By Ryan Patrick Jones, CBC News Ottawa, April 26, 2020
The city's proposal to dramatically expand the amount of land open for suburban development is drawing fire from both sides of the debate.
In a report released Friday, planning department staff recommended adding 1,650 hectares to the city's suburbs. The expansion is meant to accommodate an influx of approximately 400,000 new residents over the next quarter of a century.
"It's really quite a striking example of just completely wrongheaded policy," said Robb Barnes, executive director of Ecology Ottawa, an environmental advocacy group. "It amounts to a radical assault on a number of files that are really critical to progress on environmental issues in Ottawa."