Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Environment minister wades into Kanata West development dispute

Ontario Environment Minister John Gerretsen has stepped into the development battle over Kanata West, telling developers and the city that he wants a lot more proof that building there is the right thing to do...

The project has become a giant headache for the city.

The city began the approval process years ago by deciding to be one of the proponents for development, joining with the owners' group -- in addition to being the government approving it.

When the water resources engineer working on the file, Ted Cooper, repeatedly raised questions about the risks of allowing building in the flood plain of the Carp River, he was taken off the project by the then-planning director. He has continued to question the project as a private citizen.

Another city engineer found problems with private consultants' calculations of possible water flow on and from the proposed development around the river.
More to come.

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