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Ashcroft convent presentation to council committee


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Presentation by Dennis Van Staalduinen to Planning and Environment Committee of Ottawa City Council. Septemer 28, 2010.

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Ashcroft convent presentation to council committee

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. <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!
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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!
  5. 5. But then in March, I saw this… And it reminded me of something… Ashcroft's proposal From March of 2010
  6. 6. It reminded me of this… Designed by….
  7. 7. Awesome kid. Loads of fun. Super smart. But I don't want him planning my neighbourhood! My son: 3 years old Aspiring urban planner
  8. 8. Richmond Rd. Byron Linear Park Hilson Ave. Public School LeightonTerrace Byron Avenue N Convent The property in Lego: So what if grown-ups were in charge?
  9. 9. With adult supervision: You get 300 &quot;blocks&quot; 6 Stories Front 4 Stories Back Very dense. But human-scaled. The grown-ups on the CDP decided this was appropriate.
  10. 10. No adult supervision: 600 &quot;blocks&quot; 9 Stories Front 6-9 Stories Back Any 3 year old can see: this is just plain silly! This is what Ashcroft wants – and city staff are recommending!
  11. 11. Public space!! The view from Richmond Rd.
  12. 12. Behold: your future Ottawa. My son would be so proud.
  13. 13. 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!!!!
  14. 14. 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.
  15. 15. THANK YOU!