The councillor said a proposed amendment to allow a six-storey hotel at 180 Metcalfe St. – in an area where only two floors of shops is allowed – is a slap in the face to the residents who worked so hard to develop Centretown’s community design plan and secondary plan over the past five years – especially since the CDP only got final approval from the Ontario Municipal Board this spring. Read more here.
The planning committee has given its blessing to a rezoning that will allow the redevelopment of the Medical Arts Building on Metcalfe St. The vote came over objections from councillors that the development is counter to the Community Design Plan for Centretown.
“We’ve heard over and over that we want people to engage so they feel part of the process,” Councillor McKenney said. “We should let the community know that these are not ‘community design plans,’ they’re ‘community design guidelines’ and we’re not likely to be following them.” Read more here.
City staff are cold to Somerset Coun. Catherine McKenney’s idea of installing temporary boardwalks to widen the sidewalks in the summer. “I would have liked to see it go all the way down Elgin,” McKenney said Monday.
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Before the library board approved the plan at its June 9th meeting, Somerset Coun. Catherine McKenney convinced trustees to support an amendment that made it clear the city is not tied to a specific location or funding model for the new library.
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In a comment appended to the report, Somerset councillor Catherine McKenney said the hotel use was inappropriate for the site.