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.


Rochester Field: Comments due by October 16, 2017

10 10 2017

Please see the attached poster (below) for additional information.

Now is your chance to tell the NCC and the City how you feel about mid/high rise development on Rochester Field.

Email comments by Oct 16 to:
City of Ottawa Planning or
110 Laurier Ave W, 4th floor, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424 x 23463

Contact City Councillor Jeff Leiper:


Contact Mayor Jim Watson:


Speak at the Planning Meeting at City Hall:
Champlain Room, 110 Laurier Avenue W.
Nov 14, 9:30 AM
Contact Melody Duffenais to register
613-580-2424 x 23463

rochester field flyer new

1946 Scott Street: Site Plan Control Proposal and Minor Zoning By-law Amendment

1 10 2017

From the City of Ottawa:

This is the formal circulation of the planning application noted above. Below is a link to the application on the City’s Development Application Search Tool where you will find information about the application and all of the submitted plans, reports, surveys and accompanying documents you will need to review the application. Also attached is the application summary.

Link to the Site Plan Control Application on DevApps is here.

Link to the Zoning By-law Amendment Application on DevApps is here.

Please comment directly to the File Lead through the “Send comments to the file lead” link of DevApps.

Note that the deadline date for comments is October 25, 2017.

New Development Open House for 1946 Scott St.

15 08 2017

There is an open house for a proposed development at 1946 Scott St on Wednesday, August 30.

Surface Developments, who are also building the Parkdale Market Lofts project at 12 Hamilton, are proposing a mid-rise, 12 storey building comprised of roughly 70 units. This will be a transit oriented development that will feature a significant number of environmentally friendly features.

A rendering can be found here, and additional information from Surface is available here.

Details: The Open House is Wednesday, August 30, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Van Lang Field House (29 Van Lang Pvt).

Note that the application for this proposal has not yet been submitted to the city.

Province to replace Ontario Municipal Board with less powerful tribunal

17 05 2017

Province to replace Ontario Municipal Board with less powerful tribunal
Officials say the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal will replace the OMB
The Canadian Press Posted: May 16, 2017 10:02 AM ET Last Updated: May 16, 2017 10:02 AM ET

The province has announced major changes to how disputes between developers, residents and governments over planning and development issues are adjudicated in Ontario.

Government officials say the Ontario Municipal Board will be replaced by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, which will have less power.

Under new reforms, the tribunal will only make decisions on whether or not a municipality has followed its planning process and land use plans. If it hasn’t, the issue will be sent back to the municipality for reconsideration.

That will mean fewer municipal decisions can be overturned than under the current process, in which each dispute is treated as if it were new, disregarding the decision the local government has made.

The reforms also include giving information and support to residents who want to appeal a municipal decision.

Other changes include prohibiting appeals of municipalities’ development plans around major transit hubs.


8 03 2014

From: Hobbs, Katherine []
Sent: Friday, March 07, 2014 10:19 AM

Following is an update on LINKING ZONING TO NEIGHBOURHOODS! This month revisions to the Infill guidelines will be coming to Planning Committee. Leading up to this point the Working Group (which included the Appellants to the OMB, other members of the industry, a couple of infill architects/designers, and representatives of community associations in the Mature Neighbourhoods) met six times, including two design charrettes. City Planner Alain Miguelez or other planners on his staff have held further meetings with Community Associations a further eight times, and with the Appellants a further three times. In total between public and internal working groups there have been 27 meetings on this file.

I applaud Alain and his team for the open and transparent process on this issue of such importance to the character of our neighbourhoods! This has been an important discussion in our mature neighbourhoods — as the guidelines only pertain to our mature neighbourhoods in the urban areas, including Kitchissippi Ward. I do want to thank the members from our Community Associations in Kitchissippi who have worked diligently alongside the City planners and helped shape these guidelines in such a positive way, and helped inform the revisions.

There are two more presentations coming up in Kitchissippi by Alain and his team prior to Planning Committee, but I thought I would share a report by the Old Ottawa South Community Association on their website, as it is quite comprehensive.

I hope you will find it interesting. But if you have any questions, or would like more information please let me know.

642 Tweedsmuir Ave

30 01 2014

The Owners have filed Consent Applications (D08-01-13/B-00535 & D08-01-13/B-00536) which if approved, will have the effect of creating two separate parcels of land. The existing dwelling would be demolished and a two-storey semi-detached would be built that would not be in conformity with the Zoning By-law.

Click to review Minor Variances/Permission Application.

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