Ottawa Your House Value Is In Jeopardy

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Ottawa homeowners … the value of your dwelling is under attack.

That’s because after the height and zoning report travesty of democracy and the hideous lack of process on 900 Albert, the zoning that protects your dwelling from high-rises and other forms of development doesn’t mean diddly squat.

Your councillors and city staff don’t adhere to zoning anymore. If a builder is big enough and wants to build big enough, your community design plan and area zoning won’t defend you. Mayor Jim Watson, Barrhaven councillor and planning committee chairwoman Jan Harder and the city’s planning department don’t give a damn about your home and its value. They give a damn about their campaign contributors and big development charges.

The Oct. 22 election is coming. Band together to save your property value, usually a big part of your life savings. Don’t let Harder, Watson and the planning department put your retirement and children’s education in jeopardy

Get rid of Watson, Harder and the Bobblehead councillors who won’t defend you. Ask your ward candidates if they will stand up for your home and your family. If they won’t, turf them. Elect people who will support you, not themselves.

Democracy matters. Your home matters. Your children’s education matters. Your retirement matters. Elect people who will defend all those things, not this crew of self-serving politicians and bureaucrats.

 

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4 thoughts on “Ottawa Your House Value Is In Jeopardy

  1. With City Council’s explicit decision to ignore existing planning documents whilst approving a never ending list of ad hoc re-zoning applications, every neighbourhood near an LRT stop is at risk.

    Up until about a decade ago, if you wanted to find a subway station in Toronto, all you had to do was look for a cluster of high rises. The station was in the middle of that cluster. Over the last decade, that strategy has been rendered useless, but my point remains. Ottawa’s LRT stations are destined to be surrounded by a cluster of high rises.

    The fate of the current wasteland that is LeBreton has already been decided. Its proximity to the junction of the Confederation Line and Trillium Line means that high rise, high density buildings are a given. Relatively few people currently live north of Scott/Albert, and those that do live in high rise apartments. They will have little ammunition to argue about the coming forest of even more high rises, even if those that are five or six times higher than the existing buildings.

    At risk are the areas south of Scott/Albert, between Bronson and Bayswater. This wonderful, eclectic neighbourhood, part of the Dalhousie community, is already on the development industry’s radar. Within a decade or two, these streets with low-rise, low-density housing will be converted to higher-rise, higher-density housing units. The demographics of the people who currently live in the area will change. The profile of businesses along Preston Street will change in a manner similar to what has happened along Wellington West and Richmond Road. Intriguing, locally owned boutiques and shops offering novel goods will be replaced by storefronts owned and operated by national brands.

    Expect similar changes along LRT Phase II. An LRT station is planned for the New Orchard area, just west of Woodroffe, and east of Lincoln Fields. Within the last month, a sign was erected on New Orchard Avenue, advising residents that the property owner wishes to replace the existing two-storey home with a 14-storey building. Welcome to the current reality.

    I fear for the residents of Parkway Park, a neighbourhood west of Woodroffe, and north of Baseline. An LRT station is planned at Iris Street, one stop short of Algonquin College. The residents of this area of bungalows and side splits can expect to lose their privacy, their sunlight, and a portion of the selling value of their homes as the development industry descends from on high, with the explicit support of the city’s planning department, planning committee and council.

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    1. Ron:

      Excellent comment.

      One of the city’s great selling points is its unique older neighbourhoods with character.

      It’s why people want to live in Westboro.

      However when the last person buys the last condo in Westboro, they will be living in an area that no longer has the characteristics for which bought into.

      Ottawa, with a winter from climate hell, has much difficulty attracting business. One of its selling points is neighbourhoods with character where you can afford to buy a home.

      Sixty-five storeys at 900 Albert says it all.

      Goodbye Ottawa. Hello Toronto.

      Stupid planning, stupid planning committee, stupid council.

      cheers

      kgray

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  2. Property taxes are calculated, in large part, based on the market value of the dwelling. If the market value of homes in the area is going to depreciate then so too should their corresponding taxes. The city should not be permitted to increase taxes over time then pull the carpet out from beneath residents’ feet, especially if they’re not following the rules THEY made.

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