City of Ottawa Built Heritage Sub-Committee Approval

205 Crichton Street - 15 Dufferin Road, All Green Projects, Build Projects, Design Projects, Plan Projects

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A City of Ottawa Heritage Permit application moves through a four stage process of review: (1) City Heritage Planners recommend to the (2) Built Heritage Sub-Committee who recommend to the (3) Planning Committee who recommend to (4) City Council whether or not they should:

  1. “Approve the application, subject to approval of minor variances by the Committee of Adjustment, per plans submitted by Vert Plan Design Incorporated dated February 9, 2014;”
  2. “Delegate authority for minor design changes to the General Manager, Planning and Growth Management Department; and”
  3. “Issue the heritage permit with a two-year expiry date from the date of issuance.”

 

The City Staff’s position is described in a report based on their interpretation of the project information provided to them in the context of the applicable bylaws.  Download the City of Ottawa Heritage Planning Staff Report to the Built Heritage Sub-Committee

Yesterday morning the City of Ottawa’s Built Heritage Sub-Committee unanimously endorsed my proposed renovation and addition to 205 Crichton Street.  Download the City of Ottawa Built Heritage Sub-Committee Agenda for April 10, 2014. Listen to an audio recording of the City of Ottawa Built Heritage Sub-Committee meeting.  (Discussion of the 205 Crichton Street application takes place from 28:28 to 1:14:06 of the recording.)

The sub-committee includes Rideau-Rockcliffe Councillor Peter Clark as well as locally respected heritage professionals Sandy Smallwood and Barry Padolsky.

Padolsky used the forum to highlight “issues about the logic of guidelines” and added that the project was a “reasonable proposal [even though] it does not actually fit the guidelines.” Padolsky suggested that the project would “help us have much less hubris when pontificating about heritage and development.”

Rideau-Rockcliffe Councillor Peter Clark, a staunch protector of built heritage, also spoke in favour of the project saying that “it does not take anything away from the Heritage Conservation District. In fact, it might be argued that it is an enhancement. So, with sort of mixed emotions… I am disposed to be supportive of staff’s position, which is something new for Lesley [Collins, City of Ottawa Heritage Planner].”

Later in the meeting, Clark indicated that the existing Heritage Conservation District Plan needed to be revised and that a process to do so was being initiated by the City. I am of the mind that revisions to this document are overdue.  I look forward to participating in the process.

Here are some notable transcripts from the meeting:

Sandy Smallwood, Sub-Committee Public Member:

“I think it is an excellent proposal….I think it is a great example of infill, and I think it strikes me as a sensitive infill.”

Barry Padolsky, Public Member, Vice-Chairperson:

“This submission… is a relatively unique one…This case study is one that could be devoted, you know, say, an hour at the next Heritage Canada conference because it raises a lot of issues about the logic of guidelines and how proposals like this one — which I have to say I am going to support. …It’s a reasonable proposal. It does not actually fit the guidelines, and I think that there’s a learning curve here, for all of us including heritage communities across the country that this case study will illustrate.  So, having said that, I think that I will go on the record as supporting the staff recommendation. Even though the reasoning is so convoluted, in the end I think you got it right.  This is something not only to help us have much less hubris when pontificating about heritage and development”

Peter Clark, City of Ottawa Councillor:

“I look at the proposal and look at it in the streetscape with the building in it, and it does not take anything away from the Heritage Conservation District.  In fact, it might be argued that it is an enhancement.  So, with sort of mixed emotions, that it is not all that modern brick and stone and glass that we are seeing on modern infill everywhere else, it is really an attempt to respect heritage, so from that point of view I am disposed to be supportive of staff’s position, which is something new for Lesley [Collins, City of Ottawa Heritage Planner]”

Peter Clark, City of Ottawa Councillor:

“I think that this makes the argument for taking the HCD forward into another level.  …We have to have an upgraded HCD and we have to have it in several places”

Carolyn Quinn, Public Member:

“I will support comments made by Member Smallwood [about] the project itself and the addition to the existing historic building”

Support was also given by Katherine Hobbs, City of Ottawa Councillor, Scott Moffatt, City of Ottawa Councillor, and Jan Harder, City of Ottawa Councillor, Chairperson.

Read the Ottawa Citizen article: New Edinburgh home addition gets OK, Second storey was in 1945 original drawings, published on April 11, 2014.

vertCity of Ottawa Built Heritage Sub-Committee Approval