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 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.

Have a question about the 15 minute neighbourhood idea? Please feel free to ask your question here. We will endeavor to answer your questions within 3 business days.

Learn more about the 15 minute neighbourhood here

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    I wonder whether the residential context beside Scott St. such as 1806 are included in the concept of 15 minutes neighborhoods or not. It would be great if you explain which parts of the city are considered for this new idea?

    Mahnaz Asked 9 days ago

    Thank you for your question. Part of the study is to determine which parts of the city are considered 15-minute neighbourhoods based on the input received from the survey regarding what elements make up 15-minute neighbourhoods. 

    In terms of whether a specific area is considered within a 15-minute neighbourhood, we encourage you to think about the proximity of daily and weekly services and amenities to that location, whether they are within a 15-minute walking distance and how desirable it would be to walk from that location to services and amenities.

    If you have any feedback on what might be missing in your neighbourhood to make it a 15 minute neighbourhood, you are welcome to share it at newop@ottawa.ca

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    The concept of a 15-minute Village is aspirational but likely unachievable in most Rural Villages in the horizon of this Official Plan. The exception will be those few villages that have been identified for growth as they have reached the necessary size and critical mass and already include a number of the services that are essential to a 15 Minute Village. In the move towards a more ‘self-contained village,’ what policy directions will be included that address the need for more Economic Development in the rural areas? What appropriate guidance can be provided for the updating of Village Plans to require planners to specifically incorporate the principle of a 15 Minute Village and the need for these to be prioritized? And, in the interim, what policies are being proposed that will compensate for the lack of a 15 Minute Village by compensating with improved transportation and internet communications?

    Ken Asked 17 days ago

    Thank you for your questions. We are currently in the data collection phase of the 15-minute neighbourhood file, as we are interested in learning more about what the residents of Ottawa believe is important in a 15-minute neighbourhood. As outlined in the 5 Big Moves, Economic Development in the rural area is an important strategy for the City of Ottawa and a Rural Economic Development Strategy is now developed. We will be working with our colleagues in Economic Development to better understand this strategy and its linkages to 15-minute neighbourhoods. Also through the New Official Plan, as outlined in the 5 Big Moves, the city is looking at developing policies that will guide villages to evolve into 15-minute neighbourhoods. Additional information will be available upon release of the draft New Official Plan. We will coordinate with Transportation Planning and Economic Development to understand improving transportation and internet communications in the rural area. We welcome your thoughts on what components of a 15-minute neighbourhood should be a priority within a village.