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Longtime city employee became a familiar face as he oversaw construction of the $2.1-billion Confederation Line.
Change is part of new rules aimed at more tightly regulating properties rented out on Airbnb and similar platforms.
The change would cut property taxes by 10 per cent at about 4,700 commercial properties housing nearly 8,000 small businesses in Ottawa.
New rules would translate into an annual discount of about $1,000 for a business property assessed at $600,000 that now pays about $15,000 a year in taxes.
It would be the second year of the pilot project, which saw 600 devices available for rent in 2020.
Councillors gave a unanimous thumbs-up to the plan that would see pedestrian plazas set up along major streets and a “destination building” replace the Clarence Street parking garage.
A staff report released last week urged the planning committee to reject ClubLink’s proposal to build more than 1,500 housing units on the site of the Kanata Golf and Country Club.
The average commercial property owner will shell out an additional $231 under a draft budget framework approved by a city committee on Tuesday.
Proposed changes would make it easier and less expensive to have properties rezoned for certain types of businesses.
Changes would reduce the minimum required lot sizes and raise the four-unit cap that currently applies in some Ottawa neighbourhoods.