Kanata North development decision delayed

A Kanata North redevelopment is in a time-out and tempers are flaring.

Phillip Bottriel owns a section of land between Teron and March Roads and is proposing 120 residential units, with most set to be part of a nine-storey building, with the rest in a three-storey building.

On Tuesday, city hall's planning committee approved putting off a decision for two weeks.

But Councillor Marianne Wilkinson continues to fume over the project, and argued the area is unique with its garden city concept.

"The whole area was designed so that high rises would go in the Kanata Town Centre, there's a design for that. That's why we got three, 15-storey buildings there. Where do you see another 15 storey building outside the Greenbelt? There aren't any."

The original proposal called for a 10 and 15-storey building and 172 units, but city staff rejected that. But Wilkinson said that's hardly a win.

"The city staff doesn't care about other communities. I'm sorry, they really don't understand or care what quality this community is. This is a community that we're trying to get into a heritage district because it has used the planning schools as a whole concept of development which is unusual in Canada."

Councillor Peter Hume, who chairs the planning committee, blasted Wilkinson for her insult to staff and said "that's just a terrible statement for an elected official to make."

He said he will vote in favour of the project because it fits with the city's planning policies, including one stipulation that bigger buildings be located close to transit.

"It's not high-rise development. Every other community in this city would consider it a mid-rise building. So you know, it can happen on the Vanier Parkway, like it did in Peter Clark's ward. It happens in my ward where you get two, 15-storey towers next to single family home communities. This is what our Official Plan calls for."

Wilkinson hopes Bill Teron, dubbed the founder of Kanata and who designed the Beaverbrook Community, can win over residents and the site owner with a new design, even though the owner has his own architects.

The project will be back up debate, and a decision, on June 10.

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