AS mentioned in our earlier posting on the Upper Rideau Street Community Design Plan, a draft version of the CDP was published by the City in September, to be approved by City council in November. Although the objectives of the plan are “mid-rise”, the overwhelming feeling expressed by the community at the open house was one of concern about “density redistribution” negating the benefits of the plan, since it would allow developers to easily build high rises. Of equal concern is preservation of heritage buildings on or adjacent to Rideau.
ASH has submitted a letter with our final comments. A new petition is circulating which calls on the City to, “ensure that no high-rise development is permitted on the south side of Rideau Street between Chapel and the Cummings Bridge; and to adopt more stringent requirements than those currently proposed for high-rise buildings in all other areas of Uptown Rideau.”
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On the same theme, the future of Rideau Street East, City Council approved in September the proposal for a 14-storey tower at the corner of Cobourg and Rideau. Very strong community opposition was expressed, including a petition with 630 signatures. After careful consideration, the board of directors of Action Sandy Hill voted unanimously to appeal City Council’s decision. We have already consulted a planner and are cautiously optimistic that the Ontario Municipal Board will agree that there is no planning rationale for allowing a high-rise building at this location. A date has not yet been set for the hearing.