OMB clears path for Windmill's Zibi project

The Ontario Municipal Board on Tuesday dismissed an appeal of the city’s decision to allow Windmill Developments to build shops, condos, parks and a hotel on land surrounding the Chaudiere Falls.

The move clears the way for Windmill’s Zibi project on Albert and Chaudiere Islands. Work has already begun on the Gatineau side and condos planned for the Ottawa side went on sale earlier this month.

“We're greatly encouraged that the Ontario Municipal Board recognizes that the city and Windmill have 'consulted and engaged with the public and the First Nations and that aboriginal history and culture will be respected and incorporated into the proposed development plans'", Windmill chair Jeff Westeinde said in a statement.

The company said it was looking forward to continuing with its plan to create the world’s most sustainable community on the site.

It said it intends to highlight the long history and industrial heritage of the site, while developing the project “in friendship with the Algonquin Anishinabe." Windmilll said it is committed to making Zibi "as beneficial as possible with and for the Algonquin nation and people.”

Renowned architect Douglas Cardinal and five others filed the appeal against the proposed 37-acre, $1.2-billion development last December.