The Official Plan provides a vision of the future growth of the city and a policy framework to guide its physical development to the year 2021. It is a legal document that addresses matters of provincial interest defined by the Provincial Policy Statement under the Ontario Planning Act. It also serves as a basis for a wide range of municipal activities. These include the:
- Planning and approval of public works (such as roads and parks)
- Comprehensive zoning by-law
- Creation of community design plans for areas within the City of Ottawa
- Review and approval of development applications
The Official Plan for the City of Ottawa was adopted in 2003. The City also retains some former Secondary Plans and Site Specific Policies to provide guidance in specific circumstances. All amendments to these plans and policies are included in the up-to-date consolidations of these documents which are available below.
Official Plan Amendments
Official Plan Amendments adopted by the City are listed and accessible in Annex 13 of the Official Plan, with the accompanying Committee Report. For further information contact 3-1-1 and request to speak to the Development Information Officer (DIO) for the geographic area in question.
Copies of individual Official Plan amendments can be obtained at the following locations:
City Hall Client Service Center
1st Floor, 110 Laurier Avenue West
100 Tallwood Dr. (Corner of Woodroffe)
Official Plan Consolidation
The Official Plan Consolidation is comprised of the following four volumes:
- Volume 1 – The City of Ottawa Official Plan
- Volume 2A – Secondary Plans
- Volume 2B – Site Specific Policies
- Volume 2C – Secondary Plan Villages
This consolidation of the Official Plan for the City of Ottawa and the amendments thereto, is prepared for reference purposes only. While the Planning and Growth Management Department makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information contained herein, the reader is advised that as this publication is an office consolidation, in situations where legal accuracy is important, the Adopting By-law itself and any amending by-laws or OMB decisions must be consulted.
Updates to the Consolidation
This Consolidation is updated on a regular basis, subsequent to every Council meeting where Official Plan amendments are adopted by Ottawa City Council.
Annex 13 of the Official Plan will be updated by listing those amending by-laws most recently adopted by Ottawa City Council. In part, the Annex will identify the Official Plan Amendment Number, the Amending by-laws' numbers, the status of each amendment, and provide links to the related Committee Reports and Council decisions, so that a user can obtain more information on each amendment.
Part B of each Official Plan Amendment, which contains the changes to be made to the Official Plan, will be incorporated into the Consolidation's text only upon the provisions coming into full force and effect, i.e. the amending by-law's appeal period has expired and no appeals against the by-law have been received, or appeals were received and have either been withdrawn or finally disposed of by the Ontario Municipal Board.
With the exception of the 5 Year Review Official Plan Amendments (OPAs 76 and 150), if text within the Official Plan Consolidation is affected by an Official Plan Amendment, the affected text will be shown in bold and italicized font and an annotation in bold and italicized font will be inserted after the affected text, to indicate that it is subject to an amendment, i.e. [Subject to Amendment #, and date of amendment]. Upon the amendment coming into full force and effect, the amending provisions will be incorporated into the affected text, the bold and italicized font will be removed from both the text and annotation, and the annotation updated, i.e. [Amendment #, date in effect].
In some instances an amendment will not affect existing text and instead will introduce a new section or policy. Where this occurs, the new section or policy number will be added to the Consolidation, along with its title (if applicable), and an annotation in bold and italicized font i.e. [Introduced by Amendment #, date of amendment]. However, where a new section or policy is being inserted between existing sections, no number will appear, and instead the section or policy will be represented by an [X] with an annotation in bold and italicized font, so as not to affect the existing numbering or lettering. Upon the amendment coming into full force and effect, the amending provisions will be incorporated into the affected text, the bold and italicized font will be removed from both the text and annotation, and the annotation updated, i.e. [Amendment #, date in effect].