High-Rise Report: Consult With Developers, Ignore The Public

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So how significant is the high-rise report?

The report speaks to that under “Use and Application”:

These guidelines are to be used during the preparation and review of development proposals that include a high-rise building to achieve objectives of the Official Plan.
These are general guidelines. They are not intended to be used as a checklist for evaluating a proposal and not all of the guidelines are applicable to every site. The context of each development proposal will inform the application of, and the emphasis on, the particular guidelines that are relevant to the site. Proponents of a development proposal and City staff participating in the review of the proposal should review these guidelines holistically, and work collaboratively at the pre-consultation stage to determine which guidelines are priorities for implementation and how they may be applied in the preparation and review of the development proposal.
Where specific policies are provided in an area-specific policy document, such as a Secondary Plan or a Community Design Plan (CDP), the area-specific policies will take precedent. Guidelines in this document may augment such area-specific policies. The guidelines will also be a resource for the preparation of CDPs.

Anybody see the word “public” in this?

And here’s a major-league whopper in there:

Proponents of a development proposal and City staff participating in the review of the proposal should review these guidelines holistically, and work collaboratively at the pre-consultation stage to determine which guidelines are priorities for implementation and how they may be applied in the preparation and review of the development proposal.

And when has the city ever ignored a CDP? They’re used when convenient and dispatched when inconvenient.

There’s no doubt staff and the developer will work collaboratively prior to public consultation. Another term for this would be fait accompli by the time the development reaches the public.

The development will receive the same kind of public input this report has.

This process is “collaborative” for the development industry but non-collaborative for the public.

Dealing with the public in a democracy is so messy.

 

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3 thoughts on “High-Rise Report: Consult With Developers, Ignore The Public

  1. It’s a messy business talking down to the plebs. We educated types must circle the wagons and present a united front. We must agree on what we are going to highlight and on what we will sweep under the carpet.
    Will that be collaboration or collusion?
    skoal,
    Chaz

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  2. Seems planning committee approved the report earlier in May, but that didn’t really make the news either. The little coverage I found read like a direct copy of a City press release, presenting it as a technical update to existing guidelines… which is disingenuous. If it needs approval at council, how is not relevant to the public?
    https://globalnews.ca/news/4194427/ottawa-high-rise-buildings/

    The report reads like a white paper written by developers to show how great and thoughtful they are.

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  3. If our senior administrators and elected officials wonder why so many people use the term “elites” as a pejorative, and are supporting the likes of Doug Ford and his “populism”, all they need to do is look in the mirror (or at that selfie they just took).

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