Ottawa goes to court to stop tall buildings

The City of Ottawa is going to court in a bid to protect its right to limit the height of buildings.

The Ontario Municipal Board recently sided with developers at 267 O’Connor Street and others who argued that the city shouldn’t be able to limit building height.

The city says there has been a discussion process over a number of years to agree to the height restrictions and councillors voted to have it enshrined in the city’s master planning document but the OMB has refused the move.

The Ottawa Citizen reported that the OMB has stated that height restrictions should not be in planning documents but in zoning regulations. The OMB’s role is set to be reviewed by the provincial government in 2016.

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