Three experts are joining the jury for the Lansdowne Park design competition.
Initially, the panel was to consist of the chair of the city’s planning committee, urban designer George Dark and representatives from the National Capital Commission and Parks Canada.
However, designer Marianne McKenna, member of the Lansdowne Park Design Review Panel, has requested a place on the jury.
Dark, who is leading the review panel, suggested that McKenna and two others be added to the jury. In an email to planning committee chairman Peter Hume, Dark wrote that a jury of at least seven people would result in a more “complete and vigorous” evaluation process.
On Tuesday, the city’s planning committee voted to increase the size of the panel.
City planner John Smit said a larger panel will not result in significant cost increases.
The experts sitting on the panel do so voluntarily and receive nominal honorariums. The only increased cost would be associated with travel expenses that would come from the general project budget.