New guidelines might open the door to extra low-rise flats in established Ottawa communities


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Many individuals who made deputations throughout the committee assembly pointed to this drawback.

“We don’t wish to see households pushed out of the neighbourhoods as a result of we’re solely constructing studio (flats) or one-bedroom flats,” Marjolaine Provost of the Overbrook Group Affiliation informed the committee.

Provost additionally voiced a priority about the specter of overbuilding in neighbourhoods — pointing to a three.5-storey, 34-unit condo that’s changing two properties on Columbus Avenue in Overbrook — and never seeing complementary group infrastructure, like sidewalks and recreation areas. Overbrook needs the variety of models in a constructing capped at 24, Provost stated.

Sheila Perry, president of the Federation of Residents’ Associations, stated she’s “fearful” for neighbourhoods like Hintonburg which are filled with R4 zones.

“We don’t wish to overload anybody explicit space,” Perry stated.

4 members of the Hintonburg Group Affiliation lined up within the deputation queue to criticize town’s proposal, highlighting the shortage of necessities for constructing design, amenity areas and inexpensive housing.

Coun. Catherine McKenney, too, didn’t need folks to make a false assumption that encouraging extra rental models will generate inexpensive housing choices.

The native homebuilding trade additionally had a lukewarm response to the proposed coverage adjustments.

Murray Chown, a developer guide representing the Higher Ottawa House Builders Affiliation, stated members are prepared to “wait and see how this performs out,” even when they’ve considerations.