CITY SOFTENS BED LIMIT
Council looking for gaurantee on shelter size
Council just wants the Salvation Army’s word that the organization will have a maximum of 140 beds in a new emergency shelter, rather than writing the measure into the land-use bylaw for the Vanier property.
The softer motion, unanimously endorsed by council, replaced a proposal by Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury to write into a bylaw the maximum number of shelter beds in the Salvation Army’s complex planned for 333 Montreal Rd.
Mayor Jim Watson said the city couldn’t enforce the number of shelter beds, so he worked with Fleury and Alta Vista Coun. Jean Cloutier on a replacement motion.
“We didn’t believe you could put that kind of restriction in a zoning bylaw. That was the staff report back to us,” Watson said after the council meeting.
Watson said asking the Salvation Army to commit to a maximum of 140 shelter bids achieves the same goal.
“I’m a little bit disappointed because this motion has no teeth and it doesn’t prevent them from five years from now saying things have changed and we need additional beds,” SOS Vanier organizer Drew Dobson said.
Dobson said a bylaw restriction would have at least forced the Salvation Army to apply to council for any changes to the number of shelter beds.
Land-use changes that allow Salvation Army’s development plan are under appeal at the Ontario Municipal Board.
The Salvation Army has proposed to build a new facility at 333 Montreal Rd. in Vanier to replace the emergency shelter it operates in the ByWard Market.
FLEURY Sought hard limit