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Part 8 - Open Space and Leisure Zones (Sections 173-180)

The City of Ottawa Zoning By-law is made available on the web site for information, however confirmation on the zoning provisions should be sought through the City’s development information officers (DIO), by contacting 311 and asking for the DIO for the geographic area in question.

This part contains the O1- Parks and Open Space (City-wide), L1- Community Leisure (urban local facilities), L2- Major Leisure Facility (urban City-wide facilities) and L3- Central Experimental Farm Zones.

L1 - Community Leisure Facility Zone (Sec. 173-174)

     
 

Purpose of the Zone

The purpose of the L1-Community Leisure Facility Zone is to:

 

(1)

permit recreational uses that meet the needs of the surrounding community to be located on land designated as General Urban Area, Major Open Space, Mixed Use Centre and Central Area in the Official Plan; and

 

(2)

impose regulations which ensure that the scale and intensity of these uses is compatible with any adjacent residential uses.

 

173.

In the L1 Zone:

Permitted Uses

 

(1)

The following uses are permitted uses subject to:

  

(a)

the provisions of subsection 173(3) (By-law 2008-341)

   

community centre
community garden,
see Part 3, Section 82
day care
emergency service
library
municipal service centre
park
recreational and athletic facility
retail food store, limited to a farmers’ market
(By-law 2016-134)
sports arena
(By-law 2008-341) 

  (b)

Where an outdoor farmers’ market is located on a lot with another use, the primary or subzone provisions do not apply and the farmers’ market may only by located in a:

   (i)

parking lot;

   (ii)yard abutting a parking lot; and,
   (iii)front or corner side yard;
   associated with the other use. (By-law 2016-134)
     
 
(2)

The following conditional use is permitted subject to:

  

(a)

the provisions of subsection 173(3), and

  
(b)
the use being ancillary to a place of worship or community centre, and
  
(c)
the use occupying a maximum of 30% of the gross floor area of the building in which it is located, or if the use is located in the basement of a place of worship or community centre, the entire basement may be so used.

community health and resource centre

(By-law 2008-341)

Zone Provisions

 

(3)

The zone provisions are set out in Table 173 below. (By-law 2008-341)

 
TABLE 173 - L1 ZONE REGULATIONS

I
Zoning Mechanisms

II
Zone Provisions

(a) Minimum Lot Width (m)

6

(b) Minimum Lot Area (m2)

No minimum

(c) Minimum Front Yard Setback (m)

7.5

(d) Minimum Rear Yard Setback (m)

(e) Minimum Interior Side Yard Setback (m)

(f) Minimum Corner Side Yard Setback (m)

(g) Maximum Height (m)

11

(h) Maximum Lot Coverage (%)

40

     
   
 

(4)

For other applicable provisions, see Part 2-General Provisions, Part 3-Specific Use Provisions and Part 4-Parking, Queuing and Loading Provisions. (By-law 2008-341)

 

L1 SUBZONES

174.

In the L1 Zone, the following subzones apply:

 
L1A SUBZONE
 

(1)

In the L1A Subzone, the following use is also permitted:

  

office

 
L1B SUBZONE
 

(2)

In the L1B Subzone, the following use is also permitted:

  

cemetery

     

L2 - Major Leisure Facility Zone (Sec. 175-176)

Purpose of the Zone

The purpose of the L2-Major Leisure Facility Zone is to:

 

(1)

accommodate major, urban City-wide sports, recreational and cultural facilities addressed under the Major Urban Facilities policies of the Official Plan;

 

(2)

permit a broad range and intensity of leisure, recreational, cultural and related uses; and

 

(3)

allow a moderate density and scale of development.

175.

In the L2 Zone:

Permitted Uses

 

(1)

The following uses are permitted subject to:

  

(a)

the provisions of subsection 175(2).

   

amusement park
community centre
community garden, 
see Part 3, Section 82
community health and resource centre
day care
fairground
golf course
library
museum
park
place of assembly
recreational and athletic facility
retail food store, limited to a farmers’ market
(By-law 2016-134)
school
sports arena
theatre  

  

(b)

the following use is permitted only in association with amusement park, library, sports arena and theatre:

   

drive-through facility (OMB Order #PL080959 issued March 18, 2010)

  (c)

Where an outdoor farmers’ market is located on a lot with another use, the primary or subzone provisions do not apply and the farmers’ market may only by located in a:

   (i)

parking lot;

   (ii)yard abutting a parking lot; and,
   (iii)front or corner side yard;
   associated with the other use.  (By-law 2016-134)
     

Zone Provisions

 

(2)

The zone provisions are set out in Table 175 below.

