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Ottawa Hospital Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments

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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 Ottawa Hospital’s new 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 Ottawa Hospital’s new campus.

Location map of development area [ PDF 2.445 MB ]

Please visit the The Ottawa Hospital's new campus website for more information about the project.

Next steps

  1. Public comment period (14 days): April 12 – April 25, 2018
  2. Planning Committee and City Council meetings: May 22, 2018 / June 13, 2018
  3. Appeal period (20 days): June / July 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 spring of 2018.  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 revised proposal recommends to expand the boundary of the Preston-Carling District and create a new designation in the Secondary Plan south of Carling Avenue for the entire hospital site, called Hospital Area.  The intent of the Hospital Area designation is to specifically guide the development of a new hospital.

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 the entire site into a new Institutional zone (I2[xxxx]-h).  The purpose of the I2[xxxx]-h zone will be to permit the main uses of a hospital, office, research and development centre, and related ancillary uses.

A holding provision (h) will be established until such time as the appropriate studies and reports are submitted to support the hospital land-use, including the submission and approval of:

  • Approved Master Plan, including publically accessible open space; demonstration of pedestrian and cycling connectivity; architectural and urban design analysis and demonstration of O-train/future LRT station connection
  • Approved Transportation Impact Assessment, including a parking strategy addressing off-site parking impacts and a Transportation Demand Management Strategy
  • Approved Cultural Heritage Impact Statement
  • Approved Master Servicing 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 April 25, 2018 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