Councillor concerned about ‘Public Benefits’

Councillor, community group concerned about ‘public benefits’ at Ritchcraft towers, a development planned for 845 Carling Ave.

The City considers Ritchcraft spending more than $1 million to bury hydro wires a “public benefit.”

“I don’t have a problem with the wires being buried. I don’t think it’s a community benefit in the same way that, say, new bike paths or expanded parks are. We think that it would probably have to happen in any case.” – Councillor McKenney.

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Proposed rezoning of north end of Preston Street

Councillor McKenney was interviewed by Michael Powell on CKCU radio on Wednesday, January 21 concerning the proposed rezoning of Preston Street between Somerset and Albert. Listen to the interview here (at the 67 to 72 minute mark).

The City had proposed to rezone this section of Preston Street from Residential to a Traditional Mainstreet zone, in order to comply with the Official Plan. This could allow for a range of commercial uses such as cafés, retail stores, and offices.

Catherine will be asking for an Official Plan Amendment in order to protect the residential character of the neighbourhood.

A public meeting is scheduled for January 21, 2015 at the Plant Recreation Centre. The purpose of this meeting is to give residents the opportunity to ask City staff questions and gain a better understanding of the process we will use to maintain the residential character of the street.

Somerset Ward councillor hit the ground running

The Somerset ward councillor hit the ground running at her first meeting, successfully pushing for some sober second thought on a recommendation that, if approved, would have cut the number of committee meetings each year. McKenney, who succeeded veteran councillor Diane Holmes, will have a full plate this term. She’s been named vice-chair of the transportation committee and will also sit on the environment and built heritage committees, as well as the boards of Ottawa community housing, public health and the library.

To read the rest of the column go to Ottawa Citizen.