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Updated: Future of Rochester Field

I want to thank the 60 or so residents who took the time to attend the open house last Wednesday to explore the proposed re-zoning to allow some development in Rochester Field (pictured), a part of the "100-day solution" that allows the City to put LRT under the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. I found it extremely useful in helping shape my own thinking on the subject, and there were some excellent perspectives and ideas shared.

There is a lot of context to this discussion. In short, as part of the deal struck to use the NCC's land for LRT, the City and NCC have agreed to settle an outstanding Ontario Municipal Board dispute by allowing the feds to develop 1/3 of the parcel. That agreement was part of the overall 100-day solution package that was approved by Council (including with my support) in 2015 after significant consultation and debate.

Posted November 19, 2017

404 Eden next steps

On Friday, residents read an article in the media about the developer of a property on Hopewell Avenue who, it was asserted, has put many more units into the building than he had led stakeholders to believe was his intent. The same developer has zoning permission at 404 Eden to build a multi-unit apartment building, and residents are concerned that they might see the same thing here.

Yesterday afternoon, I "lifted" delegated authority for the 404 Eden site plan from staff so that it will be required to go to a vote of Planning Committee and Council rather than be approved simply at the staff level. I believe this will give us more time to understand what protections our community can expect against an unexpected increase in units, as well as give the developer a chance to make commitments to the community in a public forum and in front of elected officials.

Posted October 28, 2017

Response to infill inquiry

My thanks to staff for responding quickly to an inquiry about infill statistics I made recently. I've posted that here for quick access by residents. Click on the .pdf below.

Posted October 17, 2017

Infill in Kitchissippi - Facebook Live

On October 5, I held a Facebook Live session looking at infill in Kitchissippi. I'm not sure this is a format I'd use exactly again, but I do hope it was helpful for those who tuned in. The slide deck I used is available by clicking on the .pdf below.

Posted October 9, 2017

Civic Hospital February town hall: what we heard

Better late than never.

Last winter, in the wake of the news that the Civic campus of The Ottawa Hospital would re-locate to the eastern end of the Central Experimental Farm and Queen Juliana Park, I hosted a town hall for the Civic Hospital neighbourhood to begin hearing concerns. I was grateful for the attendance, in addition, of our MPP Yasir Naqvi and the hospital’s Kate Eggins.

I’m happy to say that we’ve finally collated that session into the consultation document available at the link below. (I’ve also included the hospital’s proposed consultation approach, titled Setting the Stage.)

It’s good timing. Last night, I joined the open house hosted by Councillor Brockington looking at the proposed re-zoning to accomplish the Hospital’s move. Around 75 residents attended, many from Kitchissippi. I, the City, and Hospital staff heard many of the same concerns that were raised at our town hall in February.

Posted September 26, 2017

Development proposal at 1976 Scott St, 315 Tweedsmuir Ave, 320 McRae Ave - Updates & drop-in open house

It's been a few months since we've discussed the proposed development at 1976 Scott St, 315 Tweedsmuir & 320 McRae. You can review our previous blog posts on this development here (October, 2016) and here (November, 2015). 

The applicant has made revisions to their development proposal, and we are hosting a drop-in open house to listen to your feedback. The major changes are: the previously 19-storey tower is now being proposed at 25-storeys, the 9-storey component is now being proposed at 6-storeys, and the 3-storey component is staying the same. The increase in density changes the unit count from 183 units to 240 units. 

The applicant has not resubmitted the application yet, but as soon as the information is available on DevApps we will make sure to circulate that information.

We are hosting a drop-in open house on:

Posted September 19, 2017

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