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DCA Comments to Planning Committee- Preston Carling Strategic Direction

DCA Comments to Planning Committee- Preston Carling Strategic Direction

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Published by An Michael Powell
These are DCA president Michael Powell's speaking notes to Ottawa's Planning Committee on March 26th.

These are DCA president Michael Powell's speaking notes to Ottawa's Planning Committee on March 26th.

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Speaking Notes: Michael Powell, DCA President; Planning Committee, March26
th
, 2013
Good Morning,My name is Michael Powell, and I am president of the Dalhousie CommunityAssociation, or DCA. We are the community association that represents Chinatownand Little Italy.We have a number of concerns with the proposed strategic direction for Preston-Carling.We are very h
appy to see a proposal to defer a decision on the “mews” and road
bridges along and across the O-train corridor. Adding to the road network runscounter to the notion of building transit- and pedestrian-oriented communities. Toexchange buildable residential land for more roads sets us back to failed 60s-erathinking.While the proposal before the committee is to punt the decision on these, we wouldbe happier still to see
the concept rejected outright. You can expect that we’ll
continue to make this point in the months ahead.Next: allowing buildings of as tall as 9-stories along the O-train corridor. Thesewould not be appropriate for the narrow, residential streets west of Preston. Thecurrent zoning allows for 4-story development, which fits the character of thecommunity, the geometry of the streets, and allows for density to more than doubleover time.
I’ll also note that 
George
Dark’s report was very clear that permitting the Mews was
integral in justifying an increase in height adjacent to the O-train to 9 stories. If oneis inappropriate, so is the other. We expect that this connection will be maintained.The DCA feels that there are two other matters with this strategic direction that arenot deferred by this motion.Specifically, the Dark plan, almost parenthetically, allows for the low-rise areabetween Preston St. and Rochester to include some mixed-uses. The DCA believesthat this area is better suited for purely residential purposes. The rest of the studyarea leaves ample room for commercial development in more appropriate locations.It is better to allow for purer residential development in these places.Finally, the proposed towers along Rochester St. are too high, with 18-story towersbordering low-rise neighbourhoods, leaving no room for real transition.Indeed, this row of tall buildings seems to divide two low-rise communities in half,which is inappropriate. We feel that this street is better suited to mid-rise

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