The Bulldog calls on Ottawa City Council and my councillor, (Kitchissippi’s Jeff Leiper) to delay voting on the high-rise and zoning report until our elected officials and the public have a proper opportunity to review the document.
The level of misdirection on this issue is astounding. Barrhaven councillor and planning committee chairwoman Jan Harder made a point of saying that 102 community associations were told of the document and only two responded. The high-rise report says that notice was only given to the Federation of Citizens Associations of Ottawa. Harder said only two community associations responded to the report.
No one other than developer organizations, councillors and staff spoke to the report at the little-publicized planning committee meeting of May 8. The public was absent from comments.
Then last week, the city gave only 27 hours notice to the public that a meeting for councillors would be held on it. The document will be discussed today at city council when only two business days passed between the snap public meeting and it being sent to council for approval.
So The Bulldog would ask the public to call on their councillor to stop this travesty of municipal governance and give proper notice to the public that this report is coming down the legislative pipe.
Also because of the discrepancy between what Harder said at planning committee and what the high-rise report reveals, voters should weigh her words carefully when they come to vote in Barrhaven ward on Oct. 22.
Given the level of misdirection surrounding this report, Harder should not be the planning committee chairwoman.
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