My motion to have City Staff review Ottawa’s commercial property class tax rates was unanimously passed at City Council on April 11. The parking lot and vacant land tax rate is the lowest of all commercial tax rates. This means that a small business owner pays a higher tax ratio than the owner of an empty parking lot next door. At a time when our City wants to invigorate our main streets, encourage small business and intensify within the urban boundary, this tax disparity incentivizes the opposite – empty lots and surface parking.
Montreal Road Revitalization Open House April 24
Montreal Road (from North River Road to St-Laurent Boulevard) will be getting a mainstreet makeover when it is rebuilt starting in 2019. Drop in to an open house on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Centre Pauline-Charron in Vanier to get acquainted with the plans, which include rebuilding the entire roadway, widening the sidewalks and adding cycling facilities.