This is rich.
The church would be within the airport authority operating zone but the organization says it has met all the regulations that allow it to operate there.
Now get this. The city planning department is against the Salvation Army operation because it says the project doesn’t meet city or provincial planning policies.
Or what planning really means is that it depends on who you are. If one of the concierged big Ottawa developers asked for an allowance or two … say 40 extra storeys … doubt there would be a problem.
And that’s because zoning is Ottawa is just a suggestion. In fact, not even a suggestion.
The planning department has bent and destroyed rules for so many developments that it lacks any credibility at all.
For planning to dig in its heels against the Salvation Army is a joke.
As this website has said many times, there is one set of rules for big builders and another for the rest of us.
Guess the Salvation Army falls into the “rest-of-us” category.
If planning had stuck to height restrictions and community design plans, one could see an argument against the church.
But after all the exceptions planning has made for its friends in the development industry, city planning and the department governing it has no credibility anymore.
It’s the law of the planning jungle in Ottawa.
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