By Laura Osman, CBC News Ottawa, April 12, 2018
Ottawa's relatively generous tax policy for space-hogging downtown parking lots should be updated to encourage smarter development, an Ottawa city councillor believes.
"We want to invigorate, we want to revitalize downtown, and I think to do that we have to make sure we're sending the right tax signals to do that," Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum said Wednesday.
Councillors agreed unanimously Wednesday to ask staff to come back with recommendations to bring the city's commercial tax policy in line with its goal of promoting transit-oriented development.Nussbaum hopes to have those suggestions before council sets the 2019 tax rates.http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/surface-parking-vacant-lots-taxes-1.4615013j