The project will be one of the biggest in Ottawa history with three towers of 65, 56 and 27 storeys and blows away zoning for the area which was set at 30 storeys.
No public consultation for this mammoth project was held. It was announced on June 29 and allowed only five business days to discuss a plan that will forever change the skyline of Ottawa. Those five business days came during the heaviest period of holidays of the year.
This shows that planning committee, save three members, don’t care what you as a taxpayer and voter think because not enough time was set aside for discussion of the issue. Most people don’t even know about it.
Second, this is an affront to zoning … at least what’s left of it. The site is zoned for 30 storeys. It was approved at 65.
Houston doesn’t have any zoning at all. If you weren’t sure before, safe to say that Ottawa doesn’t have any, too.
This means that zoning isn’t even a suggestion anymore. It has been thrown out. And property owners, who pay municipal taxes, should not be aware that zoning in your neighbourhood no long exists. The city can put 16- and 14-storey buildings beside your single-family home anytime it wants.
My advice? Sell your home and move to Brockville.
Below is the vote on whether the planning committee decision should go to council on Wednesday:
Three councillors care about what you think.
The rest do not. Once again, ponder this as you vote on Oct. 22.
Apparently a reason for the rush to get this project through council was because it wouldn’t be very nice to the developer if he had to wait for the next meeting of council to get approval.
Participatory democracy? Debate? The free flow of ideas?
No. The prime directives at city council are serving developers and getting this tricky topic out of the way so that Watson can run for re-election free and clear.
It is desperately time for a change.
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