'Vast gulf' in urban boundary battle as poll suggests people OK with expansion

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, May 8, 2020

A poll commissioned by one of Ottawa’s big development lobbyists illustrates the mountain small community groups have to climb if they’re going to convince city council to refuse a staff recommendation to expand the urban boundary.

Robb Barnes, the executive director of Ecology Ottawa, observed the “vast gulf in resources between the two sides” of the urban boundary fight, which, at an organizational level, has environmental groups and community associations up against homebuilders.

(...)The EKOS research shows people are skeptical that the next generation will be able to afford homes in Ottawa. For people surveyed who have an opinion on the issue, they would rather drive to a nearby town to buy a home rather than renting inside the city if Ottawa housing prices keep rising.


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