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Ottawa Hospital Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments

Ottawa Hospital Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments

Development proposal overview

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.

On May 9, 2017, Planning Committee directed staff to bring forward a City-initiated Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment to bring the City’s planning documents into alignment with the federal land use decision for the new Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus.

Location map of development area [ PDF 2.445 MB ]

Please visit the Ottawa Civic Hospital website for more information about the project.

Next steps

  1. Public comment period (28 days): August 18 – September 15, 2017
  2. Community Information Session: September 25, 2017, 6:30 to 9 p.m., presentation at 7 p.m., Alexander Community Centre, 960 Silver Street
  3. Issue resolution / Committee report preparation: Fall 2017
  4. Planning Committee and City Council meetings: December 2017 / January 2018
  5. Appeal period (20 days): January / February 2018


The process timeline [ PDF 46 KB ] shows opportunities for you to participate in the application review process and the order in which decisions are made on the Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment applications.

Approval process

City Council will make the final decision on the Official Plan and Zoning By-Law amendment applications. City staff will make their recommendation to Planning Committee and Council in late fall of 2017.  Should Council approve the proposed amendments, it will pass by-laws and a 20-day appeal period will follow.

Learn more about the development application review process.

The file lead will notify people on the notification list of all meeting dates and decisions. Please contact Sean Moore [S3] to be added to the notification list.

Application details

Official Plan amendment

The City’s Official Plan currently includes four land-use designations for the 21 hectare site:

Under the Preston-Carling Secondary Plan, lands abutting the O-Train line and O-Train station are designated as Station Area.

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. The existing Mixed-Use Centre designation will remain around the O-Train station at Carling Avenue and the O-Train line, and the existing Arterial Mainstreet designation will remain along Carling Avenue.

Existing and Proposed Official Plan land-use designations [ PDF 494 KB ]

Learn more about the Official Plan amendment process. For detailed information about the amendment, please read the application summary and Planning Rationale and Design Brief.

Zoning by-law amendment

Currently, there are five different zones that apply to the site:

A hospital use is permitted over the majority of the subject site (approximately 13 hectares) within both the Mixed Use Centre zone and the Open Space Exception zone. 

The zoning by-law amendment application will amend Zoning By-law 2008-250 to:

  • Rezone from Parks and Open Space Exception 356 (which currently permits a hospital under the exception) to Mixed-Use Centre to align the zoning with the existing Mixed-Use Centre policy in the Official Plan and the Preston-Carling District Secondary Plan direction.
  • Rezone from Arterial Mainstreet, Mixed-Use Centre, and Central Experimental Farm subzone 3 to a Major Institutional Exception Zone (IL2[xxxx]) to permit the new hospital campus and associated uses

Holding Provisions will be established in all zones until such time as the appropriate studies and reports are submitted to support the hospital land-use, including the submission and approval of a detailed master plan.

Existing and Proposed Zoning designations [ PDF 1.028 MB ]

Learn more about the zoning by-law amendment process. For detailed information about the amendment, please read the application summary and Planning Rationale and Design Brief.

Future planning applications

Before the development can proceed, the applicant must submit a Site Plan Control application to the City for approval. You will have an opportunity to comment on aspects of the site like the building locations and design, landscaping, and driveways and parking. The Urban Design Review Panel will also review the application before Planning staff make a decision on the application.    

Tell us what you think!

A summary of the proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment are located on the Development Application Search Tool.

Please submit comments on the applications to the file lead, Sean Moore, by September 15, 2017 so they can be considered in the staff recommendation and report to Planning Committee.

Additional comments will be accepted on the applications until the Planning Committee meeting. By providing comments on the Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments before they are considered by City Council, you have the right to appeal Council’s decision to the Ontario Municipal Board. Comments must be submitted in writing to the file lead or in writing or orally to Planning Committee to preserve your appeal rights.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please email or call Sean Moore at 613-580-2424, extension 16481.

The file lead will notify people on the notification list of all meeting dates and decisions by email. Please email to be added to the notification list.


For more information, please contact the file lead:

Sean Moore, Planner III
Development Review South Branch
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 16481
Fax: 613-560-6006