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Response to infill inquiry

My thanks to staff for responding quickly to an inquiry about infill statistics I made recently. I've posted that here for quick access by residents. Click on the .pdf below.

Posted October 17, 2017

Infill in Kitchissippi - Facebook Live

On October 5, I held a Facebook Live session looking at infill in Kitchissippi. I'm not sure this is a format I'd use exactly again, but I do hope it was helpful for those who tuned in. The slide deck I used is available by clicking on the .pdf below.

Posted October 9, 2017

Civic Hospital February town hall: what we heard

Better late than never.

Last winter, in the wake of the news that the Civic campus of The Ottawa Hospital would re-locate to the eastern end of the Central Experimental Farm and Queen Juliana Park, I hosted a town hall for the Civic Hospital neighbourhood to begin hearing concerns. I was grateful for the attendance, in addition, of our MPP Yasir Naqvi and the hospital’s Kate Eggins.

I’m happy to say that we’ve finally collated that session into the consultation document available at the link below. (I’ve also included the hospital’s proposed consultation approach, titled Setting the Stage.)

It’s good timing. Last night, I joined the open house hosted by Councillor Brockington looking at the proposed re-zoning to accomplish the Hospital’s move. Around 75 residents attended, many from Kitchissippi. I, the City, and Hospital staff heard many of the same concerns that were raised at our town hall in February.

Posted September 26, 2017

Development proposal at 1976 Scott St, 315 Tweedsmuir Ave, 320 McRae Ave - Updates & drop-in open house

It's been a few months since we've discussed the proposed development at 1976 Scott St, 315 Tweedsmuir & 320 McRae. You can review our previous blog posts on this development here (October, 2016) and here (November, 2015). 

The applicant has made revisions to their development proposal, and we are hosting a drop-in open house to listen to your feedback. The major changes are: the previously 19-storey tower is now being proposed at 25-storeys, the 9-storey component is now being proposed at 6-storeys, and the 3-storey component is staying the same. The increase in density changes the unit count from 183 units to 240 units. 

The applicant has not resubmitted the application yet, but as soon as the information is available on DevApps we will make sure to circulate that information.

We are hosting a drop-in open house on:

Posted September 19, 2017

Encouraging news from Queen's Park on OMB reform

Today, Queen’s Park has announced a series of reforms to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). For years, residents have justifiably railed at the OMB’s role in land-planning in the province. Arguably, it systemically favours developers in the face of local land-planning decisions. It is prohibitively expensive and time consuming, and is a de facto spur to the abdication of accountability for local Councils.

Last fall, several Ottawa councillors including myself wrote to Queen’s Park in response to its consultation to urge some key reforms: the end to de novo hearings (treating each appeal as a fresh case), and the implementation of public interest funding to help residents even the playing field.

The reforms announced today accomplish both of these. It will take a few days to digest the reform package, but on an early basis I’m encouraged.

Posted May 16, 2017

My comments for the Byron Linear Park and Westgate re-zonings

It can sometimes be difficult to navigate the City's website to view items on committee agendas. To make things a little easier, here are my comments related to the Byron Linear Park re-zoning that has been recommended by staff to allow the continued operation of the farmers market there, as well as the Westgate shopping mall re-development, also recommended by planning staff for approval. View the full reports here, including development details and staff recommendations.

Both of these items will be heard by the Planning Committee on March 28. Residents are encouraged to avail themselves of a five-minute speaking spot. It's appreciated when you can sign up ahead of time with the committee clerk, though you can also sign up on the spot.

For more on the 1960 Scott Street proposal, of which I am not supportive, visit here.


Westgate

Posted March 21, 2017

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