With help from the Friends of the Château Laurier and people from across the country, Heritage Ottawa achieved our goal of raising $150,000!
Thanks to hundreds of individual donations and generous gifts from respected foundations, we were able to put together the strong legal case that brought us a successful outcome at the Committee of Adjustment last September in our efforts to prevent the incompatible addition to the Château Laurier hotel. It was a well-researched and solid case that this beloved landmark rightly deserves.
In its unanimous ruling, the Committee refused a “minor variance” for the Château Laurier addition, determining that it “would facilitate the development of the subject property in a manner that is not minor, not desirable for the appropriate development or use of the land, nor consistent with the principles of good land use planning.”
The Committee elaborated on the “undue adverse impacts” the requested variance would have on the adjacent landscapes and historic properties, “specifically those of the Rideau Canal, Major’s Hill Park and the Parliamentary Precinct, in contravention of the policies currently in place for compatible design and protection of views to these sites.”
We all celebrated that important victory. But it was only the first step along the road to preventing the incompatible addition to Ottawa’s cherished Château Laurier. As expected, the owner has appealed the Committee’s decision to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). Heritage Ottawa appealed as well, to ensure full party status during the hearing.
We recently learned that the LPAT pre-hearing date has been set for early March, and we need to be ready. Additional contributions are needed to add to our fund for what is predicted to be a five-day-long hearing.
We’re counting on your generosity in supporting Heritage Ottawa’s continued commitment to fighting a design that denigrates rather than enhances this venerable historic place.
HELP SAVE THE CHÂTEAU LAURIER — PLEASE DONATE NOW!
You can also Donate by Cheque made payable to Heritage Ottawa. Please write “Save The Château Laurier” on the memo line and send to:
2 Daly Avenue,
Ottawa, ON K1N 6E2
Tax receipts will be issued for all donations.
In the meantime, best wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season!
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