20 Oct 2020

The City started to develop the new Official Plan around the 5 Big Moves of: growth, mobility, urban design, resilience and economic development in 2019. Community engagement occurred across the city to discuss these key concepts. You may have seen our team at one of over 70 events across the City. This feedback was incorporated into the Preliminary Policy Directions presented to Council in December 2019.

Through the discussions so far, the City has had over 50,000 engagements with residents and will continue our equity and inclusion informed outreach into 2021.

This discussion is helping the city develop new ideas for the plan. One of the key cornerstones of the New Official Plan is the Transect approach, which means the City will plan by context.

We are changing from a previous approach to plan by land-use in order to recognize the specific needs of neighbourhoods in different parts of the City. The Transect approach will focus on “form and function” by planning for the appropriate shape of new buildings, their relationship with public space, and how they function to be informed based on which Transect you live in.

Planning by Transect will allow the City of Ottawa to recognize the different contexts of the City’s varied geography and provide guidance as to how each area is to evolve.

We are proposing 6 different Transect areas across the city: Downtown, Inner Urban, Outer Urban, Suburban, Greenbelt and Rural. We are organizing 5 public presentations. These presentations will help residents learn what this new planning approach will propose for their neighbourhood.

Inner Urban: Tuesday, November 3

Rural: Wednesday, November 4

Outer Urban: Tuesday, November 10

Downtown: Thursday, November 12

Suburban: Monday, November 16

Not sure which presentation to sign up for? Email for assistance.

Thank you to the residents who were able to attend the Transect Presentations. If you were not able to join us, or would like to review the presentation material again, please find the completed PowerPoint presentations below:

Inner Urban Transect

Rural Transect

Outer Urban Transect

Downtown Transect

Suburban Transect

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