TABLE 175 - L2 ZONE REGULATIONS

I
Zoning Mechanisms

II
Zone Provisions

(a) Minimum Lot Width (m)

No minimum

(b) Minimum Lot Area (m2)

No minimum

(c) Minimum Front Yard Setback (m)

7.5

(d) Minimum Rear Yard Setback (m)

(e) Minimum Interior Side Yard Setback (m)

(f) Minimum Corner Side Yard Setback (m)

(g) Maximum Height (m)

11

(h) Maximum Lot Coverage (%)

75

 
 

(3)

For other applicable provisions, see Part 2- General Provisions, Part 3- Specific Use Provisions and Part 4-Parking, Queuing and Loading Provisions.

L2 SUBZONES

176.

In the L2 Zone, the following subzones apply:

L2A SUBZONE - NEPEAN SPORTSPLEX
 

(1)

In the L2A Subzone, the provisions set out in Table 176 below apply.

TABLE 176 - L2A SUBZONE REGULATIONS

I
Zoning Mechanism

II
Regulation

(a) Minimum Yard Setbacks (m)

10

(b) Maximum Lot Coverage (%)

35

       
  
L2B SUBZONE - CENTRAL AREA FACILITIES
 

(2)

In the L2B Subzone,

  

(a)

the following additional uses are permitted:

   

restaurant
retail store

  

(b)

Table 175 does not apply.

    
L2C SUBZONE - LANSDOWNE
 

(3)

In the L2C Subzone,

  

(a)

The following uses are permitted provided they are located on the same lot as a permitted use listed under subsection 175(1):

   

Non-residential Uses:

amusement centre
animal care establishment
animal hospital
artist studio
bank
bank machine
bar
catering establishment
cinema with a maximum of 10 theatres
 (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)
convenience store
farmers’ market
 (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)
home-based business
see Part 5, Section 127
home-based day care, see Part 5, Section 129
hotel
instructional facility
medical facility
municipal service centre
night club
office
below grade parking garage
 (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)
personal service business

post office
production studio
research and development center
residential care facility
 (By-law 2012-349)
restaurant
retail food store
retail store
service and repair shop
small batch brewery
see Part 3, Section 89
training centre


Residential Uses:
dwelling units, as per (e), (f), and (g) below 
(OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)
retirement home

  

(b)

Non-residential uses listed under subsection 176(3)(a) and located outside of buildings designated under the Ontario Heritage Act are limited to a total cumulative gross leasable floor area (GLFA) of 33,450 sq. m(OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)

  

(c)

A further total cumulative GLFA of 9,300 sq m may be occupied by Office uses provided these are located within a building designed predominately as an office building fronting onto Bank Street. (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)

  

(d)

In the L2C Subzone a building is considered to front onto a public street when any wall of that building faces a public street and no part of that wall is separated from that public street by another building. (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)

  

(e)

The maximum number of dwelling units permitted is 280. (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)

  

(f)

Residential uses are only permitted in buildings either fronting directly onto Holmwood Avenue or fronting directly onto Bank Street. (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)

  

(g)

Buildings fronting directly onto only Holmwood Avenue that are located within the area shown on Schedule 258-A where building heights are limited to 12 m may only be used for residential purposes. More specifically, these buildings must comprise dwelling units oriented to and facing Holmwood Avenue in the form of detached dwellings, semi-detached dwellings, townhouse dwellings and/or stacked dwellings located above a below grade parking structure and no other uses except landscaped open space and a driveway access to the below grade parking structure are permitted in this area. (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011) (By-law 2012-334)

  

(h)

An open space area measuring a minimum 6 m by 6 m to be used for hard surface landscaping as part of the public realm accessible to the public shall be provided adjacent to the Holmwood Avenue property line and behind the Bank Street façade of a building at the southeast corner of Bank Street and Holmwood Avenue. (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)

   

The building located at the southeast corner of Bank Street and Holmwood Avenue shall have a maximum of 12 storeys comprising of a 2 storey commercial and retail podium with 10 storeys of residential dwelling units above. (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)

  

(i)

