On the final day of court proceedings, ClubLink and their partners Minto and Richcraft resubmitted their amended development application documentation to the city. As you may recall, the city previously provided feedback on their application and supporting studies including over 200 technical comments, which they were required to address. Many of the comments sent back were very technical in nature on a wide range of concerns including environmental and drainage.
The applicant has resubmitted their documentation to address the 200+ technical comments from the city, and the city has received these and is now beginning to review them and circulate them once again to external agencies for their comments. Residents who have previously provided comments on the application will also be notified via email. The deadline for submitting comments back to the city on the revised documentation is August 31, 2020.
You can find the revised documentation on the City of Ottawa’s Development Applications website here. Also, to give residents easy access to the information related specifically to the planning aspect of the applications, the city launched a website specific for this application. On this dedicated website you can view the planning documents, high-level overview of the application, and general information on planning guidelines.
Next steps include:
- Circulation of the resubmitted document to external agencies for comments.
- Notification of residents who have previously commented.
- Seeking community feedback and comments on the revised documentation by August 31, 2020.
- Staff internal circulation and review for comments.
Following the above:
- City staff will respond to any further outstanding technical issues directly to the applicant. It is not abnormal for a file of this complexity to require several rounds of reviews.
- Once all technical issues have been addressed, staff will make a recommendation either to approve or deny the application and a report will be sent to Planning Committee for their consideration. The public will be informed and invited to participate in the Planning Committee. I will be sure to notify you when this is scheduled. I do not expect this to happen this year.
In the meantime, on the legal front, we are awaiting Justice Labrosse’s decision on our recent hearing to determine the legalities of the Forty Percent Agreement. It is hard to say how long this will take, but I am hopeful that we will hear back in the next few months.
I will continue to work to ensure everything possible is done to stop this development. I am very happy with the progress we have made to date. We have an outstanding planning team and expertise working on our behalf on the planning applications. We also have a skilled and effective legal team working on the legal issues and representing us well.
I know this is hard, but I am confident that together, we can fight this.