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.
What is an Official Plan?
An Official Plan provides the policy framework to guide the city's physical development including:
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 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:
- High level preliminary policy directions;
- Draft projections for total population, housing and jobs to 2046;
- 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:
- Statutory Open Houses will be held in January 2021;
- Statutory Public meetings will be held in February 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.