INFILL DEVELOPMENT NEWS

8 03 2014

From: Hobbs, Katherine [mailto:Katherine.Hobbs@ottawa.ca]
Sent: Friday, March 07, 2014 10:19 AM
Subject: INFILL DEVELOPMENT NEWS

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.

http://www.oldottawasouth.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2742:linking-zoning-to-neighbourhood-character-revisions-to-infill-by-law&catid=39:news3&Itemid=692

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





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.





Public Meeting: Developement Application for 1445-1451 Wellington Street West

4 12 2013

An application has been posted to the City of Ottawa website for a new development at the northeast corner of Wellington and Island Park by Mizrahi Developments.

They have also sent out an invitation for the public to attend an information session about the development: Mizrahi Developments invites you to a public meeting to discuss their proposed development at 1451 and 1445 Wellington Street West on Thursday December 12, 2013 at 7.00pm.

The meeting will be taking place in the studio of the Great Canadian Theatre Company (located at 1233 Wellington Street West).

All documents regarding details of the development are available on the city’s website.

Katherine Hobbs (Councillor of Kitchissippi Ward) will be in attendance.

mizrahi





Westboro Community Association AGM Reminder

1 12 2013

Reminder: Our AGM will be held December 2nd at 7PM at the Churchill Seniors Centre.

If you are interested in being on the Board please contact us at hellowestboro@yahoo.com.

*Also check out the ‘DEVELOPMENT UPDATES’ tab on the blog as lots of new information has been added.





What’s your position on this Dawson ‘Addition’??

7 10 2013

Let us know what you think of the following Citizen article regarding a City planner who moonlights as developer.

 

By David Reevely, OTTAWA CITIZEN October 2, 2013

OTTAWA — A city planner with a sideline as a small-time property developer was assigned to evaluate a rezoning application close to her own controversial redevelopment project, until nearby residents complained.

Bliss Edwards, who works in the Ottawa planning department’s development-review branch, built a major addition to a property she co-owns at 433 Dawson Ave. near Kirkwood and Byron avenues, and is trying to sever the building into two legally separate lots. That turns out to require the rules for buildings in the area to be bent — something that comes up frequently, but usually before a building is finished rather than after — because its back and front yards are the wrong size and it has a garage that violates rules city council approved last year to try to preserve the characters of old neighbourhoods.

The city’s planning department’s decision to assign Edwards to review a proposed condo building nearby at 236 Richmond Rd. put the local community association in an impossible position, said its president, Lorne Cutler. It’s not next door to her property but both are in the territory covered by the Hampton-Iona Community Group.

“There is the question, which I think is very important, that we have to be able to freely criticize a planner without concerns that our comments on files she’s handling will be held against us,” Cutler said. The association worried that it couldn’t oppose the zoning variances for Edwards’s own property without risking affecting her judgment on other projects in the neighbourhood.

Somewhat more indirectly, he said, the city’s planners frequently argue that intensification is good for nearby property values (even if nearby property owners don’t like it), which would mean Edwards’ own interest would be in recommending to city council that it approve the condo building.

Cutler is particularly perturbed by Edwards’s decision to pursue the project at 433 Dawson Ave. under a different name, Inez Margaret Gloyn, a combination of her given names and married last name that she doesn’t use professionally.

Edwards and her husband also bought a rental property even closer to 236 Richmond Rd., at 219 Wesley Ave. in May. It’s less than 250 metres away.

“A big concern for me is who approves this in the first place. What disclosure was there and who approved it?” Cutler asked.

The Hampton-Iona group wrote to the city to complain and heard back from Michael Mizzi, its chief of development reviews — Edwards’s boss’s boss — that she’d been taken off the file.

Mizzi is coy about what happened. He responded to a Citizen request for an interview with a written statement relayed by the city’s communications department, which didn’t answer a question about whether he knew about Edwards’s side project when she was given the 236 Richmond file.

“The assignment of planning files is a management function and such files are assigned with the full acknowledgment of the principles and guidelines set out in the City of Ottawa’s Employee Code of Conduct,” Mizzi wrote. “In the instance you cite, when the matter was raised in the community, the planner asked to be removed from the file in response to the perception of possible conflict. This request was granted and another planner was assigned to the file.”

(It’s now in the hands of veteran planner Doug James.)

It’s not clear whether Edwards was assigned to deal with the condo building because her bosses didn’t know what she was doing at 433 Dawson Ave. or because they didn’t consider it a conflict of interest.

There’s little ethical guidance for urban planners in such a position. The code of ethics for the Ontario Professional Planners Institute spells out that a planner can’t file an application and then turn around and work on it as a regulator, which nobody has suggested Edwards did. It also says that a planner has to tell her employer about any conflicts of interest she might have, but it doesn’t specifically define what those might be.

The city’s code of conduct says that employees must not make decisions where they or their families stand to benefit and that employees have to report any case where there even might be a conflict of interest to their managers immediately. It tells employees to consider how a situation might look to an outsider and make sure their choices would satisfy a stranger’s sense of propriety, not just their own.

“After you have disclosed an actual or potential conflict of interest, you need to avoid any involvement in the matter. That is why disclosure is important: so that others know not to involve you as well,” the code says.

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This renovated home at 433 Dawson Ave. is an infill building in a popular neighbourhood, in which a single house with a detached garage has been turned into a duplex with two garages, apparently in violation of zoning. It is a project by a junior city planner and her husband, an investment officer at CMHC.

Photograph by: Jean Levac, Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Citizen





City’s Infill Zoning By-law 2012-147 Challenged

6 08 2013

The City’s Infill Zoning By-law 2012-147 was challenged by the industry with an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board and a motion to the Divisional Court of Ontario. The Divisional Court has issued a decision in the city’s favour. The appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board is still underway.

Please refer to link for more details: http://bulldogottawa.com/court-decision-issued-on-infill-bylaw/

 

 





David Reevely (Ottawa Citizen) refers to your Hobb comments as ‘epic thread’!

6 04 2013

Your comments to Hobbs regarding the convent-site noise exemption have been noticed. Most recently by David Reevely of the OTTAWA CITIZEN. He refers to the ‘epic thread’ of resident comments on our Hello Westboro blog, and noted ‘the only person defending Hobbs was Hobbs’.

Reevely’s full article:
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Kitchissippi+Councillor+Hobbs+takes+lesson+from+conventsite/8202805/story.html

Reevely’s blog post on the same topic, more detail:
http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2013/04/04/hobbss-walk-on-motion-on-the-convent-noise-exemption/

Original post that gave everyone something to talk about:
https://lovewestboro.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/katherine-hobbs-email-re-motion-to-extend-timeframe-for-noise-exemption/

Hobbs








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