The Salvation Army’s Vanier Development Proposal: Who is the Real Applicant?

When applying for amendments to the City’s Official Plan and/or Zoning Bylaw, applicants are required to submit several technical reports as supporting documentation which are then used as part of the review on the part of appropriate City staff (not just planners). These documents include, for example, environmental site assessment, transportation/traffic impact, geotechnical investigation, building elevations and site plan and, planning rationale. Document requirements can vary depending on the complexity of the application. All of the technical documents for the Salvation Army proposal are made available to the public on the City’s web site. Continue reading


When Charity Organizations Clash with Communities: How the City of Ottawa Failed Vanier

‘Third sector organizations’ is a term often used to describe a wide range organizations that are neither government nor private sector. It includes voluntary and community based organizations such as registered charities, non-profit agencies, self-help groups and neighbourhood associations, social enterprises and cooperatives.  Some of the common features of third sector organizations are: they tend to focus on social needs of marginalized families and individuals in terms of poverty, health care, affordable housing, domestic violence and other issues; they tend to be community or location based in terms of addressing specific needs within a neighbourhood or the larger municipality; and, they tend to be strongly dependent on volunteers, public funding and/or household and corporate donations to sustain their programs and services. In effect, third sector organizations represent extensions of municipal government’s role in improving the overall quality of life of local residents. Such organizations address community needs in areas where government (and private sector) fail to respond effectively.  Continue reading