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UPDATED: Special Meeting of GCA Board to supercede monthly Planning Committee Meeting - Glebe Community Association

UPDATED: Special Meeting of GCA Board to supercede monthly Planning Committee Meeting

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ALL ARE WELCOME to join the discussion before the Board vote’s on the motion.

Background to the MOTION:

Whereas Canderel has submitted an application for an eight (8) storey mixed use development at 890/900 Bank Street (Mr Muffler/Beer Store) that would require relief from a number of zoning bylaws

And whereas this would be a very significant development on Bank Street that could set some critical precedents

And whereas the GCA’s Planning Committee has reviewed the development application in some detail (which are available on the City’s DevApps website:  http://app01.ottawa.ca/postingplans/appDetails.jsf?lang=en&appId=__00BPB0

And whereas,

  • Respecting existing by-laws is in fact consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS)
  • Greater heights and massing proposed do not provide appropriate transition as per the City’s Official Plan
  • The project falls far short in meeting some key objectives of the City’s Traditional Mainstreet guidelines, as well as a number of the important underpinning guidelines
  • Negative impacts on neighbouring residential properties are unreasonable and have not been sufficiently addressed

MOTION:

The GCA Planning Committee seeks the approval of the GCA Board to request the City to pursue modifications to this proposal, as follows:

  • the building height of the “Mr Muffler” portion of the property backing on to Monk St residents should be restricted to the current 15 m/4 storey cap.
  • the portion of the building that shares side yards with residential properties on Monk Street should also remain at the 15m height, although some consideration for additional height may be possible if the design were to respect a 45 degree angle line of sight
  • the eight (8) storeys fronting Bank Street is incompatible with the low-rise character in the core of the Glebe’s Traditional Mainstreet and creates unacceptable impacts as well as disruption to the continuity of low rise building heights.  While some consideration can be given to increased height above the current 15m cap, this should only occur where the upper storeys are stepped back to respect a 45 degree angle line of sight.
  • the building should be set back a minimum 3 m where it abuts residential properties