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Official Plan

The City of Ottawa Official Plan provides a vision for the future growth of the city and a policy framework to guide the city's physical development to the year 2031. It is a legal document that addresses matters of provincial interest defined by the Planning Act and the Provincial Policy Statement. It also serves as a basis for a wide range of municipal activities. These include the:

  • Assessment of applications for new development or redevelopment of land.
  • Planning for and approval of public works and infrastructure (such as roads, and parks)
  • Guidance to Comprehensive Zoning By-law and changes to zoning
  • Planning for new communities and existing areas undergoing change.
  • Preservation of natural systems and the wise use of resources
  • ​Consultation and soliciting opinions from the community 

Consultation and soliciting opinions from the community The Official Plan of the City of Ottawa was adopted in 2003 and applies city wide. The Official Plan also includes Secondary Plans and Site Specific Policies to provide more detailed guidance in specific circumstances or locations. The Official Plan and Secondary Plans may be amended from time to time as part of a regular review or by application (Official Plan Amendments). As these changes are approved they are consolidated into the online documents. The consolidated Plan can be accessed below or from  the navigation bar to the left.  

Disclaimer

The consolidations of the Official Plan, Secondary Plans and the amendments thereto, are prepared for reference purposes only. While the City makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information contained herein, the reader is advised that as these publications are office consolidations, in situations where legal accuracy is important, the Adopting By-law itself and any amending by-laws or OMB decisions must be consulted.

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.

Current Major Updates

The two following major updates to the Official Plan were adopted as part of a comprehensive review of the City’s Official Plan completed in 2013 and 2016. These updates have not been included in the consolidated Official Plan.

Official Plan Review: Official Plan Amendment #150

Official Plan Amendment #180 Awaiting Ministry Approval

Copies of individual Official Plan amendments can be obtained at the following locations:
City Hall Client Service Center
1st Floor, 110 Laurier Avenue West

Central Archives
100 Tallwood Dr. (Corner of Woodroffe)
Ottawa, Ontario
613-580-2857
FAX :613-580-2614
Email: archives@ottawa.ca

 

Volume 1 - Official Plan

City of Ottawa Official Plan
A Component of Ottawa 20/20, the City's Growth Management Strategy
Publication 1-28
As Adopted by Council - May 2003

By-Law No. 2003-203

A by-law to adopt a New Official Plan for the City of Ottawa.

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Volume 2a - Secondary Plans

This is a consolidation of the Volume 2A of the Ottawa Official Plan as adopted under by-law 203 of 2003 by Ottawa City Council on 14 May 2003. This consolidation incorporates the text language changes to the Secondary Plans as approved by Ottawa City Council.

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Volume 2b - Site Specific Policies

This is a consolidation of the Volume 2B of the Ottawa Official Plan as adopted under by-law 203 of 2003 by Ottawa City Council on 14 May 2003. This consolidation incorporates the text language changes to the Secondary Plans as approved by Ottawa City Council.

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Volume 2c - Secondary Plan Villages

This is a consolidation of the Volume 2C of the Ottawa Official Plan as adopted under by-law 203 of 2003 by Ottawa City Council on 14 May 2003. This consolidation incorporates the text language changes to the Secondary Plans as approved by Ottawa City Council.

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