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(Posted 6:30 a.m., Oct. 20)

Mayor lays out economic develop.m.ent plan for east end
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Ottawa Mayor Bob Chiarelli released a 10-point plan yesterday aimed at improving economic develop.m.ent in the east end. Fred Sherwin/Photo


Ottawa Mayor Bob Chiarelli wants east end residents and business leaders to know that he has a plan to increase economic develop.m.ent in the eastern half of the city.

In a statement released on Thursday, Chiarelli promised to cut develop.m.ent charges and building permit fees for non-resdential and non-retail develop.m.ent for the next two years; fight to have Hwy. 174 widened from the split to Trim Road; turn the new Orléans Town Centre develop.m.ent into an economic hub; work with business leaders to launch a "Heart of Orléans" BIA; improve public transit in Orléans by expanding the new 90-series; build a transit station on Jeanne d'Arc Blvd.; work to maintain express service and assign a staff person in the mayor's office responsible for driving economic develop.m.ent east of the Rideau River.

Chiarelli also promised to begin work on an Innes/Walkley/Hunt Club connection by 2007 and push the provincial government to build an intrerchange at Hunt Club and Hwy. 417 aimed at improving access to the south end of the city and the airport.

But the key commitment in the mayor's 10 point plan is a promise to expand the environmental assessment to include the possible use of the existing Transitway to carry the future light rail network and to obtain funding to for east-west light rail from Orleans to Kanata.

The mayor's promise to look at converting the Transitway to light rail appears to be in response to growing opposition to a recent report suggesting the light rail line go down Montreal Road and Rideau Street.

On Wednesday, members of the city's transportation committee told staff to look at two alternative routes, one running down Hwy. 174 and the Queensway and one using the Transitway, and have a report ready for after the upcoming municipal election.

The mayor's 10-point plan comes on the heels of Alex Munter's six point east end plan that includes ending gridlock in the east end; protecting key employment lands by stopping the Mer Bleue Road snow dump; suspending fees for industrial develop.m.ent for three years and using the east end's unique urban and rural character to build economic prosperity.

Fellow challenger Larry O'Brien has so far shied away from making any promises based on geography, instead he's consistently said that his plan to freeze taxes and reduce spending will encourage economic growth across the city including the east end.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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