OMB Sets Date for First Hearing on Capitol Development

The Ontario Municipal Board has set a date for the first hearing on the controversial Capitol Condo development.

Appeals filed by the Frontenac Heritage Foundation, Vision Kingston, and two other individuals will be heard on February 27 and 28.

All four appellants have hired Donnelly Law to represent them and have planned several upcoming fundraising events to help them fund their combined appeal.

The proposed high-rise on Princess Street received a vote in favour by Council back in September but when an integrity commissioner determined a councillor had broken conflict of interest rules... a re-vote was held in November and the project lost their approval on a 6-6 vote tie.

"We asked Planning Committee and Council to respect the city's Official Plan and zoning by-law," says Shirley Bailey, President of the Frontenac Heritage Foundation.

"These city rules are meant to preserve the heritage character of the downtown and set height limits for all developers to follow. A 16-storey building is inappropriate for this section of Princess and Queen Streets and will tower over the 2 to 4-storey historic buildings that characterize this part of the city’s core. The streets cape is too valuable to lose."