Condos, Approved then Appealed

August 15, 2012 7:09 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

More City-Approved Condo Projects Appealed to Ontario Municipal Board!

Two large condo developments recently approved by the City of Ottawa have been
appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). This could mean further delays in
these projects, if they proceed at all.

The Claridge condo development at 1050 Somerset St. West was approved by the City of
Ottawa in July over the objections of the Hintonburg Community Association. However, the Community Association has now appealed that decision to the OMB.

The Soho Italia condo development at Preston and Carling Avenue by Mastercraft
Starwood was also recently approved by the City. But the Preston Street Merchants
Association has now appealed that decision to the OMB.

It seems as if local Community Associations and Business Improvement Associations
(BIAs) are becoming increasingly active and militant as the pace of condo development
continues to accelerate inside the greenbelt of Ottawa.

Local residents are no doubt encouraged and emboldened by the OMB’s recent decision
to overturn the City of Ottawa approval of another condo development at 335 Roosevelt in the heart of Westboro. In that case, the OMB chastised the City for not following its own Official Plan and the local Community Development Plan. The OMB granted the appeal of local residents to halt the project.

These new appeals come two weeks after Ottawa Jim Watson criticized his own officials
for giving developers assurances of zoning changes and approvals by City Council of
proposed condo developments.

Seems like things are heating up between local residents, developers and the City of Ottawa!

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