Posted by: HamptonIona | December 29, 2010

Convent Development Appeal Filed with Ontario Municipal Board

The following announcement was released to the media this morning (click here for PDF).  Articles have since appeared in the Ottawa Citizen and on CBC Ottawa.  The release reads as follows:

“Community Associations File Appeals with the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)”

OTTAWA – Hampton-Iona Community Group (HICG) and Westboro Community Association (WCA) have jointly filed appeals with the OMB today against the City of Ottawa with respect to its approval of the proposed Ashcroft Homes development at the former Soeur de la Visitation Convent site at 90 and 114 Richmond Road.  ( By-law No. 2010-367 amending the City of Ottawa Zoning By-law 2008-250 for the property at 90 and 114 Richmond Road) .

More than 200 area residents attended each of several public meetings held regarding this proposed development and a record 40 plus residents signed up to speak out against the proposed development at Planning Committee in November 2010 and these residents need to have their opportunity to be heard before the OMB.

Both HICG and WCA helped to write the Community Design Plan which ultimately became the subsequent Secondary Plan for Westboro/Richmond Road.  While both Associations have always been supportive of development at the Convent site, should it be sold; as drafters of these important community planning documents, we do not believe that the City has respected the wording or intent of these documents and that the proposed development represents significant over-intensification.  We note moreover that the City of Ottawa has not properly planned as to how it will accommodate the growth resulting from this development.



  1. Congratulations on filing the appeal. It will be very interesting to see what happens. I also hope many people are calling Councillor Hobbs at 613-580-2485 and Councillor Hume at 613-580-2488 to express concern and ask for updates, especially since there is this deadline of March 31st before which a decision has to be reached or the agreement is void. Things don’t tend to move very quickly at City Hall. Apparently city staff won’t be able to figure out the value of the land until early February and then they have to present it to Ashcroft who will be in no hurry to respond.

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