Council in June 2009 (Official Plan Amendment 76) allowed an expansion of the Urban Boundary of 230 ha. Naturally, all the developers in town appealed. Parties to this portion of the hearings on appeals agreed to split the hearing in two phases: First to determine whether the boundary should be expanded and if so with how much; then where the expansion should take place.
The Greenspace Alliance was a participant in this first phase of the hearing. Amy Kempster submitted a statement.
An independent appellant, Paul Johanis, a retired Statistics Canada statistician, mounted a strong argument for no expansion. His key expert witness was former colleague Doug Norris, a highly respected demographer. Another of his witnesses testified about the cost of urban boundary expansion.
To no avail. Here is the OMB's Decision, issued June 3, 2011. In short, the Board sided with staff's original advice to Council and allowed an expansion of 850 ha.
On July 4, 2011, the City's Planning Committee decided to offer the same list as was compiled in 2009 for expansion, without going through another round of public consultations. (Councillors Peter Hume and Jan Harder -- chair and vice-chair of the committee -- dissented.) Here is a July 5 Ottawa Citizen article about it.