Our ward is one of the most historically significant in Canada. In the face of mounting development pressures, it’s critical that we act now to preserve our heritage for future generations.

My plan

  • Establish a Derelict Homes Fund: provide loans to properties owners to bring vacant heritage properties back into use
  • Impose mandatory inspections and annual fees that escalate each year for derelict buildings
  • Set limits for how long a property can be vacant and allow the city to expropriate properties in cases of extreme neglect
  • Valorize our past: create a series of heritage guides for ward 12
  • Teach developers: create design guides to help them conform to heritage standards and community development plans
  • Fast–track permits for property owners fixing up heritage properties
  • Explore financial avenues such as grants and donations from private foundations to fund initiatives and revive heritage properties for public use
  • Work to enhance heritage conservation and protection designations
  • Increase city staff and resources to identify and protect heritage properties as well as better enforce heritage bylaws
  • Go beyond buildings: partner with organizations to highlight our early cultural heritage (Indigenous, Francophone, Irish, Jewish and others)
  • Explore the idea of reviving a line of heritage streetcar
  • Implement better support for citizen-led initiatives such as Prime Minister’s Row, Heritage Walks, Grew Up in Lowertown, Grew Up in Vanier and others
  • Take the lead in defending our heritage: work to implement Heritage Ottawa’s recommendations for the preservation of Château Laurier
  • Work to implement the recommendations in Julian Smith’s October 2018 report (Ottawa’s Heritage Conservation – Districts at Risk), which includes making the Built Heritage Sub-Committee a full committee of Council.

SEE MY PROPOSAL TO REFORM THE PLANNING SYSTEM HERE

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