OOECA launches appeals of City’s height increase ruling at 10 Oblats, seeks community funding

By Alexandra Gruca-Macaulay

Old Ottawa East residents jammed the Old Town Hall in late August to vote their approval for using community association funds to help finance appeals of two City of Ottawa decisions to permit building height increases up to nine storeys at 10 Oblats Avenue and surrounding lands. Photo by John Dance

Ron Rose reported in our August issue that the Old Ottawa East Community Association (OOECA) was mobilizing through a Special General Meeting (SGM) to seek funding to appeal the City of Ottawa’s decisions to permit the Regional Group to build a nine-storey building at 10 Oblats Avenue. OOECA also hoped to appeal a related decision to change the City’s Official Plan to allow buildings of up to nine storeys anywhere within the surrounding lands. Alexandra GrucaMacaulay was at the SGM and updates recent developments.

At a special meeting held on August 27th, 69 members of the Old Ottawa East Community Association (OOECA) voted in favour of a motion to donate $5,000 of OOECA funds towards fees and expenses related to launching two appeals of the City’s changes to the Old Ottawa East Secondary Plan and zoning that would see allowable building heights at 10 Oblats and surrounding lands increased from six to nine storeys.

Since then, OOECA has filed its two appeals (one for the Official Plan amendment, one for the zoning by-law amendment) with the provincial Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT). In the course of filing these appeals, the provincial government’s changes to the LPAT appeal process came into effect (Bill 108) and, as a result, OOECA was accorded the opportunity to amend its appeals in response to the modified appeal framework.

Consequently, OOECA retained legal counsel, Kristi Ross, a land-use lawyer and an Old Ottawa East resident. Ross redrafted the two appeals, and these were filed on October 8th. Going forward, the anticipated next step is a pre-hearing conference to be scheduled by the Tribunal.

In the interim, OOECA is continuing to raise funds in support of the community’s appeals (See Letters to the Editor on page 6 for more details). Donations may be made by cheque payable to the Old Ottawa East Community Association, by e-transfer to OOECALPATappeal@gmail.com, or through GoFundMe Community Takes on City Hall (https://www.gofundme.com/f/community-takes-on-city-hall) organized by Heather Jarrett.

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