The New Official Plan

The City of Ottawa's Official Plan provides a vision for the future growth of the city and a policy framework to guide the city's physical development. In 2019, the City of Ottawa is beginning a multi-year process to develop a new Official Plan. This page will be your hub for all updates, proposed policy and opportunities to provide feedback.

Below you will see an Updates and Engage section. Updates will be where you can get all new information on the Official Plan, for example any FAQ's, blogs, and draft policies.

After reviewing the information provided, we invite you to participate through the different feedback opportunities in the Engage section. Both sections will be continuously updated throughout the Official Plan process.

This website is also a tool to support residents' engaging their communities in the new Official Plan. Check out the Toolkit section to get a step by step guide for reaching new people in the Official Plan process.

The City of Ottawa's Official Plan provides a vision for the future growth of the city and a policy framework to guide the city's physical development. In 2019, the City of Ottawa is beginning a multi-year process to develop a new Official Plan. This page will be your hub for all updates, proposed policy and opportunities to provide feedback.

Below you will see an Updates and Engage section. Updates will be where you can get all new information on the Official Plan, for example any FAQ's, blogs, and draft policies.

After reviewing the information provided, we invite you to participate through the different feedback opportunities in the Engage section. Both sections will be continuously updated throughout the Official Plan process.

This website is also a tool to support residents' engaging their communities in the new Official Plan. Check out the Toolkit section to get a step by step guide for reaching new people in the Official Plan process.

  • The 5 Big Moves

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    A New Official Plan

    The City is rewriting its Official Plan- the strategic document that describes how the city will grow over time, where we will place major infrastructure, and what policies will be in place to support economic growth and guide the development and evolution of communities. The purpose of this review is to position Ottawa to be flexible, resilient, and, above all, a city were people want to live, work, and play.

    Preliminary Policy Directions

    The City is proposing to make a number of significant policy changes through the Official Plan to make Ottawa the most liveable mid...

    A New Official Plan

    The City is rewriting its Official Plan- the strategic document that describes how the city will grow over time, where we will place major infrastructure, and what policies will be in place to support economic growth and guide the development and evolution of communities. The purpose of this review is to position Ottawa to be flexible, resilient, and, above all, a city were people want to live, work, and play.

    Preliminary Policy Directions

    The City is proposing to make a number of significant policy changes through the Official Plan to make Ottawa the most liveable mid sized city in North America. Known as the ‘Five Big Moves’, the following statements capture the most significant policy proposals for the new Official Plan:

    1. Growth: Achieve, by the end of its planning period, more growth by intensification than by greenfield development. This growth will provide a variety of affordable housing options for residents.

    2. Mobility: By 2046, the majority of trips in the City of Ottawa will be made by sustainable transportation.

    3. Urban Design: Improve our sophistication in urban and community design, and put this knowledge to the service of good urbanism at all scales, from the largest to the very small.

    4. Resiliency: Embed public health, environmental, climate and energy resiliency into the framework of our planning policies.

    5. Economy: Embed economic development into the framework of our planning policies.

    Read the full 5 Big Moves report here.

    Read the full report to Planning Committee and Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee here.
  • FAQ's

    about 2 months ago
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    Why a new Official Plan?

    Ottawa has changed dramatically since it was incorporated in 1855, when it was a small lumber town of 16,000 people. This year, the City of Ottawa will reach one million people and the Ottawa-Gatineau Metropolitan region will reach 1.5 million people.

    Our current Official Plan is from 2003 - a response to the needs of the newly amalgamated city. Our region will hit 2-3 million people by the end of the century - our needs are evolving, change is accelerating. Resiliency and adaptability are needed.

    What is an Official Plan?

    An Official Plan provides the...

    Why a new Official Plan?

    Ottawa has changed dramatically since it was incorporated in 1855, when it was a small lumber town of 16,000 people. This year, the City of Ottawa will reach one million people and the Ottawa-Gatineau Metropolitan region will reach 1.5 million people.

