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Local flood studies lack depth: Audit

Studies by engineers examining a massive proposed development in theCarp River watershed contained errors in water table models.

Studies by engineers examining a massive proposed development in the Carp River watershed contained errors in water table models.
A report presented by city auditor general Alain Lalonde to council yesterday confirmed that engineers looking into the suitability of a west Kanata development made several errors related to Carp River flooding.
The proposed development would have created 6,300 households, 24,000 jobs and approximately one million metres of commercial space between Highway 417 around Scotiabank Place, south to Hazeldean Road and along the Carp River to south of Richardson Sideroad. It has been on hold since January.
The audit states the studies must be redone by a third-party engineer, but it advised against any development in the Carp River watershed.
The report also states Ottawa was in a conflict of interest because it joined the Kanata West Owners Group Inc. In a rebuttal, city staff stated it disagreed that it could not be part of the development group, because it did own some of the land.
“Suggesting the city is in a conflict because it owns land in a development area is nonsense,” said Doug Kelly, secretary of the KWOG. “If that were the case the city could not negotiate any development concern in the future from Lansdowne Park to any recreational facilities, or for that matter, any future P-3 initiative.”


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