The New Official Plan

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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 began 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 began 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.

  • Revised draft New Official Plan Public Open House

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    The New Official Plan team has continued to review all comments submitted on the draft New Official Plan and the revised version can be found here.

    As part of the continued engagement process, the New Official Plan team invite residents to join City Staff at a Public Open House on September 29th at 6:30 p.m. to learn more about how the revised draft has changed.

    Please register for this meeting here.

    Please submit your questions here.

    The Public Open House will be followed by the consideration of the draft New Official Plan by Committee and Council on the following dates:

    • Thursday, October 14th - Joint statutory meeting of the Planning Committee and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, under the Planning Act, convened in accordance with Subsection 88 of the Procedure By-law pursuant to the delegated authority granted by City Council at its meeting on February 10, 2021. The location and format of this meeting is to be determined. Details will be communicated at a later date.
    • Wednesday, October 27th - City Council Consideration of the report on the final draft of New Official Plan.

    Thank you for your continued engagement with the New Official Plan.

  • Revised Draft New Official Plan Release

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    The City of Ottawa has had over 100,000 engagements with residents over more than 130 activities during each phase of the development of the New Official Plan. All feedback as been tracked and reviewed. After thorough consideration, City Planners have revised the draft New Official Plan to reflect some of the major themes and concerns.

    In order to provide the most time for residents to review, sections of the revised New Official Plan will become available on this page as they are finalized. Please be sure to check back over the coming weeks for additional material.

    The documents below have been left in their track-change format. This is to allow readers to clearly see where changes have been made and make it easier to review the large volume of information.

    The 21 one-pagers on key themes found in the New Official Plan have also been updated and can be found here.

    The City will be hosting a Public Open House later this summer. Details are being confirmed and residents are encouraged to stay tuned to the Engage Ottawa for more information.

    Revised Draft Official Plan

    Section 1: Introduction

    Section 2:Strategic Directions

    Section 3: Growth Management Framework

    Section 4: City-Wide Policies

    Section 5: Transects

    Section 6: Urban Designations

    Section 7: Greenspace Designations

    Section 8: Greenbelt Designations

    Section 9: Rural Designations

    Section 10: Protection of Health and Safety

    Section 11: Implementation

    Section 12: Local Plans

    Section 13: Definitions

    Schedules:

    - A Series

    - B Series

    - C Series

    Volume 2B: Rural Secondary Plans

    Village of Carp Secondary Plan Village of Richmond Secondary Plan Village of North Gower Secondary Plan
    Village of Greely Secondary Plan Consolidated Villages Secondary Plan Village of Manotick Secondary Plan
    Village of Constance Bay Secondary Plan


    Updates are continually being made to the Official Plan Sections since the first Sections were uploaded on July 26, 2021. The updates are to address technical or content issues being brought to the attention of Staff after the revised draft New Official Plan went live to the public. A summary of the Sections that have been updated since the live post, is below for full transparency:

    Section Edit Summary
    3.4 – Growth Management
    Edits made to the country lot subdivision swap policy to allow for a total area calculation threshold rather than a total lot threshold to be applied when swapping land to a new location.
    5.4 – Suburban Transect
    Edits made to the height policy to rectify a discrepancy in maximum permitted heights for corridors and hubs as well as consolidate height policy into one location, resulting in the deletion of two previous policies.
    5.6.4.1 Edit to address provincial concerns regarding consistency with the "no negative impact" test in the Provincial Policy Statement with respect to significant woodlands.
    6.2 - Special Districts Remove Sub-Section 6.2.1 and Policy 1 altogether and adjust the What We Want To Achieve box accordingly. This policy was conflicting with Section 4.1.2(4). Added a new policy to the end of Sub-Section 6.2.1, new policy number 4 in an effort to retain content that would have otherwise been lost from the deletion of 6.2.3(1).
    6.6 – Special Districts
    Edits made to the policy reference numbers to ensure the new special district categories, that have been introduced, can be numerically referenced. This resulted in changes to the What We Want To Achieve Box as well.
    Section 13 - Definitions
    Remove the definition for ‘single loaded corridor’ due to the deletion of Sub-Section 6.2.3 which was the only reference to this term throughout the Plan.
  • Notice of Special Meeting - Date Change – Joint Planning Committee and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee

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    In order to provide additional time for public review of the draft sections of the New Official Plan in advance of Committee and Council consideration of the final staff report, the Planning Committee co-Chairs and the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Chair have agreed to move the joint statutory meeting of the Planning Committee and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee to October 14, 2021.

    Please be advised of the following revised dates in respect of the consideration of the comprehensive final draft of the New Official Plan:

    • Wednesday, September 29th – Public Open House. The location and format of this meeting is to be determined. Details will be communicated at a later date.
    • Thursday, October 14th - Joint statutory meeting of the Planning Committee and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, under the Planning Act, convened in accordance with Subsection 88 of the Procedure By-law pursuant to the delegated authority granted by City Council at its meeting on February 10, 2021. The location and format of this meeting is to be determined. Details will be communicated at a later date.
    • Wednesday, October 27th - City Council Consideration of the report on the final draft of New Official Plan.
  • Revised Draft New Official Plan One-pagers

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    The City has engaged over 100,000 residents through over 130 activities during each phase of development for the New Official Plan. All feedback as been tracked and reviewed. After thorough consideration, City Planners have revised the draft New Official Plan to reflect some of the major themes and concerns.

