City should not be at mercy of developers
Author's Video Note:
(Ottawa, September 24, 2014) Today, Catherine Fortin LeFaivre, candidate for council in Rideau-Vanier, announced that she would fight Trinity Group's request for an amendment at 151 and 153 Chapel.
Yesterday, Trinity Group launched an application for an amendment to the Official Plan, asking to build 3 towers ranging 27 to 32 storeys each on their site in Rideau-Vanier. Currently, this area is zoned for 6 storeys (19 meters).
"Trinity's plan is in complete disregard for the current scale and character of the surrounding neighbourhoods of Sandy Hill and Lowertown," said Fortin LeFaivre. "While the community understands the need for density, their proposal goes way beyond what is acceptable. I intend to fight this."
Fortin LeFaivre says she is concerned that the City has been increasingly relying on development charges for revenue. In the last five years, development charges have been the fastest growing source of revenue, increasing by 125%. This proposal would bring in in the range of $10 million dollars in development charges (based on each unit bringing in $13,000).
"It's not acceptable for the City to bow down to unreasonable developer requests in exchange for large sums of development charges. We cannot be at the mercy of developers."
Furthermore, Fortin LeFaivre is concerned by Trinity's desire, as indicated on page 16 of their planning rationale prepared in August, to open up Chapel Street at Beausoleil permanently.
"We need more traffic calming measures on our residential streets to make it safer for all residents. Opening up Chapel does the opposite. These are the types of negative impacts to surrounding neighbourhoods that must be fought."
For more information on Catherine’s campaign: www.cfl2014.com
Media Contact: media@CFL2014.com
Catherine Fortin LeFaivre 613-979-8683 Kristina Martin 613-882-8432