The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) decision of June 15, 2011 allowing the rezoning of Lansdowne Park has nothing to do with the Friends of Lansdowne Legal Challenge. The Friends of Lansdowne was not involved in the OMB appeal process and there is no link between what happens at the OMB and the Ontario Superior Court.
The OMB decision relates to issues of land use planning and zoning. The Friends of Lansdowne Legal Challenge is about accountability, transparency and democratic governance. It also about complying with public procurement rules, and about violating the rule against providing assistance to private developers by granting them bonuses.
For the record, the OMB confirmed the mediated settlement made earlier this spring by the Glebe and Old Ottawa South Community Associations, together with the residents on Holmwood Avenue and the Glebe BIA. This settlement protects the park area at Lansdowne, lowers the heights of some buildings, and removes several residential towers from the Lansdowne Partnership Project. However, the OMB dismissed three other appeals by individuals and supported the City's rezoning of the park as a whole.
So far this spring, the Conservation Review Board has ruled against the City; and the Ontario Municipal Board has ruled for the City. In addition to the Lansdowne Legal Challenge, to be heard on June 21-23, 2011, the City must still obtain heritage, environmental, urban design and site plan approvals before it can go ahead with redevelopment. It must also finalize the legal agreements and governance structures for the project.
Read the OMB decision here.