No one knows what kind of perverse joy your agent gets in planning committee chairwoman Jan Harder arguing against “reasonableness” when it comes to the Ontario Municipal Board.
When has reasonableness ever held sway in planning in Ottawa? … zoning as a suggestion, extremification, lousy mass transit …
God help us if the OMB starts being reasonable. The city won’t be able to put 16- and 14-storey condos beside single-family homes in residential neighbourhoods. Reasonableness is a threat to the cosy relationship the city has with the development community. What’s next! No concierges?
Instead the planning department, city politicians and builders like things just the way they are. Let’s not be reasonable. That could tip the good ship Ottawa. Fairness? Golly, we can’t have that.
This all came about at city council because the Ontario government (again) wants to restructure the OMB so that it adjudicates over municipal planning decisions using “reasonableness” as a guide. With that presumption, we can safely say that the OMB has not been making decisions based on reason. All evidence shows that to be true.
So reasonableness was shot down at council 17-6 with ‘no’ led by Harder.
Nothing could better characterize city government in Ottawa.
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