Commercial buildings located adjacent to that area of the lot where the only permitted uses are residential as set out in (g) shall not be permitted to accommodate in whole or part a nightclub and shall not be permitted to have any rooftop commercial outdoor patios. (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)

  

(j)

For buildings fronting onto Bank Street the ground floor, excluding lobby areas for upper floor uses must accommodate one or more permitted non-residential uses. (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)

  

(k)

Table 175 does not apply. (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)

  

(l)

Minimum required setbacks are as follows:

   

(i)

from a lot line abutting Bank Street: 3m;

   

(ii)

from a lot line abutting Holmwood Avenue: 3 m to be used only as a landscaped front yard. The 3 m setback does not apply to buildings designated under the Ontario Heritage Act; and

   

(iii)

from a lot line abutting the Queen Elizabeth Driveway and as set out on Schedule 258-A: 7.5 m except for small scale pavilion buildings accommodating uses that are accessory to uses in the L2C subzone or are are ancillary to and/or associated with the urban park and in accordance with the Urban Park Programming Plan that is to be developed and approved by the City as set out in the conditions of site plan approval given by Council on November 22, 2010. . (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)

  

(m)

Maximum permitted building heights: as set out on Schedule 258-A and Schedule 258-B. (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011).:

 
  

(n)

Section 101, Table 101 and Section 104 do not apply and in the L2C Subzone the minimum required total number of parking spaces for all residential and non-residential uses in both the L2C subzone and adjacent O1S subzone is 1230, and, (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)

   

(i)

a minimum of 1200 of these parking spaces must be located below grade parking garage in the L2C subzone and to provide greater specificity, no at grade or above grade parking garage, which are not permitted uses in the L2C subzone, shall be established; (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)

   

(ii)

required parking for each residential use must be calculated at a minimum rate of 0.5 spaces per dwelling unit; and,

   

(iii)

despite clause 100(1)(a) all of the parking spaces not set aside for residential uses may be shared amongst all the non-residential uses on the lot in both the L2C and O1S subzones. (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)

  

(o)

Section 113 does not apply and loading space requirements will be determined through Site Plan Control Approval. (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)

 
  

(p)

The only driveway permitted to provide vehicular access from Holmwood Avenue is to provide access to a below grade parking garage. No other vehicular access points, except to allow for emergency access by emergency vehicles, is permitted off Holmwood Avenue. (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)

  

(q)

The only vehicles permitted to access and egress the below grade parking garage from Holmwood are limited to vehicles using the below grade residential parking.

   

In addition, up to 300 public parking spaces located in a controlled access area in the below grade parking garage and associated exclusively with commercial and retail uses may exit the below grade parking onto Holmwood during a major stadium, arena and/or urban park event (defined as a minimum 15,000 person capacity event) and for a maximum three hour period prior to and after such an event with this operational requirement being set out in the Site Plan Agreement associated with the redevelopment of the lands. (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)

  

(r)

No vehicles associated with stadium, arena or other events at Lansdowne shall be permitted to access the site from Holmwood Avenue or to exit the site onto Holmwood Avenue. (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)

  

(s)

Uses for the Horticulture building are limited to uses permitted by Section 175, uses accessory or ancillary to uses and activities within the adjacent O1S subzone and the following additional uses permitted in the L2C subzone provided such uses are supportive and complementary so as to be compatible with both the activities and uses within the O1S and L2C subzones:

   

artist studio
farmers’ market
instructional facility
municipal service centre
office
production studio
restaurant
retail food store
retail store
service and repair shop
training centre 
(OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)

  

(t)

Lands within the L2C subzone and adjacent O1S subzone shall be considered one lot for by-law purposes. (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011) By-law 2010-329) (By-law 2010-314):

L3 - Central Experimental Farm (Sec. 177)

       
 

Purpose of the Zone

The purpose of the L3-Central Experimental Farm Zone is to:

 

(1)

allow a range of uses on land designated as Agricultural Research Area in the Official Plan that will help to support and conserve the cultural, scientific and historical value of the Central Experimental Farm for present and future generations.

 

177.

In the L3 Zone:

Permitted Uses
 

(1)

The following uses are permitted subject to:

   

(a)

the provisions of subsection 177(2);

     

agricultural use
community garden,
see Part 3, Section 82
environmental preserve and education area

experimental farm and ancillary offices
museum
limited to agricultural museum
park
research and development centre
limited to agricultural research

Zone Provisions
 

(2)

The zone provisions are set out in Table 177 below.

