LRT deal leaves Westboro 'jewel' open to development

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By CBC News Ottawa, January 17, 2018

An Ottawa city councillor is calling for a halt to a deal with the National Capital Commission that would leave what he calls "the best part" of Rochester Field in Westboro open to development.

Under the proposal, which is tied to an agreement with the city to extend light rail farther west, 80 per cent of the NCC-owned property would be retained as open space for public use.

But the proposal, to be heard at next week's planning committee, would rezone the remaining portion of the pistol-shaped field to allow for six-storey mixed-use buildings along Richmond Road, a change that is not sitting well with either neighbourhood groups or the ward's councillor, Jeff Leiper, who accuses planners of rushing the process.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/rochester-field-development-1.4490657