Media release: Community Associations File Appeals with the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)

29 12 2010

Media Release
December 29, 2010

“Community Associations File Appeals with the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)”

OTTAWA – Hampton-Iona Community Group (HICG) and Westboro Community Association (WCA) have jointly filed appeals with the OMB today against the City of Ottawa with respect to its approval of the proposed Ashcroft Homes development at the former Soeur de la Visitation Convent site at 90 and 114 Richmond Road.  ( By-law No. 2010-367 amending the City of Ottawa Zoning By-law 2008-250 for the property at 90 and 114 Richmond Road) .

More than 200 area residents attended each of several public meetings held regarding this proposed development and a record 40 plus residents signed up to speak out against the proposed development at Planning Committee in November 2010 and these residents need to have their opportunity to be heard before the OMB.

Both HICG and WCA helped to write the Community Design Plan which ultimately became the subsequent Secondary Plan for Westboro/Richmond Road.  While both Associations have always been supportive of development at the Convent site, should it be sold; as drafters of these important community planning documents, we do not believe that the City has respected the wording or intent of these documents and that the proposed development represents significant over-intensification.  We note moreover that the City of Ottawa has not properly planned as to how it will accommodate the growth resulting from this development.

For further information please contact:

Gary Ludington, Westboro Community Association, 613-725-1385 or 613-291-7400
Lorne Cutler, Hampton Iona Community Group, 613-725-9147

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