    Our current Official Plan is from 2003 - a response to the needs of the newly amalgamated city. Our region will hit 2-3 million people by the end of the century - our needs are evolving, change is accelerating. Resiliency and adaptability are needed.

    What is an Official Plan?

    An Official Plan provides the policy framework to guide the city's physical development including:

    Regulating land use
    Managing growth and change in the urban, suburban and rural areas
    Planning for public works and infrastructure
    Planning for new communities and existing areas undergoing change
    Preserving natural systems providing for the wise use of resources

    Terms

    Don't understand some of the words in the report or survey? Check out this glossary of terms. If you have a word that isn't listed in the glossary, let us know and we will get a definition and add it!

    Can I see the Current Official Plan?

    You can get a sense of what such a plan looks like by reviewing the current Official Plan.


    What is the process for creating a New Official Plan?

    The process to create the new Official Plan is guided by requirements in the Planning Act and Provincial Policy Statement, 2014.

    The process will run in coordination with the reviews of the Infrastructure Master Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Greenspace Master Plan and the Development Charges By-law.

    All aspects of the Official Plan will be reviewed and updated, including secondary plans for urban neighbourhoods and rural Villages.

    The process will take place over the course of two years as follows:

    March 2019 to August 2019

    Discussion papers on key issues facing the city released on March 4, 2019

    Ongoing public consultations on discussion papers

    August 2019 to September 2019

    In response to comments on the discussion papers and the findings of the Beyond 2036 planning study, a report will be presented at a joint meeting of Planning Committee and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on August 22, 2019 and Council on September 11, 2019. The report will contain:

    1. High level preliminary policy directions;
    2. Draft projections for total population, housing and jobs to 2046;
    3. Draft growth strategies.

    A link to the report in the Committee agendas and minutes will be available on August 12, 2019;

    Public consultations on the high level policy directions will occur through September 2019.

    September 2019 to December 2019

    Detailed policy directions will be prepared for the new Official Plan and presented in a report at a public meeting held under Section 26 of the Planning Act in December 2019;

    Council will give direction to table a draft Official Plan in June 2020, based on the policy directions in the December report;

    The December report will include a description of:

    • Detailed policy directions to be included in the Plan;
    • Growth strategy for the city including growth projections and, if necessary, adoption of criteria for site evaluation for expansion areas, and;
    • Direction on secondary plans, site- specific policies and community design plans.

    January 2020 to June 2020

    A draft Official Plan will be prepared during this time, based on policy directions approved by Council in December 2019.

    June 2020 to February 2021

    The draft Official Plan will be tabled in June 2020;

    Following tabling of the draft Official Plan, a 90-day statutory circulation to the public, technical agencies and Ministry will occur from July 2020 through September 2020;

    Public consultations will continue through February 2021 as follows:

    1. Statutory Open Houses will be held in January 2021;
    2. Statutory Public meetings will be held in February 2021.

    March 2021

    Council adopts new Official Plan.

    Following adoption by Council, the Plan will be sent to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The Ministry has up to six months to review and approve the Official Plan. Approval by the Ministry is expected by late-2021.


  • Official Plan Toolkit Hub

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    Welcome to the Official Plan Toolkit!

    The toolkit has 4 sections: The New Official Plan, Plan, Connect, and Share. The various sections will provide information on the project, engagement and feedback tools, and how you can provide your feedback into the Official Plan. The image above illustrates how these sections work together.

    Download the Toolkit.

    Help us track the local workshops by emailing newop@ottawa.ca to let us about your outreach plan.

    Note, as more information is developed for the new Official Plan, the Toolkit will be regularly updated with new Workshop Rubrics, etc.

    Welcome to the Official Plan Toolkit!

    The toolkit has 4 sections: The New Official Plan, Plan, Connect, and Share. The various sections will provide information on the project, engagement and feedback tools, and how you can provide your feedback into the Official Plan. The image above illustrates how these sections work together.

    Download the Toolkit.

    Help us track the local workshops by emailing newop@ottawa.ca to let us about your outreach plan.

