The Building Better Revitalized Neighbourhoods program has a goal of improving the health, vibrancy and liveability of priority neighbourhoods within the City of Ottawa.
BBRN has been a successful made-in-Ottawa approach that has highlighted efficiencies, opportunities and strengths that every Department in the City can leverage from land use planning to infrastructure improvements to parks and social services.
The Vanier South-Overbrook neighbourhoods are the starting point for the Building Better Revitalized Neighbourhoods (BBRN) initiative. The BBRN studies in the Vanier South-Overbrook communities focused on engaging community members, service providers, residents, landowners and business leaders to discover what is already working in each of the neighbourhoods in order to identify the priorities for revitalization.
The priorities of a neighbourhood revitalization strategy are slowly developed over time based through consultation and collaboration with stakeholders. The priorities may include economic, social and cultural themes such as land use planning, infrastructure projects, economic development initiatives, programs and services, parks and recreation, as well as housing and support initiatives focused on a specific part of the community.
Most importantly, a neighbourhood revitalization strategy provides an action plan for short, medium and long-term initiatives that are key to improving the health and vitality of a community.
In March 2019, the BBRN strategy was approved by Council to continue with a series of neighbourhood-specific action plan initiatives to be implemented over the short, medium and long-term.