‘Missed opportunity’: Bayview lot plan falls short of potential, former councillor says

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By Erin McCracken, Ottawa Community News, July 12, 2016

A for sale sign is up at the vacant Bayview school site, but a longtime area resident and former city councillor said the city should freeze the sale of the land so that a community design plan can be developed first.

The advantages of such a plan is it would prevent vacant and underutilized properties in Riverside Park from being parcelled off piecemeal, and allow for sites to be developed and integrated within a broader community context, said George Brown, who first raised his concerns in writing to Mayor Jim Watson, River Coun. Riley Brockington and city staff in April.

“I just think it’s a lousy plan that is the maximum that the city could get without upsetting some neighbours. I’ve never believed in planning that way,” said Brown. “What is the best plan for that site? I don’t think we have it.