    Note, as more information is developed for the new Official Plan, the Toolkit will be regularly updated with new Workshop Rubrics, etc.

  • Official Plan Blog

    about 2 months ago
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    Official Plan Update July 2019

    The City of Ottawa launched the stakeholder engagement for the City of Ottawa’s new Official Plan on March 4, 2019. Since then there have been nine Discussion papers shared on Ottawa.ca. A survey was also provided as an opportunity for you to share feedback on these papers. This survey closed on June 30, 2019.

    Since then, we have been busy launching a multifaceted stakeholder engagement strategy. The strategy outlines a new approach to consultation and engagement for the Official Plan. The approach focuses on meeting residents in their communities and...

    Official Plan Update July 2019

    The City of Ottawa launched the stakeholder engagement for the City of Ottawa’s new Official Plan on March 4, 2019. Since then there have been nine Discussion papers shared on Ottawa.ca. A survey was also provided as an opportunity for you to share feedback on these papers. This survey closed on June 30, 2019.

    Since then, we have been busy launching a multifaceted stakeholder engagement strategy. The strategy outlines a new approach to consultation and engagement for the Official Plan. The approach focuses on meeting residents in their communities and ensuring traditionally underrepresented voices have a meaningful opportunity to participate in the new Official Plan.

    We are developing tools and tactics to reach groups who have often been marginalized in the tradition consultations. Toolkits and an interactive website will support community groups across the city in running their own engagement activities, helping us expand the opportunities for providing feedback for everyone across the city.

    One of the working groups organized to meet throughout the Official Plan process is made up of representatives from the City of Ottawa’s identified Equity and Inclusion groups. We will be launching a specific Indigenous engagement strategy this summer.

    Our team has also started meeting with City Councillors, Advisory Committees and community groups.

    Currently, we are focusing on a public education phase of the engagement plan and we have already shared information with over 15,000 residents.

    As we move towards Fall we will shift to a more focused feedback gathering phase of the stakeholder engagement strategy. At that time, we will be sharing the Preliminary Policy Directions. These are some of the core concepts the Official Plan will be built on, so it’s important to participate to share your vision for the future of the city.

  • Discussion Papers

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  • Ottawa Next: Beyond 2036: Identifying the challenges of Unknown Futures

    about 1 month ago
    Beyond 2036

    In December 2016, Ottawa City Council directed staff to undertake a planning study to “…identify trends in housing, employment, and identify opportunities to create complete communities which, together with current Official Plan policies create an affordable and sustainable city beyond 2036…”

    The goal of the Ottawa Next: Beyond 2036 study was to identify the forces that will shape Ottawa over the next century to help position the City to build both resiliency and adaptability into the next Official Plan. In order to carry out this goal and to address the high level of uncertainty of the city’s long-term future, Ottawa...

    In December 2016, Ottawa City Council directed staff to undertake a planning study to “…identify trends in housing, employment, and identify opportunities to create complete communities which, together with current Official Plan policies create an affordable and sustainable city beyond 2036…”

    The goal of the Ottawa Next: Beyond 2036 study was to identify the forces that will shape Ottawa over the next century to help position the City to build both resiliency and adaptability into the next Official Plan. In order to carry out this goal and to address the high level of uncertainty of the city’s long-term future, Ottawa Next: Beyond 2036 was undertaken as a scenario based planning study to:

    • identify trends and disruptors that will influence the city beyond the current 20-year planning horizon;
    • identify possible future scenarios, which extend beyond the normal planning time-frame and arise from the identified drivers and disrupters; and
    • identify planning considerations that will allow the City to create complete communities and be resilient and adaptable to future change.

    The scenarios and planning considerations identified in this report will help to inform the setting of priorities within the next Official Plan, and may also frame the updates of the City’s other supporting Growth Management documents including the:

    • Transportation Master Plan;
    • Infrastructure Master Plan;
    • Greenspace Master Plan; and the
    • Development Charges By-law.

    The Ottawa Next: Beyond 2036 study was presented to the Planning Committee on February 14, 2019.