Meehan: Development fees don't trump smart planning

By Carole Anne Meehan, Ottawa Citizen, January 7, 2018

We invited each of Ottawa’s seven new city councillors to outline their priorities. Today: Carol Anne Meehan, councillor for Gloucester-South Nepean, warns against poorly planned residential development.


During the 2018 municipal election campaign, the big issue in Gloucester–South Nepean was roads and transit. In the south end of the city, we have a huge problem. Thousands upon thousands of new homes are being built, but the road and transit infrastructure has changed very little.

If you live in our ward and you work downtown or in the urban core, you face gridlock and snail-paced commutes regardless of whether you take your car or OC Transpo. As a candidate for councillor, I suggested Ottawa put the brakes on development until we solve the mess; now, after being in office only a short time, I am convinced that we can no longer allow residential development to continue as it has.

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