Development proposals located within the following Design Priority Areas are subject to the Ottawa’s Urban Design Review Panel process as detailed below.
- Downtown Precincts as defined by the Downtown Ottawa Urban Design Strategy (DOUDS;
- Traditional and Arterial Mainstreets as identified on Schedule B of the Official Plan;
- Mixed Use Centres as identified on Schedule B of the Official Plan;
- Other areas with special design needs such as the mainstreets within Villages designated on Schedule ‘A’ of the Official Plan, Village core areas identified in Volume 2C of the Official Plan, community core areas identified in community design plans or secondary plans approved by City Council.
The Panel will provide urban design advice and input on:
- Zoning By-law applications proposed within Design Priority Areas (DPAs) where there is a request for a change in density or height
- Site Plan Control applications proposed within DPAs. Refer to the following link - Site Plan Control applications
- Public capital projects occurring in DPAs such as new buildings, major renovations to public buildings, major infrastructure projects and streetscaping projects.
There are nine exceptions to the above-mentioned applications. The Panel will NOT review applications within DPAs that are:
- Small scale residential projects (for example, residential developments below nine units)
- Commercial and institutional development less than 1,858 square metres (20,000 square feet) Gross Floor Area (GFA)
- Revisions to plans that have received design approval where the change maintains the overall design response associated with the initial approval
- Additions to buildings that are not located along a public right-of-way
- Parking lots
- Restaurant Conversions subject to Site Plan Control
- Public and private park development (they are already subject to a detailed design process involving community input)
- Proposals subject to P3 agreements
- Proposals within the Arterial Mainstreet Designation beyond 40 m from the Right-of-Way (for example, a retail pad at the rear of a large lot). This exception is intended to focus the Panel’s efforts on the proposal’s relationship to the public realm. For large undeveloped sites, this exception may not apply and will be at the Panel co-coordinator’s discretion.
- Proposals which have been deemed by the UDRP to warrant sub-committee review and are subject to the subcommittee process.
Of special note: Projects in DPAs that require design approval from the Ottawa Built Heritage Advisory Committee (OBHAC) or National Capital Commission (NCC) will be subject to Panel design review; however, Panel recommendations will be forwarded to the applicable organizational body for information and final design approval.