Intensification and Resident Conflict

Intensification and Resident Conflict Certain infill builders were recently called to task by the Councillor for Ward 15 (Kitchissippi), Jeff Leiper, for their inappropriate conduct in his ward.  The concerns …

Drivers of Suburban Growth

Despite many years of having been warned about the perils of suburban living, the message still does not appear to have been heard. Smart Growth proponents and a number of …

A Failed Housing Plan for Ontario

The homebuilding industry across Canada has been heavily focused on influencing government policy affecting housing affordability for the past 5 years. The Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s annual housing advocacy day …

Yes, in my backyard

As Municipal leaders work hard to implement Stage 1 of the LRT project we sense widespread optimism for Ottawa’s future. With Stage 2, and potentially Stage 3, our communities will …

Ontario Municipal Board Reform

The provincial government has commenced a review of the scope and effectiveness of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), an important part of the province’s land use planning system. The OMB …

Concrete Cracks in New Homes

Every year the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association office receives calls of concern about cracks that have appeared in the basement walls or floors of a new home. This column …