    The 21 one-pagers below have also been updated to better reflect the revised draft New Official Plan. These focus on the key topics heard in our engagement with residents. The one-pagers are intended to help residents gain a better understanding of proposed policies through a series of brief plain language highlight sheets.

    Climate Change Food Healthy and Inclusive Communities Intensification
    Mobility Natural Systems Culture and Heritage Curb Cuts
    Rural Transect 613 Flats Employment Equity and Inclusion
    Housing Special Districts Pandemic High Performance Development Strategy
    Parks Rural Economic Development Urban Canopy Urban Design
    Water Resources


  • 15-minute neighbourhoods

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    Introduced in the ‘Five Big Moves’, the principles of 15-minute neighbourhoods are integral to the strategic directions contained in Ottawa’s Draft New Official Plan. The concept of 15-minute neighbourhoods supports a variety of objectives relating to intensification, economic development, energy and climate change, gender equity, and culture. Additionally, planning for 15-minute neighbourhoods represents a critical means of embedding health resiliency in planning in order to achieve healthier, more inclusive communities.

    15-minute neighbourhoods are compact, well-connected places with a clustering of a diverse mix of land-uses; this includes a range of housing types, shops, services, local access to food, schools and day care facilities, employment, greenspaces, parks and pathways. They are complete communities that support active transportation and transit, reduce car dependency, and enable people to live car-light or car free.

    The 15-minute neighbourhood study is the first step at understanding the components of a 15-minute neighbourhood as they evolve across Ottawa’s urban, suburban, and rural transects. This study of 15-minute neighbourhoods is composed primarily of two different mapping exercises. One looking at access to available services and amenities; and the other focusing on the safety and enjoyability of the pedestrian environment with respect to walking to these services and amenities. A full report on the 15-minute neighbourhood study will be released in the Fall.

    The maps below represent the findings of this initial research.

    Maps

    Map explanations

  • New Official Plan – Transect Public Sessions (Questions & Answer/Presentations)

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    The New OP team recently held 5 public sessions to discuss the City Wide Interim As We Heard report and the themes that were heard from each of the 5 transects. Below are links for both the presentations that were provided and the transcribed Q&A session.


    June 22nd Rural Transect

    June 23rd Suburban Transect

    June 23rd Outer Urban Transect

    June 24th Downtown Transect

    June 28th Inner Urban


    If you have a question that has not been answered please email newop@ottawa.ca

  • 15-minute neighbourhood March 30th Presentation

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    The New OP team held a public session in March 2021 to discuss the 15-minunte neighbourhood concept.

    The full presentation can be found here.

    The Q&A portion of the event can be found in the New OP FAQ document here.

  • The New Official Plan City-Wide Interim As We Heard It Report

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    The City-Wide Interim As We Heard It report provides transparency around how the feedback received is impacting the development of the draft New Official Plan. The report highlights the key city-wide themes captured through stakeholder engagement and how City Planners propose we amend policies to address this feedback.

    The full report can be found here: New Official Plan City-Wide Interim As We Heard It report

    Updated Transect Map
    Updated Transect Map (Ward)

    The City has also committed to releasing a series of 23 Ward specific Interim As We Heard It reports. These will be posted here as they are completed.

    Ward 1

    Ward 6

    Ward 11

    Ward 16

    Ward 21

    Ward 2

    Ward 7

    Ward 12

    Ward 17

    Ward 22

    Ward 3

    Ward 8

    Ward 13

    Ward 18

    Ward 23

    Ward 4

    Ward 9

    Ward 14

    Ward 19


    Ward 5

    Ward 10

    Ward 15

    Ward 20



    The City will host a public session on each transect. These sessions will help residents learn how feedback was responded to by City Planners. Please register using the links below:

    June 22nd 6:30 p.m. Transect – Rural Public Meeting

    June 23rd

    June 24th 6:30 p.m. Transect – Downtown Public Meeting

    June 28th 6:30 p.m. Transect – Inner Urban Public Meeting

  • New Official Plan FAQ

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    The New OP team is currently working on making changes to the proposed policies based on a large amount of feedback.

    How the proposed policies are changing will be shared with residents via an As We Heard It report later this spring.

    A revised New OP will be released this summer followed by an Open House. The final report will be presented to Committee and Council this fall.

    Please read this FAQ to see if it answers your questions. If you have a question that has not been answered below you can email it to newop@ottawa.ca.

    We continue to answer questions submitted and we will add those responses to this page as they are developed.

  • Draft New Official Plan One-pagers and Feedback Forms

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    Thank you for your interest in the draft New Official Plan. The draft New Official Plan is a complex document. In order to facilitate your feedback, we have created a series of one-pagers on the key topics we heard in our engagements so far.

    There are twenty-one of these documents providing a brief overview of the New Official Plan proposed policies. You can select the topics of interest to you or go through them all.

    A link is also provided below each one-pager, taking you to a tailored feedback form. This allows you to give feedback directly on this area of interest.

    If you have any questions or would like to provide general comments, you can always do so through newop@ottawa.ca.

    We understand there are many one-pagers and feedback forms. You will have until March 12, 2021 to complete these. Please feel free to take time to go through these at your own pace.

    For a high level introduction to what is new in the draft New Official Plan, please start with our Introduction one-pager.

    613 Flats Housing Rural Economic Development
    Climate Change High-Performance Development Standards Rural Transect
    Culture and Heritage Mobility Sidewalks and Driveways
    Employment Natural Systems Special Districts
    Equity and Inclusion Pandemic Urban Canopy
    Food Parks Urban Design
    Healthy and Inclusive Communities

    Regeneration

    Water Resources