 
TABLE 177 - L3 ZONE REGULATIONS

I
Zoning Mechanisms

II
Zone Provisions

(a) Minimum Lot Width (m)

No minimum

(b) Minimum Lot Area (m2)

No minimum

(c) Minimum Front Yard Setback (m)

7.5

(d) Minimum Rear Yard Setback (m)

(e) Minimum Interior Side Yard Setback (m)

(f) Minimum Corner Side Yard Setback (m)

(g) Maximum Height (m)

18.3

(h) Maximum Lot Coverage (%)

No maximum

     
 

(3)

For other applicable provisions, see Part 2-General Provisions, Part 3- Specific Use Provisions and Part 4-Parking, Queuing and Loading Provisions.

O1 - Parks and Open Space Zone (Sec. 179-180)

      
 

Purpose of the Zone

The purpose of the O1-Parks and Open Space Zone is to:

 

(1)

permit parks, open space and related and compatible uses to locate in areas designated as General Urban Area, General Rural Area, Major Open Space, Mixed Use Centre, Village, Greenbelt Rural and Central Area as well as in Major Recreational Pathway areas and along River Corridors as identified in the Official Plan, and

 

(2)

ensure that the range of permitted uses and applicable regulations is in keeping with the low scale, low intensity open space nature of these lands.

 

179.

In the O1 Zone:

Permitted Uses

 

(1)

The following uses are permitted subject to:

  

(a)

the provisions of subsection 179(2).

   

community garden, see Part 3, Section 82
environmental preserve and education area
park

  (b)

a retail food store, limited to a farmer’s market is a permitted use in the O1A, O1B, O1D, O1E, O1F, O1G, O1H subzones, subject to:

   (i)

no building or structure other than one farmer’s market stand is permitted;

   (ii)the farmer’s market stand is not subject to the primary or subzone provisions, however the maximum height is 3.5 metres and the maximum size of the farmer’s market stand is 28 square metres, and;
   (iii)a farmer’s market stand may only be located in a parking lot or in a front or corner side yard. (By-law 2016-135)
     

Zone Provisions

 

(2)

The zone provisions are set out in Table 179 below.

      

TABLE 179 - O1 ZONE REGULATIONS

I
Zoning Mechanisms

II
Zone Provisions

(a) Minimum Lot Width (m)

No minimum

(b) Minimum Lot Area (m2)

No minimum

(c) Minimum Front Yard Setback (m)

7.5

(d) Minimum Rear Yard Setback (m)

(e) Minimum Interior Side Yard Setback (m)

(f) Minimum Corner Side Yard Setback (m)

(g) Maximum Height (m)

11

(h) Maximum Lot Coverage (%)

20

     
 
 

(3)

For other applicable provisions, see Part 2- General Provisions, Part 3 -Specific Use Provisions and Part 4-Parking, Queuing and Loading Provisions.

 

O1 SUBZONES

180.

In the O1 Zone, the following subzones apply:

   
O1A SUBZONE
 

(1)

In the O1A Subzone, the following use is also permitted:

  

golf course

 
O1B SUBZONE
 

(2)

In the O1B Subzone, the following uses are also permitted:

  

community centre
sports arena

 
O1C SUBZONE
 

(3)

In the O1C Subzone, the following use only is permitted:

  

park

 
O1D SUBZONE
 

(4)

In the O1D Subzone, the following uses are also permitted:

  

community centre
museum
library

 
O1E SUBZONE
 

(5)

In the O1E Subzone,

  

(a)

the following uses are also permitted:

   

museum
parking garage
parking lot
recreational and athletic facility

  

(b)

no setbacks are required.

 
O1F SUBZONE
 

(6)

In the O1F Subzone,

  

(a)

the following uses are also permitted:

   

cemetery
fairground
golf course
sports arena

  

(b)

no setbacks are required.

 
O1G SUBZONE
 

(7)

In the O1G Subzone, the following use is also permitted:

  

municipal service centre

 
O1H SUBZONE
 

(8)

In the O1H Subzone, the following use is also permitted:

  

marine facility
recreational and athletic facility
limited to a boating club

 
O1I SUBZONE
 

(9)

In the O1I Subzone,

  

(a)

the following use is also permitted:

   

restaurant

  

(b)

Section 56 does not apply.

