Medical Arts project undermining new Centretown plan

180_metcalfe_web___ContentProperty rights are messing with the Centretown secondary plan before its ink is even dry, according to Somerset Coun. Catherine McKenney.

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.

Centretown Community Design Plan Compromised

IMG-2765.jpgThe 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 not tied to specific location or funding model for new library

ottawa-on-october-15-2012-ottawa-public-library-theApproving the plan for the new library, which city council will be asked to do at its July 8 meeting, is the first step in a long journey.

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.

Read more here.