Planning and Development

Sparks Street Public Realm Plan - Have your say!

  What are the most important things for the City to consider to ensure the future success of Sparks Street? Complete our questionnaire and tell us what you think!

As part of developing the Public Realm Plan, the City and its partners are committed to engaging the public about the future of the iconic public space known as the Sparks Street Pedestrian Mall – how should it be used, what should it look like, and how should it be programed. The City is reaching out to:
  • residents
  • business owners
  • landowners
  • surrounding community associations
  • government agencies, and others who may be interested in sharing their perspectives and ideas on the future of Sparks Street.Public engagement will conclude early in 2019 with a report to Finance and Economic Development Committee and Council.

The City will post the responses provided on in 2018 and use the responses to inform the development of the Public Realm Plan.

City Building Forum wrap-up

Thank you to everyone who attended the event or watched Synapcity’s webcast. The responses to the unanswered questions you posed in the panel discussions are posted on this page on

Hosted on October 17 by the City of Ottawa in the newly opened expansion of the National Arts Centre, the City Building Forum aimed to create a collaborative networking environment for city-building organizations during this unprecedented period of transformation in our city.

Interested in Infill? 

You are invited to attend a meeting with Zoning and Interpretation Staff to learn more about the findings of the monitoring exercise and the proposed changes to the zoning regulations for Monitoring of the Mature Neighbourhoods Zoning Overlay (Infill I) and the Alternative Zoning Provisions in Residential Zones (Infill II). Staff have reviewed residential development applications within the Mature Neighbourhoods Overlay (Wards 14 and 15, and parts of Wards 12, 13 and 17) to determine whether the development fits into the look along the street.
For more information, please visit
Monday December 11, 2017
City Hall, Festival Plaza Boardroom, First Floor, Laurier Entrance
4 to 8 p.m.
Presentations at  5 p.m. at 7 p.m.

Herzberg road improvements for cyclists and pedestrians

The City of Ottawa is in the process of designing improvements to Herzberg Road for cyclists and pedestrians from a point approximately 200 m north of March Road to March Road.  The work will correct a gap between existing bike lanes on March Road and existing paved shoulders on Herzberg Road by installing new cycle tracks and add a new sidewalk where it is needed.  

Residents are invited to review the functional design plan for the project and provide comments to before November 30, 2017

Functional design plan [ PDF 335 KB ] PDF opens in a new tab or window

This project will introduce a new intersection design termed ‘Protected Intersection’ that is intended to provide maximum comfort and safety for pedestrians and cyclists in this high speed environment. 

Proposed developments - learn more

Get involved at an upcoming event

November 28
Albert and Slater Corridors Functional Design Study and Slater Street and Bronson Avenue Environmental Assessment Study
City Hall, Jean Piggott Place
110 Laurier Avenue West
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
More Info: 
November 30

Zoning By-law Amendment and Plan of subdivision Information Session for 2741 Longfields Road (formerly 3740 Jockvale Road), Minto Recreation Complex, Cambrian Hall
3500 Cambrian Road
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
More info:

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