Overview of the 12 planning issues

Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031 is a city-wide review of land use, transportation and infrastructure policies that make up the Official Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Infrastructure Master Plan, Cycling Plan and the Pedestrian Plan, with an eye towards making Ottawa a more vibrant, healthy and sustainable city. The focus of the review is to propose solutions to 12 current planning issues. The outcome of the review will be an updated Official Plan and supporting plans with policies and priorities that influence the future growth of the city for years to come.

An overview of the 12 planning issues are presented here in a quick At a Glance format.

Intensification – Smart development

Intensification At a Glance [PDF] 

Intensification means building more housing, shops and offices in existing urban areas where supporting infrastructure and transit services is already in place. Intensification is targeted to the Downtown, main streets and mixed employment and residential areas around transit stations. Intensification may also occur in other parts of the city to a lesser degree.

Urban Land Issues – Building in or building out

Urban Land Issues At a glance [PDF]

Urban land includes all the land surrounded by the Greenbelt; suburbs such as Kanata, Barrhaven and Orléans; major shopping areas; as well as land awaiting future urban development. Much of our urban land is designated for residential use which includes housing, schools, parks, local streets and community businesses.

Rural Components Update – Protecting and preserving Ottawa’s countryside

Rural Components Update At a Glance [PDF]

Rural Ottawa accounts for 90 per cent of the land area in the City of Ottawa and is comprised of farms, natural lands, country lots and villages. The Rural Components Update is a review of the planning policies that affect certain land uses and types of land in the rural area.

Rural Review

Urban Design - Creating people-friendly environments

Urban Design At a Glance [PDF]

Urban design is the process of designing and shaping cities, towns and villages. Urban design is about how buildings, landscapes and public spaces interact to make public areas more attractive and functional for people.

Transit Oriented Development – Living and working around transit stations

Transit-Oriented Development At a Glance [PDF]

Transit-oriented development (TOD) means building communities that include housing, offices and retail space within a five-to-10 minute walk of a transit station.

Employment Land Review – Protecting and diversifying the economy

Employment Lands At a Glance [PDF]

Employment Land is land reserved in the Official Plan for business purposes, such as business parks, manufacturing facilities, warehouses and other industrial uses.

Infrastructure Needs – Providing the services required for growth

Infrastructure At a Glance [PDF]

The term infrastructure refers to the basic physical structures that are needed to support how we live, work and get around in Ottawa.

Public Transit – Moving people when and where they need to go

Public Transit At a Glance [PDF]

Public transit is the system of rail and buses that allows people to travel throughout our city. It is a vital part of the daily lives of many residents, strengthens the economy and contributes to the health of businesses.

Complete Streets – Making room for all transportation choices

Complete Streets At a Glance [PDF]

Complete streets are streets built for everyone. Most of Ottawa’s roads were primarily built to accommodate motor vehicles. As Ottawa grows and develops, the City is ensuring our streets are designed to meet the needs of all people whether they choose to walk, bike, drive or take public transit.

Active Transportation – Promoting healthy lifestyles

Active Transportation At a Glance [PDF]

Active transportation includes walking and cycling and any other form of travel that is people-powered including travel by motorized wheelchairs.

Sustainable Transportation – Developing travel options to reduce car dependency

Sustainable Transportation At a Glance [PDF]

Sustainable transportation is about developing travel options that balance the needs of today’s residents with those of generations to come.

Affordability – Realizing development within our financial means

Affordability At a Glance [PDF]

The City receives most of its revenue to pay for the costs of development and for new infrastructure such as cycling pathways, roadway expansions and investment in public transit, from two sources: property taxes and development charges.