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Abolish The Planning Department

A city like Ottawa doesn’t need a planning department. — A friend of mine believes he has developed a sure-fire way of saving the City of Ottawa millions of dollars. Abolish the planning department.

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How To Intensify: Bulldog On CFRA

CFRA’s Ron Corbett, filling in for Afternoon Edition host Rob Snow, discusses the intensification debate in Ottawa with Bulldog Ottawa’s Ken Gray. To listen to the short podcast of the discussion, click on the podcast player below:

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Smart Intensification, Not Extremification

Les Soeurs de la Visitation convent site on Richmond Road was an opportunity to develop the back end of the lot, preserve some green space and repurpose the heritage building. Instead, the convent is buried behind a wall of highrises. … Continue reading

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FCA Unveils Official Plan Workshops

This is a release from Ottawa’s Federation of Citizens’ Associations: Federation of Citizens’ Associations is sponsoring a free interactive work-table to meet other friends and neighbours as well as groups, during the series of Official Information presentations on the newly-proposed draft … Continue reading

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City Releases Infrastructure Plan

This is a release from the City of Ottawa: The City of Ottawa’s draft 2013 Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP), designed to support affordable development growth through projects that protect the environment, was tabled today at Planning Committee. The plan charts … Continue reading

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Peter Hume’s Sweet Spot: Whopper Watch

This from Ottawa Magazine on the proposed construction of a large condo at 233 Armstrong St. The magazine is paraphrasing planning committee chairman Peter Hume. The Alta Vista councillor is taking the planning process to an even more absurd level:

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Ottawa’s Transportation Nightmare

You need parking downtown if neighbourhoods there lack proper mass transit and amenities. — Hard to say what fantasyland senior planner Alain Miguelez lives in over at Ottawa City Hall. Miguelez says creating new parking is bad design and bad … Continue reading

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A Tweep Tweets On His Planning Tweet

That @SouthMarch he’s at it again. He’s becoming a major tweep:

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The Problems Of City Planning

There are many reasons why planning in Ottawa simply doesn’t work. This comment from Hintonburg resident Jay Baltz demands better play. To read the Bulldog Ottawa post to which he refers, click here. The only things I would add to … Continue reading

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Peter Hume’s Planning Surprise: Whopper Watch

Alta Vista councillor and planning committee chairman Peter Hume is concerned about residents’ attitudes about city planning. And thus he utters a whopper: “I’m quite distressed to hear that people think the planning department is in the pocket of the … Continue reading

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The Tweeps Tweet At Bulldog Ottawa

Time to catch up on the Twitter discourse on Bulldog Ottawa. We’re out there if you want to follow us. Just click here. Twisted #OTTcity Hal, We’re Not Gonna Take It… Anymore @kengray: bulldogottawa.com/peter-finch-fo… #OTTpoli — SouthMarch Coalition (@SouthMarch) May … Continue reading

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How Smart Growth Becomes Dumb Growth

This is an article from UrbDeZine San Diego showing a lot of bad planning occurs under the title of smart growth. Planners in Ottawa could learn a lot from this if only just in attitude: These days, a lot of … Continue reading

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‘The Whole System Is Wrong’

Your Ottawa City Council at work. This comment from Glebe community activist Bob Brocklebank deserved better play so Bulldog Ottawa is giving it a post of its own. A very thoughtful comment. Thank you, Bob.

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Slumification: Condo Boom Goes Pop

Vancouver’s housing market is weakening. — Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do. That’s a safe bet when you’re dealing the likes of the city planning department, Mayor Jim Watson, planning chairman Peter Hume and Kitchissippi … Continue reading

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Hume Should Move On From Planning

Alta Vista Councillor Peter Hume was once a breath of fresh air on the city’s planning committee. But now Hume has been there too long. Once he was developing innovative ideas such as turning old shopping centres into mixed-use communities. … Continue reading

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The Destruction Of The ByWard Market (1)

The heritage of the ByWard Market is in jeopardy. Urban planners and developers are always quick to pat themselves on the back about how smart they are and how they know better than residents what is best for their communities. … Continue reading

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City Planning Department Goes Wild: Video

This is how things go wrong at the City of Ottawa planning department. It explains a lot.  Actually this is a Vimeo Staff Pick video called Bless You:

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Protect Community Character, FCA Says

This is a release from the Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa: Representatives from the Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa (FCA) participating in the City of Ottawa’s Official Plan Review Community Panel will present today, to the Planning Committee, … Continue reading

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Walton Fallout Creates Questions Of Civic Trust

The lack of prompt, accurate information coming out of Ottawa City Hall is astounding. The release of the enormous plans by Walton International for about 3,200 acres of land stretching across the southwest portion of Ottawa raises very serious questions … Continue reading

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Primitive Democracy At City Hall

The development industry has its own committee at Ottawa City Hall on land use. Bulldog Ottawa readers with an interest in history will remember that in the early days of democracy in many jurisdictions, a citizen had to be a … Continue reading

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Watson’s Actions Are Your Fault

People have been wondering why Mayor Jim Watson has adopted former mayor Larry O’Brien’s agenda but, because he is a better politician, he’s able to get the initiatives through. Why, you ask? Well, according to one veteran Ottawa City Hall … Continue reading

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OK Kiddies, Here’s The Planning Meeting

The display at Ottawa City Hall on Tuesday really didn’t tell the residents who attended very much. So I’m quite embarrassed. Having exhorted Ottawans to attend the massive planning meeting at Ottawa City Hall on Tuesday, the gathering was a … Continue reading

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Hume Strong Arms The Developers: Whopper Watch

Treating zoning like it’s a suggestion was an innovation that came about with Alta Vista Councillor Peter Hume becoming planning committee chairman. Now Hume is making it sound like he is now getting tough with developers. Right.

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If You Care About Ottawa, Be At This Meeting

The public planning meeting Tuesday night at Ottawa City Hall is one every person should attend. It matters what shape your neighbourhood will take. This gathering at Ottawa City Hall at 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday might be one of … Continue reading

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