Three Great Planning Strikes

cityhallsmallWhat neighbourhoods have been under the scrutiny of Ottawa’s planning department most.

This is no scientific tally but your agent would say probably Lansdowne (and the Glebe around it), Little Italy and the old west end.

Which areas are experiencing traffic problems recently?

Why Lansdowne, Little Italy and the old west end.

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Ottawa Keeps Making Huge Planning Mistakes

Little ItalyA businessman is travelling to Little Italy hoping to get a new client to buy his products.

Parking availability is horrible in Little Italy (by the city’s own admission in a recent report) and so the businessman decides to take the advice of the municipality and use the new bike racks to park his two-wheeler. He leaves the four-wheeler at home.

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Taylor’s Low Light-Rail Expectations

WHOPPERWATCHHere comes the western light-rail spin, this time from Bay Councillor Mark Taylor:

“Through this process we have found a better option than any of us would have hoped for.”

Taylor’s standards are amazingly low.

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Harder Praises Local Planning Control

This is a release from planning committee chairwoman Jan Harder:

Statement from Councillor Jan Harder, Chair of Planning Committee.

The City welcomes the Smart Growth initiatives announced by the Ontario Government today. Streamlining the development-approval process, reducing the number of Ontario Municipal Board cases, strengthening local control over the Official Plan process and allowing cities greater flexibility to use development charges for waste diversion projects will all be very helpful to Ottawa.

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Harder On LeBreton: Top 10 List



Ahh, planning committee chairwoman Jan Harder. Yes, Jan Harder.

Glebe residents weep when they hear that name.

For Harder has that suburban ethos. Build big things all over the place as long as everyone has a driveway, a garage, four lanes of open road and a backyard.

Doesn’t matter how it looks or how it affects neighbourhoods outside her beloved mecca of autos, Barrhaven. Global warming? Piffle.

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Commercial Plan Badly Flawed: Activist

This is a comment from Hintonburg community activist Jay Baltz on the place to rezone parts of residential area to commercial:

The original goal of this study, which was to add zoning permission at specific properties to allow existing corner stores and small food outlets in residential communities to easily continue existing, was a good idea.

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Leave It To The Planning Department

The dream of quiet residential living still survives but the City of Ottawa is doing its best to end it.

Here is why people love their homes. This might come as news to city staff and a journalist or two.

Most people get married or some such similar relationship and add a couple of youngsters to the mix.

It’s a time of wonder, love and building lives together.

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The Capital’s Forgotten Plan: Padolsky Essay


Architect Barry Padolsky should be declared a heritage site or some such thing for the interesting and sometimes odd bits of history he unearths.

Padolsky is one of the great natural resources in the community. What would Ottawa do without him?

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NIMBY’s A Bad Word: Bulldog Poll Results

bulldog pollDon’t be sayin’ no NIMBY ’round here.

That’s what the Dawg Pact said in Tuesday’s poll.

NIMBY is a word that should not be raised in planning talk, according to Bulldog readers.

For the poll results, see below:

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NIMBY is a slur word

Here are more comments on NIMBY as a planning term:

Robert Roberts says:

January 19, 2015 at 5:29 PM

Citizens would like to feel that city hall is on their side. It is not. Citizen concerns are dismissed as NIMBYism.

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Should NIMBY Be Used In Planning Debates? Bulldog Poll

bulldog pollLast weekend the topic of NIMBYism was thoroughly discussed on The Bulldog.

But here’s an opportunity to express your views concerning the term used on people who live near to major projects and don’t want them.

Cast your vote: Should the acronym NYMBY be used in planning debates? And if you want to expand on your position, use the comment box at the bottom of the post.

You get one vote:

You can vote below:

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Let’s Animate Ottawa: Cohen

The National Capital Commission and Citizen columnist Andrew Cohen would like to “animate” Ottawa’s waterways. Sounds like something Walt Disney might do. Would it go something like the above?


Citizen columnist Andrew Cohen (otherwise known as the chairman of the Tobi Nussbaum for Mayor in 2018 Committee) is out tub-thumping in his column again for his favourite councillor-elect in Rideau-Rockcliffe.

Do we have to listen to four years of this kind of stuff? Why the bodies of the losing candidates in 2014 aren’t even cold yet.

Then later in his column, Cohen, urban expert, delves into what this city needs. You know the urbanist Cohen is always critiquing Ottawa as a dump with no vision that can’t hold a candle to other capital cities.

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The Skyscrappers Return

Well lookie who’s back.

The icy members of SkyscraperPage.com (or the Skyscrappers as we call them) who actually created a forum on their holy platform where they trashed yours truly, printed lies about your agent and libeled the aforementioned scribbler. No wonder the weather turned cold. The Scrappers have emerged from their burrows.

Such an honour because being a target of the Scrappers means The Bulldog is on the side of goodness and light.

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What Happened To Hume? Bulldog On CFRA

cfraCFRA journalist Pierre Bourque and Bulldog Ottawa’s Ken Gray discuss planning committee chairman Peter Hume’s departure from city hall.

To hear the broadcast, click on the podcast player below:

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You Built It Hobbs, You Fix It



Kitchissippi Councillor Katherine Hobbs appears concerned about cut-through traffic in residential areas from main arterial roads.

Perhaps Hobbs and city planners should have been concerned about this when they extremified the old west end with huge towers. Traffic problems are obvious and they are occurring before even the giant development at the former Les Soeurs de la Visitation convent is even close to being completed.

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Downtown Moves Wins Awards

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Downtown Moves, the plan for how people will move around Ottawa’s downtown core in the future, has won four awards from national, international and regional planning associations.

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