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New Official Plan: Discussion Papers

Everyone will face the challenges of the future together. We are preparing for the future with a brand new Official Plan - the strategic document that guides our city's growth and development.

The review of the Official Plan is a three-year project with opportunities to provide comments throughout the process. Following adoption by Council, the Plan will be sent to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The Ministry would then take up to six months to review and approve the Official Plan. Approval by the Ministry is expected by mid-2022.

What are some of the biggest issues facing the city? Nine discussion papers outline some of the main themes of the Official Plan review and identify ideas for moving forward:

The Building Blocks for a Healthy Ottawa
Climate Adaptation and Resiliency
The Economy

The Greater Ottawa-Gatineau Area
Infrastructure and Water Management
Natural Ottawa

Rural Ottawa

Discussion Paper Highlight: The Building Blocks for a Healthy Ottawa
Health starts in our communities. Through the Official Plan, we can plan, build and use our communities so that people have more opportunities to lead healthy lives. Areas of focus are as follows:

Neighbourhood Design: Building compact, well-connected neighbourhoods that include different types of housing, shops and services, schools, employment and greenspaces can make it easier to meet daily needs by foot or by bicycle and reduce dependence on driving.

Transportation: The way we design our roads and transportation networks affects how we decide to travel and live our lives.

Housing: Having access to affordable and safe housing that is suitable to your stage of life and supports various life situations is important for physical and mental health.

Food: Lack of nutritious food can lead to chronic diseases like heart disease. Ensuring that people can access local, healthy food easily and safely by walking, biking and transit supports healthy eating.

Natural Environments and Greenspaces: Nature and greenspaces affect physical and mental health in many ways. Climate change will make our communities hotter in the summer. Greenspaces, including recreational spaces and parks, with trees and vegetation can help filter and cool the air, reduce stress, promote physical activity, and buffer noise.

What's important in your neighbourhood? How can we make the city better? The OP's online feedback form will be open until May 31, 2019.

For more information on the new OP, please visit the webpage.


In the News

Ottawa Responds to Floods

The City of Ottawa has been in a state of emergency since April 25. In an incredible show of community support, more than 15,000 volunteers have helped with Ottawa’s flood response to-date.

Though the City is not currently seeking more support, it will be asking for volunteer assistance  once flood waters have receded and it moves into recovery operations. Announcements will be posted on and the City’s social media channels.

In the meantime, financial donations The Canadian Red Cross is coordinating financial, food, clothing, furniture and household donations are all being accepted. Click here for more information.

Rebuilding or repairing flood damage in your home
You may have questions about how to proceed with rebuilding or repairing flood damage in your home. Get more information about Building Permits.

Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada joint facility Workshops

Registration is now open for the rescheduled design workshops on Spaces and Relationships in the new Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) joint facility, which is set to open in the heart of the National Capital in 2024. The workshops had been postponed due to the state of emergency related to flooding in the region.

Participants can also take a fresh look at what LAC and OPL services will be offered in the new facility and what the location of each means for the relationship between the two partners. The architects will also report back on what they heard during the first phase of engagement, Building Blocks, and how this has informed the development of the design. Bring your inspiration to this exciting project! Register now at for one of three design workshops:

-Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
-Saturday, June 1, 2019, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
-Monday, June 3, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Did You Know?

Elgin Street Renewal Continues

Crews have begun deep sewer installation along Waverley Street and through Jack Purcell Park. In order to accommodate this work, changes to the pedestrian and vehicle routes will be required for a three-week period as of May 15.

Jack Purcell Lane at Waverley Street will need to close to vehicles during this time, and westbound traffic will be rerouted to use Frank Street. Vehicle access to the Jack Purcell Community Centre will be maintained at all times via Lewis Street.

The pedestrian pathway through Jack Purcell Park will also need to close during this time. Signage will be placed in key areas along Elgin, Metcalfe, Gilmour and Frank streets to temporarily redirect pedestrians around the park.

We are updating our Municipal Accessibility Plan

The current City of Ottawa Municipal Accessibility Plan (COMAP) will expire soon. In keeping with the provisions of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, the City will consult with people with disabilities on the 2020 - 2024 COMAP. To create it, the City's Accessibility Office will consult with the community of persons with disabilities via online survey.

The objective of this consultation is to review and identify current accessibility barriers in programs, services, and facilities in the City of Ottawa. Participants will also be asked for innovative ideas to remove these barriers. With the information collected through the consultation process, City-wide accessibility initiatives will be developed to form COMAP 2020-2024. These initiatives will be developed to address the Standards of the AODA: Customer Service, Information and Communication, Employment, Transportation, and Design of Public Spaces. For further information, please contact Megan Richards at 613-580-2400 ext. 12752.

The City is also holding its 16th annual
AccessAbility Day on Thursday, May 30 as part of National AccessAbility Week, where events are held across Canada. This is a free event for the community to celebrate accessibility in the City of Ottawa. This year's theme is Service Animals - Lending a Helping Paw.


Get Involved!

May 27
Gladstone Station District Planning Study
Information Meeting
5:30 to 8:30 pm
St. Anthony's Banquet - Hall A
523 St. Anthony Street
Ward 14 - Somerset
For more information contact: Taavi Siitam

May 28
ByWard Market Public Realm Plan Workshop
4:30 to 6:30 pm & 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Routhier Community Centre
172 Guiges Avenue
Ward 12 - Rideau-Vanier
For more information contact: Jillian Savage; Register here.

May 29
3809 Borrisokane Road Public Information Session
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Location Minto Recreation Complex, Cambrian Room
3500 Cambrian Road
Ward 21 – Rideau-Goulbourn
For more information contact: Kelby Lodoen Unseth

May 29

70 Richmond Road Public Information Session
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Hilson Avenue Public School
407 Hilson Avenue
Ward 15 - Kitchissippi

For more information contact: Jenny Kluke

June 4
Site Plan /Rezoning - 433, 435 Churchill and 468, 472 Byron Open House
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Churchill Senior's Centre, Main Hall - Gym
345 Richmond Road
Ward 15 - Kitchissippi
For more information contact: Andrew McCreight

Visiting Elgin Street? Free parking at City Hall
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