Developers seek official plan exemptions for Rideau Hotel plans

Posted on: January 11, 2017

Chris Must

Parkview Homes, new owners of the Rideau Hotel at 20 Beckwith St. North in Smiths Falls, are seeking town council’s approval to proceed with plans for the building that will require amendments to the official plan.

The developers want to locate residential units on both the ground floor and in the basement, behind and below two commercial offices, which the official plan does not permit.

Councillors agreed to allow the application to proceed. Senior Planner Nicole Dwyer said amendments to the official plan normally take 60 to 90 days to be approved. “We can’t comment on the likelihood of a successful application,” she added.