CITY SOFT­ENS BED LIMIT

Coun­cil look­ing for gau­ran­tee on shel­ter size

Ottawa Sun - - NEWS - JON WILL­ING jwill­ing@post­media.com twit­ter.com/JonathanWilling

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.

DAVID KAWAI

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

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