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July 4, 2013: Tega Plans Rejected by City.

July 4, 2013: Tega Plans Rejected by City.
By Jeff Leiper, Hintonburg Community Association.

A proposal to build an 18- and an 8-storey tower next to the Carleton Tavern was rejected by the city’s planning committee on June 25, in response to a motion by Councillor Katherine Hobbs. The decision, which will likely be confirmed by the full council on July 17, was a victory for the community which has been fighting Tega over its plans for nearly two years.
The denial is a much-needed confirmation for residents that community design plans (CDPs) will be upheld by the city in the face of pressure by developers to build much higher than the plans would allow. In 2011, Council adopted a CDP for Hintonburg/West Wellington that permits an increase in height on the lot to eight stories. Residents were loud and clear in a steady, heavy stream of emails to planning committee members in the days leading to the vote that they expect the CDP to be respected.
While Tega has a pre-existing appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) to fight the CDP’s zoning, committee members supported our councillor’s appeal to defend the plan it developed just two years ago.
The HCA, which conducted a poster, email and social media campaign to encourage residents to voice their concerns, is obviously pleased with the outcome. While the OMB may yet permit Tega to build a tower somewhat higher than the CDP would allow, councillors Katherine Hobbs, Shad Qadri and Stephen Blais were all clear that the integrity of the CDP process must be defended across the city.
The HCA is also encouraged that Planning Chair Hume and the city’s top lawyer consider it prudent to hire outside legal and planning help to fight the proposal at the OMB.
The committee vote was held after two years of persistent efforts by Tega Homes to develop the property at 233 Armstrong. The developer’s first proposal for a 36-storey tower was roundly rejected by the community and Ottawa politicians. Tega earned the ire of committee members when it began pre-selling units in that version of the proposal before even making an application to the city for permission to build. The HCA and residents were also upset by the developer’s insistence that contamination on the site was a hazard to health and property values in a scaremongering campaign.
The HCA continues to be in touch with Honeywell, which is responsible as the former owner for cleaning up contamination at the site. That company has recently tested a way to accelerate the clean-up of the site. The results of those tests are now being considered by the Ministry of the Environment, and we will share further information from Honeywell as it becomes available.


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