First, they felt compelled to heed the numerous requests from developers to include lands that they had assembled before the RMOC was created, on the assumption that these would be the location of future development.
The conflict between residents and the RMOC planners on the extent to which public voices were being heard was only one of two major fights going on at the time.
37) As opposed to the strong southwest-northeast orientation for urban development advocated by the RMOC, the NCC proposed that future development might follow a southeast-northwest trajectory, which would include its proposed southeast satellite at Carlsbad Springs.
Despite its continuing conflict with the RMOC on the future direction of regional planning in Ottawa, most notably in the form of the Carlsbad Springs debate and later its release of the Tomorrow's Capital document, the federal government also made several moves that facilitated provision of effective public transit in Ottawa during this time.
In October 1974--two years after the initial deadline for preparing a plan--the RMOC finally approved its first official plan, as largely, but not completely, a "transit-focused" document.
Because this was proposed only in conceptual terms and as a long-term initiative, the RMOC also sought to accommodate transportation demands over the short-term by making considerable investments in the improvement of its bus-based public transit service.
In contrast to Jacques Greber's approach, however, the RMOC placed a much stronger emphasis on public participation in shaping the content of its first regional plan.
At the conclusion of the planning process, the RMOC did not place priority on the establishment of a satellite community at Carlsbad Springs, and it also chose to ignore the planning scenario put forth by the NCC in its Tomorrow's Capital document.
1, Official Plan Public Participation Program (Ottawa: RMOC Planning Department, 1971), 132.
Analytical Summary of Submissions Addressed to the Regional Planning Department from April to June, 1972 (Ottawa: RMOC Planning Department, 1972).
Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton Planning Department, Alternative Regional Development Concepts: Formulation and Preliminary Evaluation (Ottawa: RMOC Planning Department, 1973).
Special Joint Committee of the Senate and of the House of Commons on the National Capital Region, RMOC Submission to the Special Joint Committee of the Senate and of the House of Commons on the National Capital Region: Remarks to Committee by John M.