The Official Plan, Transportation Master Plan and Infrastructure Master work together to show how the city will grow and what new infrastructure is needed to provide an appropriate level of service. The Master Plans prioritize new infrastructure projects within an affordable budget envelop that includes construction as well as long-term operating costs.
Higher densities and a focus on walking, cycling and transit throughout Ottawa support a more compact and affordable city. This approach to growth is also more environmentally sustainable, since less energy is consumed for buildings and transportation and less land is consumed by development.
How do the Official Plan and Master Plans affect our neighbourhoods?
The official plan and master plans result in on-the-ground change through requirements for new development, changes to the Zoning By-law and construction of new infrastructure. The plans also lead to more detailed studies and neighbourhood plans.
- Light rail will make the most significant changes in the City
- Construction is underway on the Confederation Line – 12.5 km of light rail from Tunney’s Pasture to Blair Station that will reduce congestion and improve travel through the downtown. When the line is complete in 2018, priority will shift to Stage 2 LRT.
- The Stage 2 LRT plan ultimately will extend light rail transit from Central Ottawa farther east, west and south. Specifically, the plan will extend rail to Baseline and Bayshore in the west (Confederation Line West), Place d’ Orléans in the east (Confederation Line East), and to Bowesville in the south (Trillium Line O-Train). Although not within the City’s affordable budget envelop, the Stage 2 LRT plan also includes an Airport Rail Link on the Trillium line and extension of the Confederation Line East from Place D’ Orléans to Trim Road.
- Site Alteration By-law
- A new by-law to regulate site alteration. This initiative responds to policy direction in the City's Official Plan for such a by-law to be established.
- Beyond 2036
- The Ottawa Next: Beyond 2036 planning study will undertake by a core team from the City’s Economic Development and Long Range Planning department together with two internationally recognized Planning Consultants, Dan Leeming and Joe Berridge. The results of these discussions will be compiled for public comment and the core team will report to Council on the results and identify priorities and opportunities that the City should consider as we plan for the future
- Bird Friendly Construction Guidelines
- This project will research and develop bird-friendly design guidelines to address and help mitigate the issue of bird collisions on buildings and other structures in Ottawa. Birds are an essential natural resource in Ottawa. They perform numerous roles in our environment such as pollinating plants, distributing seeds, and eating insects, all of which help to maintain the ecological health of wetlands, forests and valley lands. They are also useful for pest control and pollination for agriculture and forestry
- Capital Region Resource Recovery Centre
- The purpose of the CRRRC will be to recover and recycle resources and divert them away from landfill disposal. The facility will process solid non-hazardous wastes and soils that are generated by the commercial, industrial, institutional, construction, and demolition sectors.
- Ottawa Hospital
- On December 2, 2016, the Minister of Canadian Heritage approved 930 Carling Avenue and 520 Preston Street, commonly referred to as the Sir John Carling site, as the location for the new Civic Hospital Campus. The Official Plan amendment will re-designate the 5 hectare parcel of Agricultural Research Area to General Urban Area and adjust the Experimental Farm Boundary in the Official Plan to reflect the boundary of the new hospital site.
- Ottawa Central Library
- On February 8, 2017, Ottawa City Council approved 557 Wellington Street as the site for the new Ottawa Central Library. A library is a permitted use under the mixed-use designation