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1946 Scott Street approved: my vote

This week, the 9-storey development for Scott Street was approved. The vote was unanimous, including with my support. This was a highly contentious proposal, and some residents are very upset that I voted in favour of it with my colleagues.

I want to take this opportunity to explain why I voted for this development, and how I considered the multiple comments on the proposal that I’ve heard for months. This post won’t change any minds, but I do strive to communicate how I approach the various votes I take, and to be transparent in my work here at City Hall.


UPDATE: Cycling improvements at Maitland/417 Display boards are up

The city has now posted the display boards from the open house on cycling improvements on the Maitland/417 Bridge. They can be found 


Minister declines EA bump-up request for ramp closure

Last spring, several groups made a request to Queen's Park to "bump-up" the environmental assessment for the proposed Highway 417 Carling Avenue east-east ramp closure. I was recently made aware that those requests have been turned down. A bump-up would have subjected the project to the requirement for an individual environmental assessment.

A copy of Minister Ballard's letter is attached below as a .pdf.


Letter to NCC - future Rochester Field consultations

I was pleased to send the letter attached below (.pdf) today to the National Capital Commission requesting commitment to future consultations on any future development in Rochester Field as recently approved by Council.


Byron/Churchill development meeting

Please note that the meeting advertised below has been cancelled. After discussions with the developer's planner, they have determined not to proceed with this meeting at this time. If the proposal advances to a point at which they are ready to consult, we will work with them on an appropriate process, and advertise using that our usual channels.



CTA orders City to clarify future of Prince of Wales bridge

Today, a major decision by the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) came out requiring the City to either take steps to officially discontinue use of the Prince of Wales bridge for rail operations, or bring it up to a state of repair where it could be used on 12 months notice (order attached as a .pdf below).

It’s a decision with profound financial repercussions for the City, but could be good news for those advocating for a cycling/pedestrian connection between Gatineau and Bayview Station.


900 Albert Open House - Wednesday, Feb 21 6-8pm

Please consider joining us for an opportunity to hear Trinity's proposals for this development, specific to the public realm and connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists. 

Wednesday, February 21 2018 


St. Anthony's Banquet Hall (523 St. Anthony Street)


Modified Rochester Field proposal passes Council

Yesterday, Council voted – including me – to approve a modified version of the Rochester Field development concept. The concept continues to foresee two mid-rise buildings clustered at the south end of the field, but with some changes.

As recommended for approval by Planning Committee, the proposal would have seen two six-storey buildings on Richmond, with a setback and with a gap between them of roughly 15 meters.

I was concerned and also heard from many residents that that this offered too little gateway between Richmond and the soon-to-be-constructed SJAM park.


403 Tweedsmuir (Richmond Plaza Motel) - Development Open House - Thursday, Feb 22

The property owners of 403 Tweedsmuir, the Richmond Plaza Motel, have submitted a Zoning By-Law Amendment application to permit and develop at 6-storey mixed-use building with residential and hotel uses.  The building is proposed to have a mix of 24 hotel units and 21 residential units, with the hotel use taking up the first three storeys and the residential units occupying the fourth, fifth and sixth storeys.


Booth Street Preferred Concept - Open House