Ashcroft convent presentation to council committee
Title goes here: and a longer title looks like this when it wraps. BUILDING COMMUNITY IS FOR GROWN-UPS Dennis Van Staalduinen Sept 28, 2010: Presentation to City of Ottawa Planning and Environment Committee Opposing Ashcroft Richmond Rd. Convent proposal
<ul><li>I live in Champlain Park with my wife and 3 kids </li></ul><ul><li>I have run Brandvelope – my business strategy consulting firm – out of a home office for 10 years. </li></ul><ul><li>The Visitation Convent is 600 m from my front door. </li></ul><ul><li>And of course I'm concerned about cut-through traffic, the failure of Island Park Drive, and the concrete canyon effect on Richmond. </li></ul>Why I'm not here today But that's not why I'm here!
Why I AM here today <ul><li>I helped found the Wellington West Business Improvement Area in 2008, and serve the BIA Marketing Committee. </li></ul><ul><li>From 2006-2010 I actively participated in the Hintonburg and Wellington St. West Neighbourhood Planning Initiative and Community Design Plan. </li></ul><ul><li>I became very passionate about urban planning issues, and in particular the powerful role of CPDs and other secondary plans as instruments of local decision making. </li></ul><ul><li>The best decisions are made when local leaders are empowered with information , city resources , and legislation with teeth – the whole idea of a CPD. </li></ul>Complex planning decisions should be made by adults.
So when I heard about the Sisters of Visitation… I thought: great! There's a Community Design Plan for that. The grown-ups are in charge!
But then in March, I saw this… And it reminded me of something… Ashcroft's proposal From March of 2010
Behold: your future Ottawa. My son would be so proud.
So grown-ups of council <ul><li>It should never have come to this. </li></ul><ul><li>If the grown-ups in Planning were doing their job, Ashcroft would never have been allowed to come to the table with this proposal. </li></ul><ul><li>So now we the grown-ups of Ottawa are forced to ask you the grown-ups on council to intervene…. </li></ul>We need your help! EVERYBODY NEEDS A TIME OUT!!!!
Send Ashcroft to their room without supper! <ul><li>We need you to make a clear statement: </li></ul><ul><li>Deny this application: Community Design Plans are critically important to the future of our city and MUST be respected by planning and developers. </li></ul><ul><li>Deny access to Byron: Public land MUST not be sacrificed to reward developers who game the system. </li></ul><ul><li>Reaffirm your own rules: 300 units. 6 Stories on Richmond. 4 Stories in the back. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't make us fight you: that's not a threat, it's a request. </li></ul>Let's work together like grown-ups to build our city.