City of Ottawa Must Ensure Developers Follow Infill Guidelines

We, the residents of Old Ottawa South, petition the City of Ottawa to ensure that property developers adhere to the Urban Design Guidelines for Low-Medium Density Infill Housing. We petition the City to ensure that our public streetscapes are preserved and that building design is harmonious with existing homes.

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    Victoria Murray, Canada

    5 years ago Comments: -
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    Paul Gammon, Canada

    5 years ago Comments: At present the city infill bylaws allow developers to ignore any long-term local community ideals whilst maximising short-term profits (most of which are sucked straight out of the community). The city needs to ensure that the profit motivation is counterbalanced by enforceable bylaws that make developers build infill that at a minimum adheres to the long-term ideals of the local community (eg. for OOS this would include green space, front porches and gardens, not crowding-out the lot, respect neighbours access to sunlight). The ideal to strive for would be for infill to enhance the local community - somewhat the opposite of the current crop of infill buildings with their full frontal garage doors, monster footprints, and 3-story concrete walls. When all said and done the developers short-term profits are only possible due to the desirability of living in that community. So we have arrived at a situation whereby developers generate short-term profits on the backs of and to the detriment of the local community - what an aweful outcome (as also can be said for the Lansdowne debacle). I think that there should be an immediate moratorium on infill until the situation is clarified by better infill bylaws that make the needs and desires of the local community enforceable.
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    Andrea Stewart, Canada

    5 years ago Comments: I agree with the views put forward by the authors of this petition.
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