Menard: Council is poised to make the wrong decision on the urban boundary — unless they find some courage

By Shaun Menard, Ottawa Citizen, May 26, 2020

The decision on expanding Ottawa’s urban boundary is the biggest ruling city council will make this term. It will shape our future, impact our city services and reveal if we’re actually serious about tackling climate change.

As a refresher, the urban boundary is a line drawn on the outer rural and suburban areas which sets limits on development lands that are serviced by infrastructure such as sewers, roads, water and public transit. Essentially, it sets the limit for sprawl.

(...)This would be the largest boundary expansion in modern Ottawa history. It may continue a worrying trend in the city, where resident concerns are downplayed in favour of powerful financial interests.

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