Nicholas forwarded along these two tweets when your agent was almost away on holidays until overtaken by events:
Just thought I’d send this your way in case you missed it. It’s good to see the ghost of Ms. Hobbs lives on at council.
This just dumbfounds one to read.
Just 148 storeys of highrise at Bayview on 900 Albert Street and it is “uncomfortable”? Really?
And his biggest complaint is that there aren’t enough bicycle parking spots? Really?
The market will decide if it wants this kind of development? When it’s already built? Really? What do you do then, Jeff? Tear it down? Doubt that. The damage is done.
Obviously Kitchissippi Councillor Jeff Leiper doesn’t realize that in more than doubling the 30-storey height limit for 900 Albert, it blows away the legitimacy of the area community design plan. “We know buildings at these nodes will be tall.” Yes more than twice the height of the tallest building in Ottawa.
And the project is announced on June 29 and is bulldozed through planning committee on July 10 and rubber-stamped at council the next day. The public never got a chance to squeak on a huge project that radically alters Ottawa’s skyline for more than a lifetime. Leiper is horribly letting down the residents around 900 Albert. He is supposed to be defending the interests of his community, not that of the biking and development communities.
Why the rush on 900 Albert? Because city staff and the Bobblehead council members (plus the mayor) were frightened of public reaction. That’s why they introduced it during the period when the public is least interested in events (Canada Day weekend) on a holiday that celebrates Canadian inclusiveness, caring and democracy. Where does this apply at Ottawa City Hall? While Ottawans are out celebrating, Mayor Jim Watson and his pals are destroying the values Ottawans cherish.
And Leiper … good grief. The viability of CDPs in Ottawa is now destroyed in one swoop and Leiper is worried about bike spaces. This is the guy who bought a bike study from a cycling pressure group. By the way, the study liked biking … who knew?
Furthermore, Leiper previously did a wonderful impersonation of someone who hadn’t read the important zoning and height report, asking staff if they could list the differences between the report of a decade ago versus the new one. It’s in the report, Jeff. It’s in the report. Too bad they still don’t sell Coles Notes for councillors.
Leiper was elected to stop the excesses of former Kitchissippi councillor Katherine Hobbs in dealing with developers. Now Leiper is so pre-occupied by his obsession with bikes that 65 storeys is “uncomfortable.” Leiper is becoming uncomfortable to area voters.
This city is wide open to any kind of development most anywhere. Zoning means nothing. Homeowners in the community should be terrified that their lifetime investments could be ruined by secret projects being built beside their homes allowed by lost councillors such as Leiper or reports that appear to be beyond his and others’ comprehension or attention.
Councillors and the mayor are supposed to be protecting the interests of voters, residents and taxpayers, not pet pressure groups and most certainly not the development community.
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