New Zoning By-law

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The City of Ottawa is developing a new comprehensive Zoning By-law for approval by Council in 2025. The by-law will implement the policies and directions in the new Official Plan adopted by Council in October 2021. Once approved, the new Zoning By-law will replace the current Zoning By-law (By-law 2008-250).

Starting in 2022, the City will be consulting with communities, the development industry, grass-roots organizations, non-profits and other stakeholders to ensure that everyone gets a chance to have their say in the new Zoning By-law.

This Engage Ottawa page will be your one-stop shop for project updates and information on future public engagement opportunities. You will also find FAQ’s, blogs and future drafts of the by-law as they become available.

To sign up for news and updates on this important project, please email newzoning@ottawa.ca.


Honouring Statement

Ottawa is built on unceded Anishinabe Algonquin territory. The peoples of the Anishinabe Algonquin Nation have lived on this territory for millennia. Their culture and presence have nurtured and continue to nurture this land. The City of Ottawa honours the peoples and land of the Anishinabe Algonquin Nation. The City of Ottawa honours all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, and their valuable past and present contributions to this land.

The City of Ottawa is developing a new comprehensive Zoning By-law for approval by Council in 2025. The by-law will implement the policies and directions in the new Official Plan adopted by Council in October 2021. Once approved, the new Zoning By-law will replace the current Zoning By-law (By-law 2008-250).

Starting in 2022, the City will be consulting with communities, the development industry, grass-roots organizations, non-profits and other stakeholders to ensure that everyone gets a chance to have their say in the new Zoning By-law.

This Engage Ottawa page will be your one-stop shop for project updates and information on future public engagement opportunities. You will also find FAQ’s, blogs and future drafts of the by-law as they become available.

To sign up for news and updates on this important project, please email newzoning@ottawa.ca.


Honouring Statement

Ottawa is built on unceded Anishinabe Algonquin territory. The peoples of the Anishinabe Algonquin Nation have lived on this territory for millennia. Their culture and presence have nurtured and continue to nurture this land. The City of Ottawa honours the peoples and land of the Anishinabe Algonquin Nation. The City of Ottawa honours all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, and their valuable past and present contributions to this land.

  • Discussion Papers - Timeline Update

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    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 will cover a range of topics that will inform the future growth of our city:


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


    Timeline

    The Discussion Papers were intended to be released following approval of the Official Plan to ensure they remain relevant to the policies approved by Council and address any modifications made by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing prior to their approval of the Plan. The statutory deadline for Provincial approval of the Plan was April 2022, and to-date, the Plan has not been approved by the Ministry. A revised timeline has not been announced by the Province, however approval of the Plan is unlikely to occur prior to November 2022.

    As a result, the release date of the Discussion Papers has been revised to November 2022 pending the approval of the new Official Plan.

  • Zoning Implementation Report

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    The Zoning Implementation Report was approved by Ottawa City Council on July 6th.

    The report provides an overview of the strategy for implementing the policies of the Council-approved new Official plan through the development of a new zoning by-law. Specifically, it looks at how the policies in the Official Plan concerning equity, inclusion and diversity, the growth management strategy, public health, housing, 15-minute neighbourhoods, climate change and the urban forest tree canopy will be implemented in the new Zoning By-law.

    The report also includes an overview of best practices in zoning in Canada and other jurisdictions, renderings that illustrate the proposed strategy for achieving the density targets in the growth management strategy, information on the enhanced interactive capabilities in the new Zoning Map, an overview of the content of upcoming discussion papers, and information concerning the public engagement strategy and project timelines.


  • Zoning Best Practices Review

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    A Best Practices Review of Zoning in Canada and other jurisdictions was conducted in 2021 to inform and support the development of the new Zoning By-law. The Review examines zoning practices in 15 Canadian jurisdictions and seven American jurisdictions to offer contemporary perspectives on various zoning issues including affordable housing, infill, density targets, character and housing typologies. To view the Best Review of Zoning, please go here.


Page last updated: 23 Sep 2022, 08:31 AM