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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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NIMBY’s A Bad Word: Bulldog Poll Results

Don’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

Last 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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What Happened To Hume? Bulldog On CFRA

CFRA 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 … Continue reading

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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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Planning In A Municipal Election Year

Why if The Bulldog didn’t know better, he would say it is an election year. So people such as Mayor Jim Watson and planning committee chairman Peter Hume know they might have alienated large portions of the public by having … Continue reading

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Jim Watson On Planning: Whopper Watch

Must be getting close to election time. Mayor Jim Watson is getting planning religion. Suddenly zoning is not a suggestion as I suggested in a Citizen column early in Watson’s reign. Somebody snapped that expression up for a Watson state-of-the-city … Continue reading

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A Rare Victory For Smart Planning

It has been a long time since The Bulldog has been able to write this, but congratulations to planning committee and its chairman Peter Hume. The members voted down a project at Island Park Drive and Wellington Street where the … Continue reading

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Planning Gets Tough In West End: Bulldog On CFRA

CFRA’s Ron Corbett, filling in for Rob Snow, and Bulldog Ottawa’s Ken Gray discuss controversial planning issues in Wellington West on The Bulldog segment of the Afternoon Edition. The listen to the podcast of the broadcast, go to the player … Continue reading

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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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