 
O1J SUBZONE
 

(10)

In the O1J Subzone,

  

(a)

the following use is also permitted:

   

theatre

  

(b)

no parking is required for a theatre.

 
O1K SUBZONE
 

(11)

In the O1K Subzone, the following use is also permitted:

  

cemetery

 
O1L SUBZONE
 

(12)

In the O1L Subzone, the following use is also permitted:

  

marine facility

 
O1M SUBZONE
 

(13)

In the O1M Subzone, the following use is also permitted:

  

restaurant, full service

 
O1N SUBZONE
 

(14)

In the O1N Subzone, the following uses are also permitted:

  

parking garage
parking lot

 
O1O SUBZONE- Trans Canada Pipeline Subzone
 

(15)

In the O1O Subzone,

  

(a)

the following uses only are permitted:

   

agricultural use, see Part 2, Section 62
environmental preserve and education area
utility installation
limited to a high pressure natural gas pipeline and compressor station; and

  

(b)

lands abutting the O1O Subzone are subject to the setback provisions outlined in Section 72.

 
O1P SUBZONE- Hydro Corridor Subzone
 

(16)

In the O1P Subzone,

  

(a)

the following uses are also permitted:

   

accessory use to a permitted use on land immediately abutting an O1P subzone subject to the provisions of subsection 16(b)
agricultural use, see Part 2, Section 62 (By-law 2013-224)

  

(b)

An accessory use to a permitted use on land immediately abutting an O1P subzone is permitted provided:

   

(i)

the use is wholly contained within a radius of 120 metres from the abutting property to which that use is accessory;

   

(ii)

the use complies with the provisions in this by-law for the abutting zone as though that use were an accessory use to the permitted use on the abutting property; and

   

(iii)

no building is allowed under these provisions. (By-law 2013-224)

     
O1Q SUBZONE- Waterfront Access Point Subzone
 

(17)

In the O1Q Subzone

  

(a)

the following use only is permitted:

   

park limited to open space only; and

  

(b)

no buildings are permitted and only structures such as a boat launch, dock, walkway, stairs, fence, retaining wall, information signage, standpipe or other similar structure providing for local access and service are permitted.

    
O1R SUBZONE
 

(18)

In the O1R Subzone, the following uses only are permitted:

  

environmental preserve and education area
forestry operation

   
O1S SUBZONE – LANSDOWNE
 

(19)

In the O1S subzone,

  

(a)

the following additional uses are permitted:

   

stormwater management facility to serve lands located within both the O1S and L2C subzones;

   

temporaray surface loading and temporary surface parking to support temporary uses, activities and/or events within both the O1S and L2C subzones provided areas for temporary loading and temporary parking are not designed specifically for this purpose and that no at grade or above grade parking garage, which are not permitted uses in the O1S subzone, be established;

   

shuttle bus drop off and pick up to support uses and activities within both the O1S and L2C subzones; and

   

ancillary and accessory uses to the L2C subzone in accordance with the Urban Park Programming Plan that is to be developed and approved by the City as set out in the conditions of site plan approval given by Council on November 22, 2010.

  

(b)

Uses permitted by Section 175 and uses accessory or ancillary to uses and activities within the adjacent L2C subzone that are complementary and supportive so as to have a compatible relationship with either or both the activities and uses within the O1S and L2C subzones are permitted for the Aberdeen Pavilion.

  

(c)

Buildings and structures are limited in height to the heights shown on Schedule 258-A.

  

(d)

With the exception of the Aberdeen Pavilion, all accessory and ancillary uses located within buildings shall locate within buildings with no more than 1 storey that has a height for the storey of a maximum of 4 m with the roof of such building being within the 6 m height limit shown on Schedule 258-A.

  

(e)

Notwithstanding Table 179, small scale pavilion buildings accommodating non-residential uses that are ancillary to and/or associated with the urban park as set out in (a) and (d) may be located within the required 7.5 m setback from the Queen Elizabeth Driveway.

  

(f)

Elements that are public art elements are exempt from the height limits shown on Schedule 258-A and the height limits set out in Section 55 for accessory structures.

  

(g)

Lands within the O1S subzone and adjacent L2C subzone shall be considered one lot for by-law purposes. (OMB Order #PL101256 issued June 15, 2011)