Road to the south and the east branch of the Oshawa Creek to the east. The limits of the Study Area have been defined to provide an appropriate assessment of land use, transportation and infrastructure requirements in and around the Columbus Part II Plan Area. The Columbus Part II Plan Area as identified in Schedule “E” of the Oshawa Official Plan forms part of and is located within the Study Area.
This Integrated Study seeks to advance development in a manner that is consistent with both the Planning Act and Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Act requirements. The Study will follow the Master Planning process (Approach 4 – Integration with the Planning Act) as described in the Municipal Engineers Association Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015).
Virtual Public Information Centre (P.I.C.) Number 4
When: Thursday, October 28, 2021 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Pursuant to the direction of Public Health Ontario, this public meeting will take place in an electronic (virtual) format in order to maintain social/physical distancing. Consequently, the meeting is open to the public through electronic participation only (e.g. via computer or telephone) and an in-person meeting is not possible at this time.
Why: The purpose of the P.I.C. is to present the Draft Preferred Land Use and Road Plan, associated land budget, a draft concept plan relating to the proposed Columbus Expansion Area outside of the Major Urban Area Boundary, plans relating to transportation matters and environmental management matters, the draft policy text, the draft Columbus Community Urban Design Guidelines and the draft Columbus Transportation Master Plan Final Report. The purpose of the P.I.C. is also to allow members of the public an opportunity to ask questions and provide input on the above-noted materials. The input received at virtual P.I.C. Number 4 will help to inform the development of a recommended land use and road plan and associated policies, and ultimately the final Part II Plan for the Columbus Part II Planning Area.
How: There will be a virtual presentation, followed by a virtual question and answer session. The virtual P.I.C. will take place using specific meeting software and can be accessed online via a desktop, computer, mobile app or phone. Attendees will be able to ask questions or provide comments in real time following the presentation using the meeting software online or by telephone.
City Contact: For more information or to join the Study mailing list, please contact Laura Moebs, Oshawa City Hall, 50 Centre Street South, Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z7 or by telephone at 905-436-3311 extension 2818 or by email to [email protected]
To Attend the Virtual Public Information Centre: If you are interested in attending the virtual P.I.C., you must register in advance by emailing or phoning the City Contact shown above, indicating your interest in attending. Once you have registered in this manner, you will receive an email approximately one (1) week prior to the virtual P.I.C. with information on how to participate (i.e. log-in information and instructions on how to use the meeting software).
Study Website: Copies of all Study materials can be found at the Study website: www.oshawa.ca/columbusstudy
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act: Information will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.
Accessibility: The City of Oshawa is committed to providing services as set out in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. If you have accessibility needs and require alternate formats or other accommodations, please contact City Clerk Services by telephone at 905-436-3311 or by email at [email protected].