Committee hears of residential development potential in rural Ottawa

Published on
July 4, 2024
Council, committees and City Hall
Planning, development and construction

The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee received an information report today indicating that there is sufficient residential development potential within Ottawa’s rural areas.  

The Rural Residential Land Survey, which monitors lot creation and residential development, estimates the potential for almost 11,000 dwelling units in rural Ottawa. Roughly 82 per cent of that future rural growth is within the City’s 26 villages. At average rates of development, the current supply is sufficient for approximately 15 years outside of villages and 25 years within villages. The supply exceeds the requirements of Ottawa’s Official Plan for villages to be supplied with enough land for 15 years of market-based residential development.

The Committee also approved funding for an application to the Rural Community-Building Grants Program, which supports rural-based community improvement projects undertaken by non-profit organizations. The Osgoode Legion would receive about $6,300 to replace flooring in the Legion Hall that has deteriorated beyond repair. The work will help bring a sense of community back to the space and make it a hub within the village.  

The City will continue to accept grant applications until the annual budget is fully allocated. Please consult the grant program guidelines for information on how to apply.

Recommendations from today’s meeting will rise to Council on Wednesday, July 10.