This person said that the members of the local planning review panels who are replacing the Ontario Municipal Board will likely be appointed by the City of Ottawa.
Expect a deputy mayor, the planning committee chairwoman, a few councillors, maybe a city staff member or two and a few people chosen from at large.
Meanwhile your agent agrees with the person’s assessment and would add that there will be developers chosen for it and that the city will retain control of the review panels. The people at large will likely be lapdogs of the current group running council. Some might have already won the Order of Ottawa.
And that’s because we’ve seen how the appointments of watchdogs have gone in the past. Accordingly, the degree of critical observation of staff and council has almost disappeared.
So now the conflicts of interest multiply. Already we have a mayor and many councillors receiving cash from developer management and employees for their campaigns. These are the same people who adjudicate over developer applications.
Now we will have those same councillors adjudicating over development decisions of their own council. Is it possible to be more incestuous than this?
The cesspool that is planning in the City of Ottawa grows even deeper.
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