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.

Have a question about the draft New Official Plan? Please feel free to ask your question here. 

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    Does 1230 Merival Road falls under the Mainstreet Corridor, the Minor Corridor or the Neiborhood category? Also, what is its height maximums for both residential or commercial buildings? How do you ensure the heights and density relfect no negative impacts on the surronding residents? Furthermore, does 1230 Merivale Road belong to intensitification or regeneration of the new Official Plan

    Shane XL asked 3 months ago

    Under the new Official Plan, 1230 Merivale would be within the Mainstreet Corridor designation in the Inner Urban Transect. Proposed height limits for that designation/transect would be a minimum of two storeys and a maximum of nine storeys. The nine-storey limit would be contingent on being able to provide a proper step-down/transition in height to neighbouring low-rise properties. Regarding regeneration direction in the Draft Official Plan, the targets and goals are applicable City wide. 

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    Hello, The city has prepared a report called "Cycling Safety Review of High Volume Intersections." It identifies 34 intersections that present a high risk to cyclists, and includes plans to redesign the intersections and make them safer for cyclists. Is the New Official Plan going to include these implementation of those plans on the 34 intersections identified?

    Gerry43 asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for taking the time to write and follow-up on the Cycling Safety Review of High Volume Intersections report.  

    We are aware that the report identified high-traffic intersections that would require improved safety measures to protect cyclists and pedestrians and that the City has not identified the necessary funds at this time to implement these measures.  

    The new Official Plan recognizes that all people, no matter how they move around our city, have a right to safe travel, and it has regard for the recommendations of the Cycling Safety Review of High Volume Intersections report. The mobility policies of this Plan reflect Council's commitment towards a more equitable and safe transportation network for all road users. It includes strong policy language to ensure that there are no missed opportunities at the time of road construction, reconstruction and development, as detailed in the below policies with more information found here:  

     

    • 4.1.1(1) In the urban area and villages, people who walk, cycle, and use transit shall, by default, be given priority. The resolution of overlapping priorities in the urban area and villages, as well as the establishment of priorities in the rural area, will be informed by Multi-Modal Level of Service (MMLOS) targets outlined in the TMP and MMLOS Guidelines.  
    • 4.1.1(5) If a street or intersection cannot provide or accommodate separate walking or cycling facilities, within the existing lane arrangement, or be designed so that motor vehicles operate at speeds that do not compromise the safety of the most vulnerable users consistent with the Safe Systems Approach, the City shall reallocate space in the ROW in order to protect people using the most vulnerable modes.  
    • 4.1.2(1)(e) New and retrofitted local streets shall be designed to 30 km/h operating speed as specified in the Road Safety Action Plan.  


    We are cognizant that implementing the mobility policies, including the aforementioned policies, will require significant funding. The City will continue to act as a responsible steward of public resources, and an affordability analysis will be completed as part of the Transportation Master Plan and associated plans to confirm the City's ability to pay for planned or proposed transportation strategies. In the interim, the City will improve active transportation facilities as part of road construction, reconstruction and retrofit projects.  

    We trust that the mobility policies of the new Official Plan renew and strengthen the City's commitment to protecting the most vulnerable road users and improving active transportation, and establishes a clear direction for continuous improvement of safer cycling facilities.  

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    What is a ‘Hub’ and a ‘Corridor’ and where are they located?

    3 months ago

    The draft Official Plan adopts a transect approach which divides the City of Ottawa into six concentric transect areas, moving from the urban Downtown Core out to the Rural area of the City. Each transect area sets out policies to reflect the existing and intended scale of construction and design of the area as it develops. 

    Within any given transect, there are both Corridor and Hub areas. Hubs are designated areas that are within easy walking distance from existing or future rapid-transit stations and frequent street transit stops.  Hubs are sub-centres distributed across the city. They linked to one another and to downtown by rapid transit and serve several neighbourhoods. They are intended for the greatest densities of employment and housing, to sustain areas that are mixed-use, compact, and that prioritize the experience of pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users. As areas with the densest development spurred by easy transit access to the City, Hubs help provide ridership to support the rapid-transit system. 

    Hub designations include existing transit stations and dense developments like Tunney’s Pasture, Confederation Heights, and Kanata Centrum. In addition, there are Hubs around planned stations in new growing communities like Riverside South. 

    Corridors are policy designation areas that run along many important streets and are intended to foster a mix of uses, including employment and housing, easily accessible on foot or by transit.  They represent areas intended for a higher density and scale of development than the interior of nearby neighbourhoods. Corridors are divided into: Mainstreet Corridors, which are the longest and most important ones and are intended for the greatest amount of variety of services and housing at a larger scale and with broader reach; and Minor Corridors, which are important in their neighbourhood but not necessarily at the level of the whole city, and are intended for a greater emphasis on additional residential choices and neighbourhood-supportive commercial uses. Minor corridors are also given lower height maximums than Mainstreet corridors in the same Transect but are expected to have slightly taller and denser development. Minor corridors are served by frequent bus routes that feed into O-Train or Transitway stations.  Mainstreet Corridors include streets like Wellington Street West, Bank Street, Rideau Street or Baseline Road. Minor Corridors include streets like Maitland Ave., Churchill Ave., Laurier Avenue East or Donald Street.
     

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    What is “intensification” and how is it different than “regeneration”?

    3 months ago

    “Intensification” is a planning term used to describe the development of a property, site or area at a higher density than what currently exists. The property, site or area can be vacant, within an existing developed neighbourhood, or underutilized, such as a parking lot.

    “Regeneration” is a new term proposed in the draft Official Plan that includes the concept of “intensification” above but also the relationship of the new development to its surrounding and future context. “Intensification” typically only considers the numerical increase of development, either residential or commercial. “Regeneration” is about how a neighbourhood will evolve over time including housing options, housing design, commercial development and sustainability, the protection of the tree canopy, access to greenspace, and community facilities such as schools, parks, community and recreational centres, roads, transit and pathways.