Ottawa Citizen: Leiper can’t convince planning committee to stop Byron triplex additions

12 10 2017

Leiper can’t convince planning committee to stop Byron triplex additions

Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper couldn’t convince colleagues to send a “strong message” to the local development industry on Tuesday by rejecting an application to allow fourth units in two triplexes on Byron Avenue.

Leiper effectively wanted the planning committee to force Peloso Construction to fight at the Ontario Municipal Board if the company wants additional units in both 266 and 270 Byron Ave.

“Send it back,” Leiper told councillors.

Leiper suggested the community was hoodwinked into believing these buildings would only have three units, since a fourth unit in each building was roughed in during construction.

The land-use requirements for the two triplexes were approved by the committee of adjustment in 2015. The current application requires approvals from the planning committee and council since it calls for a change in zoning to allow an additional unit in each building.

Murray Chown, the planning consultant representing Peloso, told the committee it’s “the most discreet form of intensification that planning committee and council can deal with.”

The four-unit buildings would complete the block since there are low-rise apartments nearby, Chown said.

Leiper said these kinds of applications “destroy” residents’ trust in the planning process.

Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley said Leiper was just asking the city to waste tax dollars by wanting the application to be the subject of an OMB hearing.

It would be difficult for the city to fight because its own planners support the rezoning application.

Leiper was on the losing end of the 8-1 vote to approve the application.

Council will vote Oct. 25.

jwilling@postmedia.com

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