Discussion Papers - Timeline Update (REVISED)

The Zoning Discussion Papers will be residents’ first opportunity to have their say about the future of zoning in the city of Ottawa. The Discussion Papers focus on key policy directions in the Official Plan that must be implemented in the Zoning By-law:

  • Climate Change, Resiliency and Public Health
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Land Use
  • Neighbourhood Zoning
  • Neighbourhood Character
  • Rural Zoning Issues
  • Trees

Timeline (REVISED)

Recent changes to Provincial planning legislation, including Bill 109 (More Homes for Everyone Act, April 2022) and the recently proposed Bill 23 (More Homes Built Faster Act), have the potential to cause significant changes to the planning framework underlying Ottawa’s growth and housing objectives. The Province has also announced that changes will be made to the Provincial Policy Statement and that new regulations relating to planning issues in Ontario will be coming into effect. Additionally, the new Official Plan’s recent approval will require an evaluation of the thirty (30) Ministerial modifications made to the Plan as part of its approval by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

As such, the release of the discussion papers will be placed on hold pending the resolution of the above issues, and a review of how this may impact Ottawa’s planning framework and zoning strategy. A new timeline will be developed following a review of the impact of the above changes to Provincial legislation.

November 17, 2022

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