It is next fall that the Court of appeal of local planning (TAAL), formerly known as the Commission of municipal affairs of Ontario, will hear the appeal of the opponents of the project of construction of a refuge of 350 beds at the Salvation Army, in the sector of Vanier, Ottawa.
The legal challenge focuses, in particular, on the change of zoning adopted for the relocation of the organization on the way to Montreal.
The leader of the movement ” SOS Vanier and the owner of Finnegan’s Pub, Drew Dobson, announced Monday on Twitter that TAAL will hear the case during 13 hearing days, from 15 to 18 October, from 21 to 25 October and from 5 to 8 November.
Councillor of Rideau-Vanier, Mathieu Fleury, is said to be positive in the face of this important milestone, pointing out that less people support the project.
“It has raised the awareness of people through the city, they come to see me to say that they are worried. […] It is a long time, but it will be possible to have the best legal team possible. I hope that the decision will be overturned, we’re going to win. But if this is not the case, and it does not give them carte blanche, that does not mean that they can build tomorrow. There are several levers legal that we can use if we don’t win”, he said.
In November 2017, the elected officials of Ottawa voted 16 to 7 in favor of the zoning change, which gave the green light to the agency for its project of the refuge of 103, 000 square feet. The case has raised passions for many weeks at the hotel de ville, the committee of urban planning with, among others, exceptionally had to spread its meeting on three days to be able to hear the approximately 150 people who wanted to express their opinion on the project.
So far, for the defence of his cause, the movement SOS Vanier was able to raise approximately$ 175,000. The next fundraiser, a bowling tournament, will take place on 21 February.