Community Associations for Environmental Sustainability

Infrastructure Master Plan: Tewin

On Thursday June 20th, CAFES gave a public delegation to the City of Ottawa's Joint Committee for their review of the Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP), which covers clean water, sewage and storm water infrastructure. The review of the IMP concerned the Tewin projected expansion in the South East of Ottawa.

The controversial decision of adding 445 acres of land to the urban boundary at the last minute and against advice of City staff has been a huge concern to anyone who understands the financial and environmental cost of urban sprawl.

Reasons for this decision by Mayor Watson and 16 City Councillors was based on reconciliation which many Indigenous groups are saying is false.

CAFES focused our attention on the original promise that “Tewin will pay for Tewin”, which on water infrastructure is more like 53% of the half a billion dollars needed to get water pipes through the Greenbelt. For those interested in more financial details, check out an article by Neil Saravamutto from the 613 entitled “Will taxpayers subsidize the $4 Billion in Tewin Developer profits?”

The second point CAFES conveyed in our delegation was that once the water infrastructure is built, it will attract more developers and increased sprawl will likely occur next to Tewin and south of the Greenbelt on South Riverside.

See the full presentation below and watch the committee meeting on YouTube here.

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