Members of the development industry also sought to have their land holdings considered in the delineation of future urban growth, often invoking the argument that, since they had assembled their lands before the RMOC was created, they should not be prevented from developing them as originally intended.
Perhaps surprisingly, RMOC residents shared this perspective, regardless of where they lived.
One of the earliest documents released for public feedback was a report originally submitted by regional planners to the RMOC council in 1971 that identified eight alternative development concepts and also provided an evaluation of the merits and weaknesses of each (figure 3).
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.